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1967...A Congressional panel recommends public censure for Harlem Congressman Adam Clayton Powell. The flamboyant Powell had been accused of misusing public funds.

1997...Terror atop the Empire State Building as a gunman opens fire on the observation deck, killing one and injuring six others. The triggerman, Ali Abu Kamal, a Palestinian from Gaza, then turns the gun on himself. The tragic shooting sparks heightened security measures at the landmark building.

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