Hartford, CT in History

Historical Events

  • 1647-05-26 Alse Young becomes the first person executed as a witch in the American colonies, when she is hanged in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1817-04-15 1st American school for the deaf opens (Hartford, Connecticut)
  • 1817-04-15 The American Asylum [now American School for the Deaf (ASD)], 1st permanent US school for deaf founded by Rev. Thomas Gallaudet, Dr. Mason Cogswell, and teacher Laurent Clercn (West Hartford, Connecticut,)
  • 1844-12-11 1st dental use of nitrous oxide in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1942-06-06 1st nylon parachute jump (Hartford Ct-Adeline Gray)
  • 1944-07-06 World's largest circus tent catches fire at Ringling Brother's - Barnum & Bailey 2nd performance, 168 die (Hartford, Connecticut)
  • 1957-09-23 WTIC TV channel 61 in Hartford, CT (CBS/FOX) begins broadcasting
  • 1959-01-24 WHCT TV channel 18 in Hartford, CT (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1962-10-01 WEDH TV channel 24 in Hartford, Connecticut (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1969-06-05 Race riot in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1970-07-29 6 days of race rioting in Hartford, Connecicut
  • 1978-01-18 Roof of 3-yr-old Civic Center in Hartford, Connecticut collapses (no injuries)
  • 1979-10-09 Howard Stern begins broadcasting on WCCC in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1996-05-06 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Hartford, Connecticut on WCCC 106.9 FM

Famous Birthdays

Noah Webster

1758-10-16 Noah Webster, lexicographer (Webster's Dictionary), born in West Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1843)

  • 1812-03-16 Henry Dwight Terry, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1869)

Samuel Colt

1814-07-19 Samuel Colt, American inventor and industrialist (Colt 6 shot revolver), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1862)

Frederick Law Olmsted

1822-04-26 Frederick Law Olmsted, American writer and landscape architect (designed Central Park), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1903)

  • 1825-08-25 Henry Warner Birge, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1888)
  • 1826-05-04 Frederick Edwin Church, American romantic landscape painter (Hudson River Sch), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1900)
  • 1827-11-10 Alfred Howe Terry, American Major General (Union Army), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1890)

J. P. Morgan

1837-04-17 J. P. Morgan, Sr. [John Pierpont], American financier and banker (General Electric, Steel Corporation, AT&T), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1913)

  • 1839-03-10 Dudley Buck, American organist, composer, and music writer, born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1909)
  • 1853-07-23 William Gillette, American stage and silent film actor (Sherlock Holmes), and playwright (Secret Service), born in Hartford, Connecticut, (d. 1937)
  • 1860-07-03 Charlotte Perkins Gilman, American feminist, writer and lecturer for social reform, born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1935)
  • 1888-07-29 Niles Welch, American actor (Cornered), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1976)
  • 1900-08-18 Walter O'Keefe, American songwriter, radio and TV host (Mayor of Hollywood), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1983)
  • 1901-03-25 Ed Begley, American actor (12 Angry Men, The Unsinkable Molly Brown), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1970)
  • 1906-03-17 Michael O'Shea, American actor (It's a Great Life, Lady of Burlesque), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1973)

Katharine Hepburn

1907-05-12 Katharine Hepburn, American actress (Adam's Rib, On Golden Pond), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2003)

