Staten Island in History

Historical Events

  • 1870-07-30 Staten Island ferry "Westfield" burns, killing 100
  • 1872-11-07 Cargo ship Mary Celeste sails from Staten Island for Genoa; mysteriously found abandoned 4 weeks later

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1898-03-17 John Philip Holland achieves successful test runs of the first modern submarine off Staten Island

  • 1928-06-29 The Outerbridge Crossing and Goethals Bridge in Staten Island, New York both opened.
  • 1937-02-01 Stapleton, Staten Island, becomes a customs-free port
  • 1960-12-16 TWA 266 & United 826 collide over Staten Island, kills 134
  • 1966-09-26 "Staten Island" 1st icebreaker to enter SF bay
  • 1973-01-10 Gas tank on Staten Island explodes, 40 die
  • 1973-02-10 83m wide gas tank on Staten Island explodes, 40 die
  • 1988-11-01 Staten Island ferry gets 1st pay phones
  • 1989-06-30 NY State Legislature passes Staten Island secession bill
  • 1992-04-21 Mobil Oil tug with 12,000 gallons of oil run aground in Arthur Kill (a tidal strait separating Staten Island, New York City from mainland New Jersey, USA)
  • 2003-10-15 The Staten Island Ferry boat Andrew J. Barberi collides with a pier at the St. George Ferry Terminal in Staten Island, killing 11 people and injuring 43.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1870-07-24 Fred Law Olmsted Jr, landscape architect, born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1900-04-09 Allen Jenkins, actor (Hey Jeannie, Top Cop, Girl Habit), born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1906-08-06 Ken Strong, NFL, AFL halfback (Staten Island, NY Yanks, NY Giants)
  • 1913-08-08 Axel Stordahl, orchestra leader (Frank Sinatra Show), born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1915-11-23 John Dehner, [Forkum], actor (Big Hawaii, Bare Essence), born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1916-02-14 Edward Platt, actor (Chief-Get Smart), born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1918-02-26 Theodore Sturgeon, American sci-fi author (Hugo, It, Caviar), born in Staten Island, New York (d. 1985)
  • 1923-07-18 Jerome H. Lemelson, American inventor, (held more than 600 patents), born in Staten Island, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1924-09-16 Lauren Bacall, American actress (Dark Passage, Key Largo), born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1928-01-14 Gerald Arpino, choreographer, born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1929-01-16 Francesco Scavullo, celebrity photographer, born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1930-01-03 Robert Loggia, actor (Officer & a Gentleman, Scarface), born in Staten Island, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1938-05-17 Don Dolan, actor (Guy Lewis- General Hospital), born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1940-03-20 Vito Picone, rocker (Elegants) and actor, born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1940-06-18 Jim Albus, PGA golfer (1991 Mazda Senior Players), born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1941-01-09 Joan Baez, folk singer/human rights advocate, born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1945-08-22 Ron Dante, rock vocalist (Archies-Sugar, Sugar), born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1945-12-03 Laura Dean, Staten Island composer/choreographer (Drumming), born in NYC, New York
  • 1959-10-14 A J Pero, American drummer (Twisted Sister-Not Gonna Take It), born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1960-10-06 Jeffrey Trachta, actor (Thorne-Bold & Beautiful), born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1965-07-06 Glenn Scarpelli, actor (Alex-One Day At a Time, Fantasy), born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1970-04-13 Rick Schroder, actor (Ricky-Silver Spoons, Champ, Earthling), born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1973-02-23 Robert Pipkins, luger (Olympics-1994), born in Staten Island, New York

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1980-12-18 Christina Aguilera, American singer (Genie in a Bottle, What a Girl Wants), born in Staten Island, New York

  • 1981-02-08 Tommy Michaels, actor (Timmy Hutton-All My Children), born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1984-04-21 Ashley Peldon, actress (Marsha-Guilding Light, Deceived), born in Staten Island, New York