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NEWSPAPER STRIKE STOPS CITY

On June 30th, 1945: Angered by the terms of a newly drafted contract, 1,700 newspaper delivery men went on strike, sending the New York area into shock as hundreds of thousands had to scramble for their daily news. Despite the prevalence of radios, New Yorkers struggled to follow the news of the day (such as the Potsdam Conference and the aftermath of World War II) without newspapers. The sales of newspapers plummeted as thousands were forced to stand in long lines for publications such as the New York Times and the Daily News while the New York Post suspended publication altogether. The strike ended without violence but not before Mayor La Guardia provided New York children with their daily comics by reading them aloud in a radio broadcast.

THE KING AND I BROADWAY REVIVAL CLOSES

On June 30th, 1985: The Broadway revival of The King and I closed after 191 performances. The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical had originally opened on Broadway in 1951, winning Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Actress, and Best Featured Actor. The 1985 revival featured Yul Brynner, who had originated the role of the King of Siam in 1951. Despite battling lung cancer and various infections, Brynner repeatedly brought the house down all the way up to his 4,625th performance as the King.

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BORN ON THIS DAY: MIKE TYSON

On June 30th, 1966: The “Baddest Man on the Planet” (aka Mike Tyson) was born in Brooklyn. A childhood fighting on the streets of Bedford-Stuyvesant set him up for his boxing debut at the age of 18 after winning gold medals in the 1981 and 1982 Junior Olympic Games. He went on to have a boxing career populated with both success and controversy including allegations of rape and the 1997 revocation of his boxing license for biting a piece of rival Evander Holyfield’s ear off during a match. Tyson entered into a tenuous retirement in 2005 and has been inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2011.

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