New Haven in History

Historical Events

  • 1637-05-26 Mystic Massacre: in 1st battle of Pequot War in Connecticut about 500 Pequot Native Americans are killed by Colonial forces
  • 1701-10-09 Collegiate School of Ct (Yale U), chartered in New Haven
  • 1848-12-25 New Haven Railroad opens
  • 1849-09-29 1st passenger train service to Peekskill, New York (New Haven Railroad)
  • 1873-12-06 1st international football game in US: Yale 2, Eton (England) 1 in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1878-01-28 1st telephone exchange (New Haven, Connecticut)
  • 1880-06-01 The first pay telephone service in the United States is installed in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1882-02-06 The society of the Knights of Columbus forms in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1895-01-25 New Haven Symphony Orchestra of Connecticut performs its first concert
  • 1914-03-20 1st international figure-skating tournament held in US, New Haven
  • 1948-06-15 WTNH TV channel 8 in New Haven, CT (ABC) begins broadcasting

Music concertMusic Concert

1967-12-09 Jim Morrison arrested on stage for disturbing the peace at the New Haven Arena, Connecticut, making him the 1st rock star to be taken into custody during a performance

Poet and Rocker Jim Morrison
Poet and Rocker
Jim Morrison
  • 1991-07-15 Sandhi Ortiz-DelValle is 1st woman to officiate a men's pro basketball (USBL) game, game between New Haven Skyhawks and Philadelphia Spirit

Famous Birthdays

  • 1597-04-09 John Davenport, Puritan clergyman and cofounder of the New Haven Colony, born in Coventry, Warwickshire, England (d. 1670)
  • 1775-10-12 Lyman Beecher, US Presbyterian clergyman, temperance movement leader, born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1863)
  • 1788-04-17 Joseph Gilbert Totten, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1864)

Person of interestCharles Goodyear

1800-12-29 Charles Goodyear, US chemist and manufacturing engineer (vulcanized rubber), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1860)

Chemist and Inventor Charles Goodyear
Chemist and Inventor
Charles Goodyear
  • 1803-12-22 Joseph King Fenno Mansfield, American Major General (Union Army), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1862)
  • 1806-09-12 Andrew Hull Foote, American Rear Admiral (Union Navy), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1863)
  • 1822-12-08 Luther Prentice Bradley, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1910)
  • 1852-09-15 Edward Bouchet, American physicist, 1st African American to receive US Ph.D, born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1918)
  • 1858-06-08 Harry Rowe Shelley, American composer (known for his hymn music), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1947)
  • 1869-01-04 Tommy Corcoran, American baseball shortstop (MLB shortstop game assist record 14), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1960)
  • 1876-03-30 Clifford Whittingham Beers, American mental hygiene pioneer, born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1943)
  • 1896-08-25 Dick Ryan, American actor (For Heaven's Sake, Born to be Bad), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1969)
  • 1897-02-07 Quincy Porter, composer, born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1900-03-17 Alfred Newman, composer (Love is a Many Splendored Thing), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1902-01-24 Walter Keirnan, New Havens Ct, TV panelist (I've Got a Secret)
  • 1902-02-13 Blair Moody, (Sen-Mich), born in New Haven, Connecticut

Person of interestGeorge Murphy

1902-07-04 George Murphy, American politician (US Senator, California), actor and dancer (MGM Parade), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1992)

Actor and Senator George Murphy
Actor and Senator
George Murphy

Person of interestBenjamin Spock

1903-05-02 Benjamin Spock, American pediatrician (Common Sense Book of Baby Care), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1998)

