Opening day was chosen because it was the 150th anniversary of George Washington's first inauguration, which took place at Federal Hall in New York City in 1789; FDR gave the opening address at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, which was the first time an American President appeared on television. More than 200,000 people attended the fair on its first day.
For a virtual tour of the 1939 World's Fair, click here...
One fine fictional account of the 1939 World's Fair is the E. L. Doctorow novel World's Fair, published in 1985.
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