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On this day: May 13

POSTED: 10:30 PM PDT May 11, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT May 12, 2013 

America declares war on Mexico, The Beatles film "Let It Be" premieres, Pope John Paul II survives an assassination attempt, and Tipper Gore doesn't like what she hears, all on this day.

OTD May 13 - The Pajama Game
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1954: The original Broadway production of "The Pajama Game" opens. The following year it would win three Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical, and Best Choreography. The musical would run for a total of 1,063 performances before its original production came to an end on Nov. 24, 1956. This production is noted for starting the career of actress Shirley MacLaine, who served as an understudy for Carol Haney and starred in the musical for several months while Haney recovered from a broken ankle.

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