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By On This Day in NYC's History


On February 23, 1997: Ali Hassan Abu Kamal, a Palestinian teacher, opened fire on the observation deck of the Empire State Building. He shot and killed one person and wounded six more before killing himself. It was ruled as a premeditated attack after finding notes indicating anger over Palestine and Israel.

Empire State Building Observation Deck

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On February 23, 2000: Rapper and producer Sean Combs was indicted on charges of bribing a witness. Combs was said to have offered money and jewelry to his driver, and asked him to claim ownership of a gun that was recovered from his car following a shooting at a New York nightclub in 1999. Combs faced trial, and was found not guilty on all charges.

Sean Combs Trial

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On February 23, 1969: Entrepreneur Daymond John was born in Queens. He is best known as the founder of the clothing brand FUBU, and appears on ABC’s television series, Shark Tank as an investor. 

2013 American Music Awards Daymond John

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