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1980 Feb 15
Eric Heiden (b.1958) skated to an Olympic record of 500m in 38.03 sec.
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1980 Feb 16
Eric Heiden skated 5k in 7:02.29, an Olympic Record.
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1980 Feb 22
In a stunning upset, the U.S. Olympic hockey team defeated the Soviets at Lake Placid, N.Y., 4-3. The US team went on to win the gold medal.
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1980 Feb 23
Eric Heiden (21) won his 5th speed skating gold at the Lake Placid Olympics. He went on to become an orthopedic surgeon.
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1980 Mar 10
"Scarsdale Diet" author Dr. Herman Tarnower was shot to death in Purchase, N.Y. Jean Harris (56) shot and killed her unfaithful lover, cardiologist Herman Tarnower, co-author of "The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet" in Purchase N.Y. She was granted clemency by Gov. Mario Cuomo after she served 12 years of a 15 year sentence. Harris was released in January 1993.
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1980 May 22
In response to a request from the Governor of NY, President Carter declared a second federal emergency at Love Canal, paving the way for federal aid to relocate the more than 700 families who still lived near the former toxic waste dump.
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1980 Jun 7
Temperance Hill won the Belmont Stakes (50:1 long shot).
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1980 Aug 14
It was reported that France’s Moet-Hennessy is buying Schieffelin & Co., its New York based US distributor. The deal also included the Simi Winery in Healdsburg, Ca.
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1980 Aug 17
William Keeton (b.1933), professor of biology at Cornell Univ., died. In 1967 he wrote the textbook Biological Science, which introduced thousands to an integrated view of biology that used evolution as a unifying theme. His lifelong enthusiasm for pigeons led to his groundbreaking research on how homing pigeons find their way home. He had attached magnets to homing pigeons to see if they could still home.
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1980 Sep 20
"Spectacular Bid," ridden by Bill Shoemaker, ran as the only entry in the Woodward Stakes at Belmont Park in New York after three potential challengers dropped out in horse racing's first walkover since 1949.
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1980 Sep 22
1980 Sep 24
In Buffalo, NY, 4 African American men were shot in the head.
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1980 Oct 8
1980 Oct 9
In Buffalo, NY, 2 African American taxi drivers were murdered and found with their hearts cut out.
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1980 Dec 1
The US Justice Dept sued Yonkers, NY, citing racial discrimination.
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1980 Dec 11
President Carter signed into a law legislation creating a $1.6 billion environmental "superfund" to pay for cleaning up chemical spills and toxic waste dumps. The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA or Superfund) was established by the US Congress to clean up America's worst hazardous waste sites. Fifteen years later more than $20 billion had been spent with 1300 waste sites identified but only a small fraction cleaned. The fund was established in response to toxic chemicals seeping into a housing development at Love Canal in New York. The aim was to require private parties to clean up past pollution when they could be found. The Fed would pay where the responsible parties could not be determined. It took 21 years and the removal of 1,200 cubic meters of soil to clean up Love Canal.
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1981 Feb 15
A rocket-powered ice sled attained 399 kph on Lake George, NY.
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1981 Feb 24
A jury in White Plains, New York, found Jean Harris guilty of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of "Scarsdale Diet" author Dr. Herman Tarnower.
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1981 Mar 20
Former girls’ school headmistress Jean Harris (1923-2012) was sentenced in White Plains, New York, to 15 years to life in prison for slaying "Scarsdale Diet" author Dr. Herman Tarnower. Harris was released in 1993 following a grant of clemency by Gov. Mario M. Cuomo.
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1981 Jul 16
Singer Harry Chapin (38) was killed when his car was struck by a tractor-trailer on New York’s Long Island Expressway.
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1981 Oct 20
Three members of the radical Weather Underground were arrested following a bungled armored truck robbery in Nanuet, N.Y., where a guard was killed. 2 police officers were killed when the getaway truck was halted in Nyack. Susan Rosenberg assisted in surveillance, driving a getaway car and passing orders. Kathy Boudin was sentenced 20 years to life for assisting in the getaway. In 2003 Boudin was paroled and Susan Braudy authored "Family Circle," an account of the Boudin family. Rosenberg was arrested in Nov 1984 while unloading a cache of weapons in New Jersey and received a 58-year sentence for her role in the robbery. Pres. Clinton commuted Rosenberg’s sentence in 2001.
