Jan. 22: George Balanchine

George Balanchine (1904-1983): American choreographer and dancer once billed as “Ballanchine: The Lean, Mean Ballet Dancin’ Machine.”

(Video: Alexandra Danilova and Frederic Franklin in Balanchine’s “Mozartiana,” c. 1933)

bd-balanchineOther Jan. 22 birthdays:

Francis Bacon (1561-1626): English statesman, author of “Six Degrees of Francis Bacon.”

Piper Laurie, 83: actress, starred in “The Pied Piper” and its violent sequel “The Pied Sniper.”

Linda Blair, 56: actress, starred in “The Extra Cyst,” the horrifying story of a woman with a benign growth inhabited by Satan.

Other Jan. 22 milestones:

On this day in 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court, in the precedent-setting Roe v. Wade decision, ruled that all fetuses have the right to own a gun.

On this day in 1953, playwright Arthur Miller’s drama “The Crucible” began a successful run on Broadway, despite being hexed by Local #1313 of the Federation of Witches and Warlocks.

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