On December 12, 1924: Ed Koch, the 105th Mayor of New York City, was born in the Bronx. Criticized for his (lack of) response to the AIDS crisis, Koch managed to win two reelections with over 70 percent of the vote each time. Some of his accomplishments as mayor include drafting a public housing renewal plan and cutting spending and taxes. He died in February 2013 at age 88.
19TH CENTURY FUNNIES
On December 12, 1897: The comic strip The Katzenjammer Kids, created by Rudolph Dirks, debuted in American Humorist, the Sunday supplement of William Randolph Hearst’s New York Journal. The comic strip is still run today by King Features, making it the longest-running and oldest comic syndication.
END OF AN ERA
On December 12, 1976: Quarterback Joe Namath played his last game as a New York Jet. Namath’s Jersey (#12) was retired by the jets, and he was inducted into the National Football Hall of Fame in 1985.