New York City in History

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 840

  • 1652-06-27 New Amsterdam (now New York City) enacts first speed limit law in North America
  • 1660-11-15 First kosher butcher (Asser Levy) licensed in New Amsterdam (now New York City)
  • 1665-06-12 England installs a municipal government in New York City
  • 1673-08-08 Dutch battle fleet of 23 ships demands surrender of NYC
  • 1674-02-19 Netherlands & England sign Peace of Westminster (NYC becomes English)
  • 1693-07-08 NYC authorizes 1st police uniforms in American colonies
  • 1704-02-28 Frenchman Elias Neau opens a school for blacks in NYC
  • 1730-04-08 1st Jewish congregation in US forms synagogue, "Shearith Israel, NYC"
  • 1732-12-06 1st play in American colonies acted by professional players, NYC

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1750-03-05 1st American Shakespearean production-"altered" Richard III, NYC

  • 1751-02-25 1st performing monkey exhibited in America, NYC (admission 1 cent)
  • 1754-01-04 Columbia University founded, as Kings College (NYC)
  • 1754-07-07 Kings College in NYC opens (renamed Columbia College)
  • 1756-03-17 St. Patrick's Day is first celebrated in NYC at the Crown & Thistle Tavern
  • 1762-01-15 Fraunces Tavern opens in NYC
  • 1762-03-17 1st St Patrick's Day parade in NYC
  • 1768-04-05 1st US Chamber of Commerce forms (NYC)
  • 1768-10-30 First Methodist church in North American colonies initiated (Wesley Chapel, NYC)
  • 1776-08-30 Continental Army evacuates Long Island and falls back to Manhattan, NYC
  • 1783-11-25 Britain evacuates New York city, its last military position in United States
  • 1783-12-04 Gen Washington bids officers farewell at Fraunce's Tavern, NYC
  • 1785-01-11 Continental Congress convenes in NYC
  • 1786-06-08 Commercially made icecream 1st advertised (Mr Hall, NYC)
  • 1786-10-15 Earliest 32°F (0°C) recorded temp in NYC
  • 1787-04-16 1st American comedy, "The Contrast," made its debut in NYC
  • 1787-11-01 First free school in NYC (African Free School) opens
  • 1789-04-01 US House of Representatives 1st full meeting, NYC, F Muhlenberg 1st speaker
  • 1789-04-06 1st US Congress begins regular sessions, Federal Hall, NYC

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1789-05-07 First US Presidential inaugural ball (for George Washington in NYC)

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
  • 1789-05-12 Society of St Tammany is formed by Revolutionary War soldiers. It later becomes an infamous group of NYC political bosses
  • 1789-09-13 1st loan to US government (from NYC banks)
  • 1790-02-01 US Supreme Court convenes for 1st time (NYC)
  • 1790-12-06 The U.S. Congress moves from New York City to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • 1791-12-17 NYC traffic regulation creates 1st 1-way street
  • 1794-04-21 NYC formally declares coast of Ellis Island publically owned, so they can build forts to protect NYC from British
  • 1797-01-01 Albany replaces NYC as capital of NY
  • 1799-09-01 Bank of Manhattan Company opens in NYC (forerunner to Chase Manhattan)
  • 1800-09-07 Zion AME Church dedicated (NYC)
  • 1814-01-22 1st Knights Templar grand encampment in US held, NYC
  • 1817-11-25 First sword swallower in US performs (NYC)
  • 1818-02-07 1st successful US educational magazine "Academician" begins (NYC)
  • 1819-05-21 1st bicycles (swift walkers) in US introduced in NYC
  • 1819-07-03 1st savings bank in US (Bank of Savings in NYC) opens its doors
  • 1820-08-14 1st US eye hospital, the NY Eye Infirmary, opens in NYC
  • 1821-06-21 African Methodist Episcopal Zion (AMEZ) Church organizes (NYC)
  • 1825-03-02 1st grand opera in US sung in English, NYC
  • 1825-06-04 Unseasonable hurricane hits NYC
  • 1825-06-11 The first cornerstone is laid for Fort Hamilton in New York City.
  • 1827-03-16 1st US black newspaper, "Freedom's Journal" (NYC), begins publishing
  • 1830-09-09 Charles Durant, 1st US aeronaut, flies a balloon from Castle Garden, NYC to Perth Amboy, NJ
  • 1831-12-31 Gramercy Park is deeded to New York City.
  • 1832-11-14 First streetcar (horse-drawn) (John Mason) debuts in NYC; fare 12 cents rode on 4th Avenue between Prince and 14th Sts
  • 1832-11-26 1st streetcar railway in America starts operating (NYC) (12 cent fare)
  • 1834-02-18 1st US labor newspaper, "The Man", published, NYC
  • 1834-06-02 5th national black convention meets (NYC)
  • 1835-12-16 Fire consumes over 600 buildings in NYC
  • 1837-05-10 Panic of 1837: New York City banks fail, and unemployment reaches record levels.
  • 1837-05-31 Astor Hotel opens in NYC, it later becomes the Waldorf-Astoria
  • 1838-04-08 Steamship "Great Western" maiden voyage (Bristol, England, to NYC)
  • 1838-04-22 English steamship "Sirius" docks in NYC after crossing the Atlantic, first transatlantic steam passenger service
  • 1838-04-23 English steamship "Great Western" crossing Atlantic docks in NYC
  • 1839-12-18 1st celestial photograph (of Moon) made in US, John Draper, NYC
  • 1840-01-01 1st recorded bowling match in US, Knickerbocker Alleys, NYC
  • 1841-03-27 1st US steam fire engine tested, NYC
  • 1841-11-16 Life preservers made of cork are patented by Napoleon Guerin (NYC)
  • 1842-01-01 1st illustrated weekly magazine in US publishes 1st issue, NYC
  • 1842-02-15 1st adhesive postage stamps in US (private delivery company), NYC
  • 1842-11-09 The first U.S. design patent for typefaces and borders was issued to George Bruce of New York City
  • 1843-02-06 The first minstrel show in the United States The Virginia Minstrels opens (Bowery Amphitheatre in New York City).
  • 1843-12-25 1st theatre matinee (Olympic Theatre, NYC)

