Thomas Jefferson becomes the first secretary of state, the Dachau concentration camp opens, The Beatles release their first album, and the Comet Hale-Bopp does a fly-by, all on this day.
1930: Composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, who has won an Academy Award, eight Tony Awards, eight Grammy Awards and a Pulitzer Prize, is born in New York City. Sondheim's most famous works include "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," "Company," "Follies," "A Little Night Music" and "Sweeney Todd." He also wrote the lyrics for "West Side Story" and "Gypsy" and has written material for movies, including the 1981 Warren Beatty film "Reds" and the 1990 movie "Dick Tracy," for which he won the Academy Award for Best Song for "Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man)." He's seen here in 1970s publicity photo.
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