On this date in...
1898...The City of Greater New York is born. With great fanfare – and controversy – the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island merge with Manhattan to form what the Herald Tribune calls "the greatest experiment in municipal government – the enlarged city."
1966...John Lindsay faces a transit strike on his first day as mayor.
1978...Ed Koch takes the helm for the first of his three terms as mayor.
1990...David Dinkins is sworn in as the city's first African-American mayor.
2002...Michael Bloomberg speaks of the need to rebuild and renew as he takes office as the city's first mayor following the 9/11 terror attacks.