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By On This Day in NYC's History


JULIAN CASABLANCAS

 On August 23, 1978: Singer-songwriter Julian Casablancas was born in New York City. Frontman for the widely popular band The Strokes, he and his band have been cited for reviving the NYC post-punk music scene. In recent years, he collaborated with Daft Punk on their song “Instant Crush,” and has worked with everyone from Pharrell to Andy Samberg to Danger Mouse.


JOHN LENNON’S UFO SIGHTING

On August 23, 1974: John Lennon reportedly spotted a UFO from the balcony of his Manhattan apartment. According to Lennon and another witness, a craft shaped like a flattened cone covered in blinking lights hovered over the terrace before moving over to the next building. Lennon was fascinated with this sighting, even referencing it in two of his songs, “Out of the Blue” and “Nobody Told Me.”


PRECURSOR TO THE CAPED CRUSADER

On August 23, 1920: The Broadway play The Bat opened. Written by Mary Rinehart and Avery Hopwood, the play takes place in an old mansion where the guests are slowly picked off by a caped villain known as “The Bat.” Though the play has fallen into obscurity, it’s legacy lives on as many recognize it as the original inspiration for a little comic book character known as Batman.