On this date in...
1890...New York World reporter Nellie Bly returns to New York in triumph after traveling around the world in 72 days – beating the fictional 80 days of author Jules Verne.
1915...Alexander Graham Bell inaugurates telephone service between San Francisco and New York.
1972...Brooklyn Democrat Shirley Chisholm becomes the first African American woman to seek a major party's presidential nomination.
1986...The USS Intrepid is designated a national landmark. The World War II vessel is permanently moored at West 46th Street.