On this day:

1682 City of Philadelphia Founded

1904 New York City Subway Begins Operations

1991 Turkmenistan Declares Independence from the Soviet Union

Born on this day:

1920 K. R. Narayanan, Indian politician, 10th President of India

1984 Irfan Pathan, Indian cricketer

Gone on this day:

1605 Akbar, Mughal emperor