GEORGE A. WYMAN ARRIVED ON HIS MOTORCYCLE
On July 4th, 1903: George A. Wyman arrived in NYC, becoming the first person to cross the United States on a motor vehicle. Wyman landed in NYC after riding his 1902 California Motor Cycle Company motorbike all the way from San Francisco. The record-breaking journey took Wyman just fifty-one days, nearly three weeks fewer than it took Dr. Horatio Nelson Jackson to cross the continent on an automobile.
A BLIMP CRASHED-LANDED
On July 4th, 1993: A Pizza Hut blimp crash-landed on West 53rd Street. Hold your laughter! Had the pilot not done such a solid job of landing the thing as it became deflated and started careening down onto the Hudson (before landing on the roof of an apartment building), the blimp-hap could’ve easily caused casualties. Thankfully, it landed safely, and neither the pilot nor any pedestrians were seriously injured.
BORN ON THIS DAY: NEIL SIMON
On July 4th, 1927: Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon was born. Among the most celebrated in his field, Simon has received more Oscar and Tony nominations than any other writer. On his shelf rest countless awards, including six Writers Guild of America Awards, two Emmys, four Tonys, a Golden Globe, and finally, the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
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