Brooklyn in History

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 108

  • 1845-01-01 The Cobble Hill Tunnel in Brooklyn is completed.

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1855-07-04 In Brooklyn, New York, the first edition of Walt Whitman's book of poems, titled Leaves of Grass, is published.

  • 1861-06-30 CSS Sumter slips past USS Brooklyn blockade
  • 1862-05-15 Union Grounds, Brooklyn, 1st baseball enclosure, opens
  • 1863-10-06 Dr Charles H Sheppard opens 1st public bath, in Brooklyn
  • 1870-01-03 Construction begins on Brooklyn Bridge in New York; completed May 24, 1883
  • 1876-12-05 Fire at Brooklyn Theater kills 295, trampled or burned to death

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1883-05-24 Brooklyn Bridge opened by President Arthur & NY Governor Cleveland

21st US President Chester A. Arthur
21st US President
Chester A. Arthur
  • 1883-05-30 Stampede caused by a rumor that the Brooklyn Bridge was going to collapse kills 12
  • 1886-07-23 Steve Brodie supposedly survives plunge from Brooklyn Bridge
  • 1887-02-21 1st US bacteriology laboratory opens (Brooklyn)
  • 1897-12-31 Brooklyn's last day as a city, it incorporates into NYC (1/1/1898)
  • 1898-01-01 Brooklyn merges with NY to form present City of NY
  • 1900-03-24 New York City Mayor Robert Anderson Van Wyck breaks ground for a new underground "Rapid Transit Railroad" that would link Manhattan and Brooklyn.
  • 1901-11-16 3 autos race on Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn, fastest speed achieved by Henry Fournier who drives a mile in 51 4/5 seconds
  • 1902-11-18 Brooklyn toymaker Morris Michton names the teddy bear after US President Teddy Roosevelt
  • 1903-12-19 Williamsburg suspension bridge opens between Brooklyn & Manhattan
  • 1906-08-01 Brooklyn Dodger Harry McIntire no-hits Pitts for 10 2/3 loses in 13th
  • 1908-11-04 Brooklyn Academy of Music opens in NYC

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1911-10-06 Cy Young's farewell appearance in a major league game is a letdown as he loses to Brooklyn 13-3 in a Braves uniform in his 906th game

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • 1912-09-17 Center fielder Casey Stengel breaks in with Brooklyn & hits 4 singles
  • 1913-04-09 Brooklyn Dodger's Ebbets Field opens, Phillies win 1-0
  • 1914-09-19 Brooklyn's Ed Lafitte no-hits KC (Federal League), 6-2
  • 1915-05-17 Cubs George "Zip" Zabel relieves with 2 outs in 1st & winds up with 4-3 19-inning win over Brooklyn in longest relief job ever
  • 1915-06-22 BMT, then Brooklyn Rapid Transit, begins subway service
  • 1916-09-07 Giants beat Brooklyn 4-1, to launch NY's record 26-game winning streak
  • 1917-07-01 Robins (Dodgers) play their 1st Sunday game in Brooklyn
  • 1918-11-01 102 die in a NYC BMT subway derailment at Malbone Street Brooklyn
  • 1919-05-15 Brooklyn Dodgers score 10 runs in 13th to beat Reds 10-0
  • 1920-05-01 Longest major league baseball game by inninngs - Brooklyn Dodgers tie Boston Braves, 1-1, in 26 innings
  • 1920-11-08 Actress Edna Lewis Thomas debuts at Putnam Theatre Brooklyn
  • 1929-05-01 Brooklyn's Johnny Finn sets 100 yard sack race in 14.4 seconds
  • 1930-09-06 Brooklyn Dodgers beat Phillies 22-8
  • 1930-09-12 Brooklyn catcher Al Lopez hits major league's last recorded bounce HR
  • 1930-09-24 Portsmouth beats Brooklyn in 1st NFL game played under floodlights
  • 1931-09-24 Round-robin playoff among NYC's 3 major league teams, to raise money for unemployed, concludes with Brooklyn losing to both Giants & Yanks
  • 1934-02-23 Casey Stengel becomes manager of Brooklyn Dodgers
  • 1934-03-20 Female Babe Didrickson pitches hitless inning for Philadelphia A's in exhibition game against Brooklyn Dodgers
  • 1934-10-28 Brooklyn & Pittsburgh play a penalty free NFL game