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1845-01-29 Edgar Allan Poe's "Raven" 1st published (NYC)

  • 1845-03-26 Joseph Francis, NYC, patents a corrugated sheet-iron lifeboat
  • 1845-07-14 1st postmasters' provisional stamps issued, NYC
  • 1845-07-19 Fire in NYC destroys 1,000 homes & kills many
  • 1847-01-15 1st Swedish magazine in US, Skandinavia, published in NYC
  • 1847-07-01 1st US postage stamps go on sale, 5 cent Franklin & 10 cent Washington, NYC
  • 1847-07-24 Rotary-type printing press patents by Richard March Hoe, NYC
  • 1848-06-10 1st telegraph link between NYC & Chicago

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1849-02-14 In New York City, James Knox Polk becomes first serving US President to have his photograph taken (by Matthew Brady).

11th US President James Knox Polk
11th US President
James Knox Polk
  • 1849-04-10 Safety pin patented by Walter Hunt (NYC); sold rights for $400
  • 1849-05-10 Pack destroys Astor Place opera house in NYC (22 killed)
  • 1850-01-26 1st German language daily newspaper in US published, NYC
  • 1852-01-01 1st US public bath opens, in NYC
  • 1853-03-03 US Assay Office in NYC authorized
  • 1853-05-02 Franconi's Hippodrome opens (NYC)
  • 1854-01-09 Astor Library opens in NYC
  • 1854-12-30 Pennsylvania Rock Oil Co, 1st in US, incorporated in NYC
  • 1855-05-05 NYC regains Castle Clinton, to be used for immigration
  • 1855-08-01 Castle Clinton in NYC opens as 1st US receiving station for immigrants
  • 1855-09-27 George F Bristow's "Rip Van Winkle", 2nd American opera, opens in NYC

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1857-03-23 Elisha Otis installs his 1st elevator at 488 Broadway in New York City

Inventor and Elevator Industrialist Elisha Otis
Inventor and Elevator Industrialist
Elisha Otis
  • 1857-10-06 American Chess Association organized; 1st major US chess tournament (NYC)
  • 1857-10-10 American Chess Association formed (NYC)
  • 1858-08-02 1st mailboxes installed in Boston & NYC streets
  • 1858-10-28 R. H. Macy & Co opens 1st store, (6th Ave-NYC) Gross receipts $11.06
  • 1859-04-04 Bryant's Minstrels debut "Dixie" in New York City in the finale of a blackface minstrel show.
  • 1860-02-01 1st rabbi to open House of Representatives, Morris Raphall of NYC
  • 1860-08-08 Queen of Sandwich Islands (Hawaii) arrives in NYC
  • 1861-01-06 NYC mayor proposes NY become a free city, trading with N & S
  • 1863-01-13 Chenille yarn making machine patented by William Canter in NYC

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 1,094

  • 1720-09-12 Frederick Philipse III, American land owner (Bronx, Westchester & Putnam), born in NYC, New York

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1745-12-12 John Jay, American statesman, 1st US Chief Justice, born in New York City

Ist US Chief Justice John Jay
Ist US Chief Justice
John Jay

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1746-11-27 Robert R. Livingston, US Founding Father who delivered oath of office to George Washington, born in NYC, New York (d. 1813)

American Founding Father Robert R. Livingston
American Founding Father
Robert R. Livingston

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1774-08-28 Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton, 1st American Catholic saint (1975), born in New York City (d. 1821)

