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By On This Day in NYC's History


On August 15, 1969: Hippies migrated to White Lake, New York for “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music,” a.k.a. Woodstock. Thirty-two acts — many of them native New Yorkers — performed outdoors in front of 400,000 concert-goers during this weekend event. Woodstock was one of the biggest rock festivals in history and a counter-cultural touchstone.



On August 15, 1968: Actress Debra Messing was born in Brooklyn. Known for her iconic role as Grace Adler in the TV series Will and Grace, Messing has had a long and illustrious career as an actress. Messing received critical acclaim for her lead role as Molly Kagan in the TV miniseries The Starter Wife.


On August 15, 1923: Actress Rose Marie was born in New York City. A vaudeville veteran, her career included film, theater, night club work, and television. She is most famous for her role as Sally Rogers on the CBS situation comedy The Dick Van Dyke Show, and has since made countless appearances in other television shows and feature films.