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1936-09-13 Acting on the orders of Louis Buchalter, Murder Inc. killers gun down Joseph Rosen, a Brooklyn candy store owner

  • 1936-09-28 Brooklyn & Boston play a penalty free NFL game
  • 1936-10-07 7th-place Brooklyn Dodgers fire manager Casey Stengel
  • 1937-05-31 Brooklyn Dodgers snap NY Giant Carl Hubbell's 24-game winning streak
  • 1937-08-27 Brooklyn Dodger Fred Frankhouse no-hits Cin, 5-0 in 7 2/3 inn game
  • 1938-06-15 1st night game at Brooklyn Ebbets Field (Reds 6, Dodgers 0) as Cincinnati Red Johnny Vander Meer hurls unprecedented 2nd consecutive no-hitter
  • 1939-06-27 Brooklyn Dodgers tie Boston Braves, 2-2, in 23 innings
  • 1941-09-25 Brooklyn Dodgers win their 1st pennant in 21 years
  • 1941-09-29 Million jam downtown Brooklyn to cheer NL champ Dodgers in a parade
  • 1942-10-29 Branch Rickey named president/GM of Brooklyn Dodgers
  • 1945-04-10 NFL's Boston Yanks & Brooklyn Tigers merge

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1945-06-09 Following an 8-7 win over the Phils, Brooklyn manager Leo Durocher is arrested on a complaint by a fan that Durocher slugged him

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • 1947-09-22 Brooklyn Dodgers clinch NL pennant defeating St. Louis Cardinals 94-60

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1948-07-01 Brooklyn's Roy Campanella debuts as catcher

