1904 New York City bids adieu to Longacre Square, which had no particular reputation, and says hello to Times Square, which soon develops quite a reputation indeed. Mayor George B. McClellan (son of the Civil War general) announces the official name change. "Times" is, of course, drawn from The New York Times, the newspaper which recently moved into a building perched on a traffic triangle in the middle of the square. The daily, which lobbied hard for the name change, soon moves to larger quarters on nearby 43rd Street, where it stays until 2007.
1907 Two of The Boys of Company "B" are John Barrymore, who joined the cast as a replacement, and Mack Sennett, father of film's Keystone Kops. Rida Johnson Young's comedy runs three months at New York's Lyceum Theatre.
1939 Actor Bertha Kalich dies in New York City at age 65. She made her reputation in Yiddish theatre playing in A Doll's House and Fedora.
1958 Drama critic George Jean Nathan, 70, dies in New York City. He contributed to Newsweek and the Journal-American. He championed many playwrights including William Saroyan, Eugene O'Neill, and Sean O'Casey. He wrote more than 30 books.
1992 Five Guys Named Moe, Clarke Peters' musical revue based on the music of Louis Jordan, opens at Broadway's Eugene O'Neill Theatre. The rhythm and blues show is directed and choreographed by Charles Augins.
1999 A star-powered UK production of Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh opens at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Staged by Howard Davies, the revival plays a limited engagement of 91 performances and feature London cast originals Tim Pigott-Smith, James Hazeldine, Patrick Godfrey, and, of course, Kevin Spacey.
2002 Suzan-Lori Parks' play Topdog/Underdog wins the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, making Parks the first African-American woman to win the coveted award. The announcement comes mere hours after the play's Broadway opening night.
2008 Shakespeare's murder-filled tragedy Macbeth, opens at the Lyceum Theatre with Patrick Stewart in the title role. The Chichester Festival Theatre production, directed by Rupert Goold and starring his wife Kate Fleetwood as Lady Macbeth, transferred to Broadway following critically praised engagements at BAM and in the West End.
2010 The Addams Family, a musical based on the macabre characters of illustrator Charles Addams, opens on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. With music by Andrew Lippa, and book and lyrics by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, the production stars Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth as Gomez and Morticia Addams. It runs 722 performances.
Watch highlights from the 2010 Broadway production of The Addams Family: