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December, 2011

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Bomb scare at LaGuardia Airport in 1960 fizzles out

In 1960, Queens boasted more than 35 movie theaters. In the Forest Hills Theatre, see “The Magnificent Seven,” in Jackson Heights is “The Apartment,” in Sunnyside view “Hell to Eternity” and at the Polk see the original “Ocean’s 11.” Comment.
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Award-winning actress Patty Duke hails from Elmhurst

Actress Patty Duke was born Dec. 14, 1946, as Anna Marie Duke in Elmhurst. She is perhaps best known for her starring role in the eponymous sitcom “The Patty Duke Show” and her portrayal of drug-addicted Hollywood star Neely O’Hara in the 1967 camp classic “Valley of the Dolls.” Comment.

November, 2011

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Astoria native Schwimmer also one of our ‘Friends’

Born in Astoria Nov. 2, 1966, actor and director David Lawrence Schwimmer is best known as the hopeless romantic Ross Geller in the 1990s sitcom “Friends.” Born to attorneys Arthur and Arlene Schwimmer, he, his older sister Ellie and his parents moved to California when David was 2. Comment.
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Singer Tony Bennett of Astoria worked as a grocery clerk

The Cold War cools down. Only a few weeks before, the Cuban Missile Crisis lurched the world toward war. On Oct. 24, 1962, the U.S. Navy set up a “quarantine” around Cuba. All Soviet ships with missile shipments had to turn back. Comment.

October, 2011

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QueensLine: Flushing elected fought for prayer in public school in ‘46

It was October 1946 and at the Loews Triboro, on stage in person, was Ed Sullivan, the famous Broadway columnist, with the Harvest Moon Dance Winners and extra added attraction Johnny Burke, “left over from the draft of 1917,” along with other big acts. Two big shows went on at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Comment.

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Hollis’ Russell Simmons left impression on more than music

Born Oct. 4, 1957, in Hollis, Russell Simmons is known as the “godfather of hip-hop.” He has made his mark on American culture as a music promoter, an entrepreneur and a social activist. Comment.
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