Long Island in History

Historical Events

  • 1708-02-28 Slave revolt, Newton, Long Island NY, 11 die
  • 1776-08-27 British defeat Americans in Battle of Long Island
  • 1776-08-30 Continental Army evacuates Long Island and falls back to Manhattan, NYC
  • 1840-01-13 The steamship Lexington burns and sinks four miles off the coast of Long Island with the loss of 139 lives
  • 1903-04-27 Long Island's Jamaica Race Track opens
  • 1904-10-08 1st Vanderbilt Cup auto race (Hicksville, Long Island, NY)
  • 1909-12-09 1st US monoplane flown (Henry W Walden, Long Island, NY)
  • 1925-01-24 Moving picture of a solar eclipse taken from dirigible over Long Island
  • 1934-06-14 Max Baer KO's Primo Carnera in 11 for HW box champ in Long Island City
  • 1938-09-21 The Great Hurricane of 1938 makes landfall on Long Island in New York. The death toll is estimated at 500-700 people.
  • 1942-06-13 Germany lands 4 saboteurs on Long Island
  • 1942-06-27 FBI captures 8 Nazi saboteurs from a sub off NY's Long Island
  • 1950-12-22 2 self-propelled trains of Long Island RR collide, killing 77
  • 1954-09-01 Hurricane Carol strikes Long Island and New England, kills 68
  • 1971-12-30 Long Island NHL franchise purchased (NY Islanders)
  • 1977-08-14 Debbie Austin wins LPGA Long Island Charity Golf Classic
  • 1988-08-18 Largest house (130 rooms) on Long Island sold for $22 million

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1988-12-15 Lori Davis of Long Island sues Mike Tyson for grabbing her buttocks

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 1991-11-24 1st international flight from Long Island's MacArthur Airport (to Mexico)
  • 1992-05-07 5 NYC cops arrested in Hauppauge, Long Island, for selling cocaine
  • 1993-12-07 The Long Island Rail Road massacre: Passenger Colin Ferguson murders six people and injures 19 others on the LIRR in Nassau County, New York.
  • 1995-02-17 Colin Fergusson found guilty of killing 6 people on the Long Island Rail Road in NY
  • 1995-08-24 Fire that wipes 6,000 acres begins in Hamptons on Long Island
  • 1996-07-17 TWA Flight 800: Off the coast of Long Island, New York, a Paris-bound TWA Boeing 747 explodes, killing all 230 on board.
  • 2005-08-12 An F1 tornado strikes Glen Cove, New York, a rare event on Long Island

Famous Birthdays

  • 1888-12-18 Robert Moses, power broker (built Long Island & NYC parks & roads)
  • 1899-02-20 Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, American businessman and heir (Pan Am Airways), born in Roslyn, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1906-10-18 James Brooks, US mural painter (Acquisition of Long Island)
  • 1926-01-14 Frank Aletter, actor (Mac-It's About Time, Tom-Nancy), born in Long Island, New York

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1948-10-08 Johnny Ramone [Cummings], American rock guitarist (Ramones), born in Long Island, New York (d. 2004)

Guitarist Johnny Ramone
Guitarist
Johnny Ramone
  • 1956-07-13 Mark "The Animal' Mendoza [Glickman], American bassist (Twisted Sister-We're Not Gonna Take It), born in Long Island, New York
  • 1959-01-20 Joel Rifkin, American serial killer believed to have killed up to 17 victims between 1989 and 1993 in NYC and Long Island, born in New York
  • 1959-08-09 Michael Kors, American fashion designer and Project Runway judge, born in Long Island, New York
  • 1960-07-16 Leila Kenzle, American actress (Mad About You, Identity), born in Long Island, New York
  • 1964-09-19 Kim Richards, actress (Nanny & Prof, James at 15), born in Long Island, New York
  • 1968-03-05 Marq Mellor, field hockey forward (Olympics-96), born in Long Island, New York
  • 1968-05-28 Sandra Bacher, half-heavyweight judoka (Oly-92, 96), born in Long Island, New York
  • 1971-12-29 Jay Fiedler, American NFL quarterback (Amsterdam Admirals), born in Long Island, New York
  • 1974-08-21 Amy Fisher, shot Mary Jo Buttafucco, born in Long Island, New York
  • 1976-03-29 Jennifer Capriati, tennis pro (Oly-gold-92), born in Long Island, New York
  • 1977-11-03 Jane Monheit, American jazz singer, born on Long Island, New York
  • 1980-05-24 Billy L Sullivan, actor (Will Pacino-Something So Right), born in Long Island, New York
  • 1981-09-19 Scott Bradlee, American musician and arranger (Postmodern Jukebox), born on Long Island, New York

Famous Weddings

  • 1999-06-13 CNBC anchor-reporter Maria Bartiromo (31) weds son of multimillionaire financier Saul Steinberg, Jonathan Steinberg (34) in Long Island, New York
  • 2000-06-10 "Live! with Kelly and Michael" executive producer Michael Gelman (38) weds CBS's Early Show correspondent Laurie Hibberd (36) at a Long Island estate

HeartWedding of Interest

2015-07-04 Music legend Billy Joel (66) weds equestrian Alexis Roderick (33) in Long Island

Pianist, songwriter, and composer Billy Joel
Pianist, songwriter, and composer
Billy Joel
  • 2015-10-10 Supermodel Hilary Rhoda (28) weds former pro hockey player Sean Avery (33) at the Parrish Art Museum in Long Island