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By On This Day in NYC's History

HUMPHREY BOGART

On December 25, 1899: Iconic actor Humphrey Bogart was born in Manhattan. An American and New York Icon, Bogart starred in American film classics such as Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, The African Queen, Key Largo, and many, many more. His presence in the film noir genre is one that shaped American cinema.

HANSEL AND GRETEL

On December 25, 1931: A performance of Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel became the first complete Metropolitan Opera radio broadcast performance. The Opera still holds radio broadcasts (in addition to its ever popular HD broadcasts) to this day.

WHY OH WHY OH WHY

On December 25, 1917: Jesse Lynch Williams’ Why Marry?, winner of the first Pulitzer Prize for Drama, premiered on Broadway. The Pulitzer Prize for Drama selected Why Marry? as the recipient of its first award and has been recognizing great works to this day.

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