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By On This Day in NYC's History

A KING IS BORN

On March 20, 1954: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I opened for 1,246 performances at the St. James Theatre. It won three Tony Awards and spawned numerous acclaimed revivals, tours, international productions, and film adaptations.

HIGHER EDUCATION, HIGHER POWER

On March 29, 1896: Yeshiva University, then called Yeshiva College, was chartered. It was founded as a religious seminary when the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminarry (REITS) was established as the first yeshiva for advanced Talmudic study in America.

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ARTHUR O’CONNELL

On March 29, 1908: Actor Arthur O’Connell was born in New York City. He was known for his roles in Western shows such as Stagecoast West and Empire. O’Connell was laid to rest at the Calvary Cemetery in Queens in 1891.

Author O'Connell

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