Brooklyn in History

Historical Events

  • 1845-01-01 The Cobble Hill Tunnel in Brooklyn is completed

Historic Event

1855-03-11 Bowery Boys gang leader William Poole aka "Bill the Butcher" is buried in Brooklyn with 155 carriages and 6,000 mourners

Historic Publication

1855-07-04 In Brooklyn, New York, the first edition of Walt Whitman's book of poems, "Leaves of Grass" is published

  • 1861-06-30 CSS Sumter slips past USS Brooklyn blockade
  • 1862-05-15 First baseball enclosure opens at Union Grounds, Brooklyn
  • 1863-10-06 Dr Charles H Sheppard opens 1st public bath, in Brooklyn

Brooklyn Bridge Opens

1870-01-03 Construction begins on New York's Brooklyn Bridge; completed May 24, 1883

  • 1876-12-05 Fire at Brooklyn Theater kills 295, trampled or burned to death

Historic Event

1883-05-24 Brooklyn Bridge opened by President Arthur and NY Governor Cleveland

  • 1883-05-30 Stampede caused by a rumor that the Brooklyn Bridge was going to collapse kills 12
  • 1886-07-23 American civilian Steve Brodie allegedly survives plunge from Brooklyn Bridge (135-feet)
  • 1887-02-21 1st US bacteriology laboratory opens (Brooklyn)
  • 1890-09-01 Brooklyn Bridegrooms win 3 MLB games in one day‚ feasting on the Pittsburgh Alleghenys 10 - 9‚ 3 - 2‚ and 8 - 4
  • 1897-12-31 Brooklyn's last day as a city, it incorporates into NYC (1/1/1898)
  • 1898-01-01 Brooklyn merges with NY to form present City of NY

Boxing Title Fight

1899-11-03 World heavyweight boxing champion James J. Jeffries retains title; beats Irishman Tom Sharkey on points in 25 rounds at Coney Island Athletic Club, Brooklyn, NYC

  • 1900-03-24 New York City Mayor Robert Anderson Van Wyck breaks ground for a new underground "Rapid Transit Railroad" that would link Manhattan and Brooklyn.
  • 1901-11-16 3 autos race on Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn, fastest speed achieved by Henry Fournier who drives a mile in 51 4/5 seconds
  • 1902-08-08 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Brooklyn, NY: Malcolm Whitman beats Reginald Doherty 6-1, 7-5, 6-4 to give US a 3-2 win over the British Isles
  • 1902-11-18 Brooklyn toymaker Morris Michton names the teddy bear after US President Teddy Roosevelt
  • 1903-12-19 Williamsburg suspension bridge opens between Brooklyn and Manhattan
  • 1906-05-01 Philadelphia Athletics pitcher John Lush no-hits the Brooklyn Superbas, 6-0
  • 1906-07-20 Brooklyn Superbas pitcher Mal Eason no-hits St Louis Cardinals, 2-0 at Robison Field, St. Louis
  • 1906-08-01 Brooklyn Superbas MLB pitcher Harry McIntire no-hits Pittsburgh for 10 2/3 innings but loses in 13th, 1-0 on an unearned run
  • 1907-12-16 Eugenia Farrar is the 1st to sing over a wireless radio broadcast, at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York
  • 1908-08-06 St Louis Cardinals Johnny Lush pitches 2nd career no-hitter vs Brooklyn Superbas; wins, 2-0 (1st no-hitter 1906)
  • 1908-11-04 Brooklyn Academy of Music opens in NYC

Sports History

1911-10-06 Boston Rustlers' future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Cy Young's MLB farewell appearance is a letdown; loses 13-3 to Brooklyn Dodgers in his 906th game

Baseball Record

1912-07-03 NY Giants pitcher Rube Marquard ties Tim Keefe's 1888 MLB record 19 game win-streak with 2-1 win v Brooklyn Dodgers; has 21 with 2 end-of-season in 1911

