New York City in History (Part 4)

Historical Events

Events 301 - 400 of 840

  • 1930-09-29 NYC College offers 1st course in radio advertising
  • 1930-12-11 Bank of the United States closes in New York City
  • 1930-12-23 Police Bureau of Criminal Alien Investigation started in NYC
  • 1931-05-01 Empire State Building opens in New York City
  • 1931-09-16 Blimp is moored to Empire State Building (NYC)
  • 1931-09-17 1st LP record demonstrated (RCA Victor, NYC), venture failed
  • 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
  • 1931-10-24 George Washington Bridge linking New York City and New Jersey dedicated, opens the next day
  • 1931-10-30 W2XB TV channel 1 in NYC, NY (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1932-06-21 Heavyweight Jack Sharkey TKOs Max Schmeling (NYC)
  • 1932-09-01 NYC Mayor James J "Gentleman Jimmy" Walker resigns (graft charges)
  • 1932-09-09 Steamboat SS Observation explodes in NYC East River (71 killed)
  • 1932-09-10 Independent City Owned Rapid Transit Railroad (IND) opens in NYC
  • 1932-10-11 1st political telecast (Democratic National Committee) at CBS, NYC
  • 1932-12-27 Radio City Music Hall opens (NYC)
  • 1932-12-31 John P O'Brien sworn-in as mayor of NYC
  • 1933-02-10 Delivery of 1st singing telegram (Postal Telegram Co NYC)
  • 1933-03-03 NYC premiere of "King Kong" starring Fay Wray
  • 1933-07-22 Caterina Jarboro sings "Aida", NYC-1st negro prima donna in US
  • 1933-07-28 1st singing telegram delivered (to Rudy Vallee), NYC
  • 1933-11-07 Fiorello H. La Guardia is elected the 99th mayor of New York City.
  • 1934-01-30 1st theatrical presentation sponsored by US government, NYC
  • 1934-02-09 -14.3°F (-25.7°C), coldest day in New York City
  • 1934-02-10 Byrd souvenir sheet issued, NYC; 1st unperforated ungummed US stamp
  • 1934-02-20 Virgil Thomson's opera "4 Saints in 3 Acts" opens in NYC
  • 1934-06-05 1st formal meeting of Baker Street Irregulars (NYC)
  • 1935-05-29 French liner Normandie begins its maiden voyage, arrived in NYC on June 3rd
  • 1935-12-05 National Council of Negro Women forms by Mary McLeod Bethune (NYC)
  • 1935-12-28 W P A Federal Art Project Gallery opens in NYC
  • 1937-04-22 NYC college students stage 4th annual peace strike
  • 1937-04-28 1st animated cartoon electric sign displayed (NYC)
  • 1937-10-13 A recorded trace of snow in Central Park, NYC
  • 1937-12-22 Lincoln Tunnel (NYC) opens to traffic
  • 1938-06-23 NYC Mayor LaGuardia assigns 21 cops to patrol subway
  • 1938-08-27 Two NYC subway trains collide at 116th Street killing 2 and injuring 51
  • 1938-09-23 Time capsule, to be opened in 6939, buried at World's Fair in NYC (capsule contained a woman's hat, man's pipe & 1,100' of microfilm)
  • 1938-09-29 1st archival course is offered at Columbia University in NYC
  • 1939-07-15 Clara Adams (NYC) is 1st woman to complete round world flight
  • 1939-09-30 1st televised college football game (Fordham vs Waynesburg at NYC)
  • 1939-10-15 LaGuardia Airport opens in NYC
  • 1940-02-01 NBC performs the first inter-city television broadcast from its station in New York City to another in Schenectady, New York by General Electric relay antennas.
  • 1940-02-25 1st televised (W2XBS, NYC) hockey game (Rangers vs Canadians)
  • 1940-03-02 1st intercollegiate track meet telecast, Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • 1940-03-06 1st US telecast from an airplane, NYC
  • 1940-03-10 1st US opera telecast, W2XBS, NYC, I Pagliacci

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1940-03-26 Ernest Hemingway & Benjamin Glazer premiere in NYC

