RAISE THE CURTAIN
On April 23, 1964: The New York State Theater, since renamed the David H. Koch Theater, opened. Originally constructed in conjunction with the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, it is now part of the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts, the 2,586-seat home of the New York City Ballet.
THE EAGLE HAS LANDED
On April 23, 1789: President-elect George Washington arrived in New York City, the capital of the newly formed United States of America. He was sworn in as the first President of the United States a week later at Federal Hall.
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION
On April 23, 1894: The Vitascope, an early film projector, had its premier theatrical presentation at Koster and Bial’s Music Hall, helping usher in the “moving picture” phenomenon.
THE WESTERN REACHES THE EAST
On April 23, 1838: The English steamship Great Western arrived in New York City, having completed her maiden Atlantic-crossing voyage. It is considered by many to be the benchmark of trans-Atlantic wooden-hulled steamers, and she completed 45 Atlantic crossings during her eight years of service.