Sports History

1912-09-17 Center fielder Casey Stengel breaks in with Brooklyn & hits 4 singles

  • 1912-10-05 NY Highlanders last game at Hilltop stadium; beat Washington, 8-6; Brooklyn Dodgers last game at Washington Park; lose 1-0 v NY Giants
  • 1913-04-09 Brooklyn Superbas' (later Dodgers) Ebbets Field opens; visiting Philadelphia Phillies win, 1-0
  • 1914-09-19 Brooklyn Tip-Tops' Ed Lafitte no-hits Kansas City Packers (Federal League), 6-2
  • 1915-05-17 Cubs George "Zip" Zabel relieves with 2 outs in 1st & winds up with 4-3 19-inning win over Brooklyn in longest relief job ever
  • 1915-06-22 BMT, then Brooklyn Rapid Transit, begins subway service
  • 1916-09-07 Giants beat Brooklyn 4-1, to launch NY's record 26-game winning streak

Historic Event

1916-10-16 Margaret Sanger opens 1st birth control clinic in the US at 46 Amboy St, Brooklyn

  • 1917-07-01 In contravention of state law, Robins (Dodgers) play their 1st Sunday MLB game in Brooklyn; owner and manager arrested but escape with a fine; Robins edge Philadelphia, 3-2
  • 1918-01-02 After repeated clashes over pay with the Brooklyn Robins owner Charlie Ebbets, star right fielder and future Baseball Hall of Fame manager Casey Stengel is traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates
  • 1918-11-01 102 die in a NYC BMT subway derailment at Malbone Street Brooklyn
  • 1919-02-01 Brooklyn Robins trade former NL MVP Jake Daubert to Cincinnati Reds for outfielder Tommy Griffith; result of a salary grievance
  • 1919-04-30 Phillies beat Brooklyn Dodgers 9-0 in 20 innings
  • 1919-05-15 Brooklyn Dodgers score 10 runs in 13th to beat Reds 10-0
  • 1920-05-01 Longest MLB game by innings - Brooklyn Robins tie the Boston Braves, 1-1, in 26 innings
  • 1924-08-01 Brooklyn pitcher Dazzy Vance strikes out a MLB record 7 consecutive batters as the Robins beat Cubs, 4-0
  • 1927-01-01 Brooklyn announces release of future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Zack Wheat after 18 consecutive seasons with Robins; Wheat hits .324 in final season with Philadelphia A's
  • 1930-09-06 Brooklyn Dodgers beat Phillies 22-8
  • 1930-09-12 Brooklyn catcher Al López hits major league's last recorded bounce HR
  • 1930-09-24 Portsmouth beats Brooklyn in 1st NFL game played under floodlights
  • 1931-09-24 Round-robin playoff among NYC's 3 major league teams, to raise money for unemployed, concludes with Brooklyn losing to both Giants & Yanks
  • 1932-10-02 Washington Redskins (as Boston Braves) play franchise's debut NFL game; lose 14-0 to Brooklyn Dodgers at Braves Field
  • 1934-02-23 Casey Stengel becomes manager of Brooklyn Dodgers

Sports History

1934-03-20 American all-round female super athlete Babe Didrikson Zaharias pitches a hitless inning for Philadelphia A's in their exhibition pre-season baseball game against Brooklyn Dodgers

  • 1934-10-28 Brooklyn Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates play first of only 4 penalty free games in NFL history; Dodgers wins 21-3 at Ebbets Field, Brooklyn
  • 1935-07-05 Tony (Brooklyn Dodgers) and Al (NY Giants) Cuccinello become the first brothers to both hit a MLB homer in the same game, Dodgers win 14-4

Murder of Interest

1936-09-13 Acting on the orders of Louis Buchalter, Murder Inc. killers gun down Joseph Rosen, a Brooklyn candy store owner

