1907 Writer-playwright Daphne du Maurier is born to actor Gerald and actress Muriel du Maurier. Daphne will later adapt her novel Rebecca into a play.
1919 St. John Ervine's drama depicting life in Ireland, John Ferguson, is the Theatre Guild's first success. Augustin Duncan stages and plays the lead. It will run 177 performances at Broadway's Garrick Theatre.
1924 Composer Louis Hirsch dies today in New York City. He composed music for three of the Ziegfeld Follies, and The Honeymoon Express among others. He was 37 years old.
1954 The Pajama Game opens on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre, where it will run for 1,063 performances. Jerry Ross and Richard Adler's score includes "Hey There," "Hernando's Hideaway" and "Steam Heat." George Abbott and Jerome Robbins direct, and Bob Fosse is choreographs.
1964 English actress Diana Wynyard, 58, dies today in London. She made her professional debut in London in 1925. In 1932 she debuted on Broadway in The Devil Passes. She was the first wife of film director Carol Reed.
1999 John Rando directs Erin Dilly and Clea Lewis in the new Off-Broadway comedy, Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight. Three couples find themselves in relationship turmoil at 3 AM in Peter Ackerman's comedy at the Promenade Theatre.
2011 Pam Gems, who found stage plays in the lives of persons as diverse as French chanteuse Edith Piaf and English painter Stanley Spencer, dies at age 85. Her plays included Queen Christina, Piaf, Stanley and Marlene.