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. It was demolished following the 2008 season, and is succeeded by the current Yankee Stadium, located across the street.
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On April 18, 1994: The Tony Award-winning musical Beauty and the Beast opened at Palace Theatre. 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 other locations, ground zero, the United Nations, and Yankee Stadium.
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 voice-over roles in animated features like Jimmy Neutron and Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest, with Tim Curry and Robin Williams.