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella
  • 1948-09-09 Brooklyn Dodger Rex Barney no-hits NY Giants, 2-0
  • 1949-07-12 16th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 11-7 at Ebbets Field, Brooklyn
  • 1950-05-25 Brooklyn Battery Tunnel opens in NYC
  • 1950-10-26 Branch Rickey resigns as Brooklyn Dodger president
  • 1951-04-19 "Tree Grows in Brooklyn" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 267 performances
  • 1951-11-01 Brooklyn Dodger catcher Roy Campanella wins the 1st of his 3 NL MVPs
  • 1951-12-08 "Tree Grows in Brooklyn" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 267 performances
  • 1952-05-28 Memphis Kiddie Park opens in Brooklyn, Ohio. The park's Little Dipper roller coaster would become the oldest operating steel roller coaster in North America.
  • 1952-09-23 Brooklyn Dodgers clinch NL pennant with a record of 96-57 over the New York Giants 92-62
  • 1953-09-12 Brooklyn Dodgers clinch NL pennant earlier than any other team, defeating Milwaukee Braves 105-49
  • 1953-12-14 Brooklyn Dodgers sign pitcher Sandy Koufax
  • 1955-03-21 Brooklyn Bulletin ask Dodger fans not to call their team "Bums"
  • 1955-04-21 Brooklyn Dodgers win, then record 10th straight game to begin a season
  • 1955-09-08 Earliest clinching of an NL pennant (Brooklyn Dodgers)
  • 1955-10-04 Brooklyn Dodgers only World Series victory, beating Yankees in 7
  • 1955-10-07 Aircraft carrier USS Saratoga launched at Brooklyn
  • 1955-12-08 Brooklyn catcher Roy Campanella wins his 3rd MVP Award
  • 1956-02-05 NY Mayor Robert Wagner & Bkln Boro Pres Frank Cashmore sponsor a bill to create a $30M Brooklyn Sports Center Authority to build
  • 1956-09-25 Brooklyn Dodger Sal Maglie no-hits Philadelphia Phillies, 5-0
  • 1956-10-08 Don Larsen (NY Yankees) pitches only perfect World Series game vs Brooklyn
  • 1956-10-31 Brooklyn, NY ends streetcar service
  • 1957-01-15 Brooklyn Dodgers sign a new 3 year lease for Ebbets Field
  • 1957-05-28 NL approves Brooklyn Dodgers' & NY Giants' move to west coast
  • 1957-09-24 Brooklyn Dodgers play last game at Ebbets Field, defeat Pirates 2-0
  • 1957-10-08 Brooklyn Dodgers announce move to Los Angeles
  • 1960-02-23 Demolition begins on Brooklyn's Ebbets Field (opened in 1913)
  • 1960-12-19 Fire aboard USS Constellation, under construction at Brooklyn (50 die)
  • 1961-05-22 "Touchables In Brooklyn" by Dickie Goodman hits #42
  • 1967-04-03 WNYE TV channel 25 in Brooklyn, NY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1971-05-05 Race riot in Brownsville section of Brooklyn (NYC)
  • 1973-06-30 Biggest US tanker "Brooklyn" christened (230,000 ton)
  • 1974-08-20 Brooklyn pitcher Dan Bankhead is 1st black to homer in his 1st at bat
  • 1975-12-14 WCPR (Brooklyn New York pirate radio station) begins broadcasting on 1620 AM
  • 1976-02-07 FCC raids & shuts down pirate radio station WCPR (Brooklyn New York)
  • 1976-11-25 NYPD officer Robert Torsney shoots unarmed youth Randolph Evans while answering response at youth's Brooklyn home
  • 1977-12-31 WFAT (Brooklyn New York pirate radio station) begins broadcasting on 1620 AM
  • 1979-02-26 CBS' premiere of NYC sitcom "Flatbush", which received many derision phone calls about it from Brooklynites to CBS
  • 1979-04-19 FCC raids & shuts down pirate radio station WFAT (Brooklyn New York)
  • 1980-09-27 WHOT (Brooklyn New York pirate radio station) begins on 1620 AM & 92.5 FM
  • 1985-04-23 Brooklyn College soccer team wins Nepal's invitational
  • 1987-07-23 RNI (Brooklyn New York pirate radio station) begins broadcasting on 1620 AM
  • 1988-06-30 Brooklyn dedicates a bus depot honoring Jackie Gleason
  • 1989-07-06 US marshals & FCC seize pirate radio station WHOT in Brooklyn
  • 1989-09-19 Chase Manhattan Discovery Center at Brooklyn Botanic Garden opens
  • 1989-11-06 US marshals & FCC sieze pirate radio station WJPL in Brooklyn
  • 1990-12-28 2 die and 188 injured in a NYC subway electrical fire in tunnel near Clark Street, Brooklyn
  • 1991-04-22 Shalom America (Jewish cable network) is launched in Brooklyn & Queens

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 386

  • 1806-06-12 John A. Roebling, German-America civil engineer (Brooklyn Bridge) (d. 1869)
  • 1810-03-10 John McCloskey, 1st American cardinal and Archbishop of New York, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1885)
  • 1833-03-09 Frederick A. Schroeder, tobacco industrialist and mayor of Brooklyn (d. 1899)
  • 1859-10-29 Charles Ebbets, (namesake of Ebbets Field, Brooklyn)
  • 1875-04-04 Samuel S. Hinds, American actor (Raven, Test Pilot), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1948)
  • 1879-06-30 Walter Hampden, American actor (Five Fingers, Hunchback of Notre Dame), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1881-11-08 Frank Speck, American Anthropologist (Algonquin Tribes and Eastern Woodland Native Americans), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1886-03-18 Edward Everett Horton, American actor/narrator (Bulwinkle Show), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1887-04-21 Lillian Walker, entertainer, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1891-01-17 Marjorie Gateson, American actress (One Man's Family), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1892-02-09 Peggy Wood, American actress (One Life to Live, Mama), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1893-06-23 Donald McBride, actor (Mr Clyde-My Friend Irma), born in Brooklyn, New York

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1893-08-17 Mae West, American actress and singer (She Done him Wrong), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1980)

