Bridgeport in History

Historical Events

  • 1865-11-13 PT Barnum's New American museum opens in Bridgeport
  • 1913-11-17 1st US dental hygienists course forms, Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • 1942-06-14 1st bazooka rocket gun produced (Bridgeport, Connecticut)
  • 1946-02-16 1st commercially designed helicopter tested, Bridgeport Ct
  • 1949-12-29 1st UHF television station operating regular basis (Bridgeport Ct)
  • 1965-08-28 1st Subway sandwich shop opens in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • 1967-12-17 WEDW TV channel 49 in Bridgeport, Connecticut (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1987-04-23 28 construction workers killed in an apt collapse in Bridgeport, Connecticut

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestPerson of Interest

1909-05-07 Edwin Land, American inventor of instant photography and co-founder of the Polaroid Corporation, born in Bridgeport, Connecticut (d. 1991)

Scientist and Inventor Edwin Land
Scientist and Inventor
Edwin Land
  • 1916-05-16 Adriana Caselotti, voice of Snow White in Disney's animated film, born in Bridgeport, Connecticut (d. 1997)
  • 1917-08-06 Robert Mitchum, actor (Winds of War, North & South), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • 1924-05-06 Mimi Benzell, operatic soprano (Gilda-Rigoletto), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1926-09-07 Ed Warren [Edward Warren Miney], American paranormal investigator (Amityville haunting), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut

Paranormal Investigator Ed Warren
Paranormal Investigator
Ed Warren
  • 1936-06-30 Tony Musante, actor (David Toma-Toma, Nowhere to Hide), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut (d. 2013)
  • 1941-05-08 Jim Mitchum, actor (Blackout, Invincible 6), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • 1941-08-12 Deborah Walley, actress (Mothers-in-Law, Beach Blanket), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • 1942-06-21 William Bradford Reynolds, US Assistant Attorney General (1981-88), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • 1947-04-06 John Ratzenberger, American actor (Cliff Clavin in Cheers), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • 1953-11-18 Kevin Nealon, actor (SNL, Hot Shot, Coneheads), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • 1964-01-24 Rob Dibble, pitcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut

Famous Deaths

  • 1962-11-20 Jasper McLevy, socialist mayor of Bridgeport Ct, dies