October 8th in NYC History
Posted: Oct 8, 2012 | 10:52 PM
1927: The Yankees beat Pittsburgh to win the World Series in a four game sweep. This "Murders' Row" team is considered the best in baseball history. Even so, the next day Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig played at a high school in the Bronx the next day.
1939: Happy Birthday Paul Hogan, star of New York City's beloved "Crocodile Dundee."
I love to show the subway at the end of the movie where he went for his walkabout. He stayed at the Plaza Hotel in the movie, like 75 other movies set there.
1943: Happy Birthday to Julliard and SNL's Chevy Chase.
1944: "Ozzie and Harriet" starts on CBS radio; it will go on TV in 1952.
1949: Sigourney Weaver born in NYC.
1956 The Yankees' Don Larsen pitches the only World Series perfect game, triumphing over the Brooklyn Dodgers 2-0. The Yanks will go on to win the series.
1957: Heartbreak in Brooklyn: Dodgers announce their to move from New York to Los Angeles.
1968: Zeffirelli's film "Romeo and Juliet" opens in New York City.
1970: New York's Matt Damon born in Cambridge, MA.
1973: A huge brawl breaks out at the Mets Cincinnati game. In the fifth inning both benches were cleared after Pete Rose and Bud Harrelson duked it out. Then fans threw garbage at Rose, causing the Reds to leave the game. The Yankees took to the field to calm the fans so that the game continued.
1985 The Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro's hijackers killed New York passenger Leon Klinghoffer and dumped his body and wheelchair overboard.
1988: Columbia breaks its record 44 game streak of losses at Baker Field in Manhattan. We beat Princeton 16-13. I cabbed up 100 blocks in time to see the fans try to tear down the goal posts amidst a successful phalanx of guards. The parties on campus were loud, and there were many ways to celebrate well into the night. Great memories.
2004: Domestic Goddess and millionaire Martha Stewart reports to prison to serve her sentence for insider trading that gained her about $35,000. 2012: Still none of 2008's Great Recession banksters even jailed, much less tried.
I show the Federal Courthouse where Stewart had her comeuppance on my tours of Wall Street and the Municipal District.