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The Writer’s Almanac for July 6, 2017: Sincerely, the Sky

July 6, 2017: on this day: The Lights of New York premieres

On this day in 1928, the first full-length talking picture, The Lights of New York, premiered at the Strand Theater in New York. Warner Brothers billed it as “the first 100 percent talking picture.” Al Jolson’s The Jazz Singer, released earlier, featured only brief intervals of sound.