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TONY CURTIS

On June 3, 1925: Actor Tony Curtis was born in The Bronx. He was a massively popular actor in the 1950s and ’60s, and starred in such hits as the Sweet Smell of SuccessThe Defiant OnesSome Like It Hot, and Spartacus. Curtis performed with the likes of Carey Grant, Marilyn Monroe, Billy Wilder, and others. He passed away in 2010 at age 85.

 

LUCILLE BALL’S RUN AS A WILDCAT ENDS

On June 3, 1960: The Broadway musical Wildcat, starring Lucille Ball, closed at the Alvin Theater after just 172 performances. The show only lasted as long as it did because of Ball’s popularity, and when she couldn’t recover from a lingering illness, the show was forced to close.

 

THE METS PICK STRAWBERRY

On June 3, 1980: The New York Mets drafted Darryl Strawberry in the 1980 Major League Baseball Draft. Strawberry helped the Mets win the 1986 World Series and would go on to win three more championships with the New York Yankees. Strawberry hit over 300 home runs and batted in 1,000 runs during his career.

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