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By On This Day in NYC's History

TONY CURTIS

On June 3, 1925: Actor Tony Curtis was born in the Bronx. Curtis was a massively popular actor in the 1950s and 1960s, and starred in such hits as the Sweet Smell of SuccessThe Defiant OnesSome Like it Hot, and Spartacus. He performed with the likes of Carey Grant, Marilyn Monroe, Billy Wilder, and others. Curtis passed away in 2010.

 

LUCILLE BALL’S RUN AS A WILDCAT ENDS

On June 3, 1960: The Broadway musical Wildcat, starring Lucille Ball, closed at the Alvin Theater after only 172 performances. The show only lasted as long as it did because of Ball’s popularity, and when she couldn’t recover from a lingering illness, the show was forced to close.

 

THE METS PICK STRAWBERRY

On June 3, 1980: The New York Mets drafted Darryl Strawberry in the 1980 Major League Baseball Draft. Strawberry helped the Mets win the the 1986 World Series, and would then go on to be a World Series champion three more times with the New York Yankees. Strawberry hit over 300 home runs and batted in a 1,000 runs during his career.

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