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March 20 in NYC

Posted: Mar 20, 2013 | 6:52 PM
by Jared Goldstein
1691:  Mayoral politics in the post New Amsterdam era gets bloody.  The aptly named Henry Sloughter wins.  The loser, Jacob Leisler was hanged for treason.  Leisler is later cleared.

1922:  Happy Birthday to funnyman Carl Reiner.  He will be a 2000 Year Old Man in 1,909 years

1931:  Happy Birthday to Broadway star and "Barney Miller" Hal Linden.

1950:  William Hurt, the award-winning Julliard-trained actor, born.

Hurt's Julliard classmate was Christopher Reeves.  We see Julliard on Upper West Side tours.

1957:  Director, Brooklyn native and NYU Tisch grad Spike Lee born.

In the early 1990s I was on a line just ahead of him to see Malcolm X documentaries, and I broke the New York Code: "SPIKE LEEEE!!  I looooove your movies!"  He was annoyed and buried himself in the NY Post Sports section.  A couple of years later his Malcolm X film debuted.

1988:  M. Butterfly opened on Broadway, garnering the Tony Award, playing 777 times.


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