Rochester in History

Historical Events

  • 1843-06-01 It snows in Buffalo & Rochester NY & Cleveland Ohio

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1852-07-05 Frederick Douglass, fugitive slave, delivers his 'What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?' speech to the Ladies' Anti-Slavery Society in Rochester, condemns the celebration as hypocritical sham

Abolitionist Frederick Douglass
Abolitionist
Frederick Douglass
  • 1853-07-06 National Black convention meets in Rochester NY, ex-slave Frederick Douglass attends
  • 1887-02-16 1st newspaper convention (Rochester NY)
  • 1898-09-15 National Afro-American Council forms in Rochester NY
  • 1904-08-09 Libanus McLouth Todd of Rochester, New York patents his check-writing machine, the Protectograph designed to protect against check forgers
  • 1913-09-15 1st US milch goat show held, Rochester, NY

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1929-06-04 George Eastman demonstrates 1st technicolor movie (Rochester NY)

Founder of the Eastman Kodak Company George Eastman
Founder of the Eastman Kodak Company
George Eastman
  • 1931-10-07 1st infra-red photograph, Rochester, NY
  • 1934-07-01 1st x-ray photo of entire body, Rochester, NY
  • 1936-07-16 1st x-ray photo of arterial circulation, Rochester, NY
  • 1949-06-14 WROC TV channel 8 in Rochester, NY (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1951-01-06 Indianapolis beats Rochester 75-73 in NBA-record 6 overtimes
  • 1951-04-21 5th NBA Championship: Rochester Royals beat NY Knicks, 4 games to 3
  • 1953-07-16 KROC (now KTTC) TV channel 10 in Rochester, MN (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • 1953-11-01 WHEC TV channel 10 in Rochester, NY (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1954-10-30 1st use of 24-sec shot clock in pro basketball (Rochester vs Boston)
  • 1956-01-24 6th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 108-94 at Rochester, New York
  • 1962-05-28 Suit alleging de facto school segregation filed in Rochester NY
  • 1962-09-15 WOKR TV channel 13 in Rochester, NY (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1964-07-24 -27) race riot in Rochester, New York, 4 killed
  • 1964-07-25 Race riot in Rochester NY
  • 1978-11-26 10 die as fire erupts at Holiday Inn in Rochester, NY
  • 1981-04-18 Pawtucket & Rochester start a 33-inning baseball game
  • 1981-04-18 Longest game in Professional Baseball: Pawtucket Red Sox tie Rochester Red Wings 2-2 in 32 innings (game resumed 23rd June)
  • 1981-06-23 Longest game in Professional Baseball: Pawtucket Red Sox finally beat Rochester Red Wings 3-2 in 33 innings (game began 18th April)
  • 1981-06-23 Dave Koza scores Marty Barrett with bases-loaded single in bottom of 33rd inning, Pawtucket beats Rochester 3-2
  • 1984-07-22 Kathy Whitworth wins Rochester Golf International (her 85th win)
  • 1993-02-11 Howard Stern's radio show begins transmitting to Rochester NY (WRQI)
  • 1993-02-15 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Rochester NY on WNVE 95.1 FM
  • 1993-02-18 Howard Stern's radio show begins transmitting to Rochester NY
  • 1995-09-24 31st Ryder Cup: Europe beats US, 14½-13½ at Oak Hill County Club (Rochester, New York, US)

Famous Birthdays

  • 1853-12-09 Charles "Old Hoss" Radbourn, pitcher (60-12 in 1884), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1876-09-15 Frank E Gannett, newspaper publisher (Gannett), born in Rochester, New York

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1892-12-21 Walter Hagen, American PGA golfer (11 majors, US Open 1914, 19), born in Rochester, New York (d. 1969)

