New Haven in History

Historical Events

  • 1637-05-26 1st battle of Pequot at Mystic, Connnecticut kills 500 indians
  • 1701-10-09 Collegiate School of Ct (Yale U), chartered in New Haven
  • 1848-12-25 New Haven Railroad opens
  • 1849-09-29 1st passenger train service to Peekskill NY (New Haven Railroad)
  • 1878-01-28 1st telephone exchange (New Haven, CT)
  • 1880-06-01 The first pay telephone service in the United States is installed in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1882-02-06 The society of the Knights of Columbus forms in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1895-01-25 New Haven Symphony Orchestra of Connecticut performs its first concert
  • 1914-03-20 1st international figure-skating tournament held in US, New Haven
  • 1948-06-15 WTNH TV channel 8 in New Haven, CT (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1991-07-15 Sandhi Ortiz-DelValle is 1st woman to officiate a men's pro basketball (USBL) game, game between New Haven Skyhawks & Philadelphia Spirit

Famous Birthdays


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1800-12-18 Charles Goodyear, American inventor (vulcanization process for rubber), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1860)

  • 1858-06-08 Harry Rowe Shelley, American composer (known for his hymn music), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1897-02-07 Quincy Porter, composer, born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1900-03-17 Alfred Newman, composer (Love is a Many Splendored Thing), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1902-01-24 Walter Keirnan, New Havens Ct, TV panelist (I've Got a Secret)
  • 1902-02-13 Blair Moody, (Sen-Mich), born in New Haven, Connecticut

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1902-07-04 George Murphy, (Sen-R-California)/actor/dancer (MGM Parade), born in New Haven, Connecticut

Actor and Senator George Murphy
Actor and Senator
George Murphy

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1903-05-02 Benjamin Spock, American pediatrician (Common Sense Book of Baby Care), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1998)

Pediatrician Benjamin Spock
Pediatrician
Benjamin Spock
  • 1903-06-20 Glenna Collett Vare, American golfer who dominated women's golf in the 1920s, born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1989)
  • 1909-02-12 Barry Wood, vocalist (Your Hit Parade), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1909-09-28 Al Capp, [Alfred Gerald Caplin], cartoonist (Li'l Abner), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1912-08-20 Philip Kapleau, founder (Rochester Zen Center in New Haven)
  • 1922-03-20 Larry Elgart, bandleader/alto sax (Elgart Orch), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1926-10-25 Biff McGuire, actor (Serpico, Heart is Lonely Hunter), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1927-03-10 Donn Trenner, orchestra leader (ABC's Nightlife), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1927-04-27 Wesley A Clark, American computer designer (first personal computer - LINC), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 2016)
  • 1928-11-23 Jerry Bock, Broadway composer (Fiddler on the Roof), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1930-02-20 Patricia Smith, actress (Bob Newhart Show), born in New Haven, Connecticut

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1940-06-17 George Akerlof, American economist (The Market for Lemons) and 2001 Nobel laureate, born in New Haven, Connecticut

Economist George Akerlof
Economist
George Akerlof
  • 1941-07-01 Alfred G. Gilman, American scientist, (1994 Nobel laureate for G-protein discoveries), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 2015)
  • 1942-04-04 Kris Jensen, American musician (Torture), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1943-10-17 Susan Davenny Wyner, soprano (Walter Naumberg Prize), born in New Haven, Connecticut

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1946-07-06 George W. Bush Jr, 43rd President of the United States (2001-09) and 46th Governor of Texas (1995-2000) (R-TX), born in New Haven, Connecticut

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush
  • 1946-10-15 Richard Carpenter, vocalist (Carpenters-Close to You), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1947-01-21 Jill Eikenberry, (Ann Kelsey-LA Law, Manhattan Project), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1950-03-02 Karen Carpenter, vocalist/drummer (We Only Just Begun), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1950-08-22 I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney and convicted felon, born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1952-01-06 Grant Goodeve, actor (David-8 is Enough, Dynasty), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1962-01-22 Robert Mailhouse, actor (Brian-Days of our Life), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1965-10-27 Krista Blomquist, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-7th-1995), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1969-04-14 Brad Ausmus, catcher (Detroit Tigers), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1970-07-21 Steven "Scrappy" Segaloff, rower (Olympics-5th-1996), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1974-04-05 Mike DuHaney, soccer defender (Olympics-gold-96), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1985-09-16 Madeline Zima, American actress (The Nanny, Californication), born in New Haven, Connecticut

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1767-02-22 US Defector General Benedict Arnold (26) weds the daughter of the sheriff of New Haven Margaret Mansfield

US Defector General Benedict Arnold
US Defector General
Benedict Arnold
  • 2006-05-13 Actress Sara Bakker weds Sloan Alexander at the United Church on the Green in New Haven, Connecticut