BABE RUTH DIED FROM CANCER
On August 16th, 1953: Baseball player Babe Ruth died at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. A pioneer of baseball and member of the legendary 1923 Yankees, Ruth was adored across America and especially in New York where thousands of New Yorkers stood vigil outside his hospital on the day of his death. Following his death from cancer, Ruth was laid out for public viewing at his beloved Yankee Stadium before his funeral mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral two days later.
RODGERS AND HART CLOSED
On August 16th, 1975: Rodgers and Hart-A Musical Celebration closed at the Helen Hayes Theater on Broadway after 108 performances. The musical presents a rough framework of the history of the relationship between Rodgers and Hart, the premier songsmiths of the early 20th century. The show was more of a vehicle for the many chart-topping numbers had written together, many of which had been eclipsed by the more mainstream popularity of the successor duo, Rodgers and Hammerstein.
BORN ON THIS DAY: ANGELA BASSETT
On August 16th, 1958: Actress Angela Bassett was born in Harlem. A performer from a young age, Bassett attended Yale for both undergraduate and graduate, where she earned her MFA at the Yale School of Drama. After getting her start on the stage, Bassett transitioned to the screen where she is perhaps best known for her portrayal of Tina Turner in the biopic What’s Love Got To Do With It, for which she won a Golden Globe and an Academy Award nomination.
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