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42nd Street Opens on Broadway

42nd Street, a hugely successful stage musical, is the story of an up-and-coming chorus girl named Peggy Sawyer, who hails from Allentown, Pennsylvania, and arrives in New York City to pursue a Broadway career. The show premiered in 1980 at NYC's Winter Garden Theatre and won the Tony Awards for Choreography and Best Musical. It was revived in 2001 at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts. In the original Broadway production, who played the role of musical director Julian Marsh?



Rhinoplasty, an Ancient Art?

Commonly called a “nose job,” rhinoplasty is surgery performed to improve either the function or appearance of a person's nose. Sushruta, an Indian physician, developed rhinoplasty in about 500 BCE. It was a necessary procedure at the time, because nose amputation was used as a punishment for certain crimes. Some of the techniques Sushruta developed are still in use today. In 1887, the 1st intranasal rhinoplasty was performed in the West. When was this procedure first used for cosmetic purposes?

Born on a day like today


James Lick

Lick began his career as a piano maker in NY, but moved to South America after learning his pianos were being shipped there. In 1846, he returned to N America and settled in San Francisco, where he began buying real estate. Shortly after his arrival, gold was discovered in the region, and Lick made a fortune as the population expanded. In the late 1840's, Lick convinced a neighbor from Peru to move to San Francisco. Who was this neighbor, and what company did he found?

Last updated on Saturday, 25th August 2007

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