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DAVID ROCKEFELLER

On June 12, 1915: Banker David Rockefeller was born in New York City. A member of the esteemed Rockefeller family, David served as CEO of Chase Bank. In 1979, Rockefeller became involved in an international incident when he, along with others, convinced President Jimmy Carter to admit the Shah of Iran into the U.S. for hospital treatment, a move which directly preceded the Iranian Hostage Crisis.

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THE SON OF SAM GOT SLAMMED

On June 12, 1978: Serial killer David Berkowitz, dubbed the Son of Sam, was sentenced to six consecutive terms of 25 years to life, one for each fatal shooting he committed. The hyper-publicized gun downs, which left several others injured, terrorized New Yorkers during the summer of 1977. Berkowitz pled guilty to eight shootings in total, and insisted that his neighbor’s demon-possessed labrador retriever told him to perpetrate the killings.

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ONE MILLION ANTI-NUCLEAR PROTESTERS RALLIED

On June 12, 1982: Protesters rallied against nuclear arms. The nuclear threat having been recently revived, the demonstrators gathered in Central Park to march while the United Nations held a special session on disarmament. Upwards of 750,000 opponents to nuclear force participated in the rally, making it the largest protest in NYC’s history.

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