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The acclaimed Judy Garland special, “Once in a Lifetime”, aired on February 25, 1962. Her guests were Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. (What a sight to see Sinatra sing while puffing away on a cigarette!) The show was a prelude to Judy’s regularly scheduled Sunday variety show on CBS that began in the fall of 1963. However, it had the misfortune of being scheduled opposite Bonanza on NBC and would last just one season.
The off-Broadway play Fortune and Men’s Eyes opened at Actor’s Playhouse in the West Village the evening of February 23, 1967. (The play’s name was taken from the first line of Shakespeare’s 29th Sonnet). It offered up a chilling portrayal of prison life, touching upon subjects such as male-on-male rape and sexual slavery and was very risque for its time. It opened a year before Boys in the Band and more than two years before the Stonewall riots (and 30 years before HBO’s Oz).
On February 22, 1995 35-year old Olympic diving legend Greg Louganis called a press conference and disclosed that, not only was he gay (long rumored), but also HIV+ (which he was aware of since 1988).