Pediatrician Benjamin Spock
Pediatrician
Benjamin Spock
  • 1903-06-20 Glenna Collett-Vare, American golfer (6-time US Amateur champion), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1989)
  • 1906-07-03 Francis Steegmuller, American biographer (Cocteau), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1994)
  • 1909-02-12 Barry Wood, vocalist (Your Hit Parade), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1909-09-28 Al Capp, [Alfred Gerald Caplin], cartoonist (Li'l Abner), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1912-08-20 Philip Kapleau, American Zen teacher and founder (Rochester Zen Center in New Haven), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 2004)
  • 1912-11-16 George Petrie, American actor (Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Honeymooners), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1997)
  • 1916-01-04 Lionel Newman, American film music composer (Peyton Place), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1989)
  • 1921-01-06 Lou Harris, American pollster (Lou Harris Poll), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 2016)
  • 1922-03-20 Larry Elgart, bandleader/alto sax (Elgart Orchestra), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1922-07-27 Norman Lear, American TV writer and producer (All in The Family), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1923-10-23 Harold P. Warren, American film director (Manos: The Hands of Fate), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1985)
  • 1924-01-01 Roberts Blossom, American actor and poet (Home Alone, Deranged, The Great Gatsby), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 2011)
  • 1925-09-25 Paul MacCready, American aeronautical engineer and inventor (1st man-powered aircraft), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 2007)
  • 1926-10-25 William "Biff" McGuire, American actor (Serpico, Heart is Lonely Hunter), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1927-03-10 Donn Trenner, orchestra leader (ABC's Nightlife), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1927-04-10 Wesley A Clark, American computer designer (first personal computer - LINC), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 2016)
  • 1928-01-10 Donald Brooks, American fashion designer (Emmy 1983), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 2005)
  • 1928-11-23 Jerry Bock, Broadway composer (Fiddler on the Roof), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1930-12-04 Lorraine Chargin, American boxing promoter (Bobby Chacon, Tony "The Tiger" Lopez, Loreto Garza), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 2010)
  • 1931-04-13 Jon Stone, American director and co-creator of Sesame Street, born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1997)

Person of interestGeorge Akerlof

1940-06-17 George Akerlof, American economist (The Market for Lemons) and 2001 Nobel laureate, born in New Haven, Connecticut

Economist George Akerlof
Economist
George Akerlof
  • 1941-07-01 Alfred G. Gilman, American scientist (1994 Nobel laureate for G-protein discoveries), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 2015)
  • 1942-04-04 Kris Jensen, American musician (Torture), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1943-10-17 Susan Davenny Wyner, soprano (Walter Naumberg Prize), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1946-06-14 Ralph McAllister Ingersol II, American newspaper publisher (The New Haven Register), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestGeorge W. Bush

1946-07-06 George W. Bush Jr, 43rd President of the United States (2001-09) and 46th Governor of Texas (1995-2000) (R-TX), born in New Haven, Connecticut

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush
  • 1946-10-15 Richard Carpenter, American vocalist (Carpenters-Close to You), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1947-01-21 Jill Eikenberry, (Ann Kelsey-LA Law, Manhattan Project), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1948-12-15 Melanie Chartoff, American actress (Fridays, Parker Lewis) and director, born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1950-03-02 Karen Carpenter, American vocalist and drummer (We Only Just Begun), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1983)
  • 1950-08-22 I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney and convicted felon, born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1951-11-06 John Falsey, American television writer and producer, born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1952-07-06 Grant Goodeve, American actor (David-8 is Enough, Dynasty), born in Middlebury, Connecticut
  • 1953-02-26 Michael Bolton, American rock vocalist (That's What Love Is All About), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1954-04-02 Ron Palillo, American actor (Arnold Horshack-Welcome Back Kotter), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 2012)
  • 1955-01-09 Michiko Kakutani, American literary critic, born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1955-09-13 Joe Morris, American jazz musician, born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1962-01-22 Robert Mailhouse, American actor (Brian-Days of our Life), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1965-10-27 Krista Blomquist, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-7th-1995), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1967-04-17 Liz Phair, American musician and songwriter, born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1969-04-14 Brad Ausmus, American catcher (Detroit Tigers), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1970-07-21 Steven "Scrappy" Segaloff, rower (Olympic 5th 1996), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1970-09-04 Dave Buchwald, American hacker and filmmaker, born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1971-01-12 Scott Burrell, American NBA guard/forward (Chicago Bulls, Charlotte Hornets), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1972-01-06 Willie Clark, NFL cornerback (San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1974-04-05 Mike DuHaney, soccer defender (Olympic gold 1996), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1977-12-25 Jim Greco, American skateboarder, born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1978-07-04 Becki Newton, American actress, born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1978-08-07 Jamey Jasta, American singer (Hatebreed), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1985-09-16 Madeline Zima, American actress (The Nanny, Californication), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1991-12-13 Jay Greenberg, American composer, born in New Haven, Connecticut

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

1767-02-22 US Defector General Benedict Arnold (26) weds the daughter of the sheriff of New Haven Margaret Mansfield

US General and Turncoat Benedict Arnold
US General and Turncoat
Benedict Arnold
  • 2006-05-13 Actress Sara Bakker weds Sloan Alexander at the United Church on the Green in New Haven, Connecticut

Famous Deaths

  • 1670-03-15 John Davenport, Puritan clergyman and cofounder of the New Haven Colony, dies at 72
  • 2004-05-06 Philip Kapleau, American Zen teacher and founder (Rochester Zen Center in New Haven), dies at 91