On this date in...
1901...Vice President Teddy Roosevelt becomes president after President William McKinley succumbs to gunshot wounds eight days after being shot. To this day, Roosevelt is the only president to have been born in New York City.
1948...Ground is broken for the new United Nations headquarters on First Avenue.
1970...The City University system begins an open admissions policy, allowing any high school graduate to attend college.
1975...Elizabeth Anne Seton of Lower Manhattan is cannonized by Pope Paul as the first American saint.
1994...The Yankees and Mets join the rest of the Major League in cancelling the remainder of the baseball season due to a bitter players' strike. Baseball returns the following season, but not before it becomes the first major American sports league to lose its entire postseason due to a labor dispute.
1996...Mets catcher Todd Hundley hits his 41st home run of the season, setting a Major League record for most homers in a season by a catcher. Hundley's milestone tops the record held by Brooklyn Dodger great Roy Campanella.