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By On This Day in NYC's History




CORNELIUS VANDERBILT

On May 27, 1794: Cornelius Vanderbilt was born on Staten Island. Vanderbilt, the patriarch of one of the richest families in America, was the president of numerous railroads which helped him amass his enormous wealth. He provided the initial gift that helped found Vanderbilt University in Nashville, and his grandson, George Washington Vanderbilt II, built the famed Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC.

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WAR AND REMEMBRANCE

On May 27, 1915: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Herman Wouk was born in The Bronx. Wouk penned novels such as The Caine Mutiny, War and Remembrance, and The Winds of WarWar and Remembrance was adapted into a mini-series shown on ABC from 1988-1989.




THE APPLAUSE CAME TO AN END

On May 27, 1972: The Broadway musical Applause closed at the Palace Theatre after 900 performances. The original cast included Lauren Bacall, who won a Tony award for her performance.



 

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