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On December 16, 1985: Mob boss Paul Castellano, head of the Gambino crime family, was murdered outside Sparks Steakhouse on 46th Street. John Gotti, who succeeded Castellano, was later convicted of the hit. The family’s crimes over the years have included gambling, loansharking, extortion, money laundering, prostitution, fraud, and hijacking, among many other charges.

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On December 16, 1950: The Park Slope Plane Crash, a midair collision between two airliners, occurred over New York City. The collision of United Airlines Flight 826 and Trans World Airlines Flight 266 caused Flight 266 to crash into Staten Island and Flight 826 to crash into Park Slope, Brooklyn. 134 people were killed.

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On December 16, 1963: Director and screenwriter James Mangold was born in New York City. Mangold is most well-known for co-writing and directing Walk the Line. Mangold has either written and directed numerous other accoladed films, including Girl Interrupted, 3:10 to Yuma, and Kate & Leopold.