On this date March 11, back in 1888, “The Great Blizzard” aka “the Great White Hurricane” hit New York City eventually dumping more than 20 inches of snow in three days.
The storm was one of the worst blizzards in the history of the United States with winds of up to 70 miles per hour. It paralyzed the East Coast from the Chesapeake Bay to Maine as well as the Atlantic provinces of Canada.
So many telegraph wires were down that NYC was unable to communicate with the rest of the world. To prevent such disruptions in the future, bankers and financiers organized and helped government transition to an underground wire system.
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