1859 Birthday of Broadway's operetta king Victor Herbert (1859-1924), composer of Babes in Toyland, The Red Mill, Mlle. Modiste, Naughty Marietta, Sweethearts, and numerous editions of the Ziegfeld Follies.
1909 When her father's will stipulates that his daughter must marry a graduate of Bingham College, she becomes The Fair Co-Ed. Elsie Janis stars as the only female student enrolled, helping her fiance make the grade. George Ade provides the music and lyrics, Gustav Luders the score.
1942 In Of V We Sing, the V stands for victory in World War II. Co-produced by Alexander Cohen and the American Youth Theatre, the timely show hosts songs, sketches, and some lively jitterbugging. The cast includes Betty Garrett, Phil Leeds, and Daniel Nagrin. It runs nearly 10 weeks.
1968 Iris Murdoch and James Saunders adapt Murdoch's novel The Italian Girl for the stage. Richard Pasco and Elizabeth Sellars lead the cast and Val May stages. It runs in London at Wyndham's Theatre for 315 performances.
2002 A settlement is announced between producer Scott Rudin and composer Stephen Sondheim over ownership of the musical Wise Guys, since retitled Bounce, that allows its 2003 premiere at Chicago's Goodman Theatre to go forward. When the musical finally opens in New York in 2008, it has yet another new title: Road Show.
2003 First performance of Radiant Baby, an Off-Broadway musical about late pop artist Keith Haring at the Public Theater's Newman space. George C. Wolfe directs the production, which features lyrics by Ira Gasman, Stuart Ross, and Debra Barsha, book by Ross, and score by Barsha.
2004 Film star Isabella Rossellini stars with Richard Thomas in the world premiere of Terrence McNally's The Stendhal Syndrome, which begins performances at Off-Broadway's Primary Stages' new home, 59E59.