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DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE

On March 26, 1964: The Broadway musical, Funny Girl opened on Broadway for a 1,348 performances. The musical was produced by Ray Stark and starred Barbara Streisand. It was nominated for eight Tony Awards but failed to win any due to tough competition.

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On March 26, 1845: New York inventor, Joseph Francis patented the corrugated sheet-iron lifeboat, referring to it as the “great American lifeboat.” He devoted his life to improving maritime equipment, especially life-saving tools. The sheet-iron lifeboat was his most famous invention and rescued thousands of stranded passengers and crew from shipwrecks near shore.

Inventor Joseph Francis Lifeboat New York Patent

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JENNIFER GREY

On March 26, 1960: Actress Jennifer Grey was born in New York City. She’s known for her leading role in Dirty Dancing opposite the late Patrick Swayze, and their iconic final dance scene.

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