H. William Tetlow/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
By On This Day in NYC's History


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.

Yankee Stadium Aerial View 628x498 On This Day in NYCs History: Yankee Stadium Opens




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.



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.

80743008 628x418 On This Day in NYCs History: Yankee Stadium Opens
Spencer Platt/Getty Images News/Getty Images




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.


Leave a Reply