On June 12, 1915: David Rockefeller was born in New York City. A member of the esteemed Rockefeller family, David served as CEO of Chase Bank. In 1979, Rockefeller became involved in an international incident when he, along with others, convinced President Jimmy Carter to admit the Shah of Iran into the US for hospital treatment, a move which directly preceded the Iranian Hostage Crisis.
THE SON OF SAM GOT SLAMMED
On June 12, 1982: Serial killer David Berkowitz, dubbed the Son of Sam, was sentenced to 25 years to life, to be served consecutively, for each of the eight shootings he committed. The hyper-publicized gun downs, which left six people dead and several others injured, terrorized New Yorkers as Berkowitz’s toll mounted. Berkowitz pled guilty to the eight shootings he was indicted for and found guilty of, insisting that a demon that possessed his neighbor’s labrador retriever bid him to perpetrate the killings.
ONE MILLION ANTI-NUCLEAR PROTESTERS RALLIED
On June 12, 1982: Protesters rallied against nuclear arms. The nuclear threat having recently been revived, the demonstrators gathered in Central Park to march while the United Nations held a Special Session on Disarmament. Upwards of 750,000 opponents to nuclear force participated in the rally, making it the largest protest in NYC’s history.