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2016 notable dates in NYC: 15th anniversary of 9/11, Statue of Liberty's 130th birthday and more

New York City will mark major anniversaries in 2016.

Some will be somber, like the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center.

Others will be more celebratory, like the Empire State Building's 85th birthday and the fifth anniversary of the Marriage Equality Act's passage.

Scroll down for some major dates coming up in the new year.

Jan. 11: Throgs Neck Bridge's 55th birthday

The Throgs Neck Bridge, which connects the Bronx
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The Throgs Neck Bridge, which connects the Bronx and Queens, opened on Jan. 11, 1961.

May 1: Empire State Building's 85th birthday

The Empire State Building opened on May 1,
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The Empire State Building opened on May 1, 1931. At the time, it was the largest skyscraper in the world.

May 24: New York Public Library turns 105

The flagship New York Public Library building opened
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The flagship New York Public Library building opened its doors to book lovers on May 24, 1911. About 30,000-50,000 people visited the giant Fifth Avenue library on that first day, according to NYPL.org.

June 24: 5th anniversary of Marriage Equality Act's passage

It will be five years in June since
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It will be five years in June since New York legalized same-sex marriage. The Marriage Equality Act was signed into law on June 24, 2011 and went into effect a month later, making New York the sixth state to legalize gay marriage.

July 9: 240th anniversary of New York's independence

Celebrate your freedom twice this year: The U.S.
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Celebrate your freedom twice this year: The U.S. marks July 4 as Independence Day, but New York didn't sign the Declaration of Independence until five days later, on July 9, 1776.

Sept. 11: 15th anniversary of 9/11 terror attacks

Nearly 3,000 people were killed when terrorists crashed
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Nearly 3,000 people were killed when terrorists crashed two planes into the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001. A third plane hit the Pentagon in D.C., and a fourth plane crashed in a Pennsylvania field. This Sept. 11 marks the 15th anniversary of the horrific attacks.

Oct. 25: George Washington Bridge turns 85

The George Washington Bridge's upper level opened to
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The George Washington Bridge's upper level opened to traffic on Oct. 25, 1931. The lower level didn't open until 1962.

Oct. 27: 30th anniversary of Mets' last World Series win

The Mets last won the World Series 30
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The Mets last won the World Series 30 years ago on Oct. 27, 1986. The team beat the Boston Red Sox 8-5 in Game 7 of the World Series at Shea Stadium in Queens. The Mets had previously won the World Series once before in 1969.

Oct. 28: 130th anniversary of Statue of Liberty's unveiling

Lady Liberty was unveiled on Oct. 28, 1886,
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Lady Liberty was unveiled on Oct. 28, 1886, in New York Harbor. President Grover Cleveland was even on hand for the special ceremony.

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