On this date in...
1945...The city bursts with joy as thousands pack Times Square to celebrate the Nazi surrender and the end of World War II in Europe.
1978..."Son of Sam" David Berkowitz pleads guilty to a year-long reign of terror that left six young people dead and a city paralyzed in fear.
1993...Impersonating an MTA motorman, teenager Keron Thomas gets behind the controls of an A train and takes it for a joyride from Manhattan, through Brooklyn, to Queens and back. Thomas, who says he has a passion for subway trains and learned how to operate them by watching and reading, becomes a minor celebrity – but promises a judge he will never steal another train.
2000...Mourners gather in St. Patrick's Cathedral to bid a final farewell to John Cardinal O'Connor, five days after his passing at the age of 80. Among the dignitaries on hand are President and Mrs. Clinton, former President Bush, and his son, presidential candidate George W. Bush. At the end of the service the cardinal is laid to rest in a crypt below his beloved cathedral.