1893 Birthday of dancer Ann Pennington, who displays her fabled dimpled knee in many editions of The Ziegfeld Follies and George White's Scandals from 1913 to 1928.
1908 Eddie Foy plays a circus performer somehow drafted at the last minute to play Shakespeare's Melancholy Dane in the musical comedy Mr. Hamlet of Broadway, which runs 54 performances at the Casino Theatre.
1915 Very Good Eddie, one of the first smash successes among the intimate Princess Theatre shows, opens a 341-performance run. Jerome Kern and Schuyler Green wrote the score to the musical comedy about newlyweds who run into trouble aboard a Hudson River cruise.
1935 English actor-manager Robert Loraine dies at the age of 59 in London. He acted with the likes of Herbert Beerbohm Tree and George Alexander. The part of D'Artagnan in The Three Musketeers was one of his greatest successes.
1958 A Party with Betty Comden and Adolph Green brings the celebrated writers of On the Town, Wonderful Town, Bells Are Ringing, Peter Pan, and more to Broadway's John Golden Theatre to perform many of their classic songs and discuss their careers. The production will run 82 performances and return to Broadway in 1977.
1982 Eva Le Gallienne ends her seven-decade Broadway acting career, appearing as the White Queen in a recreation of her 1932 hit, Alice in Wonderland. It runs just 21 performances at the Virginia Theatre. Kate Burton plays Alice.
2007 Michael Kidd, 92, the stage and film choreographer and director who won five Tony Awards and an Honorary Academy Award and whose choreography credits include Guys and Dolls on stage and screen, dies of cancer at his home in Los Angeles.
2016 American costume designer Willa Kim dies at the age of 99. She won Tony Awards for her designs of The Will Rogers Follies and Sophisticated Ladies, and earned nominations for her work on Goodtime Charley, Dancin’, Song and Dance, and Legs Diamond.
More of Today's Birthdays: Burns Mantle (1873-1948). Buzz Miller (1923-1999). Carol Haney (1924-1964). Harry Guardino (1925-1995). Susan Lucci (b. 1946). Jeremy Davidson (b. 1971). Rory O'Malley 1980.