EARLY AVIATORS & LINDBERGH'S FLIGHT TO PARIS Aviators Acosta, Noville, Byrd and Balchen stand on an airfield. Charles Lindbergh arrives in his monoplane, the Spirit of St. Louis. Lindbergh arrives in France, completing his historic transatlantic flight. Hordes of fans greet him. A ticker tape parade celebrates Lindbergh.
CHRISTMAS IN JULY Children in New York's Harlem receive gifts and free movie show as part of a Christmas in July party sponsored by Police Square Club to foster better relations between the public and police. Commissioner Howard Leary and ClubrnPresident William Moriarity attended.
26 DIE IN TRANS-OCEAN AIRLINER CRASH 26 die when an Italian trans-Atlantic airliner crashes on its fourth landing attempt at Idlewild Airport, and sinks in Jamaica Bay after striking a jetty and bursting into flame.
JFK AIRPORT OPENS New York's thirty million dollar International Airport (originally Idlewild, now JFK Airport) building is dedicated, a vast modernistic structure eleven city blocks long, designed to bring airport facilities into the jet age.
"FLOWER DRUM SONG" IN GALA PREMIERES The motion picture version of the smash Broadway musical opens in New York City at the famed Music Hall to critical acclaim. There's also a benefit performance in San Francisco where some of the picture was made.
MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE 1961 The world famous Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City features floats, balloons and a kick line starring the Rockettes. But the highlight is always Santa Claus.
U.S. AID CAN BEAT NAZIS, HOPKINS SAYS Harry Hopkins returns to New York City from England after a month's tour as President Roosevelt's special representative, convinced that Hitler can be beaten by Britain, with material help from the U.S.
PAINTING DRAWS RECORD CROWD AT MUSEUM The Metropolitan Museum of Art plays host to a record-breaking crowd of 82,000 as their latest acquisition, a Rembrandt, goes on exhibition. Bought for a record 2,300,000, it is the latest "must see" attraction in New York.
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