1919 St. John Ervine's drama depicting life in Ireland, John Ferguson, is the Theatre Guild's first success. Augustin Duncan stages and plays the lead. It runs 177 performances at Broadway's Garrick Theatre.
1924 Composer Louis Hirsch dies in New York City. He composed music for three of the Ziegfeld Follies and The Honeymoon Express, among others. He was 37 years old.
1954 The Pajama Game opens on Broadway at the St. James Theatre. Jerry Ross and Richard Adler's score includes "Hey There," "Hernando's Hideaway," and "Steam Heat." George Abbott and Jerome Robbins direct, and Bob Fosse choreographs. It runs 1,063 performances, and wins five Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
1964 English actor Diana Wynyard dies in London at age 58. She made her professional debut in London in 1925. In 1932, she debuted on Broadway in The Devil Passes. She was the first wife of film director Carol Reed.
1999 John Rando directs Erin Dilly and Clea Lewis in Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight. Three couples find themselves in relationship turmoil at 3 AM in Peter Ackerman's comedy at Off-Broadway's Promenade Theatre.
2011 Pam Gems, who found stage plays in the lives of persons as diverse as French chanteuse Edith Piaf and English painter Stanley Spencer, dies at age 85. Her plays included Queen Christina, Piaf, Stanley, and Marlene.