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By On This Day in NYC's History


On July 31, 1948: President Harry Truman dedicates a new airport in Queens. Built to relieve overcrowding at LaGuardia Airport, during development the airport was called Idlewild after the golf course it displaced. Upon opening, the name was officially changed to New York International Airport (rather than just New York, which sounded too much like “Newark” on the radio). In 1963, the airport was renamed one more time in honor of John F. Kennedy.

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On July 31, 1967: Writer and journalist Elizabeth Wurtzel was born in NYC. She grew up attending the Ramaz School before attending Harvard and then Yale Law School. Wurtzel is best-known for her controversial memoir Prozac Nation, an account of her struggles with depression during her time at Harvard. The book was later adapted into a movie starring Christina Ricci. Wurtzel continues to write regularly for The Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine and other publications.


On July 31, 1948: Award-winning musical Brigadoon closed at the Ziegfield Theater. Written by Alan Lerner and composed by Frederick Loewe, the musical is perhaps best known for its complex choreography, which won choreographer Agnes de Mille a Tony. Brigadoon has been revived multiple times and was made into a 1950’s movie-musical.