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 1,092

  • 1915-11-05 Moe Biller, American labor union officer (AFL-CIO, Postal Workers), born in NYC, New York
  • 1915-11-30 Angier Biddle Duke, American diplomat and the youngest American ambassador in history, born in NYC, New York (d. 1995)
  • 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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1918-01-23 Gertrude B. Elion, American biochemist and drug researcher who developed groundbreaking leukemia and herpes drug treatments (Nobel 1988), born in NYC, New York (d. 1999)

Biochemist and Drug Researcher Gertrude B. Elion
Biochemist and Drug Researcher
Gertrude B. Elion
  • 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
  • 1920-05-08 Saul Bass, American graphic designer of logos and film titles, born in New York City (d. 1996)
  • 1920-05-29 Clifton James, American actor (Live and Let Die), born in Spokane, Washington (d. 2017)
  • 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
  • 1921-06-21 Joan Tetzel, American actress (Hell Below Zero, Joy in the Morning), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1921-06-21 Judy Holliday, American comedienne/actress (Born Yesterday, Adam's Rib), born in NYC, New York (d. 1965)

Actress Judy Holliday
Actress
Judy Holliday

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

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