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ONE MILLION ANTI-NUCLEAR PROTESTERS RALLIED

On June 12th, 1982: Protesters rallied against nuclear arms. The nuclear threat having recently been revived, the demonstrators gathered in Central Park to march while the United Nations held a Special Session on Disarmament. Upwards of one million opponents to nuclear force participated in the rally, making it the largest protest in NYC’s history.

THE SON OF SAM GOT SLAMMED

On June 12th, 1982: Serial killer David Berkowitz, dubbed the Son of Sam, was sentenced to 25 years to life, to be served consecutively, for each of the eight shootings he committed. The hyper-publicized gun downs, which left six people dead and several others injured, terrorized New Yorkers as Berkowitz’s toll mounted. Berkowitz pled guilty to the eight shootings he was indicted for and found guilty of, insisting that a demon that possessed his neighbor’s labrador retriever bid him to perpetrate the killings.

Image Courtesy of NY Daily News

Image Courtesy of NY Daily News

BORN ON THIS DAY: HENRY SLESAR

On June 12th, 1927: Author and playwright Henry Slesar was born. After Alfred Hitchcock bought Slesar’s M Is for the Many for adaptation, the director and the author collaborated on several other occasions, leading Slesar to become the most prolific contributor to the Hitchcock TV series. Having written countless scripts for television series and soap operas, Slesar was called “the writer with the largest audience in America” by TV Guide.

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