Newark in History

New Jersey: Hackensack - Jersey City - Ridgewood

Historical Events

  • 1777-08-28 American Revolutionary War - Battle of Cooch's Bridge takes place near Newark, Delaware.
  • 1796-02-01 The capital of Upper Canada is moved from Newark to York
  • 1921-10-01 WJZ, Newark NJ begins broadcasting
  • 1922-10-07 First radio link, WNJ (Newark) & WGY (Senectady) link for World Series

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1926-10-14 Walter Johnson retires, signs 2-year contract to manage Newark

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1933-06-02 WNJ-AM in Newark NJ goes off the air
  • 1935-10-23 Dutch Schultz, Abe Landau, Otto Berman, and Bernard "Lulu" Rosencrantz are fatally shot at a saloon in Newark, New Jersey in what will become known as The Chophouse Massacre.
  • 1941-01-23 WOR-AM in Newark NJ moves to NYC
  • 1948-01-02 WNDT (now WNET) TV channel 13 in New York-Newark, NY (PBS) begins
  • 1956-04-26 First modern container ship, the Ideal X, leaves Port Newark, New Jersey for Houston, Texas
  • 1958-09-15 Commuter train crashes through drawbridge, killing 48 (Elizabethport, NJ)
  • 1963-03-18 WGSF TV channel 31 in Newark, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1967-07-12 Race riot in Newark, NJ, 26 killed, 1,500 injured & over 1,000 arrested
  • 1967-07-13 Race riots break out in Newark, 27 die
  • 1970-06-16 Kenneth A Gibson elected 1st black mayor of Newark, NJ

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1984-06-22 Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic Airways commences operations with flight from Gatwick to Newark

Business Magnate Richard Branson
Business Magnate
Richard Branson
  • 1989-04-23 CBS' premiere of fact based "The Littlest Victims", based on Newark, N.J. physician James Oleske as the first doctor to discover AIDS in children
  • 1991-01-04 AT&T workers in Newark accidentally snap a cable
  • 1995-01-09 Worker accidentally cuts electrial wires at Newark Airport

Famous Birthdays

  • 1735-07-01 James Lyon, American composer, born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1794)

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1756-02-06 Aaron Burr, 3rd US Vice President (D-R: 1801-05) who killed Alexander Hamilton in a pistol duel, born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1836)

3rd Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr
3rd Vice President of the United States
Aaron Burr
  • 1814-08-23 James Roosevelt Bayley, first Bishop of Newark, New Jersey, and the eighth Archbishop of Baltimore, born in NYC, New York (d. 1877)

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1871-11-01 Stephen Crane, novelist/poet (Red Badge of Courage), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1900)

Novelist Stephen Crane
Novelist
Stephen Crane
  • 1877-01-20 Ruth St Denis, ballerina (Dances of the 5 Senses), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1878-05-16 Taylor Holmes, American actor (Sleeping Beauty, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1959)
  • 1889-01-23 Franklin Pangborn, American actor (My Best Gal, Hats Off, Easy Living), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1958)
  • 1901-08-27 Al Ritz [Joaquim], American actor (Ritz Brothers, Hi Ya Chum), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1965)
  • 1905-08-31 Dore Schary, American producer, writer and director (Act 1, Boys Town, Big City), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1958)
  • 1906-04-25 William J. Brennan, Jr, American Supreme Court judge (1956-90), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1997)
  • 1911-05-09 Harry Simeone, choral director (Kate Smith Show), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1917-04-03 Bill Finegan, (Sauter-Finegan Band, Sat Night Revue), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1918-08-17 Ike Quebec, American tenor-saxophone player, born in Newark. New Jersey (d. 1963)
  • 1920-09-18 Jack Warden, actor (NYPD, Crazy Like a Fox, Norby), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1921-11-21 Vivian Blaine, actress (Guys & Dolls, Skirts Ahoy), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1922-12-20 Charita Bauer, actress (Guiding Light, Aldrich Family), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1923-03-21 Mort Lindsey, orchestra leader (Merv Griffin Show), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1924-03-27 Sarah Vaughan, jazz scat singer (Broken Hearted Melody), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1990)
  • 1924-07-04 Eva Marie Saint, actress (On the Waterfront, North by Northwest), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1925-08-28 Marvin Davis, CEO (Davis Oil Company), born in Newark, New Jersey

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1926-03-16 Jerry Lewis [Joseph Levitch], American comedian (Martin and Lewis, MDA Telethon), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2017)

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis

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1926-06-03 Allen Ginsberg, American beat poet (Howl), born in Newark, New Jersey

