December 24th in NYC History
Hitmaker Harry Warren;
Behind the Headlines I.F. Stone.
Rock Center's surprising first tree;
Caruso's last stand;
Posted: Dec 23, 2012 | 11:36 PM
1893: Harry Warren, 3-time Academy Award winning composer of "42nd St.," "Lullaby of Broadway," "Shuffle off to Buffalo, "September in the rain," and 300 others, born. His birthname: Salvatore Gauranga from Brooklyn.
1907: I. F. Stone, a guru and conscience for generations of political journalists, born. He eventually started his own journal: "I.F. Stone's Weekly". He died in 1989
1912: The first public and electrically lit Christmas tree in Madison Square Park is celebrated by rich and poor alike.
1920: Enrico Caruso's last public performance at the Metropolitan Opera.
1931: Working on Christmas Eve, construction workers decorate the Rockefeller Center development (when whole thing was called "Radio City") with a makeshift humble Christmas Tree.
Is it decorated with TP? They are getting their paychecks.
1963: Idlewild International Airport renamed for John F. Kennedy, a month after he was killed.
1967: 'Broadway' Joe Namath leads Jets football to its first winning season in its history, passing 4007 yards.
1997: Woody Allen and Soon-Yi Previn marry. He 62; she 27. But there is more to the story than that, so click the link. I saw them once.