THE GAY GAMES OPENED
On June 18th, 1994: The Gay Games, the world’s largest sporting and cultural event organized by and for LGBT athletes, artists, and musicians, opened. Appropriately themed on “Unity,” the 1994 games coincided with the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. With a mission to “promote equality for all, and in particular for lesbian, gay, bi and trans people throughout the world,” the Gay Games have been called “the games that change the world.”
PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES CLOSED
On June 18th, 1983: Pump Boys and Dinettes closed at the Princess Theatre after 573 performances. Written by a musical group of the same name, Pump Boys and Dinettes starred the group’s members: John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel, and Jim Wann. The production was nominated for the 1982 Tony for Best Musical.
BORN ON THIS DAY: MAGGIE MCNAMARA
On June 18th, 1928: Model-actress Maggie McNamara was born. McNamara started her career working as a teen model while attending Textile High School in NYC. In 1951, she made her Broadway debut, replacing Barbara Bel Geddes in F. Hugh Herbert’s hit play, The Moon is Blue. Just before her career began to decline, McNamara starred in the controversial movie reprisal of the play, a role which garnered her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.
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