Yonkers in History

Historical Events

  • 1888-02-22 John Reid of Scotland demonstrates golf to Americans (Yonkers NY)
  • 1888-11-14 St Andrews Golf Club, Yonkers NY, opens with just 6 holes
  • 1889-03-30 John T Reid opens 1st US golf course (Yonkers, NY)
  • 1909-12-07 Belgian-born Leo Baekeland, Yonkers, NY, patents 1st thermosetting plastic (Bakelite)
  • 1973-09-06 New York Times reports almost all Superfectas run at Yonkers, Roosevelt & Monticello from Jan-Mar of 1973 were fixed
  • 1977-08-10 Postal employee David Berkowitz arrested in Yonkers NY, accused of being "Son of Sam" 44 caliber killer
  • 1980-12-01 US Justice Dept sues Yonkers siting racial discrimination
  • 1983-08-02 US District Court begins trying Yonkers accused of race discrimination
  • 1985-11-11 Yonkers is found guilty of segregating schools & housing
  • 1988-06-13 US Supreme Court refuses to hear Yonkers argument they aren't racist
  • 1988-12-28 US 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals affirms Yonkers is guilty of racism

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991-02-21 Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC for 780 performances

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • 1991-06-02 45th Tony Awards: Lost in Yonkers & Will Rogers Follies win
  • 1991-08-24 Silky Stallone, wins the Cane Pace at Yonkers Raceway
  • 1993-01-03 "Lost in Yonkers" closes at Richard Rodgers NYC after 780 performances

Famous Birthdays

  • 1903-08-19 Muriel Kirkland, Yonkers NY, actress (Fast Workers, Hold Your Man)
  • 1922-04-16 Eddie Bert, Yonkers, New York, bebopjazz trombonist, (d. 2012)
  • 1922-09-08 Sid Caesar, Yonkers NY, comedian (Your Show of Shows)
  • 1923-04-23 Avram Davidson, American sci-fi author (Hugo, Peregrine: Primus, Rork!), born in Yonkers, New York (d. 1993)
  • 1938-12-29 Jon Voight, Yonkers, NY, actor (Deliverance, Midnight Cowboy)
  • 1948-02-28 Mercedes Ruehl, actress (Lost in Yonkers, Crazy People), born in Queens, New York
  • 1970-08-21 Bill Roth, Yonkers NY, gymnast (Pan Am-gold-1995, Olympics-96)

Famous Deaths

  • 1987-01-16 Earl Wilson, Bdwy columnist (Midnight Earl), dies in Yonkers at 79