1970 The writings of urban teens serves as the source material of the musical The Me Nobody Knows, which opens at the Helen Hayes Theatre and runs for 378 performances. Among the cast are future stars Irene Cara, Hattie Winston, and Northern Calloway.
1985 Jerry's Girls, a musical revue celebrating the music and lyrics of Jerry Herman, opens at the St. James Theatre. The performers include such legendary names as Dorothy Loudon, Chita Rivera, and Leslie Uggams. Herman wrote the scores to some of Broadway's biggest hits including Hello, Dolly!, Mame, and La Cage aux Folles.
2002 Tommy Tune returns to the New York stage with his song and dance revue, Tommy Tune: White Tie and Tails, inaugurating Off-Broadway's Little Shubert Theatre on West 42nd Street.
2008 Roundabout Theatre Company revives Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart’s 1940 musical Pal Joey at Studio 54, with Stockard Channing, Martha Plimpton, and, in the title role, Matthew Risch (who replaced Christian Hoff in previews). The story of a scheming charmer in the world of 1940s Chicago nightclubs, the show has a new book by Richard Greenberg and direction by Joe Mantello.
2011 Vaclav Havel, who went from being an imprisoned dissident playwright in Communist Czechoslovakia to the elected president of the newly free Czech Republic, dies at age 75. His plays include The Memorandum, The Increased Difficulty of Concentration, and A Private View.
More of Today's Birthdays: Gladys Cooper (1888-1971). Betty Grable (1916-1973). Ossie Davis (1917-2005). Danny Simon (1918-2005). Galt MacDermot (1928-2018). Rachel Griffiths (b. 1968). Katie Holmes (b. 1978).