1/26/1891 - 2/18/1973
1929 Dramatist, social commentator, and Pulitzer-prize winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer is born in the Bronx.
1934: Sam Goldwyn buys rights to The Wizard of Oz
1955: Great Yankee nine-time champion Slugger Joltin' Joe DiMaggio elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
1961: The Great Wayne Gretzky, Hockey Hall of Famer NY Ranger Great.
1962 Lucky Luciano
1979: Nelson Rockefeller
died in the saddle.
1979...Former Vice President and New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller, 70, dies suddenly of a heart attack at his Manhattan townhouse.
1988...Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Phantom of the Opera" makes its Broadway debut.
The longest-running show in Broadway history, opened at the Majestic Theater in New York.