On this date in...
1824...Thousands jam Castle Garden in Lower Manhattan to welcome Revolutionary War hero the Marquis De Lafayette on a visit to New York.
1948...Yankee legend Babe Ruth dies of throat cancer at age 53.
1954...Sports Illustrated magazine, based in Midtown Manhattan, makes its debut.
1993...Wealthy tuxedo executive Harvey Weinstein is rescued from a pit just off the Henry Hudson Parkway, two weeks after kidnappers buried him alive in an attempt to collect ransom.
Today's New Yorker birthdays include former Giants halfback Frank Gifford, born in 1930; and Madonna, born in 1958.