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 George Coy, Herrick Frost, and Walter Lewis open first commercial telephone exchange, in New Haven, Connecticut [1]
  • 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 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

  • 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)

Charles GoodyearCharles Goodyear (1800-1860)

1800-12-29 American chemist and manufacturing engineer who invented the vulcanization process for rubber, born in New Haven, Connecticut

  • 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, American composer, teacher, and Pulitzer Prize winner (1954), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1966)
  • 1900-03-17 Alfred Newman, American film music arranger, conductor and composer, winner of 9 Academy Awards (The Robe; How The West Was Won; Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1970)
  • 1902-01-24 Walter Keirnan, New Havens Ct, TV panelist (I've Got a Secret)
  • 1902-02-13 Blair Moody, American journalist (US Senator (D)-Michigan, 1951-52), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1954)

George MurphyGeorge Murphy (1902-1992)

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

Benjamin SpockBenjamin Spock (1903-1998)

1903-05-02 American pediatrician and writer (Common Sense Book of Baby Care), born in New Haven, Connecticut

  • 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 [Louis Rappaport], American pop vocalist (Your Hit Parade; "We Did It Before (And We Can Do It Again)"), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1970)
  • 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, American big band jazz alto saxophonist, and bandleader ("Bandstand Boogie"; "Hooked On Swing"), born in New London, Connecticut (d. 2017)
  • 1922-07-27 Norman Lear, American TV writer and producer (All in The Family, One Day at a Time, The Jeffersons), 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, American jazz pianist, arranger, and orchestra leader (Steve Allen's Westinghouse Show), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 2020)
  • 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, American Broadway composer (Fiddler on the Roof), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 2010)
  • 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)

George AkerlofGeorge Akerlof (82 years old)

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

  • 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, American 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

George W. BushGeorge W. Bush (76 years old)

1946-07-06 American businessman and Republican politician (43rd President of the United States, 2001-09; 46th Governor of Texas, 1995-2000), born in New Haven, Connecticut

  • 1946-10-15 Richard Carpenter, American pop pianist, songwriter, arranger, and producer (The 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 pop vocalist and drummer ("We've Only Just Begun"; "Rainy Days And Mondays"; "Top Of The World"), 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 [Bolotin], American rock (Blackjack) and pop songwriter and singer ("How Am I Supposed to Live Without You"), 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, avant-garde, and improvisational guitarist, banjolele player ("Today On Earth"), and educator (New England Conservatory), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1962-01-22 Robert Mailhouse, American actor (Brian-Days of our Life), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1967-04-17 Liz Phair, American musician and songwriter (Exile In Guyville), 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 (Bakerboys Distribution, Deathwish Skateboards, Hammers), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1978-07-04 Becki Newton, American actress, born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1978-08-07 Jamey Jasta [James Shanahan], American metal 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

Benedict Arnold

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

  • 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