On this date in...
1907...Metered taxicabs hit the streets of New York.
1961...Yankee slugger Roger Maris hits his 61st home run of the season, breaking Babe Ruth's record of 60.
1962...Johnny Carson succeeds Jack Paar as host of NBC's "Tonight Show," beginning a 29-year reign as the king of late night television. After a decade in New York City, the show moves to Burbank, California, in 1972.
1977...More than 75,000 fans turn out at Giants Stadium to see soccer legend Pele play the final game of his 22-year career.
1993...New York Post workers cross picket lines and the paper's presses roll again as publication resumes after a three-day walkout.
1995...Blind Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman and nine of his followers are convicted in a plot to bomb several city landmarks including the Holland and Lincoln Tunnels and the United Nations.
1995...The Yankees clinch the first-ever wildcard spot in the American League playoffs after they beat the Blue Jays 6-1.
1996...NY1 News launches its website at www.ny1.com.