1st American-born Saint Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton
1st American-born Saint
Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton
  • 1779-07-15 Clement Clarke Moore, US professor and author ('Twas the Night Before Xmas), born in New York City (d. 1863)

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1783-04-03 Washington Irving, American writer (Legend of Sleepy Hollow), born in NYC, New York

  • 1791-06-09 John Howard Payne, American actor, playwright (Fair Warning), author and creator of the hit song "Home! Sweet Home!", born in NYC, New York (d. 1852)

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1798-04-03 Charles Wilkes, American Antarctic explorer and naval officer (Union Navy), born in NYC, New York (d. 1877)

Naval Officer and Explorer Charles Wilkes
Naval Officer and Explorer
Charles Wilkes
  • 1812-06-14 Fernando Wood, New York City mayor (d. 1881)
  • 1815-11-15 John Banvard, American painted worlds largest painting (3 mile canvas), born in NYC, New York

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1819-08-01 Herman Melville, author (Moby-Dick, Billy Budd),born in New York City (d. 1891)

Moby Dick Author Herman Melville
Moby Dick Author
Herman Melville

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1821-07-24 William Poole, American gang member (New York City's Bowery Boys), born in Sussex County, New Jersey

Gang Leader Bill the Butcher
Gang Leader
Bill the Butcher

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1823-04-03 William Magear Tweed "Boss Tweed", American politician and corrupt New York fraudster, born in New York City (d. 1878)

Politician Boss Tweed
Politician
Boss Tweed
  • 1831-01-26 Mary Mapes Dodge, American writer (Hans Brinker & the Silver Skates), born in NYC, New York

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1842-01-11 William James, American psychologist/philosopher (Pragmatism), born in NYC, New York

Father of American psychology William James
Father of American psychology
William James
  • 1844-08-22 George Washington De Long, American Arctic Explorer whose disastrous expedition provided evidence to support the theory of trans-Arctic oceanic drift, born in New York City
  • 1849-07-20 Robert Anderson Van Wyck, Mayor of New York City (d. 1918)

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1849-07-22 Emma Lazarus, poet ("New Colossus" - on the base of Statue of Liberty), born in New York City

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1858-10-27 Theodore Roosevelt, 26th US President (R: 1901-09; Nobel 1906), born in NYC, New York (d. 1919)

26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt

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1859-11-23 Billy the Kid, [William H Bonney], American frontier outlaw, born in NYC, New York (d. 1881)

Frontier Outlaw Billy the Kid
Frontier Outlaw
Billy the Kid
  • 1860-03-11 Thomas Hastings, American architect (NY Public Library), born in NYC, New York
  • 1861-02-02 Solomon R. Guggenheim, American businessman and philanthropist (Guggenheim Museum NYC), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1949)
  • 1861-09-28 Pedro De Cordoba, American actor (Club Havana, Swamp Fire, Saboteur), born in NYC, New York

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1862-01-24 Edith Wharton [-Jones], Pulitzer prize-winning novelist (Ethan Frome, House of Mirth), born in New York City (d. 1937)

Pulitzer prize winning novelist Edith Wharton
Pulitzer prize winning novelist
Edith Wharton
  • 1863-12-16 Ralph Adams Cram, US, gothic architect (Cathedral of St Joan NYC)
  • 1866-01-19 Harry Davenport, American actor/director (Her Unborn Child, My Sin), born in NYC, New York
  • 1867-02-12 Joe Howard, American vocalist (Gay Nineties Revue), born in NYC, New York

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1869-09-23 Mary Mallon, Irish-American patient ('Typhoid Mary') 1st person in the US known to be immune to typhoid, and carrier of the disease (infected at least 51 people in New York City), born in Cookstown, Ireland (d. 1938)

  • 1874-04-24 John Russell Pope, American architect (Jefferson Memorial, National Archives and Records Administration), born in NYC, New York (d. 1937)
  • 1874-11-18 Clarence Shepard Day, American author (Life with Father), born in NYC, New York
  • 1877-11-02 Claire McDowell, American actress (Big Parade), born in NYC, New York
  • 1880-03-10 Michael Jacobs, American boxing promoter, born in NYC, New York
  • 1881-09-06 Charlie Dell, American actor (Pickle in the Middle), born in NYC, New York
  • 1881-09-28 Pedro De Cordoba, American actor (Mexican Hayride, Before I Hang), born in NYC, New York

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1882-01-17 Arnold Rothstein, American gambler and mobster (fixed 1919 World Series), born in NYC, New York (d, 1928)