Actress Mae West
Actress
Mae West
  • 1893-12-25 Fred Hillebrand, American actor (Martin Kane), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1894-09-26 Gladys Brockwell, actress (Long Pants, Oliver Twist), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1894-10-04 Cliff Hall, American actor (Crime Photographer), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1895-03-17 Shemp Howard [Samuel Horwitz], American actor and comedian (3 Stooges), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1955)
  • 1895-09-12 Alice Lake, silent screen actress (Glamour, Wicked), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1896-03-20 Sam Wren, American actor (Marked Woman, The Old Grey Mayor), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1962)
  • 1896-12-28 Roger Huntington Sessions, composer (Black Masks), born in Brooklyn, New York

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1897-06-19 Moe Howard, [Moses Horowitz], American actor and comedian (The 3 Stooges), born in Brooklyn, New York

Comedian Moe Howard
Comedian
Moe Howard
  • 1897-06-26 Viola Dana, actress (Willow Tree, 40 Winks, Silent Lover), born in Brooklyn, New York

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1897-11-08 Dorothy Day, American journalist, social activist and devout Catholic convert, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1980)

Journalist, Socialist and Catholic Convert Dorothy Day
Journalist, Socialist and Catholic Convert
Dorothy Day
  • 1898-04-19 Constance Talmadge, comedienne/actress (Intolerance), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1898-12-30 Vincent Lopez, American orchestra leader (Welcome Aboard), born in Brooklyn, New York

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1899-01-17 Al Capone, American gangster (Chicago bootlegging), born in Brooklyn, New York

Gangster Al Capone
Gangster
Al Capone
  • 1899-10-23 Lilyan Tashman, actor (Bulldog Drummond), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1900-06-11 Lawrence E Spivak, American news panelist (Meet the Press), born in Brooklyn, New York

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1900-11-14 Aaron Copland, American composer (Billy the Kid, Appalachian Spring) (d. 1990), born in Brooklyn, New York

Composer Aaron Copland
Composer
Aaron Copland
  • 1901-02-02 Connie Gilchrist, American actress (Cry Havoc, Letter to 3 Wives), born in Brooklyn, New York

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1901-06-30 Willie Sutton, American bank robber, born in Brooklyn, New York

Bank Robber Willie Sutton
Bank Robber
Willie Sutton
  • 1901-09-05 Florence Elridge, American actress (Long Days Journey into the Night), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1901-11-02 James Dunn, American actor (Tree Grows in Brooklyn, It's a Great Life), born in NYC, New York (d. 1967)
  • 1902-02-14 Thelma Ritter, American actress (Miracle on 34th Street), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1902-08-11 Lloyd Nolan, actor (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Peyton Place), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1903-06-26 Floyd "Babe" Herman, Brooklyn Dodgers' slugger (.324 lifetime average)
  • 1903-09-29 Ted Decorsia, American actor (Police Chief Hegedorn-Steve Canyon), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1903-10-22 Curly Howard (Jerome Lester Horwitz), vaudevillian actor and comedian (The Three Stooges), born in Brooklyn New York (d. 1952)
  • 1904-01-21 Joseph Ford McGuinn, actor (Dick Tracy's G-Men), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1904-02-01 S J Perelman, author/humorist (Around the World in 80 Days), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1904-05-15 Clifton Fadiman, American TV host (Information Please, Quiz Kids), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1904-12-20 Albert Van Dekker, actor (Dr Cyclops, Beau Gesture), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1905-07-17 William Gargan, American actor (Dynamite, Ellery Queen), born in Brooklyn, New York

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1905-07-29 Clara Bow, silent screen actress (It, Saturday Night Kid), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1965)

Silent Screen Actress Clara Bow
Silent Screen Actress
Clara Bow

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1906-02-28 Bugsy Siegel, American gangster who created casinos in Las Vegas, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1947)

Mobster Bugsy Siegel
Mobster
Bugsy Siegel
  • 1906-04-16 Marion Lloyd Vince, American fencer (National champ 1928, 31), born in Brooklyn, New York

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1906-07-27 Leo Durocher, American baseball player and manager (Brooklyn Dodgers, NY Giants), born in West Springfield, Massachusetts

