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On June 4, 1975: Actor Theo Rossi was born on Staten Island. He studied at The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in Manhattan before being cast as “Juice” Ortiz in the popular FX series Sons of Anarchy. After Hurricane Sandy, Rossi, along with other friends and family, founded “Staten Strong,” a program that has rebuilt homes for hurricane victims.

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On June 4, 1990: New York Telephone Company proposed creating a new area code for The Bronx. The telephone company suggested using the 917 area code for the borough, as well as all cellular phones and paging devices in the 212 area in order to free up more landlines. The plan was later amended to have The Bronx fall under the 718 area code along with Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island.

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On June 4, 1917: Opera singer Robert Merrill was born in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He was a baritone who made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera as winner of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions of the Air in 1945, as Germont in La traviata. In 1996, at a reception at Lincoln Center, Merrill was presented with The Lawrence Tibbett Award from the AGMA Relief Fund, honoring his 50 years of professional achievement and dedication to colleagues.