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.