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By On This Day in NYC's History

WELCOME, WILLY B

On December 19, 1903: The Williamsburg Bridge opened at the cost of $24,200.00. At the time of construction, the Williamsburg Bridge was only the second to cross the river and set the record for the longest suspension bridge span on Earth. Today, it is one of the few toll-free crossings between Manhattan and Brooklyn or Queens that remains.

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ALYSSA MILANO

On December 19, 1972: Actress Alyssa Milano was born in Brooklyn. Milano has become best known for her roles on the television series Charmed and Who’s the Boss? and is currently starring in the ABC drama Mistresses. 

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BELIEVE IT OR NOT

On December 19, 1918: Robert Ripley began his “Champs and Chumps” column in the New York Globe. This column noted odd sports facts and was later retitled “Believe It or Not.” In 1939, he opened his first Odditorium in New York City.

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THE MUSIC MAN

On December 19, 1957: The Broadway musical, The Music Man opened at the Majestic Theater. The show was a hit on Broadway, winning five Tony Awards and running for 1,375 performances.The Music Man’s success led to revivals and a 2003 TV adaptation.

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