JUST WHAT I NEEDED IN CENTRAL PARK
On August 24, 1979: Rock band The Cars performed in front of half a million people in Central Park. One of their most well known hits “Just What I Needed” is from their self titled debut album which dropped a year earlier in 1978.
On August 24, 1984: Professional basketball player Charlie Villanueva was born in Queens. Villanueva played ball at Newtown High School in Queens before transferring to Blair Academy. After two years of playing at the college level for UConn, Villanueva was drafted by the Toronto Raptors. He now plays for the Detroit Pistons.
20 YEARS TO LIFE FOR LENNON’S MURDERER
On August 24, 1981: Mark David Chapman was sentenced to 20 years to life for the murder of music legend John Lennon which occurred on December 8, 1980 outside his Manhattan apartment. Chapman has been denied parole seven times. RIP John Lennon.