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MARY J. BLIGE

On January 11, 1971: Singer-songwriter, producer, and actress Mary J. Blige was born in the Bronx. An RnB queen, Blige has released 11 studio albums since her debut What’s the 411?, received nine Grammy Awards, and sold over 50 million albums worldwide.




AN ASSASSINATION

On January 11, 1943: Carlo Tresca, an influential labor organizer who opposed the infiltration of fascism, Stalinism, and Mafia into the labor movement, was assassinated by a gunman while crossing Fifth Avenue at 13th Street. Tresca was the leader of the Industrial Workers of the World during the early 20th century.

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A ROYALE AFFAIR

On January 11, 1927: The Royale Theatre, designed by architect Herbert J. Krapp, opened with a production of the musical Piggy. In 2005, the venue was renamed for longtime Shubert Organization president Bernard B. Jacobs.

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