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By On This Day in NYC's History

OF THEE I SING CLOSES ON BROADWAY

On July 5th, 1952: Musical Of Thee I Sing closed on Broadway after 72 performances. This little known George and Ira Gershwin musical had originally premiered in 1932 and lampooned American politics with an accuracy that still rings true today. Because of the cleverness of its satire, Of Thee I Sing became the first musical to win the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1932.

TRANSIT FARES INCREASE

On July 5th, 1966: Transit fares in NYC rose from 15 cents to 20 cents. Compared to our (frequent) modern-day increases of 25 cents, this jumps seems like nothing to get worked up over. Though small to us, this hike came after three fare increase in less than twenty years compared to the 44-year period at the beginning of the century where the fare remained at a reasonable five cents.

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BORN ON THIS DAY: JEFFREY KRAMER

On July 5th, 1945: Actor and producer Jeffrey Kramer was born. After getting his start as an actor in films and TV shows such as Jaws 2 and M.A.S.H., Kramer got into the producing business, acting on co-executive producer for the TV series Ally McBeal and The Practice. His work has earned him multiple nominations for an Emmy award and one win for Ally McBeal (most probably for this prime example of lip-synching). 

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