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1981 Oct 20
In New York Brinks security guard Peter Paige was killed in a $1.6 million holdup of an armored truck at a suburban mall in Rockland County. In 1988 Mutula Shakur was sentenced to 60 years in prison for his role in the killing and masterminding a series of deadly armed robberies as part of the “Family” political group.
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1982 Aug 21
Calvin Simmons (b.1950), Oakland, Ca. symphony conductor, died in a canoeing accident near Lake George, NY. Simmons was the first African-American conductor of a major US symphony.
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1983 Feb 26
Short-wave pirate Radio USA in Wellsville, NY, began transmission.
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1983 Dec 27
A propane gas fire devastated 16 blocks of Buffalo, NY. The fire killed five firefighters, two civilians, destroyed about a million in fire equipment, and leveled several city blocks, as well as the infamous fire alarm box # 29 also known as the Hoodoo Box.
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1983
Federal prosecutor Rudolph Giuliani won a 43 year sentence against Silvia Baraldini for a series of armored car robberies that included the 1981 Brinks robbery in Nyack, NY, where a guard and 2 policemen were killed. Baraldini was transferred to Italy in 1999.
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1984 Jul 19
U.S. Rep. Geraldine A. Ferraro of New York won the Democratic nomination for vice president at the party's convention in San Francisco. Pasqua Coffee sold 16,000 cups of premium coffee from a pushcart at the Moscone Center. Ferraro soon found herself tarred by the controversial business relationships of her husband, John Zaccaro.
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1985 Jan 1
The 1st US mandatory seat belt law went into effect in NY.
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1985 May 31
At least 41 tornadoes hit Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, and southeastern Ontario, Canada, during an eight-hour period killing 88 people with over 1,000 injured.
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1985 Jul 13
Lt. Cmdr. Michael Gershon, a Navy Blue Angel pilot, was killed when 2 planes collided during an air show at Niagara Falls, NY.
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1985 Aug 16
Mary Gioia (22) of New York and Gregory Kniffin (18) of Connecticut were shot and killed in Berkeley, Ca. Their bodies were soon found in the SF Bay with gunshot wounds to the head. They had been staying at a homeless encampment in the Berkeley Marina while waiting for the next Grateful Dead concert. Ralph International Thomas was convicted of the murders. In 2009 the 2 convictions against Thomas (55) were overturned. In 2012 the US Ninth Circuit court of Appeals said Thomas (57) was entitled to a new trial due to missing witnesses in his first trial.
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1985 Nov 21
Yonkers, NY, was found guilty of intentional discrimination in its housing and schools.
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1986 Mar 30
Actor James Cagney (86) died at his farm in Stanfordville, N.Y.
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1986 Jul 26
Averell Harriman (b.1892), statesman and former New York Governor, died at age 94 in Yorktown Heights, NY. He left his fabulous art collection, fortune, and influence in the Democratic Party to his wife, Pamela Churchill Harriman. She was later appointed by Pres. Clinton as ambassador to France. In 1996 Sally Bedell Smith wrote her biography: "Reflected Glory: The Life of Pamela Churchill Harriman."
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1986 Jul 29
A federal jury in New York found that the National Football League had committed an antitrust violation against the rival United States Football League. But in a hollow victory for the USFL, the jury ordered the NFL to pay token damages of only $3.
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1986
Paul Newman’s 1st Hole in the Wall camp for critically ill children opened in Connecticut. In 1993 the Double H Camp (health and happiness) opened in the woods of the southern Adirondacks for campers whose diagnoses ranged from cancer to muscular dystrophy. Double H opened after the late amusement park developer Charles Wood proposed to Paul Newman that they convert an old dude ranch into a second Hole in the Wall camp. New camps followed and a 9th was set to open in Israel in 2007.