  • 1940-11-18 George Matesky, New York City's Mad Bomber places his first bomb at a Manhattan office building used by Consolidated Edison.
  • 1941-01-23 WOR-AM in Newark NJ moves to NYC
  • 1941-03-07 3rd largest snowfall in NYC history (18.1")
  • 1941-07-01 1st commercial TV licenses granted-W2XBS-WNBT (NBC) & WCBW (CBS), NYC
  • 1941-07-01 WNBT TV (W2XBS, Now WNBC) channel 4 in NYC (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1941-11-12 WOV-AM & WNEW-AM in NYC swaps call letters
  • 1941-12-02 Largest roller skating rink (outside of NYC) opens in Peekskill NY
  • 1941-12-06 NYC Council agrees to build Idlewild (Kennedy) Airport in Queens

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1942-03-27 Joe Louis KOs Abe Simon in 6 to retain heavyweight boxing title (NYC)

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • 1942-05-18 NYC ends night baseball games for rest of WW II
  • 1943-01-03 1st missing persons telecast (NYC)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1943-01-23 Duke Ellington plays at Carnegie Hall in New York City for the first time.

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • 1943-08-01 Race riot in Harlem NYC
  • 1944-01-01 1st feature-length foreign movie, African Journey, shown on TV, NYC

Music concertMusic Concert

1944-01-18 The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City hosts a jazz concert for the first time. The performers were Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, Roy Eldridge and Jack Teagarden.

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong
  • 1944-02-02 Baseball meets in NYC to discuss postwar action
  • 1944-05-02 WABD (WNEW, now WNYW) TV channel 5 in NYC (DUM/MET/FOX) 1st broadcast
  • 1944-05-23 Polo Grounds host 1st NYC night game since 1941
  • 1944-06-11 1st Serbian Orthodox cathedral in US, Cathedral of St Sava, NYC
  • 1946-03-08 1st helicopter licensed for commercial use (NYC)
  • 1946-06-06 The Basketball Association of America is formed in New York City.
  • 1946-06-20 NYC transit begins using PA system - Car # 744 on 8th Ave IND line
  • 1946-10-23 UN General Assembly 2nd session convenes (1st NYC-Flushing Meadows)
  • 1946-11-01 WABC becomes WCBS radio in NYC
  • 1946-11-01 WEAF radio changes call letters to WNBC (NYC)
  • 1946-12-14 UN General Assembly votes to establish UN HQs in NYC
  • 1946-12-23 Highest ridership in NYC subway history (8.8 million passengers)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1947-02-21 1st instant developing camera demonstrated by Edwin Land in NYC

Scientist and Inventor Edwin Land
Scientist and Inventor
Edwin Land

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1947-03-24 John D. Rockefeller Jr donates NYC East River site to the UN

Financier and Philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr
Financier and Philanthropist
John D. Rockefeller Jr
  • 1947-04-16 Lens to provide zoom effects demonstrated (NYC)
  • 1947-06-17 1st round-the-world civil air service leaves NYC
  • 1947-07-03 252,288 people (record) pass through Grand Central Station, NYC
  • 1947-07-08 Demolition begins for UN HQ in NYC
  • 1947-12-26 Heavy snow blankets Northeast, buries NYC under 25.8" of snow in 16 hrs That same day, LA set a record high of 84°F
  • 1948-01-17 Trial of 11 US Communist party members begins in NYC
  • 1948-03-19 Lee Savold KOs Gino Buonvino in 54 seconds at Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • 1948-04-14 NYC subway fares jump from 5 cents to 10 cents
  • 1948-04-20 NYC hikes subway fare from 5 cents to 10 cents
  • 1948-06-15 WPIX TV channel 11 in NYC, NY (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1948-07-01 NYC subway fare goes to 10 cents, bus fare to 7 cents and combo fare at 12 cents
  • 1948-11-23 Dr Frank G Back (NYC) patents lens to provide zoom effects
  • 1948-11-29 1st opera to be televised, "Othello", broadcast from the Met (NYC)
  • 1948-12-15 Former state dept official Alger Hiss indicted in NYC for perjury
  • 1948-12-19 8th largest snowfall in NYC history (15.3")
  • 1949-09-13 Ladies Pro Golf Association of America formed in NYC
  • 1949-10-04 United Nations' permanent NYC headquarters is dedicated
  • 1950-02-20 Dylan Thomas arrives in NYC for his 1st US poetry reading tour