  • 1936-09-27 Boston Redskins and Brooklyn Dodgers play one of only 4 penalty free games in NFL history; Boston wins 14-3 at Ebbets Field, Brooklyn
  • 1936-09-27 First baseman Walter Alston plays in his only major league game for the St. Louis Cardinals; manages Brooklyn/LA Dodgers for 23 years
  • 1936-10-07 7th-place Brooklyn Dodgers fire manager Casey Stengel
  • 1937-08-27 Brooklyn Dodger Fred Frankhouse no-hits Cin, 5-0 in 7 2/3 inn game
  • 1938-06-15 1st night game at Brooklyn Ebbets Field (Reds 6, Dodgers 0) as Cincinnati Red Johnny Vander Meer hurls unprecedented 2nd consecutive no-hitter

Baseball Record

1938-08-07 2,000th Brooklyn Dodgers home run: legendary shortstop Leo Durocher homers off Reds hurler Peaches Davis in 8th inning of a 6-3 win

  • 1939-06-27 Brooklyn Dodgers tie Boston Bees, 2-2 in 23 innings; called on account of darkness after 5 hours 15 minutes
  • 1939-08-26 1st major league baseball telecast on W2XBS- Cincinnati Reds defeat the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field, Brooklyn
  • 1939-10-22 NBC becomes first network to televise a pro football game; Brooklyn Dodgers beat Philadelphia Eagles, 23-14 at Brooklyn's Ebbets Field
  • 1940-04-30 Brooklyn Dodger Tex Carleton no-hits Cincinnati Reds, 3-0
  • 1941-08-04 Brooklyn Dodgers catcher Mickey Owens becomes 1st MLB player to take 3 foul pop-ups in one inning (3rd) in 11-6 win v NY Giants
  • 1941-09-25 Brooklyn Dodgers win their 1st pennant in 21 years
  • 1941-09-29 Million jam downtown Brooklyn to cheer NL champ Dodgers in a parade
  • 1941-10-05 Brooklyn Dodgers catcher Mickey Owens drops a 3rd strike and Tom Hendrick reaches 1st safely for Yankees for a famous Baseball World Series error; would have been last out, instead Yankees score 4 and win 7-4; win series, 4-1

Appointment of Interest

1942-10-29 Branch Rickey named president and General Manager of Brooklyn Dodgers

  • 1945-04-10 NFL's Boston Yanks & Brooklyn Tigers merge
  • 1945-06-09 Following an 8-7 win over the Phils, Brooklyn manager Leo Durocher is arrested on a complaint by a fan that Durocher slugged him
  • 1946-04-23 Brooklyn Dodger Ed Head no-hits Boston Braves, 5-0
  • 1946-10-01 St. Louis Cardinals beats Brooklyn Dodgers, 4-2 in first MLB play-off game for a league championship (NL); St Louis wins series, 2-0

Contract of Interest

1947-04-10 Jackie Robinson becomes first black player of the 20th century to sign a MLB contract; Brooklyn GM, Branch Rickey announces Dodgers had bought Robinson’s contract from Montreal Royals

  • 1947-08-26 Dodgers' Dan Bankhead, MLB's 1st African-American pitcher, homers in his 1st MLB at bat in 16-3 loss to Pittsburgh, at Ebbetts Field, Brooklyn, NYC
  • 1947-09-22 Brooklyn Dodgers clinch NL pennant as Chicago defeats St. Louis Cardinals in second game of a double header

Baseball Record

1947-10-02 New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra hits the first pinch-hit home run in Baseball World Series history off Ralph Branca in the 7th inning of a 9-8 loss to the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 3

Sports History

1947-10-05 Brooklyn outfielder Al Gionfriddo makes famous catch off Joe DiMaggio in Game 6 of Baseball World Series; Dodgers beat Yankees, 8-6; catch inspires "back-back-back" expression

Sports History

1948-07-01 Brooklyn's future Baseball Hall of Fame catcher Roy Campanella debuts with 3 hits in a 6-4 loss to the rival NY Giants

