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October 13 in NYC HistoryB'nai Brith unites 4% of the world's Jews for charity; Lenny Bruce and Paul Simon born; Who's Afraid on Broadway; some sports heartbreaks.

Posted: Oct 13, 2012 | 12:13 AM

1843:  B'nai Brith International, a secular Jewish charity, disaster-relief and service network, founded by a dozen German-speaking immigrants at Sinsheimer's Saloon at 60 Essex Street. 

500,000 men and women are members of B'nai B'rith, about 3% of the world's Jewry.
The name means "Sons of the Covenant."


I like to point out their obscure plaque installed there on the wall of a public housing project.  We visit the spot on my Lower East Side tours.the oldest Jewish service organization in the world, is founded in New York City


1903:  Babes in Toyland replaces the Wizard of Oz at the Majestic Theater.


1925:  Lenny Bruce, the controversial American comedian, who shared x-rays of his personal life in comedy clubs on Bleecker Street and Greenwich Village clubs was born.  He died in 1966 after changing comedy into shocking truth and confession about what is going on in our heads and lives.


1941:  Singer-songwriter Paul Simon born.

1960:  The Yankees lost the World Series.  The game ended with a home run for the first time in World Series history.


1962:  Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" opened on Broadway. 

We visit the Cherry Lane Theatre on my Greenwich Village Tours, which is where it first premiered in NYC.


1974:  Ed Sullivan  died in NYC at 73.


1998:  The NBA canceled the first two weeks of the season due to a lockout.


2006:  The UN General Assembly appointed South Korean's Ban Ki-moon secretary-general.

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