MS. FAT BOOTY
On December 11, 1973: Actor and musician Mos Def was born in Brooklyn. Mos Def has had a long and illustrious career, collaborating with hip-hop legends such as Talib Kweli (they released music under the moniker Black Star) and Kanye West through his GOOD Music label (to which Mos Def is now signed).
MADISON SQUARE GARDEN SHOWS MOVIES
On December 11, 1909: Colored moving images were demonstrated for the first time at Madison Square Garden with George Albert Smith’s A Trip to the Seaside. Such a cinema of attractions — the term which encapsulates earlier forms of cinema — were popular nationwide, drawing audiences who came just to witness the very spectacle of the new cinema.
On December 11, 1882: Fiorello LaGuardia, the 99th Mayor of New York City, was born in Greenwich Village. LaGuardia served three terms as mayor, involving the City heavily in the New Deal. He is credited with instilling modern infrastructure while pushing out the corrupt Democratic machine that previously ruled the city.