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The Merchant of Venice, starring Al Pacino as Shylock, opens

The Merchant of Venice is a 16th-century play written by William Shakespeare in which a merchant in Venice named Antonio must default on a large loan provided by a Jewish moneylender, Shylock. It is believed to have been written between 1596 and 1599.

"The Man Who Came to Dinner" begins previews

The Man Who Came to Dinner is a comedy in three acts by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. A 2000 revival, which ran for 85 performances, was produced by the Roundabout Theatre Company and directed by Jerry Zaks. The cast included Nathan Lane, Jean Smart, Harriet Sansom Harris, and Lewis J. Stadlen.

"Gone with the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell is published

Gone with the Wind is a novel by American writer Margaret Mitchell, first published in 1936. The story is set in Clayton County and Atlanta, both in Georgia, during the American Civil War and Reconstruction Era. It was popular with American readers from the outset and was the top American fiction bestseller in 1936 and 1937.

Tower Bridge is opened

Tower Bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London, built between 1886 and 1894. The bridge crosses the River Thames close to the Tower of London and has become an iconic symbol of London. The bridge was officially opened on 30 June 1894 by the then Prince of Wales, and his wife, The Princess of Wales.

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