Businessman, Gambler, and Mobster Arnold Rothstein
Businessman, Gambler, and Mobster
Arnold Rothstein
  • 1882-05-23 James Gleason, American writer/actor (Bishop's Wife, Flying Fool), born in NYC, New York
  • 1882-07-06 Ralph Morgan, [Wupperman], American actor (Creeper, Imposter, Jack London), born in NYC, New York
  • 1882-11-13 John Lowry, NYC builder (Radio City Music Hall), born in Mount Vernon, New York
  • 1882-12-11 Fiorello La Guardia, (Mayor-R- 1933-45), born in NYC, New York
  • 1883-08-19 Elsie Ferguson, American film actress (Footlights, Scarlet Pages), born in NYC, New York

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1884-09-20 Maxwell Perkins, American editor and publisher, born in NYC, New York (d. 1947)

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1884-10-11 Eleanor Roosevelt, American 1st lady (1933-1945) human rights advocate (UN), born in New York City (d. 1962)

US First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt
US First Lady
Eleanor Roosevelt
  • 1884-10-20 Thomas Chalmers, American actor (Blind Alleys, Outrage), born in NYC, New York
  • 1885-01-27 Jerome Kern, American Broadway composer (Showboat, Roberta), born in NYC, New York
  • 1885-02-24 Bert Lytell, American actor (Henry-One Man's Family), born in NYC, New York
  • 1885-10-01 Louis Untermeyer, American poet/critic (Immortal Poems, Story Poems), born in NYC, New York
  • 1885-12-22 Joseph Deems Taylor, American composer (Peter Ibbetson), born in NYC, New York
  • 1886-06-11 David Steinman, American bridge designer (Hudson, Triborough), born in NYC, New York
  • 1887-03-22 Chico Marx, [Leonard Marx], American comedian (Marx Brothers), born in NYC, New York (d. 1961)
  • 1887-05-21 Mabel Taliaferro, American actress (Sentimental Tommy, My Love Come Back), born in NYC, New York
  • 1887-05-28 Hank Mann, American actor (City Lights, Smoky, Dawn Trail, Fugitive Road), born in NYC, New York
  • 1887-06-05 Ruth Benedict, American anthropologist (Patterns of Culture), born in NYC, New York (d. 1948)
  • 1887-12-25 John Davidson, American actor (Charlie Chan-Chinese Cat), born in NYC, New York
  • 1888-08-17 Monty Wooley, American actor (Pied Piper, Man Who Came to Dinner), born in NYC, New York
  • 1888-10-03 Roy Webb, American film composer, born in New York City (d. 1981)
  • 1888-10-09 Irving Cummings Sr, American silent screen star/director (Curly Top), born in NYC, New York
  • 1888-10-16 Eugene O'Neill, American dramatist (Desire Under the Elms-Nobel 1936), born in NYC, New York
  • 1888-11-16 Burnet Corwin Tuthill, American composer (Laurentia), born in NYC, New York
  • 1888-11-23 Harpo Marx, [Adolph] actor/comedian (Marx brothers), born in NYC, New York
  • 1888-12-18 Robert Moses, power broker (built Long Island & NYC parks & roads)
  • 1889-05-20 Felix Arndt, American composer, born in New York City (d. 1918)
  • 1889-07-10 Robert [Harriot] Barrat, American actor (Go West, Distant Drums), born in NYC, New York

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1889-09-23 Walter Lippmann, American journalist/political writer (Public Opinion), born in NYC, New York

Writer and Political Commentator Walter Lippmann
Writer and Political Commentator
Walter Lippmann
  • 1890-02-18 Edward Arnold, American actor (Mr Smith Goes to Washington), born in NYC, New York
  • 1890-06-01 Frank Morgan, [Francis P Wupperman], American actor (Wizard of Oz), born in NYC, New York (d. 1949)
  • 1890-06-06 Dorothy Heyward, American playwright (Porgy), born in NYC, New York
  • 1890-08-15 Elvin M. Jellinek, American Physiologist and pioneer in the study of alcoholism, born in New York City

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1890-10-02 Groucho Marx, [Julius], American comedian (Marx Bros, You Bet Your Life), born in NYC, New York

