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HISTORY WAS MADE ON THIS DAY

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COMILLE BOHANNON

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Film director Martin Charles Scorsese is 80 years old today.

4 Film Favorites: Martin Scorsese Collection (DVD)

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ERIE CANAL OPENED ON THIS DAY IN 1825

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The Canal connects the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean via
the Hudson River. Governor DeWitt Clinton of
New York, the
driving force behind the project, led the opening ceremonies
and rode the canal boat Seneca Chief from Buffalo to
New York
City
.

Work began on the waterway in 1817. Teams of oxen plowed the
ground, but for the most part
the work was done by immigrants,
among them Irish diggers who had to rely on primitive tools. They
were paid $10 a month, and barrels of whisky were placed along
the canal route as encouragement.

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A painting at the Syracuse Canal Museum depicts Governor Dewitt Clinton bringing water from Lake Erie to New York
City, in the ceremony known as the “Wedding of the Waters.”

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The Erie Canalway today.

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