On October 12th 1944 – Frank Sinatra opened his third season at New
York’s Paramount theatre. He was greeted by a huge crowd of fans,
mostly teenaged girls, When they refused to leave after the first show,
the frustrated crowd outside waiting to catch the next show went berserk,
sparking what became known at the “Columbus Day Riot “. It took 200
police along and 421 reserves to control the rampage.