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By On This Day in NYC's History


On December 30, 1957: Television journalist Matt Lauer was born in NYC. Best known as a host of the daily TV talk show The Today Show, Lauer has interviewed countless world leaders, celebrities, and influential people throughout his career. The Today Show has been running for 63 seasons.


On December 30, 1948: Cole Porter’s musical, Kiss Me, Kate, opened on Broadway at the New Century Theater. It ran for over 1,000 performances and took home the first Tony Award presented for Best Musical, in 1949.The production itself has seen numerous revivals and a film adaptation.



On December 30, 1873: Al Smith, a statesman who was elected Governor of New York four times and was the Democratic U.S. presidential candidate in 1928, was born on the Lower East Side. Involved in the then-prominent Tammany Hall, Smith was also greatly involved in bringing the Progressive Movement to NYC.

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