Beat Poet Allen Ginsberg
Beat Poet
Allen Ginsberg
  • 1927-03-06 John Fairchild, CEO (Fairchild publishing), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1928-07-08 Carol Henry, choreographer (Garry Moore Show), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1929-05-05 John S Ragin, actor (Dr Astin-Quincy ME), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1929-09-26 Meredith C Gourdine, long jumper (Olympic silver 1952), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1931-11-12 Bob Crewe, songwriter and producer (Big Girls Don't Cry), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2014)
  • 1933-03-19 Philip Roth, American novelist (Goodbye Columbus, Portnoy's Complaint), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1933-08-25 Wayne Shorter, American jazz musician (Weather Report), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1934-05-03 Frankie Valli, [Castelluccio], singer (Four Seasons-Sherry), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1934-07-16 Donald Payne, New Jersey Congressman (1989-2012), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2012)
  • 1934-10-12 Richard Meier, American architect and abstract artist, born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1935-09-19 Nick Massi, rocker (4 Seasons-Sherry), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1935-12-11 Ron Carey, American actor (Barney Miller), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2007)
  • 1938-12-12 Connie Francis, singer/actress (Where the Boys Are), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1939-03-08 Jim Bouton, pitcher (NY Yankees)/author (Ball Four), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1939-11-22 Allen Garfield, actor (Candidate, Beverly Hills Cop II), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1939-12-27 John Amos, actor (Good Times, Coming to America), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1940-05-10 Taurean Blacque, actor (Neal Washington-Hill Street Blues), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1940-09-11 Brian DePalma, film director (Body Double, Dressed to Kill), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1941-10-07 Larry Young [Khalid Yasin], American jazz musician (Unity), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1978)
  • 1941-10-13 Paul Simon, singer/actor (Kodachrome, 1 Trick Pony), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1943-02-09 Joe Pesci, actor (Half Nelson, Goodfellas), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1945-01-26 Barbara Kruger, American conceptual artist, born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1947-12-11 Tom Fuccello, actor (Dave-Dallas), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1949-09-07 Gloria Gaynor, disco singer (I Will Survive), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1950-05-14 Mark Blum, actor (Worth Winning, Blind Date, Presidio), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1951-07-01 Fred Schneider, Newark Ga, vocalist/guitarist (B-52's-Rock Lobster)
  • 1952-05-11 Darrow Igus, comedian (Fridays, Roll Out), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1952-12-21 Dennis Boutsikaris, actor (Batteries Not Included), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1953-03-26 Michael Bonagura, country singer (Baille & Boys-Oh Heart), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1954-05-19 Rick Cerone, catcher (Yankees/Red Sox/Mets/Expos), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1954-10-22 Carla Dunlap, bodybuilder (Pumping Iron 2), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1954-12-18 Ray Liotta, actor (Goodfellas), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1958-02-16 Ice-T [Tracy Marrow], American rapper and actor (New Jack City, Tank Girl, Crazy Six), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1959-09-23 Jason Alexander, [Greenspan], actor (George-Seinfeld), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1960-01-07 David Marciano, American actor (Det Ray Vecchio-Due South), born in Newark New Jersey
  • 1962-09-06 Chris Christie, US politician (Governor of New Jersey (R) 2010-), born in Newark, New Jersey

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1963-08-09 Whitney Houston, American singer (One Moment in Time, Bodyguard), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2012)

Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston
  • 1965-12-12 Laurie Grover-Tavares, American biathelete (Olympics-1994), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1968-10-13 Tisha Campbell, actress (Gina-Martin, House Party), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1969-04-27 Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, New Jersey

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1970-03-18 Queen Latifah, American rapper and actress (Khadijah James-Living Single), born in Newark, New Jersey

Singer, Rapper, & Actress Queen Latifah
Singer, Rapper, & Actress
Queen Latifah
  • 1970-09-09 Dan Miceli, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1971-04-25 Michelle Harris, Miss America-Delaware (1996), born in Newark, Delaware
  • 1979-04-09 Keshia Knight Pulliam, actress (Rudy-Crosby), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1984-03-12 Shareefa [Faradah Cooper], American R&B singer, born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1992-11-16 Adam Robert Worton, twin actor (Baby's Day Out), born in Newark, Delaware
  • 1992-11-16 Jacob Joseph Worton, twin actor (Baby's Day Out), born in Newark, Delaware

Famous Deaths

  • 1877-10-03 James Roosevelt Bayley, first Bishop of Newark, New Jersey, and the eighth Archbishop of Baltimore, dies at 63