ONE FINAL NAME CHANGE
On May 30th, 1879: After the death of Commodore Vanderbilt, who owned the site, his grandson William Kissam Vanderbilt took back control and announced the renaming of the arena to “Madison Square Garden.” The name change was officially announced the next day.
THE WORLD’S FIRST CAR ACCIDENT
On May 30th, 1896: In the world’s first auto accident, motorist Henry Wells hit a bicyclist with his new Duryea automobile, fundamentally ending the debate as to whether bicyclists are truly terrible (they really are). The rider suffered a broken leg, and Wells spent a night in jail.
BORN ON THIS DAY: RALPH CARTER
On May 30th, 1961: Actor Ralph Carter was born. Carter is recognized for his work in the Broadway musical, Raisin and his starring role as Micheal Evans in the television comedy Good Times. He received a Tony nomination for his work in Raisin.
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