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March 31st in N.Y.C. History

Posted: Mar 31, 2013 | 2:36 PM
1923:  Alma Cummings danced 27 hours non-stop, setting a world record and sparking the nation's marathon-dance craze.

1943:  Rodgers and Hammerstein first musical, the revolutionary "Oklahoma!" opened on Broadway.  With its mix of ballet, and other innovations, it was expected to be a flop.  It was a hit, running for over 2,200 performances.  The best seats cost less than $5.

1943:  Actor Christopher (actually Ronald) Walken born in Astoria, Queens.

1945:  Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie" debuted on Broadway.

1945:  Actor and comedian Gabe Kaplan, of "Welcome Back Kotter" born.

1947:  Mayor William O'Dwyer submited NYC's first $1 billion budget, second only to the federal budget.

Legend has it that O'Dwyer's parade up Broadway's Canyon of Heroes was finagled as a deal for his resignation during a corruption scandal. Nonetheless,

330,000 witnessed his resignation parade, and O'Dwyer had an illustrious career as a pioneering Mayor and military hero.

1984:  Grammy winner Jack Antonoff of the band Fun born in NJ.  He went to high school in NYC where his music career started.

1992:  The U.N. Security Council banned flights and arms sales to Libya, branding it a terrorist state for harboring six men accused of blowing up Pan Am Flight 103 and a French airliner.

1998:  The first Jewish woman in Congress, and a bold feminist, Bella Abzug died.  She served from 1971-1977.

1999:  Four New York City police officers were charged with murder for killing Amadou Diallo on February 4th.  Diallo was a young unarmed African immigrant, killed in a hail of 41 bullets as he reached for his wallet.  They were acquitted the following year.


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