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JUST WHAT I NEEDED IN CENTRAL PARK

On August 24, 1979: Rock band The Cars performed in front of half a million people in Central Park. One of their most well-known hits “Just What I Needed” is from their self-titled debut album which dropped a year earlier in 1978.


CHARLIE VILLANUEVA

On August 24, 1984: Professional basketball player Charlie Villanueva was born in Queens. He played ball at Newtown High School in Queens before transferring to Blair Academy. After two years of playing at the college level for UConn, Villanueva was drafted by the Toronto Raptors. He now plays for the Dallas Mavericks.

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20 YEARS TO LIFE FOR LENNON’S MURDERER

On August 24, 1981: Mark David Chapman was sentenced to 20 years to life for the murder of music legend, John Lennon. The murder occurred December 8, 1980 outside of his Manhattan apartment. Chapman has been denied parole seven times.

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