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • 1906-12-15 Betty Smith, novelist (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn)
  • 1907-07-21 Ross Alexander, actor (Boulder Dam, Capt Blood), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1908-03-26 Hank Sylvern, American orchestra leader (Jane Froman's USA Canteen), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1908-04-15 Eden Ahbez, American songwriter (Nature Boy), born in Brooklyn, New York (d.1995)
  • 1908-07-23 Karl Swenson, American actor (Lars Hanson-Little House on the Prairie), born in Brooklyn New York (d. 1978)
  • 1908-09-10 Raymond Harry Warnow Scott, American composer ('The Toy Trumpet'), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1909-12-22 Alan Carney, [David Boughal], actor (Zombies on Broadway), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1910-01-12 Patsy Kelly, American actress (Rosemary's Baby, North Ave Irregulars), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1981)
  • 1910-10-23 Hayden Rorke, American actor (Dr Bellows-I Dream of Jeannie), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1910-12-18 Abe Burrows, American Broadway composer (Guys & Dolls 1951 TONY), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1911-01-06 Joey Adams, American comedian/actor/columnist (ABC's Back That Fact), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1911-05-18 Sigrid Gurie, actor (Algiers, Sofia, Refugee), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1911-05-20 Gardner Fox, American sci-fi author (Atom, Hawkman, Zatanna), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1912-05-11 Phil Silvers, American comedian (Sgt Bilko-Phil Silvers Show), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1912-05-17 Clarence "Ace" Parker, NFL QB (Brooklyn, Boston Yanks)
  • 1912-06-19 Jerry Jerome, American saxophonist (Words & Music), born in Brooklyn, New York

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1912-07-31 Milton Friedman, economist (Nobel 1976), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2006)

Economist Milton Friedman
Economist
Milton Friedman
  • 1912-08-08 Daniel Mann, director (Willard, Butterfield 8), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1912-11-23 George O'Hanlon, American actor (Calvin-Life of Riley, George Jetson), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1989)
  • 1913-01-18 Danny Kaye, American comedian and actor (Danny Kaye Show), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1913-03-29 Phil Foster, American comedian (Frank De Fazio-Laverne & Shirley), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1913-06-02 Bert Farber, American orchestra leader (Arthur Gudfrey, Vic Damone), born in Brooklyn, New York

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1913-06-11 Vince Lombardi, NFL coach (Green Bay Packers), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • 1913-07-01 Jo Sinclair [Ruth Seid], American writer (Wasteland), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1913-08-01 Jerome Moross, composer (Frankie & Johnny), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1913-08-28 Richard Tucker, [Reuben Ticker], Tenor (NY Met Opera), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1913-10-10 Johnny Downs, American actor (Manhattan Showcase), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1913-11-13 Alexander Scourby, actor (Jesus, Shaggy Dog, Giant), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1914-03-15 Joe E. Ross, American actor and comedian (Car 54), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1982)
  • 1914-05-25 Dorothy Sarnoff, American operatic soprano, Broadway actress (Rosalinda), author and pioneer of the self-help movement (Speech Can Change Your Life, Speech Dynamics), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1914-07-19 Marius Russo, American baseball player (New York Yankees), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1914-07-29 "Professor" Irwin Corey, comedian (Car Wash, Doc), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1914-09-16 Allen Funt, American TV host & creator (Candid Camera), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1914-10-07 Alfred Drake, [Capurro], singer/actor (Kiss Me Kate), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1915-01-19 Alvy West, American orchestra leader (Andy Williams Show), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1915-02-14 Irving Gordon, American songwriter, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1915-02-28 Zero "Samuel" Mostel, actor (Fiddler on the Roof), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1915-12-07 Eli Wallach, American actor (Magnificent 7, Misfits, People Next Door), born in Brooklyn New York, (d. 2014)
  • 1916-01-09 Vic Mizzy, American orchestra leader (Don Rickles Show), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1916-02-26 Jackie Gleason, American comedian (Jackie Gleason Show, Honeymooners), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1916-03-26 Vic Schoen, American orchestra leader (Patti Page Olds Show), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1916-04-21 Sidney Clute, actor, Lou Grant, Cagney & Lacey), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1916-05-15 Bill Williams, American actor (Starlit Time, Date With the Angels), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1916-10-14 C Everett Koop, 13th US Surgeon General (1982-89), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1917-05-28 Barry Commoner, biologist (Science & Survival), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1917-06-04 Robert Merrill, American baritone (NY Metropolitan Opera), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1917-06-30 Lena Horne, American actress/singer (Stormy Weather, Wiz), born in Brooklyn, New York

