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RAPID TRANSIT CHALLENGE

On August 3, 1967: James Law and six of his high school friends rode the entire Subway in 22 hours and 11 minutes. Although there are few details available of this record-breaking ride, this time was reportedly cited in the Guinness Book of World Records.

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GARTH BROOKS PLAYED FOR THE PUBLIC

On August 3, 1997: Country music artist Garth Brooks played a free concert for HBO in Central Park. As one of the most successful recording artists of all time, he has released 20 records, sold roughly 70 million albums worldwide, and has won countless awards including Grammys, Country Music Awards, and AMAs. Brooks was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2012.




FLY ME TO THE MOON

On August 3, 1926: Musician Tony Bennett was born in Astoria, Queens. Best-known for his many hit singles, including Fly Me to the Moon, I Left My Heart in San Francisco, and The Way You Look Tonight, Bennett has had an illustrious career. He also found success as a painter, whose work is under the name Anthony Benedetto.

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