By On This Day in NYC's History


On July 29th, 1973: The iconic band Led Zeppelin suffered a setback when over $200,000 in concert receipts was stolen out of their safety deposit box at the local Drake Hotel. The British rock group was in NYC in order to play a three-night concert series at Madison Square Garden. Though $200,000 sounds pretty tame to our modern ears, when adjusted for inflation, the amount soars up to over one million dollars. The money was never recovered and the thief never discovered though the band did sue the hotel for what police called “the largest single theft from a safety deposit box ever.”


On July 29th, 1986: A New York jury found the NFL liable for two antitrust violations brought against them in suit by their rival, the USFL. Less established than the NFL, the USFL claimed that the NFL monopolized the three major television networks, leaving no time for the USFL to broadcast their games. Though the USFL had asked for upwards of a billion dollars in damages if the NFL was found guilty, the court ordered the NFL to pay only $1 in damages, though the amount was eventually raised to $3.

1Dollar 628x521 On This Day In NYCs History: Filmmaker Ken Burns Was Born
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On July 29th, 1953: Documentary director and producer Ken Burns was born in Brooklyn. Following a childhood interest in history and film, Burns went on to create some of the best known documentaries of the 20th and 21st centuries, including (but not limited to) The Brooklyn Bridge, The Civil War, and The Central Park Five. Burns regards the death of his mother when he was just 11 as a major influence on his choices to make documentaries and thus bringing back to life those who are gone.

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