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ALAN FREED BECAME ONE OF THE VOICES OF NEW YORK

On June 2nd, 1958: DJ Alan Freed joined WABC (NYC radio). Freed was known as the “father of rock’n’roll” for his heavy promotion of that music. Unfortunately, Freed wouldn’t hold the job for long because he was fired for accepting payments from record companies for playing their artists’ music.

THE MTA INTRODUCED NEW TOKENS

On June 2nd, 1987: The MTA issued new tokens. The tokens were brass with a silver metal bullseye. In 1986 50 million new steel centered brass tokens were minted by the Roger Williams Mint at a cost of $5.75 million. Under GOOD FOR on the reverse are small initials, SJD, they are for Silvester J. Dubosz, then Assistant Controller of the New York City Transit Authority. He was responsible for ordering the tokens, and was fired once it was discovered that he had his initials placed on the token order. Later designs of the token do not have the initials.

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BORN ON THIS DAY: GARY BETTMAN

On June 2nd, 1952: Gary Bettman was born. Bettman is the commissioner of the National Hockey League. Under Bettman, the league has had rapid financial growth, but is criticized by fans for trying to “Americanize” the game.

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