On this date in...
1648...Governor Peter Stuyvesant issues a law prohibiting goats and hogs from roaming the streets of New Amsterdam.
1894...New York becomes the first state to enact a dog-licensing law. The new licenses cost two dollars.
1959...The Tennessee Williams drama "Sweet Bird of Youth," starring Paul Newman and Geraldine Page, opens on Broadway.
2008...The New York political scene is rocked by allegations that Governor Eliot Spitzer has been linked to a high-priced prostitution ring. The governor, appearing at a news conference with his wife by his side, apologizes without specifically addressing the charges. Two days later Spitzer resigns amid reports that he was caught on a federal wiretap arranging to meet a call-girl in a Washington, D.C., hotel room.