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GORBACHEV AT THE U.N.

On December 7, 1988: Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev delivered his famous speech at the United Nations General Assembly, announcing unilateral arms cuts, in New York City. Gorbachev famously presided over glasnost and perestroika, and similar programs, as well as the arms cuts which he announced here in New York.

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BUILDING THE BILTMORE

On December 7, 1925: The Biltmore Theatre at 251 West 47th Street, now the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, opened on Broadway with the play Easy Come Easy Go. It was designed by Herbert J. Krapp for impresario Irwin Chanin. In 1968, the groundbreaking musical Hair famously opened at the theatre.


PATRICE O’NEAL

On December 7, 1969: Comedian Patrice O’Neal was born in New York City. O’Neal appeared in films such as Spike Lee’s 25th Hour, Elephant in the Room, and has appeared in countless comedy specials including Showtime at the Apollo, Chapelle’s Show, and HBO’s One-Night Stand. He died in 2011.