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen
  • 1894-02-14 Jack Benny, [Benjamin Kubelski], Waukegan Ill, "Oh! Rochester!"
  • 1894-06-16 Norman Kerry, actor (Phantom of the Opera), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1896-12-30 Tom Keene, actor (Our Daily Bread), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1905-09-18 Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, actor (Jack Benny Show), born in Oakland, California
  • 1907-02-17 Alec Wilder, composer (1973 ASCAP award), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1907-07-01 Bill Stern, sportscaster (Saturday Night Fights), born in Rochester, New York (d. 1971)
  • 1907-12-25 Cab[ell] Calloway, bandleader (Minnie the Moocha, Jazzball), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1908-09-16 Beecher Moore, British sailor, born in Rochester, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1910-02-01 Michael Kanin, director/writer/actor (Woman of the Year), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1911-07-04 Mitch Miller, sing along with Mitch (Yellow Rose of Tx), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1912-08-20 Philip Kapleau, founder (Rochester Zen Center in New Haven)
  • 1912-11-24 Garson Kanin, playwright/producer (Double Life), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1913-02-06 John Lund, actor (Wackiest Ship in the Army), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1915-07-09 David Leo Diamond, composer (Paderewski Prize-1943), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1921-06-04 Bobby Wanzer, professional basketball player and coach (Rochester Royals), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1924-04-24 Marilyn Erskine, actor (Fran-Tom Ewell Show), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1925-04-19 Hugh O'Brian [Krampke], actor (Wyatt Earp, Search), born in Rochester, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1927-06-27 Robert Casey, actor (Henry-Aldrich Family Show), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1929-03-13 Peter Breck, actor (Black Saddle, Big Valley, Benji), born in Rochester, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1934-09-07 Bill Giles, baseball owner (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1936-01-17 Jerry Fogel, actor (Jerry-Mothers-in-Law, White Shadow), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1936-10-01 Charles G Fullerton, astronaut (STS-3, 51F), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1940-11-29 Chuck Mangione, jazz hornist (Chasing the Clouds Away), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1940-12-06 Steve Alaimo, rocker (Mashed Potatoes), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1941-06-13 Robert Forester, actor (Banyon, Nakia), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1941-07-13 Robert Forster, actor (Lady in Red, Alligator), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1945-10-19 John Lithgow, actor (Harry & Hendersons, Pelican Brief), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1949-09-25 Mimi Kennedy, actress (Spencer, 3 girls 3, Under 1 Roof), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1950-05-02 Lou Gramm, rocker (Foreigner-Want to Know What Love Is), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1957-09-11 Jeffrey George Sluman, PGA golfer (1988 PGA Champ), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1961-09-03 Brian Thomas Kamm, PGA golfer (1994 Bell Canadian-6th), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1962-04-10 Cathy Turner, short track skater (Olympics-gold-1994, born in Rochester, New York
  • 1966-04-28 Jim Poole, pitcher (Cleveland Indians), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1967-06-25 Joan Smith, biathelete (Olympics-1994), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1968-03-05 Shjon Podein, NHL left wing (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1969-01-15 Marsha Miller, WPVA volleyballer (National-17th-1995), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1969-03-07 Anne Marie Lauck, marathoner (Olympics-10th-96), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1969-12-27 Chyna [Joanie Laurer], American professional wrestler and reality TV star, born in Rochester, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1970-07-04 Louise Van Voorhis, 470 sailor (Olympics-4th-1992, 96), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1970-11-03 Doug Zmolek, NHL defenseman (LA Kings), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1973-05-28 Pat Peake, NHL center (Washington Capitals), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1975-01-11 Rory Fitzpatrick, NHL defenseman (Montreal Canadiens), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1975-08-16 Felicia Zimmermann, fencer-foil (Olympics-96), born in Rochester, New York

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1980-06-02 Abby Wambach, American Soccer player (world record for international goals), born in Rochester, New York

Soccer Player Abby Wambach
Soccer Player
Abby Wambach

Famous Deaths

  • 1977-02-28 Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, comedian (Jack Benny Show), dies at 71
  • 2016-01-23 Bobby Wanzer, American professional basketball player and coach (Rochester Royals), dies at 94