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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Show Boat, Radio City Music Hall & More

Just a few happenings on This Day in History:

December 27, 1927, the musical play "Show Boat," with music by Jerome Kern and libretto by Oscar Hammerstein II, opened at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York.

 Source: en.wikipedia.org

December 27, 1932,

When the stock market crashed in 1929, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. held a $91 million, 24-year lease on a piece of midtown Manhattan property properly known as "the speakeasy belt." Plans to gentrify the neighborhood by building a new Metropolitan Opera House on the site were dashed by the failing economy and the business outlook was dim. Nevertheless, Rockefeller made a bold decision that would leave a lasting impact on the city's architectural and cultural landscape. He decided to build an entire complex of buildings on the property-buildings so superior that they would attract commercial tenants even in a depressed city flooded with vacant rental space. The project would express the highest ideals of architecture and design and stand as a symbol of optimism and hope. Read MORE...
New York City's Radio City Music Hall opened to the public in midtown Manhattan. Amid the Great Depression, thousands turned out for its opening. Radio City Music Hall is known as the showplace of the nation and is the largest indoor theatre in the world.

 Source: en.wikipedia.org

December 27, 1947, the original version of the puppet character Howdy Doody made its TV debut on NBC's "Puppet Playhouse." 

December 27, 1968, Apollo 8 and its three astronauts made a safe, nighttime splashdown in the Pacific. 

'Earthrise,' as photographed by the Apollo 8 crew on Christmas Eve 1968. (Photo: NASA)
NASA recreates iconic Apollo 8 'Earthrise'
45 years later using orbiter data (video)

 These are only a few of the happenings on this day in history!