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1950-03-09 Willie Sutton robs Manufacturers Bank of $64,000 in NYC

Bank Robber Willie Sutton
Bank Robber
Willie Sutton
  • 1950-03-15 NYC hires Dr Wallace E Howell as its official "rainmaker"
  • 1950-03-28 12th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: CCNY beats Bradley 71-68 NYC college becomes 1st to win NCAA & National Inv Basketball in same year
  • 1950-05-25 Brooklyn Battery Tunnel opens in NYC
  • 1950-07-01 NYC bus fare rises to 10 cents equal to subway fare, combo fare at 15 cents
  • 1950-12-15 NYC's Port Authority opens
  • 1951-01-16 World's largest gas pipeline opens (Brownsville Tx, to 134th St, NYC)

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 301 - 400 of 1,083

  • 1915-12-14 Dan Dailey, American dancer and actor (Gov Drinkwater-Governor & JJ), born in NYC, New York
  • 1916-01-03 Betty Furness, American actress/journalist/consumer activist (Studio 1), born in NYC, New York
  • 1916-02-20 Paul Tripp, American TV host (Mr I Magination), born in NYC, New York
  • 1916-03-22 George Wyle, American orchestra leader (Jerry Lewis Show, Flip Wilson Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1916-04-22 Yehudi Menuhin, violinist, conductor and teacher (Bartok's Sonata), born in NYC, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1916-04-24 Stanley Kauffmann, American playwright (Red Handkerchief Man), born in NYC, New York
  • 1916-05-21 Harold Robbins, American author (Moneychangers, Carpetbaggers, Betsy), born in NYC, New York
  • 1916-06-03 Leo Gorcey, American actor (Mannequin, Road to Zanzibar), (b. 1916 or 1917), born in NYC, New York (d. 1969)
  • 1916-06-12 Irwin Allen, American director (Land of the Giants, Poseidon Adventure), born in NYC, New York
  • 1916-07-27 Keenan Wynn, actor (Dr Strangelove, Absent Minded Professor), born in New York City (d. 1986)
  • 1916-07-28 David Brown, film producer ("The Sting", "Jaws", "Cocoon"), born in NYC, New York
  • 1916-10-07 Walt W Rostow, American economist (Politics & Stages of Growth), born in NYC, New York
  • 1916-11-07 Joe Bushkin, American jazz pianist (A Couple of Joes), born in NYC, New York
  • 1916-12-19 Hal Hastings, American orchestra leader (Chevrolet on Broadway), born in NYC, New York
  • 1917-01-03 Vernon A. Walters, American diplomat and US permanent rep to the UN (1989-91), born in NYC, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1917-01-08 Stanley Prager, American comedian (College Bowl), born in NYC, New York
  • 1917-02-12 Thomas K Scherman, American conductor (Little Orch Society 1947-75), born in NYC, New York
  • 1917-02-14 Herbert A Hauptman, American x-ray crystallographer (Nobel 1985), born in NYC, New York
  • 1917-02-22 Jane Bowles, American writer, born in New York City (d. 1973)
  • 1917-03-23 Johnny Guarnieri, American jazz pianist (Morey Amsterdam Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1917-04-29 Celeste Holm, American actress (Gentleman's Agreement, All About Eve), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1917-06-16 Katharine Graham, newspaper publisher (Washington Post), born in NYC, New York
  • 1917-07-30 Eddy Grove, American actor, born in New York City (d. 1995)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1917-08-28 Jack Kirby, American cartoonist (X-Men, Spider-Man, Hulk, Capt America), born in New York City (d. 1994)

Comic Book Artist and Writer Jack Kirby
Comic Book Artist and Writer
Jack Kirby
  • 1917-08-29 Isabel Sanford, American actress (Louise-Jeffersons/All in the Family), born in NYC, New York
  • 1918-01-23 Gertrude Belle Elion, American biochemist/drug researcher (Nobel 1988), born in NYC, New York
  • 1918-01-30 David Opatoshu, American actor (Bonino, Secret Empire, Masada), born in NYC, New York
  • 1918-02-15 Alan Arbus, American actor (Dr Sidney Freedman-M*A*S*H), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1918-03-10 Heywood Hale Broun, TV commentator and sports correspondent, born in New York City (d. 2001)
  • 1918-04-27 Kirby Stone, American jazz combo leader (Baubles Bangles & Beads), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1918-05-12 Julius Rosenberg, 1st US civilian executed for espionage, born in New York City, New York

