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By On This Day in NYC's History

SON OF SAM ARRESTED

On August 10th, 1977: David Berkovitz was arrested under suspicion of being the notorious “Son of Sam” serial killer. The entire city had been on high alert since the previous summer, when Berkowitz had begun his murder spree. By the time the police caught him, six people were dead and seven others were wounded. He led the police on a extended chase, mailing crazed letters to police stations promising more violence, before he was finally caught and convicted to six life sentences (where he has apparently had some time to think).

Image Courtesy of Throwing Light

Image Courtesy of Throwing Light

ME AND MY GIRL OPENED AT THE MARQUIS

On August 10th, 1986: Me and My Girl opened at the Marquis Theater on Broadway. The musical tells the story of a unassuming cockney man in the 1930s who is plucked from obscurity when it is discovered that he is actually the heir of an Earl. Loveable hijinks ensue and all end up happy. Written in the thirties, the show was revised in 1984 by famous comedian Stephen Fry. The result was a production that took the West End and Broadway by storm, garnering 13 Tony nominations and winning three.

BORN ON THIS DAY: RONNIE SPECTOR

On August 10th, 1943: Veronica Yvette Bennett (aka Ronnie Spector) was born. Encouraged by her large family, Spector took to singing at an early age and got her start singing with her group, the Ronettes. The only thing bigger than their success of their hit song “Be My Baby” was their hair (which was pretty damn big). Though the Ronettes fame was fairly short-lived, Spector has kept going, gaining fame and notoriety not only for her music but also for her marriage to the confirmed nutjob Phil Spector.

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