By On This Day in NYC's History


On July 24th, 1965: Charles Dillon “Casey” Stengel resigned as manager of the New York Mets. Nicknamed “The Old Professor,” Stengel started his baseball career as an outfielder for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Stengel’s managerial career with the Mets was short-lived, as he retired after four seasons. Mocking his well-publicized old age, when he was hired he said, “It’s a great honor to be joining the Knickerbockers,” a New York baseball team that had seen its last game around the time of the Civil War. At the time, the Mets was an expansion team with no chance of winning many games; ever-humorous, Stengel often poked fun at his team, saying, “Come see my ‘Amazin’ Mets’,” and “I’ve been in this game a hundred years, but I see new ways to lose I never new existed before.” Although his “Amazin’ Mets” finished last in a ten-team league all four years he managed the team, Stengel remained a popular and well-loved figure nonetheless, and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966.

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On July 24th, 2010: Protests were held for Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, the Iranian woman who gained the attention of human rights groups and people across the globe after being convicted of adultery and sentenced to death by stoning. Since 2006, Ashtiani has been imprisoned and under a death sentence in Tabriz for her alleged infidelity. After an international campaign to overturn her sentence was started by her two children, Farideh and Sajjad Qaderzadeh, prominent media sources picked it up, bringing global publicity to the tragic and horrifying situation. In 2010, Ashtiani’s children wrote a letter to the world asking for help to save their mother, that was published on June 26, 2010. Protests across the world began calling to stop her execution. On July 24th, major rallies were held in cities across the world, including our own. In September 2010, it was announced that Ashtiani’s execution by stoning had been lifted, although she still faces the death penalty and up to 10 years in prison for charges that the prosecution brought up tying her to the murder of her husband.


On July 24th, 1969: Jennifer Lopez was born! (Yup, this one deserves an exclamation point.) In spite of her Puerto Rican parents who believed that their Bronx-born Hispanic child of very humble beginnings would never make it in the entertainment industry, J.Lo began pursuing a career in acting after she scored her first gig with a minor role in the 1986 film My Little Girl, after which she snagged her first regular high-profile job as a Fly Girl dancer on the sketch comedy show, In Living Color from 1991 to 1993. In 1997, Lopez became the first Latina actress to earn over $1 million for a role the following year with the film Out of Sight. Two years later, she ventured into the music industry with her debut studio album On the 6 (that’s right, ladies and gents; Jenny is an actress-turned-singer, and not the other way around). Throughout the years, J.Lo has thrived as a singer-actress, with the majority of her most recent successes being in the music industry (her eighth album, which producer RedOne states will be “very special,” is scheduled to be released in November). J.Lo has won countless awards (302, actually), has sold between 75 and 80 million records worldwide (many of which have gone platinum), and has an estimated net worth of over $250 million. Despite all her commercial success, however, we firmly believe that J.Lo will always remain our beloved homegirl: Jenny from the Block.

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