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NEW YORK’S (NEUROTIC) CINEMA KING IS BORN

On December 1, 1935: Writer, director, and actor, Woody Allen was born in the Bronx (and raised in Brooklyn). Director of countless films that feature New York City as the central character, Allen has certainly become an ambassador for the City over the years. He is a 24-time Academy Award nominee, and has become a beloved (yet sometimes controversial) American and New York Icon.

 

CHRISTINE JORGENSEN MADE THE NEWS

On December 1, 1952: The New York Daily News reported about Christine Jorgensen, the first notable case of sexual reassignment surgery. The story was front page news under the headline, “Ex-GI Becomes Blonde Beauty.”

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I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN

On December 1, 1968: Promises, Promises opened on Broadway at the Shubert Theater for 1,282 performances. The cast album won a Grammy for Best Recording, and the production itself was both nominated for and won numerous Tony Awards.

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