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1956

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  • The Village Voice Obie Awards (created by Jerry Tallmer, the Voice‘s first drama critic) debut, honoring the best of Off Broadway. The first ceremony is held to celebrate the 1955 season. Lionel Abel’s Absalom, Absalom wins best new play.
  • Jules Feiffer’s weekly social and political cartoons debut. Thirty years later, his work wins a Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning. Feiffer leaves the Voice in 1997 due to a contract dispute.
  • Norman Mailer begins his weekly column, which runs for only four months before he resigns over typographical errors. He returns to the paper in 1961.
  • The Voice‘s first political column debuts, written from 1956 to 1957 by Casper Citron.
  • The Voice expands distribution from the Village to include points at 86th and Lexington Avenue, and 137th and Broadway in Manhattan.
  • New York City Transit discontinues use of its last two electronic trolley lines, which replaced horses at the turn of the century. These trackless trolley buses and cars, also called trackless trolley coaches, used overhead lines for power.
  • James Brown, later “The Godfather of Soul,” performs at Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater in Harlem.
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