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1776

On March 16, 1969: The Broadway play 1776 opened at 46th Street Theater for 1,217 performances. The play was based on the book by Peter Stone, with music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards. It was nominated for five Tony Awards and won three, including Best Musical, and was later made into a film.

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FATS WALLER

On March 16, 1942: Jazz artist Fats Waller recorded “Jitterbug Waltz” at RCA Victor’s recording studio in New York. It is known for being one of the first jazz records recorded with a Hammond organ, an instrument that later became popular in jazz music.

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