THE BADDEST MAN ON THE PLANET
On June 30, 1966: International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Mike Tyson was born in Brooklyn. Tyson made his boxing debut at only 18 years old, and went on to have a boxing career populated with both success and controversy, including allegations of rape, and the 1997 revocation of his boxing license for infamously biting a piece of rival Evander Holyfield’s ear off during a match.
NEWSPAPER STRIKE STOPS CITY
On June 30, 1945: 1,700 newspaper delivery men went on strike. Newspaper sales plummeted as thousands were forced to stand in long lines for publications such as the New York Times and the Daily News, while the New York Post suspended publication altogether. The strike ended without violence, but not before Mayor La Guardia provided New York children with their daily comics by reading them aloud in a radio broadcast.
THE KING AND I BROADWAY REVIVAL CLOSES
On June 30th, 1985: The Broadway revival of The King and I closed. The Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical had originally opened on Broadway in 1951. The 1985 revival featured Yul Brynner. Despite battling lung cancer and various infections, Brynner repeatedly brought the house down all the way up to his 4,625th performance as the King.