The Four Seasons’ “Sherry” hit number one on the Billboard Top 100 Chart in 1962. Originally titled “Jackie Baby” in honor of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, before its release, it was renamed after the daughter of New York disc jockey Jack Spector, who was famous for his knack at spotting hits!
Play-doh arrived in toy stores in 1956 after a nursery school teacher persuaded a Cincinnati soap company to add color to their nontoxic, non-staining, reusable dough-like wallpaper cleaner! More than two billion cans of Play-doh have since been sold— enough to reach the moon and back three times!
The Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center opened in New York City in
1966. Its auditorium ceiling is covered entirely in 23-karat gold leaf. The project required so much gold, city officials had to limit how much the builders could receive each week, in order to ensure there was enough gold for other businesses that needed it!
One of the most recognizable jewelry brands, Tiffany & Co., was founded in New York City in 1837. What started as a stationery and novelty shop is now synonymous with exquisite diamonds and the iconic blue boxes they come in. In fact, Tiffany holds the trademark for Pantone color 1837—Tiffany Blue—which Pantone isn’t allowed to publish in their color wheel!
Italian film actress and singer Sophia Loren was born in Rome in 1934. Raised in poverty in wartorn Naples, the future Academy Award-winning actress’s legendary beauty and talents were not immediately recognized: When she tried her luck in a beauty contest at age 14, she came in second!