FIRST U.S. WORLD’S FAIR
On July 14, 1853: The first U.S. World’s Fair opened in Crystal Palace (known today as Bryant Park). The Fair displayed the industrial successes of countries across the world and stood as a symbol of nationalistic pride for the U.S. Some notable exhibits from the Fair included an elevator equipped with a safety break and the world’s first pedal quadracycle. Another World’s Fair was held in NYC in 1939.
On July 14, 1917: Playwright Arthur Laurents was born. He began writing for Broadway, producing a body of work that included such classics as West Side Story and Gypsy, and won numerous awards, including two Tony Awards. Laruents died at the age of 93 in his Manhattan home.
On July 13, 1949: Record executive Tommy Mottola was born in New York City. Mottola is the co-owner of Casablanca Records, and acted as the head of Sony Music Entertainment for nearly 15 years. Mottola was able to sign hit acts, such as Hall & Oats, Céline Dion, Destiny’s Child, Shakira, and other major acts. He is perhaps most known, however, for being the husband of pop singer Mariah Carey for a short period of time.