1904 New York City bids adieu to Longacre Square, which had no particular reputation, and says hello to Times Square, which soon develops quite a reputation indeed. Mayor George B. McClellan (son of the Civil War general) announces the official name change. "Times" is, of course, drawn from The New York Times, the newspaper which recently moved into a building perched on a traffic triangle in the middle of the square. The daily, which lobbied hard for the name change, soon moves to larger quarters on nearby 43rd Street, where it stays until 2007.
1907 Two of The Boys of Company "B" are John Barrymore, who joined the cast as a replacement, and Mack Sennett, father of film's Keystone Kops. Rida Johnson Young's comedy runs three months at New York's Lyceum Theatre.
1992 Five Guys Named Moe, Clarke Peters' musical revue based on the music of Louis Jordan, opens at Broadway's Eugene O'Neill Theatre. The rhythm and blues show is directed and choreographed by Charles Augins.
2002 Suzan-Lori Parks' play Topdog/Underdog wins the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, making Parks the first African-American woman to win the coveted award. The announcement comes mere hours after the play's Broadway opening night.
2008 Shakespeare's murder-filled tragedy Macbeth opens at the Lyceum Theatre with Patrick Stewart in the title role. The Chichester Festival Theatre production, directed by Rupert Goold and starring his wife Kate Fleetwood as Lady Macbeth, transferred to Broadway following critically praised engagements at BAM and in the West End.
2010 The Addams Family, a musical based on the macabre characters of illustrator Charles Addams, opens on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. With music by Andrew Lippa, and book and lyrics by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, the production stars Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth as Gomez and Morticia Addams. It runs 722 performances.
2018 The musical Mean Girls, based on the popular 2004 film comedy, opens on Broadway at the August Wilson Theatre. Tina Fey adapts her own screenplay, with music by Jeff Richmond and lyrics by Nell Benjamin. Casey Nicholaw directs and choreographs. Erika Henningsen plays high school fresh face Cady Hero, and Taylor Louderman, Ashley Park, and Kate Rockwell are the members of the vicious clique The Plastics.
Today's Birthdays: Walter Connolly (1887–1940). Mary Pickford (1892–1979). E.Y. "Yip" Harburg (1896–1981). Jo Swerling (1897–1964). Fred Ebb (1928–2004). Michael Bennett (1943–1987). Ann Hould-Ward (b. 1954). Stephanie Pope (b. 1964).