  • 1948-09-09 Brooklyn Dodger Rex Barney no-hits NY Giants, 2-0
  • 1949-07-08 Monte Irvin & Hank Thompson, 1st black players for New York Giants, 4-3 loss to Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field
  • 1949-07-12 16th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 11-7 at Ebbets Field, Brooklyn
  • 1950-05-25 Brooklyn Battery Tunnel opens in NYC
  • 1950-10-01 Philadelphia Phillies clinch NL pennant on Dick Sisler's 3-run home run in a season ending 4-1 win v Brooklyn Dodgers; Phillies first pennant since 1913
  • 1950-10-26 Branch Rickey resigns as Brooklyn Dodger president
  • 1951-04-19 "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 267 performances
  • 1951-08-11 First televised baseball game in colour on WCBS in New York City; Boston Braves beat Brooklyn Dodgers, 8-1
  • 1951-10-03 Shot Heard 'Round the World': Bobby Thomson hits 3-run homer off Ralph Branca of the Brooklyn Dodgers, bottom 9th inning, 1 out, to give New York Giants dramatic 5-4 playoff win and NL pennant at the Polo Grounds
  • 1951-11-01 Brooklyn Dodgers catcher Roy Campanella wins first of his 3 National League MVP awards
  • 1951-12-08 "Tree Grows in Brooklyn" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 267 performances
  • 1952-05-28 Memphis Kiddie Park opens in Brooklyn, Ohio. The park's Little Dipper roller coaster would become the oldest operating steel roller coaster in North America.
  • 1952-09-23 Brooklyn Dodgers clinch NL pennant with a record of 96-57 over the New York Giants 92-62
  • 1953-09-12 Brooklyn Dodgers clinch NL pennant earlier than any other team, defeating Milwaukee Braves 5-2. Brooklyn finishes season with record of 105-49.
  • 1953-10-01 Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Carl Erskine sets a Baseball World Series record with 14 strikeouts in a 3-2 Game 3 win against NY Yankees at Ebbets Field

Sports History

1953-10-03 NY Yankees legendary center fielder Mickey Mantle hits a grand slam off Russ Meyer; Bronx Bombers hold on to win, 11-7 v Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 5 of Baseball World Series; NY wins series, 4-2

Sports History

1953-10-04 50th Baseball World Series: NY Yankees beat Brooklyn Dodgers, 4-3 at Yankee Stadium for 4-2 series win; Yankees record 5th consecutive WS; MVP: NY 2B Billy Martin

Sports History

1953-12-14 Brooklyn Dodgers sign pitcher Sandy Koufax

  • 1954-07-31 Milwaukee first baseman Joe Adcock becomes only the 3rd player in 20th century to hit 4 HRs in 9-inning game (Lou Gehrig & Gil Hodges) in 15-7 Braves' win over Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field; MLB record 18 total bases