Comedian Groucho Marx
Comedian
Groucho Marx
  • 1890-10-16 Paul Strand, American photographer (Native Land-1942), born in NYC, New York
  • 1890-12-18 Edwin Howard Armstrong, American radio pioneer inventor (FM), born in NYC, New York
  • 1891-03-10 Sam Jaffe, American actor (Gunga Din, Dr Zorba-Ben Casey), born in NYC, New York
  • 1891-07-18 Gene Lockhart, American actor (Going My Way, Christmas Carol), born in NYC, New York
  • 1891-10-29 Fanny Brice, American singing comedienne (Ziegeld Follies, Baby Snooks), born in NYC, New York
  • 1892-04-28 Joseph Dunninger, American mentalist (Amazing Dunninger), born in NYC, New York
  • 1892-08-02 John Kieran, American columnist/author (Natural History of NYC), born in NYC, New York
  • 1892-08-09 Charles Delaney, American actor (Air Police, Lonesome Trail), born in NYC, New York
  • 1892-09-28 Elmer Rice, American playwright/director/novelist (Pulitzer-Street Scene), born in NYC, New York
  • 1892-11-02 Alice Brady, American actress (My Man Godfrey, Gay Divorcee, Zenobia), born in NYC, New York
  • 1893-02-04 Bernard Rogers, American composer (Warrior, Marriage of Aude, Passion), born in NYC, New York
  • 1893-02-10 Jimmy Durante, American long-nosed comedian (and goodnight Mrs Calabash), born in NYC, New York
  • 1893-02-28 Ben Hecht, American novelist/playwright/screenwriter (Front Page), born in NYC, New York
  • 1893-04-24 Robert Harron, American actor (Birth of a Nation, Intolerance), born in NYC, New York
  • 1894-01-02 Robert Nathan, American poet, novelist (Portrait of Jennie), born in NYC, New York
  • 1894-03-27 William Harrigan, American actor, born in New York City (d. 1966)
  • 1894-06-20 George Delacorte, American philanthropist/publisher (Dell Books), born in NYC, New York
  • 1894-08-16 George Meany, labor leader (headed AFL-CIO), born in NYC, New York (d. 1980)
  • 1895-01-01 Nathaniel Shilkret, American conductor, born in NYC, New York
  • 1895-02-03 Nick Kenny, Astoria columnist/songwriter (Nick Kenny Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1895-02-19 Louis Calhern, American actor (Julius Caesar, Blackboard Jungle), born in NYC, New York
  • 1895-04-04 Arthur Murray, American dancer (Arthur Murray Dance Party), born in NYC, New York
  • 1895-04-08 Bert Gordon [Barney Gorodetsky], Comedian, born in New York City (d. 1974)
  • 1895-05-09 Richard Barthelmess, American actor (Broken Blossoms, Noose), born in NYC, New York
  • 1895-07-12 Oscar Hammerstein II, American lyricist who worked with Richard Rodgers, born in NYC, New York
  • 1895-09-28 Dave Franklin, American composer (Hop-a-long Cassidy), born in NYC, New York
  • 1896-01-20 George Burns, [Nathan Birnbaum], American actor/comedian (Oh God), born in NYC, New York
  • 1896-01-20 Rolfe Sedan, American actor (Mailman-George Burns Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1897-01-21 J. Carrol Naish, American actor (Charlie Chan-Adv of Charlie Chan), born in NYC, New York (d. 1973)

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1897-02-06 Louis Buchalter, Jewish American mobster (Murder, Inc.), born in NYC, New York

  • 1897-04-07 Walter Winchell, Harlem newscaster/columnist (Untouchables), born in NYC, New York
  • 1897-09-05 Luella Gear, American actress (Joe & Mabel), born in NYC, New York

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1840-09-06 Publisher James Gordon Bennett (45) weds Henrietta Agnes Crean in NYC, New York

Founder of the New York Herald James Gordon Bennett
Founder of the New York Herald
James Gordon Bennett

HeartWedding of Interest

1844-06-26 10th US President John Tyler marries 2nd wife Julia Gardiner in NYC, 1st president to marry while in office

10th US President John Tyler
10th US President
John Tyler

HeartWedding of Interest

1859-10-25 US President Chester A. Arthur (30) weds Ellen Herndon (22) at Calvary Episcopal Church in NYC, New York

21st US President Chester A. Arthur
21st US President
Chester A. Arthur

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1860-05-22 Major General George McClellan (33) weds Mary Ellen at Calvary Church in NYC, New York

Union General George McClellan
Union General
George McClellan
  • 1863-02-10 PT Barnum stages wedding of Tom Thumb & Mercy Lavinia Warren, both midgets, in NYC

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1887-04-22 Business magnate Andrew Carnegie (51) weds Louise Whitfield (30) in NYC, New York

Industrialist and Philanthropist Andrew Carnegie
Industrialist and Philanthropist
Andrew Carnegie

HeartWedding of Interest

1896-04-06 23rd US President Benjamin Harrison (63) weds Mary Scott (37) at St Thomas Protestant Episcopal Church in New York City

23rd US President Benjamin Harrison
23rd US President
Benjamin Harrison

HeartWedding of Interest

1898-05-25 Chocolatier Milton S. Hershey (40) weds Catherine Sweeney at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City

Chocolate Tycoon Milton S. Hershey
Chocolate Tycoon
Milton S. Hershey

HeartWedding of Interest

1903-04-28 Newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst (40) weds Millicent Veronica Willson (21) in New York City

Newspaper Publisher William Randolph Hearst
Newspaper Publisher
William Randolph Hearst

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1929-06-03 Actor and naval officer of World War II Douglas Fairbanks Jr (19) weds actress Joan Crawford (24) at St. Malachy in New York City

