On August 8, 1951: Filmmaker Martin Brest was born in the Bronx. Brest attended Stuyvesant High School before attending NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Brest’s early career was peppered with hits such as Going in Style, Beverly Hills Cop, and The Scent of a Woman. Despite the success of his early years, Brest is perhaps best known for writing and directing the epic flop that was Gigli, starring Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez. Brest hasn’t made another film since.
THE DUTCH DEMAND SURRENDER
On August 8, 1673: A Dutch battle fleet of 23 ships demanded the surrender of New York. The hostilities between the Dutch and the English had been simmering since the English had seized control of New Amsterdam from the Dutch almost ten years before. Despite a 1667 peace treaty between the two, fighting was renewed, leading to the Dutch recapture of New Amsterdam. The English, however, got it back within the year.
110 IN THE SHADE CLOSED
On August 8, 1964: The original Broadway production of 110 in the Shade closed after 330 performances. The musical chronicled the loves and lives of a small town in Southwestern American overwhelmed by drought. The production was critically acclaimed and garnered four Tony nominations though it did not win any. Recently, the musical was revived in 2007 with the Tony-award winning Audra McDonald as the unlucky-in-love Lizzie.