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By On This Day in NYC's History


On April 15, 1912: The ill-fated New York bound maiden voyage of RMS Titanic came to an end. The ship struck an iceberg and sank in the early morning hours. This disaster took the lives of more than 1,500 of the 2,224 passengers and crew onboard, including famous New Yorkers John Jacob Astor IV, Benjamin Guggenheim, and Isador Straus, the owner of Macy’s. The sinking has been depicted various times, most famously in the 1997 James Cameron film, winner of multiple Golden Globes, Grammy Awards, and eleven Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

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On April 15, 1961: The five-time Tony Award winning musical, The Music Man concluded it’s Broadway run after 1,375 performances. It was later adapted into the popular film of the same name, and saw multiple revivals and a television remake starring Matthew Broderick and Kristin Chenoweth.

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