Actress Joan Crawford
Actress
Joan Crawford

HeartWedding of Interest

1931-06-08 Songwriter Johnny Mercer (21) weds chorus girl Ginger Meehan in New York City

Songwriter Johnny Mercer
Songwriter
Johnny Mercer

HeartWedding of Interest

1938-06-25 Economist Milton Friedman (25) weds Rose Friedman at the Jewish Seminary in New York City

Economist Milton Friedman
Economist
Milton Friedman

HeartWedding of Interest

1942-06-06 "The Thin Man" actress Myrna Loy (36) weds John Hertz Jr. in New York City

Actress Myrna Loy
Actress
Myrna Loy
  • 1953-05-23 John F. Kennedy's sister Eunice Kennedy (31) weds activist and attorney Sargent Shriver at Saint Patrick's Cathedral in New York City
  • 1953-08-30 Future NYC mayor David Dinkins marries Joyce Burrows in NYC

HeartWedding of Interest

1954-01-16 Painter Marcel Duchamp (66) weds Alexina Duchamp (48) in New York City

Painter and Sculptor Marcel Duchamp
Painter and Sculptor
Marcel Duchamp

HeartWedding of Interest

1956-02-14 MLB center fielder Willie Mays (24) weds Margherite Wendell Chapman in NYC, New York

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 1960-01-31 Songwriter Adolph Green marries actress/singer Phyllis Newman in NYC

HeartWedding of Interest

1964-12-20 Fashion designer Ralph Lauren (25) weds Ricky Anne Loew-Beer in NYC, New York

Fashion Designer Ralph Lauren
Fashion Designer
Ralph Lauren
  • 1965-10-16 Singer Leslie Uggams marries Grahame Pratt in NYC

HeartWedding of Interest

1967-03-17 Novelist Alice Walker (23) weds civil rights lawyer Melvyn Leventhal in New York City

Novelist Alice Walker
Novelist
Alice Walker

HeartWedding of Interest

1977-02-20 World No. 1 tennis player Arthur Ashe (33) weds photographer Jeanne Moutoussamy in New York City

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe

HeartWedding of Interest

1977-06-17 Senator Joe Biden of Delaware (34) weds Jill Jacobs (26) at the Chapel at the United Nations in New York City

47th Vice President of the United States Joe Biden
47th Vice President of the United States
Joe Biden
  • 1982-07-01 Over 2000 Unification Church couples marry at NYC Madison Square Garden
  • 1982-07-22 Biggest mass wedding, Rev Sun Myung Moon weds 2,200 couples in NYC

HeartWedding of Interest

1983-11-23 "Ordinary People" actress Mary Tyler Moore (46) weds Dr. Robert Levine at the Pierre Hotel in New York City

  • 1985-09-18 Comedian Jeff Foxworthy (27) weds Pamela Gregg at New York City's Central Park
  • 1987-01-03 Singer/Miss America Vanessa Williams marries Ramon T Hervey in NYC

HeartWedding of Interest

1993-03-18 Eddie Murphy marries Nicole Mitchell in NYC

HeartWedding of Interest

1993-08-29 Actress Marlee Matlin (28) weds Kevin Grandalski (28) in New York City

Deaf Actress Marlee Matlin
Deaf Actress
Marlee Matlin
  • 1994-05-14 Mayflower Madame Sydney Biddle Barrows (42) weds television producer Darnay Hoffman (46) at Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City
  • 1994-12-10 Former Senate Majority Leader Mitchell (61) weds sports marketing executive Heather MacLachlan (35) at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in New York City
  • 1996-02-29 Fashion designer Nicole Miller (44) weds Kim Taipale (42) in the office of New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani
  • 1996-04-16 Singer Judy Collins (57) weds industrial designer Louis Nelson (59) at Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City
  • 1996-09-14 Actress Liz Keifer (33) weds Robert Convertino (41) at Rihga Royal Hotel in New York City
  • 1998-12-12 TV personality Melissa Rivers (30) weds horse breeder John Endicott at The Plaza Hotel in New York City

HeartWedding of Interest

2000-11-18 Actress Catherine Zeta Jones (31) weds actor/producer Michael Douglas (56) at the Plaza Hotel in New York City

HeartWedding of Interest

2002-03-16 Oscar-winning entertainer Liza Minnelli (56) weds producer David Gest (48) at the Marble Collegiate Church in New York City

