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On February 20, 1872: The Metropolitan Museum of Art opened in New York City. The museum’s opening reception took place at the Dodworth Building (681 Fifth Avenue) and all guests were highly pleased with the artwork. In 1880, the museum was moved to its current location in Central Park.

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On February 20, 1977: The Broadway musical My Fair Lady closed at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater after 384 performances. The musical was directed by Jerry Adler, choreographed by Hanya Holm, and starred Ian Richardson, Christine Andreas, and George Rose.

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On February 20, 1950: Welsh poet Dylan Thomas arrived in New York City for his first U.S. poetry reading tour. He is most known for the poems “Do not go gentle into that good night” and “And death shall have no dominion.” His first reading took place at the Kaufmann Auditorium, where thousands gathered to listen to Thomas’ poetry.

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