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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 area Madison Square Garden. It was home to two subsequent, eponymous arenas from 1879 to 1925, which hosted concerts, sporting events, and a Democratic National Convention. The third Madison Square Garden was located on Eighth Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets until it closed in 1968, making way for the current MSG at Penn Plaza.

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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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On May 30, 1980: Rapper 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. Ma served six years in a New York correctional facility for assault, and was released in 2014.