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The First Woman on the Stock Exchange

On this date in 1967, Muriel Siebert, age 35, became the first woman member of the New York Stock Exchange (alongside 1,365 men), after campaigning for months to overcome sexist obstructions. In 1975, Siebert & Company became the nation’s first discount brokerage house, democratizing Wall Street investing by greatly lowering the fees involved. Today, more […]

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October 13: Alan Slifka and the Abraham Fund

Alan B. Slifka, a philanthropist who co-founded (with Eugene Wiener) the Abraham Fund Initiatives in 1989, the first nonprofit organization outside Israel dedicated to furthering coexistence between Israeli Arabs and Jews, was born along with his twin sister in New York on this date in 1929. Slifka was a product of the Ethical Culture Fieldston School […]

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September 27: Seligman, Missouri

The town of Herdsman, Missouri (also known as Roller’s Ridge), on the Ozark Plateau, was renamed Seligman on this date in 1880, to honor Joseph Seligman (1819-1880), a financier of railroads. The Atlantic and Pacific Railroad had transformed the town from a small settlement of railroad workers, with only a liquor store, a drug store, […]

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August 10: Funding the the Russo-Japanese War

Peace negotiations to end the Russo-Japanese war began on this date in 1905 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, with President Theodore Roosevelt as the mediator. The war grew out of conflicting imperial ambitions of the Russian Empire and the Empire of Japan in Manchuria and Korea, and resulted in a humiliating defeat for Russia. Japan was […]

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