On this date in...
1993...The Golden Venture, a freighter loaded with illegal aliens from China, runs aground off the Rockaways, killing ten.
1998...Former Rikers Island guard Darrel Harris is sentenced to death for killing three people during a robbery in Brooklyn – becoming the first New Yorker to be sentenced to death following the state's reinstatement of capital punishment in 1995. But in 2002 Harris' death sentence is overturned when it's determined that the sentence was not applied correctly.
Today's New Yorker birthdays include actor/playwright Harvey Firestein, born in Brooklyn in 1954.