1920 Vincenzo Scognamiglio is born in Naples, Italy. Doesn't sound familiar? Try Vincent Gardenia, who appears on the stage in The Wall, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, and Ballroom, as well as numerous films.
1924 Passengers on a mysterious shipboard journey turn out to be the dead coasting toward the afterlife in Sutton Vane's drama Outward Bound, which opens a 144-performance run at the Ritz Theatre, with Alfred Lunt, Leslie Howard, and Margalo Gillmore.
1935 Judith Anderson and Helen Menken star in the opening night of The Old Maid, Zoe Akins' adaptation of Edith Wharton's novel about two sisters in love with the same man during the Civil War. It wins the Pulitzer Prize for drama and runs 305 performances at the Empire Theatre.
1943 Cole Porter's wartime soldiers-and-dancing-girls musical Something for the Boys stars Ethel Merman and Betty Garrett. It runs 422 performances at the Alvin Theatre. Songs include "Hey, Good Looking" and "By the Mississinewa." It is subsequently made into a film for Carmen Miranda.
1958 Tennessee Williams' Garden District consists of two one-acts: Suddenly, Last Summer and Something Unspoken. They are produced Off-Broadway at the York Theatre for a limited run. The duet is revived, to mixed notices, at Circle in the Square in 1995.
1985 Yul Brynner returns to Broadway for the final time in a revival of The King and I at the Broadway Theater. He stars opposite Mary Beth Peil. Brynner receives an honorary Tony Award later the same year, celebrating his 4,525 performances in Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's 1951 masterpiece.
2002 Comedian and character actor Avery Schreiber, known for his standup comedy with Jack Burns in the 1970s, and for acting in plays and musicals, including Cy Coleman's 1989 Welcome to the Club, dies of a heart attack.
2004 In its latest salvo against the increased use of non-union national touring companies, Actors' Equity Association files unfair labor practices with the National Labor Relations against Clear Channel Entertainment. Complaints follow against Dodger Theatricals on January 16 and the Nederlander Organization on February 3. The three targeted companies are among the biggest and most prolific producers on Broadway and the road. Equity charges that each has violated the Production Contract—the pact that rules Equity's work in Broadway and touring shows—by engaging the services of NETworks, Troika, and Big League Theatricals, all of which produce non-Equity producers.
Look through photos of The King and I on Broadway: