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ONE FINAL NAME CHANGE

On May 30, 1879: After the death of Commodore Vanderbilt, who owned the site, his grandson William Kissam Vanderbilt took back control of what was then known as “Gilmore’s Garden,” and renamed the arena “Madison Square Garden.” It was located at 26th Street and Madison Avenue until 1925.

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NYC’S FIRST AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT

On May 30, 1896: New York City’s first automobile accident occurred when Henry Wells crashed into cyclist Ebeling Thomas on Broadway. The Times reported that  Wells was operating a “horseless wagon” that spun out of control at the time of the crash.

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LEAN BACK

On May 30, 1980: Remy Ma was born in Castle Hill in the Bronx. Ma was a member of the Terror Squad rap group, often collaborating with rapper Fat Joe. She departed from the group in 2007 citing creative differences with Fat Joe, and has subsequently spent the past seven years in a correctional facility.

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