• Fiorello H. LaGuardia
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    December 11, 1882 Fiorello H. La Guardia is born in Greenwich Village, New York City.
    1907-1910  La Guardia serves as an interpreter in the U.S. Immigration Service on Ellis Island.
    November 7, 1916 La Guardia elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as a Republican from lower Manhattan.
    August 15, 1917  La Guardia commissioned a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Service, rising to the rank of Major. He serves on the Austrian-Italian front during World War I.
    November 4, 1919 La Guardia elected president of the Board of Aldermen.
    November 7, 1922  La Guardia elected to the House of Representatives from upper Manhattan's 20th Congressional District, a champion of liberal values in a conservative era.
    November 7, 1933 La Guardia elected New York City's 99th mayor. He will be reelected in 1937 and 1941, serving for 12 years.
    March 19-20, 1935 A riot in Harlem that results in one death stirs Mayor La Guardia to create the Mayor's Commission on Conditions in Harlem to determine the causes of the outbreak.
    June 25, 1935 Mayor La Guardia opens a new baby health station in the Bronx, heralding an expansion of health services throughout the city.
    July 11, 1936 Mayor La Guardia joins other dignitaries at the opening of the Triborough (now RFK) Bridge, perhaps the best example of LaGuardia's expansion of city facilities.
    October 15, 1939 Mayor La Guardia opens New York Municipal Airport #2; the airport in Queens soon renamed Fiorello H. LaGuardia Field.
    March 29, 1946 La Guardia named Director-General of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration.
    September 20, 1947 Fiorello H. La Guardia dies of cancer at age 64 after a long illness.
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