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ROBERT DOWNEY JR.

On April 4, 1965: Tony nominee and Golden Globe winner Robert Downey Jr. was born in Manhattan. Downey’s career successes include performances in movies like Chaplin, and more recently, his portrayal of billionaire playboy Tony Stark in the blockbuster hit Iron Man and Avengers series.




TOWERING TWINS

On April 4, 1973: The original World Trade Center opened, featuring the iconic twin towers. At the time, the north tower was the tallest building in the world.

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FOLLIES

On April 4, 1971: The original Broadway production of Follies opened at the Winter Garden Theatre for 522 performances. Despite turning out to be a financial failure, the musical was nominated for 11 Tony Awards, of which it won seven, including Best Original Score for Stephen Sondheim.