Alleged Soviet Spy Julius Rosenberg
Alleged Soviet Spy
Julius Rosenberg
  • 1918-07-14 Arthur Laurents, American playwright (West Side Story, Gypsy), born in NYC, New York
  • 1918-08-12 Sid Bernstein, music producer/promoter (Beatles, Rolling Stones), born in New York City (d. 2013)
  • 1918-08-17 Mort Marshall, American actor (Cully-Dumplings), born in NYC, New York
  • 1918-10-27 Teresa Wright, American actress (Eleanor Gehrig-Pride of the Yankees), born in NYC, New York
  • 1918-11-11 Stubby Kaye, American actor (Guys & Dolls, Lil' Abner, Cat Ballou), born in NYC, New York
  • 1918-11-30 Efren Zimbalist Jr, American actor (77 Sunset Strip, FBI, Scruples), born in NYC, New York (d. 2014)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1919-01-01 J[erome] D[avid] Salinger, novelist (Catcher in the Rye), born in NYC, New York

Novelist J. D. Salinger
Novelist
J. D. Salinger
  • 1919-01-01 Rocky Graziano, US boxer (Middleweight champ) and entertainer (Pantomime Quiz, Miami Undercover), born in New York City
  • 1919-01-04 Al "Jazbo" Collins, American DJ (Tonight! America After Dark), born in NYC, New York
  • 1919-01-25 Edwin Newman, American newscaster/journalist/author (NBC-TV, Comment), born in NYC, New York
  • 1919-02-05 Red Buttons, [Aaron Chwatt], Bronx comedian/actor (Sayonara), born in NYC, New York
  • 1919-02-13 Joan Edwards, American vocalist (Joan Edwards Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1919-02-26 Mason Adams, American actor (Charlie Hume-Lou Grant, Deadliest Season), born in NYC, New York
  • 1919-05-02 Than Wyenn, American actor (Pete Kelly's Blues), born in NYC, New York
  • 1919-05-03 Pete Seeger, American folk singer (Weaver, Goodnight Irene), born in NYC, New York
  • 1919-06-14 Gene Barry [Eugene Klass], American actor (The Atomic City, Bat Masterson), born in NYC, New York
  • 1919-08-15 Huntz Hall, American actor (Cyclone, Gas Pump Girls, The Rating Game), born in NYC, New York
  • 1919-09-04 Howard Morris, American comedic actor (High Anxiety), born in NYC, New York
  • 1919-09-24 Dayton Allen, American comedian (Steve Allen Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1919-11-03 Bert Freed, American actor (Rufe-Shane), born in NYC, New York
  • 1919-11-04 Martin Balsam, American actor (Murray-Archie Bunker's Place, Catch 22), born in NYC, New York
  • 1919-12-19 Benedict Freedman, novelist and mathematician (Mrs Mike), born in New York City (d. 2012)
  • 1920-01-16 Elliott Reid, actor (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1920-01-17 Nora Kaye, American prima ballerina, born in NYC, New York
  • 1920-02-11 Billy Halop, American actor (Bert Munson-All in the Family), born in NYC, New York
  • 1920-07-08 Dolph Sweet, American actor (Gimme a Break, Which Way is Up), born in NYC, New York
  • 1920-07-17 Gordon Gould, American physicist, inventor of the laser, born in New York City (d. 2005)
  • 1920-07-24 Alexander H. Cohen, Broadway producer (Beyond the Fringe), born in NYC, New York
  • 1920-09-12 Irene Dailey, American actress (Liz-Another World, Grissom Gang), born in NYC, New York
  • 1920-10-01 Walter Matthau, American actor (Odd Couple, Bad News Bears), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1920-10-15 Mario Puzo, American novelist (The Godfather, Cotton Club, Earthquake), born in NYC, New York (d. 1999)

