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On October 1, 1907: The Plaza Hotel, designed by Henry Janeway Hardenbergh, opened to the public. It is a beloved place in American pop culture and New York City history, and is home to the character Eloise and to the shenanigans of Kevin McAllister in Home Alone 2. 

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On October 1, 1920: Actor Walter Matthau was born on the Lower East Side. He is most known for his role as Oscar Madison in The Odd Couple and for his many collaborations with Jack Lemmon. Matthau passed away in 2000 at age 79.


On October 1, 1995: The Yankees won the first ever American League Wild Card. This entered them into the World Series, but their luck ran out after losing to the Seattle Mariners. It was also the season that Derek Jeter made his debut with the team.

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