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Posted: 1/11/04 at 12:06am
Count Aleksei Nikolayevich Tolstoy Jan 10, 1883 - Feb 23, 1945 author - Ivan the Terrible; Tsar Fyodor

Francis X. Bushman 01/10/1883 - 8/23/1966 performer - The Rosary, Neptune’s Daughter, The Thirteenth Man, Dick Tracy, Hollywood Boulevard, David and Bathsheba, Sabrina, The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini

Paul Henreid 1/10/1908 - 3/29/1992 Austrian-born American actor - performer - Don Juan in Hell (Ricardo Montalban, Agnes Moorehead); tv's & film's The Madwoman of Chaillot, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Deep in My Heart, Casablanca, Goodbye, Mr. Chips; director: Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Battle in Blue, Battle Shock, Tall Lie

Salvatore Mineo 01/10/1939 - Feb 12, 1976 performer, Murdered by robber in his home. Directed "Fortune and Men's Stages" and "The Children's Mass." - The Rose Tattoo; Dinosaur Wharf (Leo Penn); Something About a Soldier (Ken Kercheval, Kevin McCarthy, Ralph Meeker); Start Movin’, Lasting Love; actor: The Gene Krupa Story; Rebel Without a Cause


1911 Sigmund Romberg writes his first complete Broadway score for The Whirl of the World, which opens today at the Winter Garden. A brochure describes it thus: "An Isle of Gorgeousness, Fun and Music, Entirely Surrounded by Girls." The formula proves a winner, running 161 performances.

1941 Two sweet little old ladies help nudge melancholy people off to a better world in the macabre comedy Arsenic and Old Lace which opens its 1444-performance run today at the Fulton Theatre. Jean Adair and Josephine Hull play the sisters and Boris Karloff plays their brother.

1947 Ella Logan and Albert Sharpe look to the rainbow in Fred Saidy and Yip Harburg's Finian's Rainbow, about a leprechaun who turns human when his crock of gold is stolen and buried near Fort Knox. The show opens a 725-performance run tonight. David Wayne and Michael Kidd will go on to win the very first Tony Awards for Best Supporting Actor and Best Choreographer, respectively.

1968 Some of the first openly gay characters seen on the Broadway stage are played by Milo O'Shea and Eli Wallach in Charles Dyer's The Staircase, which runs 61 performances at the Biltmore Theatre.

1981 - The Pirates of Penzance, by Gilbert and Sullivan, opened on Broadway. The show, starring pop singers Linda Ronstadt and Rex Smith, was made into a movie in 1983.


1969 - The final issue of The Saturday Evening Post appeared after 147 years of publication. It returned in limited publication years later. Norman Rockwell’s art was a popular item in the Post.

1971 ''Masterpiece Theatre'' premiered on PBS.

(sources: IBDB, NYT's ON THIS DAY,’s Those Were The Days,

Updated On: 1/9/05 at 12:06 AM