Novelist Mario Puzo
Novelist
Mario Puzo
  • 1920-11-02 Lewis Charles, American actor (Feather & Father Gang), born in NYC, New York
  • 1920-11-10 Tod Andrews, American actor (From Hell it Came, Outrage), born in NYC, New York (d. 1972)
  • 1920-12-13 George P. Schultz, economist and US Secretary of State (1982-89), born in New York City
  • 1920-12-19 David Susskind, American TV host (Open End, David Susskind Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1920-12-30 Jack Lord, American actor (Steve McGarrett in Hawaii FIVE-O, God's Little Acre), born in NYC, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1921-01-25 Alfred Reed, American composer, born in New York City (d. 2005)
  • 1921-02-24 Abe Vigoda, American actor (Barney Miller, The Godfather), born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1921-03-03 Diana Barrymore, American actress (Nightmare, Lady Courageous, Fired Wife), born in NYC, New York
  • 1921-03-06 Julius Rudel, conductor (NYC Opera 1957), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1921-03-10 Paul Coates, American columnist (Tonight! America After Dark), born in NYC, New York
  • 1921-04-03 Harry Landers, American actor (Ted Hoffman-Ben Casey), born in NYC, New York
  • 1921-04-05 Robert Q Lewis, American TV host (Masquerade Party, Robert Q Lewis Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1921-04-09 Frankie Thomas, American actor (Tom Corbett Space Cadet), born in NYC, New York
  • 1921-05-08 Saul Bass, American graphic designer of logos and film titles, born in New York City (d. 1996)
  • 1921-05-29 Clifton James, American actor (Buster & Billie, David & Lisa), born in NYC, New York
  • 1921-06-21 Joan Tetzel, American actress (Hell Below Zero, Joy in the Morning), born in NYC, New York
  • 1921-06-21 Judy Holliday, American comedienne/actress (Born Yesterday, Adam's Rib), born in NYC, New York (d. 1965)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1921-07-06 Nancy Reagan [Anne Francis Robbins], US First Lady (1981-89), born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)

US First Lady Nancy Reagan
US First Lady
Nancy Reagan
  • 1921-08-03 Richard Adler, NYC composer (Pajama Game, Damn Yankees)
  • 1921-12-03 Phyllis Curtin, American soprano (NYC Opera), born in Clarksburg, West Virginia (d. 2016)
  • 1921-12-23 Gerald S O'Loughlin, American actor (Storefront Lawyer, Rookies, Wheels), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1921-12-26 Steve Allen, American comedian/TV host (Tonight Show, Steve Allen Show), born in NYC, New York

TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen
  • 1922-01-02 Jason Evers, American actor (Wrangler, Channing), born in NYC, New York
  • 1922-01-08 Abbey Simon, American pianist, born in NYC, New York
  • 1922-02-14 Murray "the K" Kaufman, NYC DJ (5th Beatle)
  • 1922-03-11 Vinnette Carroll, American actress (Alice's Restaurant, Reivers), born in NYC, New York
  • 1922-03-25 Tobias Schneebaum, American writer, anthropologist and explorer, born in New York City (d. 2005)
  • 1922-04-04 Elmer Bernstein, American movie music composer (Robot Monster), born in NYC, New York
  • 1922-06-01 Joan Copeland, [Miller], American actress (Roseland, A Little Sex), born in NYC, New York
  • 1922-06-18 Donald L Keene, American Japanese translator/critic, born in NYC, New York
  • 1922-06-24 Roy Elihu Travis, American composer (Passion of Dedipus), born in NYC, New York
  • 1922-08-30 Regina Resnik, American mezzo-soprano (Sieglinde-Bayreuth), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1922-10-31 Barbara Bel Geddes, actress (Vertigo, Miss Ellie-Dallas, Caught), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1922-11-16 Royal Dano, American actor (Red Badge of Courage, Cocaine Wars, House II), born in NYC, New York
  • 1922-12-01 Paul Picerni, American actor (Agent Lee Hobson-Untouchables), born in NYC, New York
  • 1922-12-14 Don Hewitt, American CBS news executive producer (60 Minutes), born in NYC, New York
  • 1922-12-21 Paul Winchell, American ventriloquist (Jerry Mahoney, Knucklehead Smith), born in NYC, New York
  • 1923-01-05 Robert L Bernstein, American publisher (Random House), born in NYC, New York

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