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WE HOSTED THE FIRST U.S. WORLD’S FAIR

On July 14th, 1853: The first U.S. World’s Fair opened in Crystal Palace (what is now Bryant Park), NYC. Called the Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations, the Fair displayed the industrial successes of countries across the world and stood as a symbol of nationalistic pride for our own country. Some notable exhibits from the Fair included an elevator equipped with a safety break, an advanced method to manufacture and purify the chemical bromine from salt wells (which, in light of the industrial revolution, was useful in the iron industry), and the world’s first pedal quadracycle.

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HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING CLOSED

On July 14th, 1996: The first Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying closed at the Richard Rogers Theatre after 548 performances. The musical–based on Shepherd Mead’s 1952 satirical book of the same name–originally opened on Broadway in October of 1961 and closed two years later after a successful 1,417-performance run. The most recent revival of the show first starred Daniel Radcliffe who was later succeed by Glee‘s Darren Criss and closed in May of 2012 after 472 performances. Over the years, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying has won nine Tony Awards, one Drama Desk Award, and two Theatre World Awards.


BORN ON THIS DAY: ARTHUR LAURENTS

On July 14th, 1917: Playwright Arthur Laurents was born. Laurents began writing for Broadway after his early career as a screenwriter came to a close, moving on from the film world to produce a body of works that includes such classics as West Side Story and Gypsy. A native till the very end, Laruents died at the age of 93 in his Manhattan home after winning two Tony Awards, one Writers Guild Award, one Drama Desk Award, and the National Board of Review Award for Lifetime Achievement.

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