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By On This Day in NYC's History


On April 7, 1949: One of the most successful Broadway musicals of all time, South Pacific, opened at the Majestic Theatre for 1,928 performances. It won all ten of the Tony Awards for which it was nominated, and was later adapted into a Golden Globe- and Oscar-winning movie.



On April 7, 1923: The first brain tumor operation under local anesthesia was performed by Dr. K. Winfield Ney at Beth Israel Hospital. The skull of patient Henry Brown was opened under the local anesthetic, cocaine, and he was fully conscious throughout the procedure. This surgery was a critical step in the development of modern medicine, for without local anesthetics many of today’s operations would not be possible.

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On April 7, 1951: Two-time Grammy-winning folk rocker Janis Ian was born in New York City. She is best known for her 1975 hit “At Seventeen,” as well as for her work as a gay rights activist.


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