The first Westminster dog show takes place, Coca-Cola is sold for the first time, the Beatles release their final album, and the Soviet Union announces a boycott of the 1984 Summer Olympics, all on this day.
1978: David Berkowitz, the serial killer known as the "Son of Sam," pleads guilty to six murder charges. Shortly after his August 1977 arrest, Berkowitz confessed to killing six people and wounding several others in the course of eight shootings in the New York City area. He later claimed he was commanded to kill by a demon that possessed his neighbor's dog. He would eventually be sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for each murder, to be served consecutively, making his maximum term 365 years.
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