Hartford, CT in History

Connecticut: Bridgeport - New Haven - Stamford, CT

Historical Events

  • 1647-05-26 Alse Young becomes the first person executed as a witch in the American colonies, when she is hanged in Hartford, Connecticut.
  • 1817-04-15 1st American school for the deaf opens (Hartford Conn)
  • 1817-04-17 1st US school for deaf (Hartford, Conn)
  • 1844-12-11 1st dental use of nitrous oxide, Hartford, Ct
  • 1942-06-06 1st nylon parachute jump (Hartford Ct-Adeline Gray)
  • 1944-07-06 170 die in a fire at Ringling Bros Circus in Hartford Conn
  • 1944-07-06 World's largest circus tent catches fire at Ringling Brother's - Barnum & Bailey 2nd performance, 168 die (Hartford Conn)
  • 1957-09-23 WTIC TV channel 61 in Hartford, CT (CBS/FOX) begins broadcasting
  • 1959-01-24 WHCT TV channel 18 in Hartford, CT (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1962-10-01 WEDH TV channel 24 in Hartford, CT (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1969-06-05 Race riot in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1970-07-29 6 days of race rioting in Hartford Ct
  • 1978-01-18 Roof of 3-yr-old Civic Center in Hartford, Ct collapses (no injuries)
  • 1979-10-09 Howard Stern begins broadcasting on WCCC in Hartford Conn
  • 1996-05-06 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Hartford CT on WCCC 106.9 FM

Famous Birthdays


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1758-10-16 Noah Webster, lexicographer (Webster's Dictionary), born in West Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1843)

Lexicographer Noah Webster
Lexicographer
Noah Webster

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1814-07-19 Samuel Colt, American inventor and industrialist (Colt 6 shot revolver), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1862)

Inventor/Industrialist Samuel Colt
Inventor/Industrialist
Samuel Colt

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1822-04-26 Frederick Law Olmsted, American writer and landscape architect (designed Central Park), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1903)

Landscape Architect and Writer Frederick Law Olmsted
Landscape Architect and Writer
Frederick Law Olmsted
  • 1837-04-17 J. P. Morgan, American banker/CEO (US Steel Corporation), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1839-03-10 Dudley Buck, organist and church composer, born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1860-07-03 Charlotte Perkins Gilman, American feminist, writer and lecturer for social reform, born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1935)
  • 1888-07-29 Niles Welch, actor (Cornered), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1900-08-18 Walter O'Keefe, songwriter/TV host (Mayor of Hollywood), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1901-03-25 Ed Begley, actor (Mr Koppel-Leave it to Larry), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1906-03-17 Michael O'Shea, actor (Denny-It's a Great Life), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1973)

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1907-05-12 Katharine Hepburn, actress (Adam's Rib, On Golden Pond), born in Hartford, Connecticut

  • 1914-10-04 Brendan Gill, American critic (The New Yorker), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1997)
  • 1915-05-29 Igor Buketoff, American conductor (Iceland Symphony Orchestra 1964-65), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2001)
  • 1915-08-02 Gary Merrill, American actor (Young Dr Kildare, All About Eve), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1917-07-09 Ted Steele, orchestra leader (Cavalcade of Stars), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1917-12-14 Elyse Knox, actress (Hit the Ice, Black Gold), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1920-08-03 Maria Karnilova, actress (Olga-Ivan the Terrible), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1922-04-26 Mike Kellin, actor (Honestly Celeste, Fitz & Bones), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1925-07-16 Phillip Pine, actor (Set-Up, Under the Ground), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1926-01-14 Tom Tryon, actor (Cardinal, All That Glitters), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1930-09-30 Ben Cooper, actor (Rose Tattoo, Outcast, Arizona Raiders), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1931-05-28 Stephen Birmingham, American author (Real Lace: America's Irish Rich), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2015)
  • 1931-08-30 Carrie Saxon Perry, 1st African American mayor of a major US city (Hartford CT)
  • 1939-02-10 Barbara Kolb, composer (Trobar Jus), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1941-02-17 Gene Pitney, vocalist/songwriter (Town Without Pity), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1942-11-18 Linda Evans, actress (Dynasty, Big Valley, Beach Blanket Bingo), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1944-09-03 Sherwood C "Woody" Spring, Col USA/astronaut (STS 61B), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1945-03-10 Katharine Houghton, actress (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1951-02-13 David Naughton, actor (My Sister Sam, Separate Vacations), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1952-04-23 Terry Moor, tennis star, born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1952-06-04 Carlene Watkins, actress (Tough Enough), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1952-06-04 Catherine Watkins, actress (It's Not Easy, Mary), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1953-09-06 Katherine Cannon, actress (Father Murphy, Survivors), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1955-01-13 Jay McInerney, American novelist (Bright Lights, Big City), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1957-03-31 Mary Cadorette, East actress (Vicky-3's a Crowd), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1958-10-15 Jayne Modean, actress (Nurse Hooter-Trauma Center), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1959-11-03 Timothy Patrick Murphy, actor (Dallas, Glitter), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1962-07-23 Eriq La Salle, actor (Dr Peter Benton-ER), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1965-07-05 Lucy Han, WPVA volleyballer (Nationals-7th-1994), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1965-12-14 Lawrence Clay-Bey, super heavyweight boxer (Olympics-96), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1967-09-26 Craig Janney, NHL center (Winnipeg Jets), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1968-03-15 Mark McGrath, American musician (Sugar Ray), born in Hartford, Connecticut

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1973-12-24 Stephenie Meyer, American author (Twilight Saga), born in Hartford, Connecticut,

  • 1976-08-11 Will Friedle, actor (Eric-Boy Meets World, Gift of Love), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1986-07-04 Terrance Knighton, American NFL Player, born in Hartford, Connecticut