On July 4, 1961: Television host, chef, and food writer Andrew Zimmern was born in NYC. Zimmern is known as the host of the Travel Channel series Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, Bizarre Foods America, and Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre World. Zimmern has also lectured at The New School for Social Research.
A BLIMP CRASHED-LANDED
On July 4, 1993: A Pizza Hut blimp crash-landed on West 53rd Street. The blimp became deflated and started careening down onto the Hudson before landing on the roof of an apartment building. Thankfully, it landed safely, and neither the pilot nor any pedestrians were seriously injured.
METS HAD A WACKY GAME
On July 4, 1985: The Mets played a 19 inning game that finished at four in the morning, making it one of the wackiest baseball games in history. The Mets won by scoring five runs in the top of the 19th inning, finishing the game.
GEORGE A. WYMAN ARRIVED ON HIS MOTORCYCLE
On July 4, 1903: George A. Wyman arrived in NYC, becoming the first person to cross the United States on a motorcycle. 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.