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MUSICAL OPENED ON THIS DAY IN 1971

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On June 7, 1972, the production opened at the
Broadhurst
Theatre
on Broadway, and on November 21, it moved to the
Royale Theatre there, where it ran until January 27, 1980.

For the five final weeks of the run, the show moved to the
larger
Majestic Theatre. By the time it closed on April 13,
1980, it had run 3,388 performances.

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WORLD’S FAIR OPENED ON THIS DAY IN 1939

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On April 30, 1939, the New York World’s Fair opened in New York
City
. The opening ceremony, which featured speeches by President Franklin D. Roosevelt ( above) and New York Governor Herbert
Lehman, ushered in the first day of television broadcasting in New
York (below).

Early Television

Early Television

Photographs of an early telecast from the 1939 Worlds Fair.

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OPENED FOR THE FIRST TIME ON THIS DAY 1963

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People line up in front of the application office for passports.

More than two years after the Berlin Wall was constructed by East Germany to prevent its citizens from fleeing its communist regime,
nearly 4,000 West Berliners were allowed to cross into East Berlin
to visit relatives. Under an agreement reached between East and
West Berlin, over 170,000 passes were eventually issued to West
Berlin citizens, each pass allowing a one-day visit to communist
East Berlin.

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Citizens of West Berlin lining up for Christmas passes into
East Berlin.

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President John Kennedy on an observation platform (left)
as he looks into East Berlin across the Communist Berlin
Wall that divided the German city. (AP Photo)

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ACADEMY OPENED ON THIS DAY IN 1845

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The United States Naval Academy opened in Annapolis, Maryland,
with 50 midshipmen students and seven professors. Known as the
Naval School until 1850, the curriculum included mathematics and navigation, gunnery and steam, chemistry, English, French along
with natural philosophy.

The Naval School officially became the U.S. Naval Academy in 1850,
and a new curriculum went into effect, requiring midshipmen to
study at the academy for four years and to train aboard ships each

summer—the basic format that remains at the academy to this day. 


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OPENING CEREMONY ON THIS DAY IN 1939

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On April 30, 1939, the New York World’s Fair opened  in New York
City
. The opening ceremony, which featured speeches by President
Franklin D. Roosevelt and New York Governor Herbert Lehman,
ushered in the first day of television broadcasting in New York.

Spanning 1,200 acres at Flushing Meadow Park in Queens, the
fairground was marked by two imposing structures–the “Perisphere”
and the “Trylon”–and exhibited such new technology as FM radio,
robotics, fluorescent lighting, and a crude fax machine. Norman Bel
Geddes designed a Futurama ride for General Motors, and users
were transported through an idealized city of the future. Sixty-three
nations participated in the fair, which enjoyed large crowds before
the outbreak of
World War II interrupted many of its scheduled
events.

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President Roosevelt speaking at the opening of the New York
World’s Fair.


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