FIRST U.S. WORLD’S FAIR
On July 14, 1853: The first U.S. World’s Fair opened in Crystal Palace (what is now Bryant Park). The Fair displayed the industrial successes of countries across the world, and stood as a symbol of nationalistic pride for the US. Some notable exhibits from the Fair included an elevator equipped with a safety break and the world’s first pedal quadracycle. Another World’s Fair was held in NYC in 1939.
On July 14, 1917: Playwright Arthur Laurents was born. Laurents began writing for Broadway, producing a body of work that included such classics as West Side Story and Gypsy. A native till the very end, Laruents died at the age of 93 in his Manhattan home after winning numerous awards including two Tony Awards.
On July 13, 1949: Tommy Mottola was born in New York City. Mottola is the co-owner of Casablanca Records, and acted as the head of of Sony Music Entertainment for nearly 15 years. Mottola was able to sign hit acts, such as Hall & Oats, Céline Dion, Destiny’s Child, Shakira, and other major acts. He is perhaps most known, however, for being the husband of pop singer Mariah Carey for a short period of time.