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By On This Day in NYC's History

GREASE LIGHTNING 

On June 7, 1972: The Broadway musical Grease opened its doors at the Broadhurst Theater, and continued its run for 3,388 performances. The musical has been revived countless times, and was adapted into the hit movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.

HEATHCLIFF SLOCUMB

On June 7, 1966: Former Major League Baseball pitcher Heathcliff Slocumb was born in Jamaica, Queens. Slocumb played for many teams over a span of 10 years, including the Boston Red Sox and the Philadelphia Phillies. He was an All-Star in 1995, and had over 500 strikeouts in his career.

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TWO SAILORS ROWED ACROSS THE ATLANTIC

On June 7, 1896: George Harbo and Frank Samuelsen rowed across the Atlantic Ocean from The Battery in New York City to the Isles of Scilly, off the Cornish coast of England. They were promised a monetary reward from the publisher of the National Police Gazette, but received nothing.

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