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By On This Day in NYC's History

BIG PUN

On November 10, 1971: Rapper Christopher Rios, aka Big Pun, was born in the Bronx. Best known for his single “I’m Not A Player,” Big Pun’s full length debut, Capital Punishment, was the first album by a solo Latino rapper to go platinum. 

 

RIP NORMAN MAILER

On November 10, 2007: Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Norman Mailer passed away in New York City. Mailer was known for his counter-cultural essays and eventually became a co-founder of The Village Voice. He is also known as one of the founders of the creative non-fiction genre.

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THE KING’S JEWEL

On November 10, 1958: New York native diamond merchant Harry Winston donated the Hope Diamond to the Smithsonian Institution. The diamond itself is notorious for supposedly being cursed, and is possibly the most famous diamond in the world having an incredibly long and detailed history.

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