We don't usually do this kind of thing here. But! Seeing as Kiss is the second-greatest band from New York who liked to get gussied up, we're making an exception! Anyway, Kiss co-founder Gene Simmons was born on this date in 1949 (born Chaim Witz in Haifa, Israel). He and Queens native Paul Stanley formed Kiss in New York in December 1972.
Simmons, of course, is also featured in two of the greatest motion pictures ever made.
Runaway from 1984:
And! The masterpiece: Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park from 1978:
Meanwhile, AMC took to Coney Island to discuss Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park (via Kinetic Carnival)
We imagine Gene will be doing some really low-key today to celebrate.