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By On This Day in NYC's History

PLAY BALL

On April 18, 1923: The original Yankee Stadium, commonly called “The House that Ruth Built,” officially opened. The first game was against the Boston Red Sox, in which Babe Ruth hit the Yankees’ game-winning home run.

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On April 18, 1994: The Tony Award winning musical, Beauty and the Beast opened at Palace Theater. It remained on Broadway for nearly 5,500 performances, making it among the top ten longest running Broadway productions. The musical was based on the beloved Disney animated film of the same name.

HIS HOLINESS ARRIVES

On April 18, 2008: Pope Benedict XVI arrived in New York City during his first papal visit to the United States. During his three-day stay in the City, His Holiness visited, among others, Ground Zero, The United Nations, and Yankee Stadium.

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CHRISTIAN SLATER IS BORN

On April 18, 1969: Actor Christian Slater was born in New York City. Some of Slater’s best known work includes roles in Broken Arrow, Heathers, and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, as well as his voiceover work in animated features like Jimmy Neutron and Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest, with Tim Curry and Robin Williams.

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