On this date in...
1524...Italian explorer Giovanni Da Verrazano becomes the first European to sail into New York harbor. Today the suspension bridge between Staten Island and Brooklyn bears his name.
1872...The seeds of Bloomingdale's Department store are sewn when the Bloomingdale brothers, Lyman and Joseph, open a small dry-goods store on Third Avenue near 56th Street.
1929...Babe Ruth marries his second wife – at 5:45 in the morning.
1964...After two years at the Polo Grounds, the Mets open their new home, Shea Stadium, with a 4-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.