1776 Birthday of E. T. A. Hoffmann, whose stories form the basis of the ballets Coppelia and The Nutcracker.
1905 Opening night of Buster Brown, based on Richard F. Outcault's comic strip about a kid and his dog. It runs 95 performances at the old Majestic Theatre.
1929Edith Evans stars as Florence Nightingale, The Lady With a Lamp. The drama by Reginald Berkeley runs at the Garrick Theatre in London for 22 weeks.
1933 U.S. premiere of Noël Coward's Design for Living, in which Coward co-stars with Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne. Depression-era audiences are scandalized and titillated by the story of a menage a trois. It runs 135 performances at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.
1944 Standing in the shadows is The Duke in Darkness. Patrick Hamilton's tale of a duke who feigns blindness while imprisoned runs for three weeks at the Playhouse Theatre in New York.