PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
On January 26, 1988: The Broadway musical Phantom of the Opera opened at Majestic Theater. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, it is the longest running show in Broadway history with over 4,000 performances.
On January 26, 1934: The Apollo Theater reopened in Manhattan. First built in 1913 as Hurtig & Seamon’s New Burlesque Theater, it only allowed whites into the theater. During the early 1930s, the theater fell into despair and closed. It was quickly bought by Sidney Cohen, reopened again as the Apollo Theater and catered to the black community of Harlem.
A MOBSTER PASSES
On January 26, 1962: Charles “Lucky” Luciano, a New York City Mafia gangster died at age 65. Luciano was known for splitting New York City into five different Mafia crime families and was instrumental in the development of the National Crime Syndicate in the United States.