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STATEN ISLAND & MANHATTAN MADE IT OFFICIAL

On October 23, 1905: The official Staten Island Ferry, with service between Manhattan and Staten Island, opened. At the time, it competed with unregulated ferry services. The service is provided 24 hours a day 365 days a year, carrying around 21 million passengers each year.

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WE’VE GOT MAGIC TO DO

On October 23, 1972: The Broadway musical, Pippin directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse, premiered at the Imperial Theater. The original Broadway production ran for over 1,000 performances and saw numerous revivals and a film adaptation.

GERTRUDE EDERLE

On October 23, 1905: Olympic champion swimmer Gertrude Ederle, “The Queen of the Waves” was born in New York City. In 1926, she was the first woman to swim across the English Channel. Today, an annual swim from Battery park to Sandy Hook, New Jersey called the Ederle Swim follows the course she swam. There is also a recreational center named after her in Manhattan.

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