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OH MY! LONGEST-RUNNING MUSICAL REVUE CLOSED

On August 6, 1989: Oh! Calcutta! closed on Broadway after 14 years and 5,959 performances. The musical revue consisted of a series of avant-garde sketches about sex-related issues. The longevity of the show places it at number seven on the list of longest-running Broadway shows and at number one on the list of longest-running musical revues.

THE MISSINGEST MAN WENT MISSING

On August 6, 1930: Joseph Force Crater went missing after leaving dinner in Manhattan. Crater, an Associate Justice of the New York Supreme Court, had been vacationing in Maine with his wife when he came to the city, apparently to get some work done and have dinner with his mistress. His dinner companions were the last to see him. A nationwide search and investigation followed his disappearance though it has never been solved. Crater has been dubbed “The Missingest Man in New York”.

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PAUL BARTEL

On August 6, 1938: Actor and director Paul Bartel was born in Brooklyn. Bartel appeared in over 90 movies and television programs before his premature death at 61. He is also known for being the director of numerous  cult films, including Death Race 2000 (starring Sylvester Stallone), and Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills.

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