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On this date in...

1884...Potters Field at Fifth Avenue and 23rd Street is made into a park and named Madison Square.

1959...Thousands turn out at Penn Station to welcome Cuban Premier Fidel Castro as he arrives for four-day stay. Castro is surrounded by the largest security detail ever assigned a visitor to the city, after authorities learn of a plot to assassinate the Communist leader

1977...The hit musical "Annie" opens on Broadway.

Today's New Yorker birthdays include anchor Tony Danza, born in Brooklyn in 1951.

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