DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE READ TO WASHINGTON’S TROOPS
On July 9th, 1776: George Washington’s troops gathered on the parade grounds in lower Manhattan to hear the newly written Declaration of Independence. Washington thought it was important for his troops to hear what this document said in order to increase courage and enthusiasm. Washington would go on to win many of the early battles of the Revolution in the New York area and would eventually go on to celebrate the ultimate victory over the British in the Fraunces Tavern on Pearl Street.
A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC OPENS
On July 9th, 1991: Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music opened at the New York State Theatre at Lincoln Square. The New York City Opera, blending the lines between classical opera and lighter operetta like A Little Night Music, put on the production. The musical originally premiered in 1973 and won the Tony award for Best Musical.
BORN ON THIS DAY: VINCE EDWARDS
On July 9th, 1928: Actor and director Vince Edwards was born in Brooklyn. After studying acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Edwards was signed by Paramount Pictures in 1950. Though he played lead characters in various films, it was not until Edwards landed the role of Ben Casey in the hit medical drama tv series Ben Casey that he became a household name. Edwards died from pancreatic cancer in 1996.
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