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NUMBER 42 BOWED OUT

On January 5, 1957: Jackie Robinson announced his retirement from baseball, weeks after being traded from the Dodgers to the New York Giants. The original baseball player to break the color line, Jackie Robinson has become an American and New York Icon.

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OFF TO SEE THE WIZ

On January 5, 1975: Charlie Smalls’ The Wiz: The Super Soul Musical opened on Broadway at the Majestic Theatre. The production took home several Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and the film adaptation starring Michael Jackson and Diana Ross was released in 1978.

 

LEONARD MARSH

On January 5, 1933: Leonard Marsh, co-founder of Snapple Beverage Corporation, was born in Brooklyn. Snapple was sold to Quaker Oats in 1994 for $1.7 billion. The high sugar content of its drinks is the source of much debate, as the drink is sold in many  schools.

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