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By On This Day in NYC's History


PRECURSOR TO THE CAPED CRUSADER

On August 23, 1920: The Bat opened on Broadway. Written by Mary Rinehart and Avery Hopwood, the play takes place in an old mansion where the guests are slowly picked off by a caped villain known as “The Bat.” Though the play has fallen into obscurity, it’s legacy lives on as many recognize it as the original inspiration for a little comic book character known as Batman, you may be familiar with him.

batman logo On This Day In NYCs History: John Lennon Saw a UFO
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JOHN LENNON’S UFO SIGHTING

On August 13, 1974: John Lennon reportedly spotted a UFO from the balcony of his Manhattan apartment. According to Lennon and another witness, a craft shaped like a flattened cone covered in blinking lights hovered over the terrace before moving over to the next building. Lennon was fascinated with this sighting, even referencing it in two of his songs, “Out of the Blue” and “Nobody Told Me.” At the time of the sighting, he was also completely nude.



BORN ON THIS DAY: JULIAN CASABLANCAS

 On August 23, 1978: Singer, songwriter, musician, and frontman of The Strokes, Julian Casablancas was born in New York City. He recently collaborated with Daft Punk on their song “Instant Crush”, providing both vocals and a guitar solo.

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