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1986
The A&P company acquired the 140-Waldbaum grocery store chain in New York, Conn. and Mass.
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1987 Feb 19
New York Governor Mario Cuomo declared that he would not run for president in the next election.
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1987 Mar 22
A garbage barge, carrying 3,200 tons of refuse, left Islip, N.Y., on a six-month journey in search of a place to unload. The barge was turned away by several states and three countries until space was found back in Islip.
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1987 Apr 5
In New York state the Schoharie Creek Bridge, a New York State Thruway bridge over the Schoharie Creek near Fort Hunter, collapsed killing 10 people.
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1987 Jun 6
Alysheba, winner of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, placed fourth at the Belmont Stakes, losing to Bet Twice.
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1987 Sep 3
Morton Feldman, composer, died in Buffalo, NY. His work included a six hour String Quartet, "Why Patterns," "Triadic Memories," "Three Voices" and "Structures."
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1988 Jan 12
Willie Stargell, a 21-year slugger with the Pittsburgh Pirates, was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., in his first year of eligibility.
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1988 Mar 10
New York Congressman Jack Kemp dropped out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
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1988 Apr 19
Republican George Bush and Democrat Michael Dukakis handily won the New York presidential primaries.
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1988 Jun 11
Preakness winner Risen Star captured the Belmont Stakes with a time second only to its father, thoroughbred legend Secretariat.
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1988 Aug 17
Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr. (Rep-D-NY, 1949-55), died on his 74th birthday in Poughkeepsie, NY.
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1988 Sep 7
Seymour (62) and Arlene (54) Tankleff were bludgeoned to death in their Long Island home. Their adopted son, Martin Tankleff (17), initially confessed to the crime after a detective falsely told him the father had implicated him. Martin quickly withdrew the confession, but was sentenced to 50 years following one of the nation’s first televised trials. In 2007 he was released after detectives turned up witnesses that implicated a business partner of his father.
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1988 Sep 27
Grand jury evidence showed Tawana Brawley fabricated her rape story.
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1988 Oct 21
A federal grand jury in New York indicted former Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos and his wife, Imelda, on charges of fraud and racketeering. Marcos died before he could be brought to trial; his widow, Imelda, was acquitted in 1990.
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1988 Nov 2
A computer worm, named Morris, unleashed by a Cornell University graduate student began replicating, clogging thousands of computers around the country, but causing no real damage. The virus infected an estimated 6,000 university and military computers over the Internet.
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1988 Dec 19
President-elect Bush nominated New York Congressman Jack Kemp to be his secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
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1988
Dean Kamen, inventor, bought North Dumpling Island, 3 acres off the Connecticut coast. His inventions included the 1st portable insulin pump.
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1989 Apr 5
Joseph Hazelwood, former captain of the Exxon Valdez supertanker that leaked nearly 11 million gallons of oil into Alaska's Prince William Sound, surrendered to authorities in New York.
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1989 Apr 12
NY State leaders agreed to raise unemployment benefits to $245 per week.
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1989 Jun 30
The NY State Legislature passed the Staten Island secession bill.
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1989 Jul 1
The NY State Legislature passed the Staten Island secession bill.
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1989 Sep 9
West German Steffi Graf won the women's tennis title at the U.S. Open in New York, defeating second-ranked Martina Navratilova.
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1989 Oct 25
Novelist and critic Mary McCarthy (b.1912) died in New York at age 77. Her work included: "The Company She Keeps," "Memoirs of a Catholic Girlhood," "The Group," and "Ideas and the Novel." In 2000 Frances Kiernan authored the biography "Seeing Mary Plain."
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1989 Dec 25
Billy Martin (b.1928), former baseball manager, died in a truck crash in Fenton, NY.
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1990 Jan 22
A jury in Syracuse, N.Y., convicted graduate student Robert T. Morris of federal computer tampering charges for unleashing a "worm" that crippled a computer network.
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1990 Jan 25
An Avianca Boeing 707 ran out of fuel and crashed in Cove Neck, N.Y.; 73 of the 161 people aboard were killed.
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