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On July 10, 1947: Folk singer-songwriter Arlo Davy Guthrie was born in Coney Island. Like his late father, Woody Guthrie, Arlo sang songs of protest against political injustice. His 18-minute musical monologue “Alice’s Restaurant Massacre,” which inspired an Academy Award nominated movie starring Guthrie as himself alongside Pat Quinn and James Broderick, was a first-person counterculture piece that dealt with the inequitable loopholes to conscription in the Vietnam War.

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On July 10, 1997: Former Japanese fireballer Hideki Irabu made a smashing debut as a New York Yankee. After playing for nearly seven strong innings, Irabu — who fanned a total of nine on 99 pitches — received a thunderous ovation when manager Joe Torre finally removed him from the game. He made headlines after winning that 10-3 game against the Detroit Tigers for the Yankees. Hideki passed away in 2011.

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On July 10, 1948: The Broadway musical Allegro closed at the Majestic Theatre after 318 performances. After their first two smash hit collaborations, Oklahoma! and Carousel, Richard Rogers (music) and Oscar Hammerstein II (book and lyrics) set out to stage a third. After a calamitous tryout in New Haven, Allegro received very mixed reviews in NYC, but did manage to win three Donaldson Awards.

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