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On May 8, 1926: Legendary insult comic Don Rickles was born in Queens. Rickles was a frequent guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and influenced many future comedy greats like Jay Leno, David Letterman, Howard Stern, Lisa Lampanelli, and Jerry Seinfeld.


On May 8, 1993: Keron Thomas, a 16-year-old who impersonated an MTA worker, entered the 207th Street station and took an A train for a three-hour joyride through Queens, Manhattan, and Brooklyn. Thomas’ operation of the train went unnoticed by its 2,000 passengers, arriving safely at all the normal stops.

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On May 8th, 1940: Author Peter Benchley was born in New York City. Among his literary works, Benchley authored the novel Jaws, which was subsequently adapted into the blockbuster film series of the same name. Benchley passed away in 2006 at age 65.


On May 8, 1988: Former Heavyweight Champion Mike Tyson hit a parked car in Lower Manhattan while driving his Bentley convertible. Citing his bad luck with the vehicle, Tyson proceeded to give the Bentley to the two police officers on the scene.

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