The American Revolutionary War breaks out, the Soviet Union launches the first space station, the Waco siege ends in a deadly blaze, and homegrown terrorists strike Oklahoma City, all on this day.
2001: The Mel Brooks musical "The Producers," based on his first movie, opens on Broadway starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick. The show would go on to break the Tony Awards record with 12 wins, a record that had previously been held for 37 years by "Hello, Dolly!" at 10 wins. The musical ran for 2,502 performances on Broadway and was adapted into another movie version in 2005.
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