MSNBC Celebrates 15 Years With Fireworks Over the Hudson


By Alex Weprin Comment

Last night, people on the west side of Manhattan were surprised by fireworks on the Hudson River, starting around 9:45 PM. The fireworks were not for Bastille Day, as one passerby speculated, but rather they were to celebrate the 15th anniversary of MSNBC. To commemorate the occasion, MSNBC held a star-studded affair at the Hotel Gansevoort in the Meatpacking District, with the grand finale being the fireworks.

It was 15 years ago this hour that MSNBC went on-air (and online, as they made clear in network promos). Jodi Applegate, now an anchor at WPIX New York, was the first anchor to appear: