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By On This Day in NYC's History


On October 18, 1961: The film adaptation of the Broadway classic West Side Story premiered in New York City. The film starred Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer and was nominated for eleven Academy Awards, of which it won ten. It has maintained an incredibly important place in New York City history and culture ever since.


On October 18, 1961: Novelist and short story writer Ricky Moody was born in New York City. He is known for his 1994 novel, The Ice Storm, as well for his incredibly successful novel (which was adapted into a hit film), Garden State.


On October 18, 1973: The Broadway musical Raisin premiered at the 46th Street Theater. It was adapted from Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun and was nominated for nine Tony Awards and won two. The musical also won a Grammy Award in 1975.