RIP FRANKIE LYMON
On February 28, 1968: Harlem-native and frontman of the Teenagers, Frankie Lymon was found dead in his grandmother’s Harlem apartment after overdosing on heroin. He was only 25. Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers’ biggest hit was Why Do Fools Fall in Love.
THAT TREE IN BROOKLYN
On February 28, 1945: The film adaptation of Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn premiered. James Dunn, who played Johnny Nolan, won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
BORN ON THIS DAY: JOHN TURTURRO
On February 28, 1957: Actor and director John Turturro was born in Brooklyn. Turturro grew up in the Rosedale section of Queens. He is best known for his roles in The Big Lebowski , O Brother, Where Art Thou?, and the Transformers series.