Famous Birthdays

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  • 1795-05-13 Joshua Ratoon Sands, American Rear Admiral (Union Navy), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1883)
  • 1799-01-07 Daniel Tyler, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Brooklyn, Connecticut (d. 1882)
  • 1806-06-12 John A. Roebling, German-American civil engineer (Brooklyn Bridge), born in Mühlhausen, Germany (d. 1869)
  • 1810-03-10 John McCloskey, 1st American cardinal and Archbishop of New York, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1885)
  • 1816-03-12 David Stuart, American politician, Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1868)
  • 1818-11-03 Gustavus Adolphus DeRussy, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1891)
  • 1825-12-19 George Frederick Bristow, American composer (Rip Van Winkle), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1898)
  • 1828-02-22 Robert Alexander Cameron, American soldier and newspaper publisher (Union Army), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1894)
  • 1833-03-09 Frederick A. Schroeder, American tobacco industrialist and mayor of Brooklyn, born in Trier, Germany (d. 1899)
  • 1848-12-05 Edwin Blashfield, American painter who decorated the dome of Library of Congress, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1936)
  • 1856-01-18 John Hyatt Brewer, American composer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1931)
  • 1858-06-29 George Washington Goethals, American army general and civil engineer who supervised the construction of the Panama Canal, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1928)
  • 1859-03-19 Edward J. McKeever, American baseball executive (co-owner Brooklyn Dodgers), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1925)
  • 1859-10-29 Charles Ebbets, American sports executive (co-owner of Brooklyn Dodgers 1897-1902), born in NYC, New York (d. 1925)
  • 1865-02-05 Harvey Worthington Loomis, American composer (Lyrics of the Red Man), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1930)
  • 1865-05-26 Robert W. Chambers, American artist and fiction writer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1933)
  • 1870-11-22 Howard Brockway, American composer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1951)
  • 1871-02-25 Oliver Campbell, American tennis player (US Open 1890-92), born in Brooklyn, NY (d. 1953)
  • 1872-03-03 Willie Keeler, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (highest career AB-per-strikeout ratio in MLB history; NL batting champion 1897, 98 Baltimore Orioles), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1923)
  • 1874-03-04 Helen Hellwig, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1894), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1960)
  • 1875-03-14 Isadore Gilbert Mudge, American librarian and author (Thackeray Dictionary), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1957)
  • 1875-04-04 Samuel S. Hinds, American actor (Raven, Test Pilot), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1948)
  • 1876-03-05 Elizabeth Moore, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1896, 1901, 03, 05), born in Brooklyn, NY (d. 1959)
  • 1879-06-30 Walter Hampden, American actor (Five Fingers, Hunchback of Notre Dame), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1955)
  • 1881-09-08 Harry Hillman, American athlete (3 Gold Olympic 1904), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1945)
  • 1881-11-08 Frank Speck, American anthropologist (Algonquin Tribes and Eastern Woodland Native Americans), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1950)
  • 1886-03-18 Edward Everett Horton, American vaudeville, stage, silent and sound screen character actor (Top Hat), and narrator (Fractured Fairy Tales - The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1970)

Clarence Birdseye

1886-12-09 Clarence Birdseye, American inventor and founder of the modern frozen food industry (Birdseye), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1956)

  • 1887-04-21 Lillian Walker, American silent era actress, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1975)
  • 1888-05-06 Emanuel Celler, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1981)
  • 1889-10-20 Margaret Dumont, American actress and Marx Brothers' comic foil (Day at the Races), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1965)
  • 1890-02-03 Larry MacPhail, American Baseball Hall of Fame executive (Cincinnati Reds, Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Yankees), born in Cass City, Michigan (d. 1975)
  • 1890-09-17 Gabriel Heatter, American radio commentator famous for his WWII sign-on "There's good news tonight", born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1972)
  • 1890-11-30 John Tasker Howard, American composer and music historian, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1964)
  • 1891-01-17 Marjorie Gateson, American actress (One Man's Family), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1977)
  • 1891-01-21 Timothy Mather Spelman, American composer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1970)
  • 1891-03-04 Lois Wilson, American actress and co-founder of Al-Anon, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1988)
  • 1892-02-09 Peggy Wood, American actress (One Life to Live, Mama), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1978)

Donald Wills Douglas

1892-04-06 Donald Wills Douglas, American aircraft industrialist (McDonnell Douglas) and aviation pioneer (Douglas DC-3), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1981)

  • 1893-06-23 Donald MacBride, American stage and screen character actor (Topper Returns; The Seven Year Itch; My Friend Irma - "Mr. Clyde"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1957)

Mae West

1893-08-17 Mae West, American stage and screen actress, writer (She Done Him Wrong; I'm No Angel), and singer (Way Out West), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1980)

