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MIA THERMOPOLIS IS BORN

On November 12, 1982: Actress Anne Hathaway was born in Brooklyn. Hathway’s first major film role was playing the lead in Disney’s The Princess Diaries, and she has since taken on a wide variety of roles, including her much-praised performance in Les Miserables. 

ELLIS ISLAND CLOSED UP SHOP

On November 12, 1954: Ellis Island Immigration Station, the gateway for millions of immigrants to the United States, officially closed after releasing the last detainee, Arne Peterssen, a Norwegian merchant. Hurricane Sandy damaged the site, which is now a museum, and the site isn’t expected to fully reopen until Spring 2014.

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THE GRAND WALTZ ON BROADWAY

On November 12, 1989: The musical Grand Hotel opened on Broadway at the Martin Beck Theatre. The production ran for over 1,000 performances and won five Tony Awards. The original adaptation was made into a 1932 award-winning film starring Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, and Joan Crawford.

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