On this date in...

1838...New York inventor Samuel Morse demonstrates his telegraph device for the first time in Morristown, New Jersey.

1890...Two years after the Blizzard of 1888 causes havoc when high winds knock scores of telegraph and telephone wires to the ground, the city completes a massive project to move most communications lines underground.

1919...Teddy Roosevelt, the only New York City native to become president, dies at age 60.

1947...The Supreme Court upholds rent controls by refusing to hear a case by New York landlords seeking to raise rents.