1950 Lynn Fontanne, on her way to the theatre in Portland, Maine, where she and her husband Alfred Lunt are appearing in I Know, My Love, falls on the steps of her hotel, breaking her wrist. She goes on anyway.
1953 The Trip to Bountiful, a new play by Horton Foote, opens tonight at Henry Miller's Theatre. Lillian Gish, Jo Van Fleet and Eva Marie Saint are in the cast of this play, which is directed by Vincent J. Donehue [sic]. The show will run only 39 performances but will be made into a film starring Geraldine Page in 1985.
1960 Tammy Grimes is the title character in The Unsinkable Molly Brown, which opens tonight at the Winter Garden Theatre. Meredith Willson contributes music and lyrics to Richard Morris' book in this musical, staged by Dore Schary. Peter Gennaro choreographs. The show gets mixed reviews, but runs 532 performances.
1982 Broadcast media critics are dismissed today by the New York Drama Critic's Circle as they vote down a proposal to allow them to be voters for the NYDCC awards. The policy is still in effect.
? By Sam Maher and Steve Luber