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DIANA ROSS RAINED OUT

On July 21, 1983: Former Supreme Diana Ross performed a concert in Central Park. Showtime planned to film the performance for a TV special and the proceeds would go toward building a playground in Ross’ name. Unfortunately, halfway through the concert, the sky opened up and rained out the performance despite Ross’ best efforts to power through. Ever the professional, Ross was back the next day for a redo. When it was revealed that the second concert had eaten up all the profits meant for the playground, Ross donated the $250,000 needed out of her own pocket. The Diana Ross Playground lives at 83rd and Central Park West.



TUNNEL COLLAPSED

On July 21, 1880: An accident in during the construction of the Hudson River tunnel caused the death of twenty workers. Construction conditions in the tunnels were dangerous and unhealthy with workers breathing compressed air and working to stave off potential floods. On this particular occasion, the river breached the tunnel and twenty men drowned, putting off construction for several years. Despite its inauspicious beginnings, the Hudson River Tunnel was a success and is one of the tubes for the PATH train.

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ROMEO SANTOS

On July 21, 1981: Romeo Santos was born in the Bronx. He was the lead singer of the Bachata band Aventura, known for their hit single “Obsesión.” Since parting ways with the band, he has released a number of solo albums, remaining popular in the Latin music scene.