By On This Day in NYC's History

WEDDING RECORD BROKEN AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

July 1st, 1982: 2,100 Unification Church couples marry at Madison Square Garden. The ceremony, called a “Blessing” by the Church, is viewed as a way for a couple to receive the blessing of God and set out to leave morally upright lives together as the ideal families of the future. The Madison Square Garden ceremony was presided over by Unification Church leader Sun Myung Moon and a special altar was constructed for the occasion. At the time, the ceremony broke the world record for largest mass wedding, although Moon had also set the earlier record.

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HAIR CLOSES ON BROADWAY

July 1st, 1972: Rock musical Hair closes after 1,750 performances. The ground-breaking show follows the stories of a group of hippies living and working in New York City during the Vietnam War. Several of the musical’s songs became anthems for the anti-Vietnam War movement. Hair was nominated for Best Musical and Best Director but did not win either though a 2009 revival eventually snagged Best Revival. The success of Hair inspired a 1979 film adaptation as well as multiple revivals and tours.

BORN ON THIS DAY: LIV TYLER

July 1st, 1977: Liv Tyler was born at Mount Sinai Hospital. The daughter of Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler and model Bebe Buell, Tyler spent her early childhood outside of the city before returning at 12 to attend York Preparatory on the Upper West Side. Tyler followed her father into showbiz, acting from a young age in movies such as Empire Records, Armageddon, and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. She moved from Manhattan to Los Angeles in 2008 and continues to appear in movies.

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