70 years ago today, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman opened on Broadway in the Morosco Theatre. The story, featuring an insecure and mentally unstable salesman named Willy Loman, won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and also a Tony Award for Best Play. Widely considered to be one of the greatest plays of the 20th century, the original production ran for 742 performances.
Actors nominated for Tonys while playing Loman in four Broadway revivals include Philip Seymour Hoffman, George C. Scott, Brian Dennehy, and Dustin Hoffman. WATCH a great Dustin Hoffman clip with a young John Malkovich as his son, Biff… (1949)
Also, view this entire performance on YouTube, here.
MORE Good News on this Date:
- The first singing telegram offered by Postal Telegram Co. (1933)
- Roy Lichtenstein‘s first solo exhibition opened, which featured his first employment of Ben-Day dots, speech balloons and comic imagery sourcing (1962)
- Carole King released her second studio album Tapestry, one of the best-selling albums of all time—25 million sold worldwide—with a No. 1 hit single (It’s Too Late / I Feel the Earth Move) and a cover photograph taken at her Laurel Canyon home, holding a tapestry she hand-stitched herself, and her cat Telemachus (1971)
- The Clash started recording their debut album at CBS studios in London in the first of three weekend sessions that would complete production for just £4000 (1977)
- Iraq agreed to allow U-2 surveillance flights over its territory, meeting a key demand by U.N. inspectors searching for banned weapons (2003)
- Senator Barack Obama kicked off his historic presidential campaign with a speech at the state house in Springfield, Illinois (2007)
On this date in 1942, the first gold record (simply sprayed with gold lacquer) was presented to Glenn Miller (pictured, right) by RCA to celebrate the sale of 1.2 million copies of “Chattanooga Choo Choo.”
The publicity stunt was later nabbed by the Recording Industry Association of America, which began presenting actual gold records and also trademarked the name.