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1917-06-30 Susan Hayward, American actress (I Want to Live, Tulsa), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1975)

Actress Susan Hayward
Actress
Susan Hayward

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1917-09-20 [Arnold] Red Auerbach, NBA coach/GM (Boston Celtic), born in Brooklyn, New York

NBA Head Coach Red Auerbach
NBA Head Coach
Red Auerbach

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1917-09-30 Buddy Rich, American jazz drummer and band leader (Buddy Rich Band-Away We Go), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1987)

Jazz Drummer/Band Leader Buddy Rich
Jazz Drummer/Band Leader
Buddy Rich
  • 1917-12-02 Sylvia Syms, American jazz singer (Hello Dolly, Dream Girl, Them There Eyes), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1918-03-09 Mickey Spillane, [Frank], mystery writer (I the Jury), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1918-06-14 Carter Harman, American composer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)

Famous Weddings


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1867-01-28 Labor union leader Samuel Gompers (17) weds co-worker Sophia Julian (16) in Brooklyn, New York

Founder of the American Federation of Labor Samuel Gompers
Founder of the American Federation of Labor
Samuel Gompers

HeartWedding of Interest

1867-08-08 Engineer George Westinghouse (20) weds Marguerite Erskine Walker in Brooklyn, New York

Entrepreneur and Engineer George Westinghouse
Entrepreneur and Engineer
George Westinghouse

HeartWedding of Interest

1942-07-26 Science fiction author Isaac Asimov (22) weds Gertrude Blugerman in Brooklyn, New York

Author, Biochemistry Professor Isaac Asimov
Author, Biochemistry Professor
Isaac Asimov

HeartWedding of Interest

1980-11-11 Novelist Norman Mailer (57) weds Norris Church (31) in Brooklyn, New York

Novelist Norman Mailer
Novelist
Norman Mailer
  • 1999-07-10 "It Could Happen To You" actress Rosie Perez (34) weds playwright and screenwriter Seth Zvi Rosenfeld (37) in Brooklyn, New York
  • 2003-07-11 "The Sopranos" actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler (22) weds her manager A.J. Discala at Brooklyn Botanical Garden in New York

HeartWedding of Interest

2009-04-17 World's no. 1 professional tennis player Andy Roddick (29) weds fashion model and actress Brooklyn Decker (25) in Austin, Texas

Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion Andy Roddick
Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion
Andy Roddick
  • 2013-05-19 Former Armor for Sleep frontman Ben Jorgensen (29) weds actress Katrina Bowden (24) at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in NYC, New York
  • 2014-04-19 Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor Joe Lo Truglio (43) weds Beth Dover in Santa Barbara, California

Famous Deaths

  • 1869-07-22 John A. Roebling, German-American civil engineer (Brooklyn Bridge), (b. 1806)
  • 1967-09-01 James Dunn, American actor (Tree Grows in Brooklyn, 6 Gun Law), dies at 61
  • 1973-05-08 Ralph Miller, last 19th century baseball player (Brooklyn Bridegrooms and Baltimore Orioles), dies at 100
  • 1984-11-14 George Matthews, Brooklyn New York, American actor (Chick-Glynis), dies at 73
  • 1987-08-19 Hayden Rorke, Brooklyn, actor (I Dream of Jeannie, Night Walker), dies
  • 1989-08-23 Yusef Hawkins, shot by 30 whites in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn NY in a racially motivated attack
  • 1990-05-28 Joseph Hardy, actor/director (Tree Grows in Brooklyn), dies at 71
  • 2016-09-11 Alexis Arquette, American transgender performer (Last Exit to Brooklyn), dies at 47
  • 2017-02-11 Harvey Lichtenstein, American head of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, dies at 87
  • 2017-04-28 Luis Olmo, pioneering Puerto Rican NBA player (Brooklyn Dodgers), dies at 97