On this day: September 26

Published On: Sep 25 2012 11:33:14 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 26 2016 01:00:00 AM CDT

Sir Francis Drake completes his trip around the world, Nixon and Kennedy square off on TV, the Beatles release "Abbey Road," and an acting legend passes away, all on this day.

OTD September 26 - West Side Story
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1957: The play "West Side Story," with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, opens on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre. The production ran for 732 performances before touring and then returning to the Winter Garden Theatre in 1960 for another 253 performance engagement, winning two Tony Awards in the process. It also spawned a 1961 musical film of the same name starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris and Russ Tamblyn. The film won 10 Academy Awards out of 11 nominations, including Best Picture.

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