PARK SLOPE PLANE CRASH
On December 16, 1950: The Park Slope Plane Crash, a mid-air collision between two airliners, occurred over New York City. The collision of United Airlines Flight 826 and Trans World Airlines Flight 266 caused Flight 266 to crash into Staten Island and Flight 826 to crash into Park Slope, Brooklyn. 134 people were killed.
SPARKS WILL FLY
On December 16, 1985: Mob boss Paul Castellano, head of the Gambino crime family, was murdered outside Sparks Steakhouse on 46th Street. John Gotti, who seceded Castellano, was later convicted for the hit.
BORN ON THIS DAY: JAMES MANGOLD
On December 16, 1963: Director and screenwriter James Mangold was born in New York City. Mangold is most well known for co-writing and directing Walk the Line.
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