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On July 31st, 1948: Award-winning musical Brigadoon closes at the Ziegfield Theater after 581 performances. Written by Alan Lerner and composed by Frederick Loewe, the musical tells the story of a pair of Americans who get lost while visiting Scotland and discover a town that appears out of the mist only one day every hundred years. Hijinks ensue, including the well known ditty “Almost Like Being in Love.” The musical is perhaps best known for its complex and enjoyable choreography, which won the choreographer, Agnes de Mille, a Tony. Brigadoon has been revived multiple times and has even been made into a gloriously awful 1950’s movie-musical.


On July 31st, 1948: President Harry Truman dedicates a new airport in Queens. Built to relieve overcrowding at LaGuardia Airport, during development the airport was called Idlewild after the golf course it displaced. Upon opening, the name was officially changed to New York International Airport (rather than just New York, which sounded too much like “Newark” on the radio). In 1963, the airport was renamed one more time in honor John F. Kennedy.

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On July 31st, 1967: Writer and journalist Elizabeth Wurtzel was born. Wurtzel grew up attending the Ramaz School before going to Harvard University as an undergraduate. Wurtzel is best known for her controversial memoir Prozac Nation, an account of her struggles with depression during her time at Harvard. The book was later adapted into a movie starring Christina Ricci. Wurtzel continues to write regularly for The Wall Street Journal and other publications.

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