Singer & Actress Liza Minnelli
Singer & Actress
Liza Minnelli
  • 2002-09-20 "Matrix" actor Laurence Fishburne (41) weds actress Gina Torres (33) at The Cloisters museum in New York City
  • 2003-05-10 Fashion designer Shoshanna Lonstein (28) weds investment analyst Joshua Gruss at the Metropolitan Club in New York City
  • 2003-08-09 Former "New Kids on the Block" singer Joey McIntyre (30) weds real estate agent Barrett Williams (25) in New York City's Plaza Hotel
  • 2004-11-13 "The View" co-host Star Jones (42) weds banker Al Reynolds at St. Bartholomew's Church in New York City
  • 2005-02-20 "Iron Chef America" host Bobby Flay (40) weds former "Law and Order: SVU" actress Stephanie March (30) at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in New York City
  • 2005-09-25 "Gremlins" actor Zach Galligan (41) weds Ling-Ling Hu Ingerick at New York City's Yale Club in New York City
  • 2005-10-09 "The O.C." writer and talk show host Regis Philbin's daughter Jennifer Joy Philbin (31) weds NBC comedy series "The Office" writer Michael Schur (32) at St. Ignatius Loyola Church in New York City

HeartWedding of Interest

2005-12-09 "Bourne" actor Matt Damon (35) weds Argentine-born Luciana Barrosa (29) at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau near New York City Hall

Actor Matt Damon
Actor
Matt Damon
  • 2006-09-30 Actress Amanda Peet (34) weds screenwriter David Benioff (36) at Friends Seminary Quaker School in New York City
  • 2007-06-01 Legendary crooner Tony Bennett (80) weds his longtime girlfriend Susan Crow (47) in New York City
  • 2008-11-17 Heartthrob finalist from Top Chef's second season Sam Talbot (30) weds Colombian model and t-shirt designer Paola Guerrero in a secret wedding ceremony at City Hall in New York City
  • 2009-01-31 "Stay" singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb (40) weds Late Night with Conan O'Brien music supervisor Roey Hershkovitz (30) at Manhattan restaurant in New York City
  • 2009-10-11 "Mad Men" vixen Christina Hendricks (37) weds actor Geoffrey Arend (34) at the couple's favorite Il Buco restaurant in New York City
  • 2010-03-28 "The Real Housewives of New York City" TV Personality Bethenny Frankel (39) weds Jason Hoppy at the Four Seasons Restaurant in New York City

HeartWedding of Interest

2010-05-22 "Numb3rs" star David Krumholtz (32) weds actress Vanessa Britting (29) at The Plaza Hotel in New York City

  • 2010-07-10 NBA star Carmelo Anthony (25) weds actress Lala Vasquez (30) at Cipriani 42nd St. in New York City
  • 2010-07-11 Former "Las Vegas" actress Vanessa Marcil (42) weds "CSI: NY" actor Corey Feldman (39) in New York City

HeartWedding of Interest

2012-05-27 Actress Cynthia Nixon (46) weds education activist Christine Marinoni in New York City

Actress Cynthia Nixon
Actress
Cynthia Nixon

HeartWedding of Interest

2012-06-30 Actor Alec Baldwin (54) weds Hilaria Thomas at St. Patrick's Old Cathedral in New York City

  • 2012-07-07 "The Office" Ellie Kemper (32) weds former "Conan O'Brien" writer Michael Koman at the Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church in New York City
  • 2012-12-21 CNN anchor Erin Burnett (36) weds finance executive David Rubulotta (42) in New York City Hall
  • 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
  • 2013-06-21 Actor Peter Scolari (57) weds broadway actress Tracy Shayne in NYC, New York
  • 2013-07-20 "Modern Family" actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson (37) weds lawyer Justin Mikita in NYC, New York
  • 2013-09-06 Actor Josh Charles (41) weds ballet dancer and author Sophie Flack at a private residence in Manhattan, New York City
  • 2013-10-12 "30 Rock" actor Keith Powell weds visual artist Jill Knox at Tribeca Rooftop in NYC, New York
  • 2014-07-26 Actress Piper Perabo (37) weds director Stephen Kay in NYC, New York
  • 2015-08-23 Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan (46) weds model Megan Wollover (28) in NYC

Famous Deaths

  • 1826-12-15 William Browser, revolting slave, executed in NYC
  • 1829-04-30 George Washington Adams, son of John Q Adams, dies on City Is NYC

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1855-03-08 William Poole, Infamous member of New York City's Bowery Boys gang, dies of a gunshot wound at 33

Gang Leader Bill the Butcher
Gang Leader
Bill the Butcher
  • 1862-03-08 Nat Gordon, last pirate, hanged in New York City for stealing 1,000 slaves
  • 1881-02-14 Fernando Wood, New York City mayor (b. 1812)
  • 1899-09-14 Henry Bliss, 1st auto death (NYC)
  • 1915-09-21 Anthony Comstock, anti-vice crusader, dies at 71 in NYC
  • 1927-11-01 Florence Mills, dancer/singer, dies in NYC at 32
  • 1938-09-28 Con Conrad, American songwriter and producer, born in New York City (d. 1938)
  • 1947-09-20 Fiorello H La Guardia, (Mayor-R-NYC, 1933-45), dies
  • 1952-05-09 Canada Lee, African American actor (Lost Boundaries), dies in NYC at 45

