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)
  • 1817-04-17 1st US school for deaf (Hartford, Connecticut)
  • 1844-12-11 1st dental use of nitrous oxide, 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, CT (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1969-06-05 Race riot in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1970-07-29 6 days of race rioting in Hartford Ct
  • 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 CT on WCCC 106.9 FM

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestNoah Webster

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

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

Person of interestSamuel Colt

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

Inventor/Industrialist Samuel Colt
Inventor/Industrialist
Samuel Colt

Person of interestFrederick Law Olmsted

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

Landscape Architect and Writer Frederick Law Olmsted
Landscape Architect and Writer
Frederick Law Olmsted
  • 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)

Person of interestJ. P. Morgan

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

Industrialist and Banker J. P. Morgan
Industrialist and Banker
J. P. Morgan
  • 1839-03-10 Dudley Buck, organist and church composer, born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1853-07-23 William Gillette, American actor, playwright and manager (Sherlock Holmes on stage), 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, songwriter/TV host (Mayor of Hollywood), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 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)

Person of interestKatharine Hepburn

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

  • 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, All About Eve), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1990)
  • 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, actress (Hit the Ice, Black Gold), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 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, actor (Set-Up, Under the Ground), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1926-01-14 Tom Tryon, American actor (The Cardinal, All That Glitters, The Longest Day), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1991)
  • 1927-08-10 Vernon Washington, American actor (Roots, The Last Starfighter, Friday the 13th: A New Beginning), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1988)
  • 1930-05-07 Totie Fields [Sophie Feldman], American comedienne, born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1978)
  • 1930-09-30 Ben Cooper, American western actor (Rose Tattoo, Outcast, Arizona Raiders), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 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)
  • 1935-03-13 Joseph Mascolo, American actor (Days of Our Lives), born in West Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2016)
  • 1939-02-10 Barbara Kolb, composer (Trobar Jus), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1941-02-17 Gene Pitney, vocalist/songwriter (Town Without Pity), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1942-11-18 Linda Evans, 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 "Woody" Spring, Col USA/astronaut (STS 61B), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1945-03-10 Katharine Houghton, actress (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1951-02-13 David Naughton, actor (My Sister Sam, Separate Vacations), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1952-04-23 Terry Moor, tennis star, born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1952-06-04 Carlene Watkins, actress (Tough Enough), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1952-06-04 Catherine Watkins, actress (It's Not Easy, Mary), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1953-09-06 Katherine Cannon, actress (Father Murphy, Survivors), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1955-01-13 Jay McInerney, American novelist (Bright Lights, Big City), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1957-03-31 Mary Cadorette, East actress (Vicky-3's a Crowd), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1958-10-15 Jayne Modean, actress (Nurse Hooter-Trauma Center), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1959-11-03 Timothy Patrick Murphy, actor (Dallas, Glitter), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1962-07-23 Eriq La Salle, actor (Dr Peter Benton-ER), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1964-04-20 John Carney, American football placekicker (San Diego Chargers), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1965-07-05 Lucy Han, WPVA volleyballer (Nationals-7th-1994), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1965-12-14 Lawrence Clay-Bey, super heavyweight boxer (Olympics 1996), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1967-09-26 Craig Janney, NHL center (Winnipeg Jets), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1968-03-15 Mark McGrath, American musician (Sugar Ray), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1972-04-27 Ethan Brooks, American football offensive tackle (Atlanta Falcons, Rhein Fire), born in Hartford, Connecticut

Person of interestStephenie Meyer

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

  • 1974-02-06 Nathan Davis, American NFL defensive linemen (Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1974-08-01 Chris Shinn, American singer-songwriter (Live, Unified Theory), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1975-04-10 Chris Carrabba, American singer and guitarist (Dashboard Confessional), born in West Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1976-04-03 Keith Closs, American basketball center (LA Clippers), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1976-08-11 Will Friedle, actor (Eric-Boy Meets World, Gift of Love), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1986-07-04 Terrance Knighton, American NFL Player, born in Hartford, Connecticut