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July 28th
Nicknames of Some Great American Cities
On July 28, 1896, the hamlet of Miami was incorporated with a population of just a few hundred people. By 1900 it had more than 1,600 residents. By 1910 the town’s population had reached nearly 5,500, and by 1925, as new subdivisions and resorts were built, it had soared to more than 100,000. The city changed so fast, people said it was “growing like magic,” and Miami came to be known as the “Magic City.”

Americans love to give nicknames to their hometowns. A few more examples:

City Nickname
Boston Bean Town
Chicago The Windy City
Dallas Big D
Denver Mile High City
Detroit Motor City (Motown)
Los Angeles City of Angels
Milwaukee Brew City
Nashville Music City
New Orleans The Big Easy
New York The Big Apple
Philadelphia City of Brotherly Love
Pittsburgh Steel City
St. Louis Gateway to the West
San Francisco City by the Bay
Seattle Emerald City
American History Parade
1896
The city of Miami is incorporated.

1932
President Herbert Hoover orders the U.S. Army to evict the “Bonus Army” of World War I veterans who had gathered in Washington, D.C., seeking cash payments for bonus certificates the government had issued.

1945
A U.S. Army bomber crashes into the seventy-ninth floor of the fog-shrouded Empire State Building, killing more than a dozen people.
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