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On this date in...
1776...General George Washington's bodyguard, Thomas Hickey, is hanged on the corner of Grand and Chrystie Streets after being convicted of mutiny and sedition.
1969...A pre-dawn riot breaks out when cops raid the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar on Christopher Street. The "Stonewall Riots" become the touchstone for the gay rights movement.
Today's New York birthdays include funnyman Mel Brooks, born in Brooklyn in 1926.