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By On This Day in NYC's History

THEO ROSSI

On June 4, 1975: Actor Theo Rossi was born on Staten Island. He studied at The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in Manhattan before being cast as “Juice” Ortiz in the popular FX series Sons of Anarchy. After Hurricane Sandy, Rossi, along with other friends and family, founded “Staten Strong,” a program that has rebuilt homes for hurricane victims.

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917’s ORIGINS

On June 4, 1990: New York Telephone company announced that it wanted the Bronx area code 917. The telephone company wanted to use the area code for the Bronx and all the cellular phones and paging devices in the 212 area. This was suggested to free up more landlines.

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ROBERT MERRILL

On June 4, 1917: Opera singer Robert Merrill was born in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He was a baritone who made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera as winner of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions of the Air in 1945, as “Germont” in La traviata. In 1996, at a reception at Lincoln Center, Merrill was presented with The Lawrence Tibbett Award from the AGMA Relief Fund, honoring his fifty years of professional achievement and dedication to colleagues.

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