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May 4th In NYC History

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1895...The permanent Washington Arch in Washington Square is completed. It replaces the wooden original.

1905...40,000 pack the opening of Belmont Park. The feature race ends in a dead heat, with film courtesy of Thomas Edison.

1950...Police display a year's worth of illegal drugs captured in raids and later incinerated. The total haul is worth about $100,000.

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