On this date in...
1872...Telegraph inventor Samuel Morse dies in Manhattan at age 79.
1972...Mets manager and former Brooklyn Dodger Gil Hodges dies of a heart attack at age 48.
1986...New York City adopts a law banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in the areas of employment, housing and public accommodations.
1992...Mob boss John Gotti is convicted in New York on murder and racketeering charges. The head of the Gambino crime family dies in prison some ten years later.