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New York Subway System Opened for Business
October 27, 1904

In London, it's "the Tube"; in Paris, it's the Metro; and in New York City, it's the subway. On Thursday afternoon, October 27, 1904, the mayor of New York City, George B. McClellan, officially opened the New York City subway system. The first subway train left City Hall station with the mayor at the controls, and 26 minutes later arrived at 145th Street. The subway opened to the general public at 7 p.m. that evening, and before the night was over, more than 110,000 passengers had ridden the trains through the underground tunnels.
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