By On This Day in NYC's History


On June 16th, 1960: Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho premiered in New York City. Its pivotal “shower scene” analyzed exhaustively by film theorists for the past half-century, the landmark horror film changed the course of its genre’s history forever. Psycho, while it received mixed reviews at first, did tremendously in the box office and was nominated for four Academy Awards. While the film didn’t take home any Oscars, Janet Leigh did score the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Marion Crane.


On June 16th, 1871: The Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (abbreviated A.A.O.N.M.S.), whose members are colloquially known as “Shriners,” was founded. The A.A.O.N.M.S, which changed its name in 2010 to Shriners International, is one branch of the fraternity that is Freemasonry (the boys’ club that any decent celeb conspiracy theorist would know has long been associated with the Illuminati). Today, Shriners International has over two hundred temples (or “chapters”) established across the world.


On June 16th, 1971: Rapper Tupac Shakur, best known by his stage names 2Pac and Makaveli, was born. Though he was killed in a drive-by shooting in 1996 at just 25 years old, Pac has continued to sell over 75 million albums worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists in the world (as of 2010). A major player in the East Coast-West Coast hip hop rivalry, Pac was known for his involvement in conflicts with other hip hop artists, the most notorious (ha-ha…) of whom was, of course, Biggie. While rumors and conspiracies about how he died have long overwhelmed the public’s memory, Pac was, most importantly, a brilliant rapper whose music has been cited as having an influence on every hip-hop artist who entered the industry in the Nineties.

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