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By On This Day in NYC's History

LET THE (GAY) GAMES BEGIN

On June 18, 1994: The 1994 Gay Games — the world’s largest sporting and cultural event organized by and for LGBT athletes, artists, and musicians — opened in New York City. Appropriately themed on “Unity,” the 1994 games coincided with the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. With a mission to “promote equality for all, and in particular for lesbian, gay, bi and trans people throughout the world,” the Gay Games have been called “the games that change the world.”

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MELANIE IGLESIAS

On June 18, 1987: Melanie Iglesias was born in Brooklyn. After being featured in numerous magazines as a model, Iglesias came to be one of the hosts of MTV’s Girl Code and Guy Code. She also appeared as the “Royal Flush Girl” in episodes of World Poker Tour.  

MAGGIE MCNAMARA

On June 18, 1928: Model and actress Maggie McNamara was born in New York City. McNamara started her career working as a teen model. In 1951, she made her Broadway debut, replacing Barbara Bel Geddes in F. Hugh Herbert’s hit play, The Moon is Blue. McNamara starred in the controversial movie reprisal of the play, a role which garnered her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.

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