I’m musing today on the notable literary events that happened on this day in history.
The funniest thing in this list is the play which opened and closed on the same day – “Take Me Along.” Sad, too, because “Take Me Along” was nominated for ten Tony Awards in 1960, and Jackie Gleason won the Tony for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical. I guess the 1985 version didn’t live up to the standards set by the 1960 production.
1865 – President Abraham Lincoln is shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theater. He was viewing a performance of “Our American Cousin.”
1887 – Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure “Reigate Squires” (BG)
1894 – 1st public showing of Thomas Edison’s kinetoscope (moving pictures)
1906 – US President Theodore Roosevelt denounces “muckrakers” in US press, taken from John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress
1985 – “Take Me Along!” opens/closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC
1992 – “Les Miserables” opens at Palace Theatre, Manchester
2012 – J. K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter novels, launches her website “Pottermore”
My only claim to fame is that William Shakespeare and I have the same probable birthday, albeit nearly four hundred years apart. Oddly enough, The Bard died on that same date, 52 years later.