41 SHOTS CUT THROUGH THE NIGHT
On February 9, 1999: Amadou Diallo, a 23-year-old immigrant from Guinea, was shot and killed outside his apartment in the Soundview section of the Bronx by four New York City Police Department plain-clothed officers. Diallo was unarmed, and the incident sparked widespread outrage and a series of demonstrations against racial profiling by police.
SHOWIN’ OFF ON STAGE
On February 4, 1924: Playwright George Kelly’s satirical comedy, The Show-Off, premiered on Broadway. The play was adapted into a silent film in 1926, and was remade several times thereafter. A clip of the silent film version is below:
BORN ON THIS DAY: CAM’RON
On February 4, 1976: Grammy-nominated rapper and Diplomats founder Cam’ron was born in Harlem. Cam’ron is widely known for encouraging a generation of young urban men to wear pink, and for taunting Bill O’Reilly on national television.
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