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NEWMAN

On April 29, 1954: Actor, producer, and comedian Jerry Seinfeld was born in Brooklyn. Seinfeld is an Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner, and is most famous for portraying a semi-fictional version of himself on the popular sitcom, Seinfeld




NO DAY BUT TODAY

On April 29, 1996: The popular rock musical Rent opened on Broadway for a 5,123-performance run. It is the tenth longest-running Broadway show of all time and the winner of four Tony Awards. In 2005, a film adaption of Rent was released, starring all but two of the original production’s cast reprising their roles.




FROM THE BRONX TO QUEENS

On April 29, 1939: The Whitestone Bridge, which spans the East River, opened, connecting The Bronx and Queens. The bridge, featuring pedestrian walkways and four lanes of traffic, carried 17,000 vehicles per day during 1940. At the time, the toll was 25 cents and the 2,300-foot center span was the fourth longest in the world at the opening.

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LET THE SUNSHINE IN

On April 29, 1968: The 1960s rock musical Hair opened on Broadway and went on to run for 1,750 performances. Though it controversially didn’t win any Tony Awards, Hair did win a Grammy Award and was later adapted into a feature length film.