The Great Blizzard of 1888 was one of the most severe recorded blizzards in the history of the United States. Snowfalls of 40-50 inches fell in parts of New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut, and sustained winds of more than 45 miles per hour produced snowdrifts in excess of 50 feet. Railroads were shut down and people were confined to their houses for up to a week.
On March 16, 1830, the New York Stock Exchange sets a record for its slowest trading day in history, with only 31 shares sold. (Perspective: there hasn’t been a day since 1953 that fewer than a million shares have been traded, and since 1997, never fewer than 1 billion.)