BattleExecution

1953-06-19 Julius Rosenberg, NYC, 1st US civilian executed for espionage at 37

Alleged Soviet Spy Julius Rosenberg
Alleged Soviet Spy
Julius Rosenberg
  • 1955-03-12 Charlie "Bird" Parker, US jazz saxophonist, dies at 34 in NYC
  • 1957-01-16 Arturo Toscanini, Italian US conductor (NBC), dies in NYC at 89
  • 1957-03-31 Gene Lockhart, NYC actor (Going My Way), dies at 65

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1962-01-26 Charles "Lucky" Luciano, NYC Mafia gangster, dies of a heart attack at 65

  • 1962-10-04 John Lowry, Mount Vernon NY, NYC builder, dies at 79

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1962-11-07 Eleanor Roosevelt, 1st Lady (1933-1945), dies at 78 in NYC

US First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt
US First Lady
Eleanor Roosevelt
  • 1965-01-12 Lorraine Hansberry, US playwright, dies in NYC, dies at 34

MurderAssassination

1965-02-21 Malcolm X [Little], African American human rights activist and Muslim minister, assassinated in New York City at 39

African American Activist Malcolm X
African American Activist
Malcolm X
  • 1967-12-11 Howard Freeman, actor (Double Dynamite), dies after illness in NYC
  • 1968-10-15 Bea Benaderet, NYC, actress (Kate-Petticoat Junction), dies at 62
  • 1973-07-24 Mary Frasca, singer/actress, dies in NYC
  • 1975-03-09 Joseph Dunninger, NYC, mentalist (Amazing Dunninger), dies at 82

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1977-08-19 Groucho Marx, NYC, comedian (Marx Bros), dies in LA at 86

Comedian Groucho Marx
Comedian
Groucho Marx
  • 1978-10-12 Nancy Spungen, killed by boyfriend Sid Vicious in NYC
  • 1979-12-09 Fulton J Sheen, archbishop/religious broadcaster, dies in NYC at 84
  • 1979-12-11 Claire Carleton, NYC, actress (Alice-Cimarron City), dies at 66
  • 1982-02-21 Murray "the K" Kaufman, NYC DJ (5th Beatle), dies at 60
  • 1982-11-17 Ruth Donnelly, comedienne, dies at 86 in NYC
  • 1982-11-25 Robert Coote, actor (MacBeth), dies in NYC of a heart attack at 73

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1983-04-30 George Balanchine, Russian-American ballet composer and choreographer who founded the New York City Ballet, dies from Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease at 79

Ballet Choreographer George Balanchine
Ballet Choreographer
George Balanchine
  • 1985-02-28 Charita Bauer, actress (Mary-Aldrich Family), dies at 62 in NYC
  • 1985-05-13 Leatrice Joy, silent screen star, dies in Riverdale (Bronx) NYC at 91
  • 1985-12-16 Paul Castellano, Organized-crime chief, shot dead at a NYC restaurant
  • 1986-08-26 Jennifer Levin, American murder victim, strangled by Robert Chambers in New York City's Central Park aged 18
  • 1986-10-22 Jane Dornnacker, WNBC-AM NYC helicopter traffic reporter, dies doing a live traffic report as her copter crashes
  • 1987-11-04 Raphael Soyer, Russian-born American artist (Depression scenes in NYC), dies at 87
  • 1987-11-06 William C Pahlmann, interior decorator (4 Seasons NYC), dies at 80
  • 1990-03-29 Germaine Montenesdro, 2nd victim of NYC's Zodiac killer, shot dead
  • 1991-02-12 Robert F. Wagner Jr., Mayor of New York City (Democrat: 1954-65), dies at 80
  • 1992-12-18 Mother Clare Hale, cared for NYC AIDS babies (Hale House), dies at 87
  • 1994-04-03 Pat Harper, NYC news anchor (WPIX, WNBC), dies
  • 1996-04-09 Sandy Becker, NYC Kiddie TV Show host (Sandy Becker Show), dies at 74
  • 1999-10-07 Rev. Bruce Ritter, American Catholic priest and controversial founder of charity New York City based Covenant House, dies of cancer at 72
  • 2001-02-10 Abraham Beame, Mayor of New York City (b. 1906)
  • 2002-06-10 Benjamin Ward, 1st African American NYC Police Commissioner, dies at 75
  • 2003-07-23 James E. Davis, New York City councilman (murdered) (b. 1962)
  • 2013-02-01 Ed Koch, American congressman and New York City Mayor (1977-89), dies from heart failure at 88
  • 2016-06-05 Phyllis Curtin, American soprano (NYC Opera), dies at 94