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On August 17, 1973: Actor, director, and producer Robert De Niro was born in Manhattan. After growing up in Little Italy, De Niro’s first major role was as the young Vito Corleone in Martin Scorsese’s film Godfather II, a performance for which he won an Oscar. Throughout a successful career spanning decades, De Niro has received special attention for starring in New York classics like Taxi Driver, New York, New York, and Goodfellas.


On August 17, 1994: The Central Park Reservoir was renamed in honor of former first lady, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Though the reservoir had been retired earlier in 1993, it remained (and still remains) a popular spot for tourists and natives alike, especially those who enjoy jogging the reservoir’s 1.58 mile jogging path. Jackie, who had passed away earlier that year, had been particularly fond of the reservoir both for exercise and leisure.

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On August 17, 1969: The then up-and-coming New York Jets beat the tried-and-true New York Giants in their first game against each other. The Jets were a new team still high off of their first visit to the Super Bowl the previous year. The game, which was played in the pre-season, was viewed by many as a “turf war,” a way for the Jets to establish themselves further as major contenders in American Football.

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