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5 Fun Facts About October 15 In New York History

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1. In 1878, the New York Police Department acquired its first horse-drawn patrol wagon on October 15. The wagon was designed to transport prisoners and injured officers and marked a significant development in the department's operations.

2. On October 15, 1881, businessman and politician William "Boss" Tweed was arrested in Spain after fleeing the United States to avoid prosecution on charges of corruption. Tweed was eventually extradited back to New York City and sentenced to jail.

3. The first World Series game held in New York City took place on October 15, 1903. The Boston Americans (now the Red Sox) defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-3 at the Huntington Avenue Grounds in Boston.

4. On October 15, 1964, the New York World's Fair officially closed after two seasons of exhibitions and attractions. The fair, which had been held in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, attracted millions of visitors and featured displays from countries around the world.

5. The historic Apollo Theater in Harlem was declared a National Historic Landmark on October 15, 1983. The theater, which opened in 1934, has been an iconic venue for African American performers and audiences, hosting legends such as Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, and James Brown.
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