Bernhard Hugo Goetz shoots four alleged teenage muggers
on a No. 2 subway train in Manhattan, New York City, USA. He will be arrested and convicted - but only for illegal possession of a firearm, and will come to symbolize New Yorkers' frustrations with the high crime rates of the early 1980s. The incident will spark a nationwide debate on race and crime in major cities, and will also inspire numerous songs. In 1986, British prog-rock band Pallas
will release their song The Executioner [Bernie Goetz A Gun]
on their album The Wedge. He will also be listed in the Billy Joel
song We Didn't Start the Fire, in Hold On by Lou Reed
, Stop That Train by the Beastie Boys
, Subway Vigilante by Ronny And The Urban Watchdogs, The Saga of Bernhard Goetz by Otto von Wernherr, and Shoot His Load by Agnostic Front.