On this date in...
1776...Saying "I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country," Nathan Hale is hanged by the British at what is now 51st Street and First Avenue for being an American spy.
1776...One day after fire destroys much of Lower Manhattan, including Trinity Church, the church's rector delivers a sermon accusing American patriots of setting the blaze.
1931...Rudy Vallee demonstrates the world's newest wonder – television – at Madison Square Garden.
1989...Iconic composer Irving Berlin dies at his home on Beekman Place at 101 years old.
1995...Time Warner and Turner Broadcasting announce a merger that forms the world's largest entertainment company.