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By On This Day in NYC's History

THE SUBWAY’S PREDECESSOR WAS BORN

On July 2nd, 1867: The first elevated railway in the country began service. The one-track road was built by Charles Harvey and his West Side and Yonkers Patent Railroad company, and it ran along Greenwich Street and Ninth Avenue. More lines were later built on Second, Third, and Sixth Avenues, forming the beginnings of the Subway.

Image Courtesy of Mania Society Blog

Image Courtesy of Mania Society Blog

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF CLOSED

On July 2nd, 1972: Fiddler on the Roof closed at the Imperial Theater. Having opened eight years prior, Fiddler became the first Broadway show in history to surpass 3,000 performances, a record it held for ten years. Over the course of its original run, Fiddler won nine of the ten Tonys for which it was nominated, including Best Musical, score, and book, as well as a special Tony in 1972 for becoming the longest-running musical in Broadway history. It has since been revived and decorated with awards several times.

BORN ON THIS DAY: BROCK PETERS

On July 2nd, 1927: Actor Brock Peters was born. Best known for his role as Tom Robinson in the 1962 film adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird, Peters also gained recognition for his performances as Fleet Admiral Catwright in two of the Star Trek feature films.

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