  • 1908-05-27 Harold Rome, American composer (Fanny; Pins & Needles), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1993)
  • 1909-01-05 Stephen Cole Kleene, American mathematician (Regular Expressions), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1994)
  • 1913-05-01 Louis Nye, American comedian and actor (Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Steve Allen Plymouth Show), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2005)
  • 1914-10-04 Brendan Gill, American critic (The New Yorker), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1997)
  • 1915-05-29 Igor Buketoff, American conductor (Iceland Symphony Orchestra, 1964-65), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2001)
  • 1915-08-02 Gary Merrill, American actor (Young Dr. Kildare (TV series); All About Eve), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1990)
  • 1916-07-10 Dick Cary, American jazz musician, born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1994)
  • 1917-05-23 Edward Norton Lorenz, American mathematician and meteorologist, born in West Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2008)
  • 1917-07-09 Ted Steele, American orchestra leader (Cavalcade of Stars), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1985)
  • 1917-12-14 Elyse Knox, American actress (Hit the Ice, Black Gold), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2012)
  • 1919-04-13 Phil Tonken, American radio and television announcer, born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2000)
  • 1920-05-31 Edward Bennett Williams, American lawyer/team owner (Washington Redskins, Baltimore Orioles), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1988)
  • 1920-08-03 Maria Karnilova, American dancer and actress (Fiddler on the Roof, Ivan the Terrible), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2001)
  • 1922-04-26 Mike Kellin [Myron Kellin], American actor (Pipe Dream, American Buffalo), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1983)
  • 1925-07-16 Phillip Pine, American actor (Set-Up, Under the Ground), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2006)
  • 1927-08-10 Vernon Washington, American actor (Roots, The Last Starfighter, Friday the 13th: A New Beginning), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1988)
  • 1927-12-24 Teresa Stich-Randall, American soprano (Vienna State Opera), born in New Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2007)
  • 1929-06-16 Ramon Bieri, American actor (Badlands, The Andromeda Strain), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2001)
  • 1929-09-14 Larry Collins, American writer, born in West Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2005)
  • 1930-03-01 Raymond St Jacques, American actor, director and producer, who was the 1st African-American to hold a regular role in a western series (Simon Blake in "Rawhide"), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1990)
  • 1930-05-07 Totie Fields [Sophie Feldman], American comedienne, born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1978)
  • 1930-09-30 Ben Cooper, American western actor (The Rose Tattoo; Outcast; Arizona Raiders), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2020)
  • 1931-05-28 Stephen Birmingham, American author (Real Lace: America's Irish Rich), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2015)
  • 1931-08-30 Carrie Saxon Perry, 1st African-American mayor of a major US city (Hartford CT), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1932-05-25 John Gregory Dunne, American writer (Up Close & Personal, True Confessions), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2003)
  • 1935-03-13 Joseph Mascolo, American actor (Days of Our Lives), born in West Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2016)
  • 1936-07-10 Barbara B. Kennelly, American politician (U.S. House of Representatives from Connecticut), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1939-02-10 Barbara Kolb, composer (Trobar Jus), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1940-02-17 Gene Pitney, American vocalist and songwriter ("Town Without Pity"; "Hello Mary Lou"; "He's A Rebel"), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2006)

Linda Evans

1942-11-18 Linda Evans, American actress (Dynasty, Big Valley, Beach Blanket Bingo), born in Hartford, Connecticut

  • 1942-12-07 Jonathan D. Kramer, American composer (Notta Sonata), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2004)
  • 1944-09-03 Sherwood C. Spring, American astronaut (STS 61B), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1945-03-10 Katharine Houghton, American actress (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner), born in Hartford, Connecticut

Bill Rodgers

1947-12-23 Bill Rodgers, American athlete (Boston Marathon 1975, 78, 79, 80; NY Marathon 1976, 77, 78, 79; Fukuoka Marathon 1977), born in Hartford, Connecticut

  • 1951-02-13 David Naughton, American actor (My Sister Sam, Separate Vacations), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1952-04-23 Terry Moor, American tennis star, born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1952-06-04 Carlene Watkins, American actress (Tough Enough), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1953-09-06 Katherine Cannon, American actress (Father Murphy, Survivors), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1955-01-13 Jay McInerney, American novelist (Bright Lights, Big City), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1956-07-17 Robert Romanus, American actor, born in West Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1957-03-31 Mary Cadorette, East actress (Vicky-3's a Crowd), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1958-10-15 Jayne Modean, American actress (Nurse Hooter-Trauma Center), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1959-11-03 Timothy Patrick Murphy, American actor (Dallas; Glitter), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1962-07-23 Eriq La Salle, American actor (Dr Peter Benton-ER), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1962-08-10 Suzanne Collins, American author (The Hunger Games Trilogy), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1963-01-19 Michael Adams, American NBA guard (Charlotte Hornets), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1964-04-20 John Carney, American football placekicker (San Diego Chargers), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1965-12-14 Lawrence Clay-Bey, American super heavyweight boxer (Olympics 1996), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1967-01-14 Terry Wooden, American NFL linebacker (Seattle Seahawks, KC Chiefs), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1967-09-26 Craig Janney, American NHL center (Winnipeg Jets), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1968-03-15 Mark McGrath, American rock singer (Sugar Ray - "Every Morning"), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1971-09-08 Brooke Burke, American model and TV personality (Wild On!), born in Hartford, Connecticut

Stephenie Meyer

1973-12-24 Stephenie Meyer, American author (Twilight Saga), born in Hartford, Connecticut,

  • 1974-04-17 James Hamilton, American football linebacker (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1974-08-01 Chris Shinn, American singer and songwriter (Live, 2012-16; Unified Theory, 1998-2001), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1975-04-10 Chris Carrabba, American rock singer and guitarist (Dashboard Confessional - "Stolen"; "Vindicated"), born in West Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1976-04-03 Keith Closs, American basketball center (LA Clippers), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1976-08-11 Will Friedle, American actor (Eric-Boy Meets World, Gift of Love), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1986-07-04 Terrance Knighton, American NFL Player, born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1987-04-25 Johann Smith, American soccer player, born in Hartford, Connecticut