  • 1893-12-25 Fred Hillebrand, American actor (Martin Kane, Moon Over Manhattan), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1963)
  • 1894-09-26 Gladys Brockwell, American actress (Long Pants, Oliver Twist), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1929)
  • 1894-10-04 Cliff Hall [Robert Clifford Hall], American actor (At This Moment, Dutch Treat, Crime Photographer), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1972)
  • 1895-03-11 Shemp Howard [Samuel Horwitz], American actor and comedian (3 Stooges), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1955)
  • 1895-09-12 Alice Lake, American silent screen actress (Glamour, Wicked), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1967)
  • 1896-03-20 Sam Wren, American actor (Marked Woman, The Old Grey Mayor), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1962)
  • 1896-12-15 Betty Smith, American novelist (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1972)
  • 1896-12-28 Roger Sessions, American Pulitzer Prize winning composer (Concerto for Orchestra; The Black Maskers), musicologist, and educator (Princeton, 1936-45, 53-65; Berkeley, 1945-53), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1985)
  • 1897-01-03 Marion Davies [Marion Cecelia Douras], American actress (Operator 13), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1961)
  • 1897-05-02 J. Fred Coots, American songwriter ("Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"; "Love Letters In The Sand"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1985)

Moe Howard

1897-06-19 Moe Howard [Moses Horowitz], American actor and comedian (The 3 Stooges), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1975)

  • 1897-06-26 Viola Dana, American actress (Willow Tree, 40 Winks, Silent Lover), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1987)

Dorothy Day

1897-11-08 Dorothy Day, American journalist, social activist and devout Catholic convert, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1980)

  • 1898-04-19 Constance Talmadge, American comedienne and actress (Intolerance), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1973)

George Gershwin

1898-09-26 George Gershwin [Jacob Gershwine], American composer (An American in Paris, Porgy And Bess, Summertime), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1937)

  • 1898-12-30 Vincent Lopez, American jazz pianist and big-band leader ("Nola"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1975) [1]

Al Capone

1899-01-17 Al Capone, American gangster (Chicago bootlegging), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1947)

  • 1899-04-29 Natalie Talmadge, American actress (Our Hospitality), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1969)
  • 1899-05-08 Arthur Q Bryan, American voice actor, comedian and radio personality (Beulah, The Devil Bat), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1959)
  • 1899-10-23 Lilyan Tashman, American actress (Millie, Bulldog Drummond), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1934)
  • 1899-12-09 Léonie Adams, American poetess (Those not elected), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1988)
  • 1900-06-11 Lawrence E. Spivak, American news panelist (Meet the Press), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1900-11-13 Edward Buzzell, American film director (Child of Manhattan), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1985)

Aaron Copland

1900-11-14 Aaron Copland, American composer (Billy the Kid; Appalachian Spring), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1990)

  • 1900-11-25 Arthur Schwartz, American composer (I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plans; That's Entertainment), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1984)
  • 1901-02-02 Connie Gilchrist, American actress (Cry Havoc, Letter to 3 Wives), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1985)

Willie Sutton

1901-06-30 Willie Sutton, American bank robber, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1980)

  • 1901-11-02 James Dunn, American vaudeville performer, stage and screen actor (Bad Girl; Bright Eyes; A Tree Grows in Brooklyn), born in NYC, New York (d. 1967)
  • 1902-02-14 Thelma Ritter, American actress (Miracle on 34th Street), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1969)
  • 1902-08-11 Lloyd Nolan, American actor (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Peyton Place), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1985)
  • 1902-12-20 Sidney Hook, American philosopher (Paradoxes of Freedom), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1903-06-26 Babe Herman, American baseball right fielder (.324 career average; hit for cycle record x 3; Brooklyn Robins), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1903-09-29 (Edward) "Ted" de Corsia, American actor (The Naked City; 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea), born in Brooklyn, New York City (d. 1973)
  • 1903-10-22 Curly Howard {Jerome Lester Horwitz}, American vaudevillian actor and comedian (The Three Stooges), born in Brooklyn New York (d. 1952)
  • 1904-01-21 Joseph Ford McGuinn, American director and actor (Dick Tracy's G-Men), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1971)
  • 1904-02-01 S J Perelman, American author, humorist and screenwriter (The New Yorker, Around the World in 80 Days), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1979)
  • 1904-05-15 Clifton Fadiman, American TV host (Information Please, Quiz Kids), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1905-06-12 Ray Barbuti, American athlete (Olympic gold 400m, 400m relay 1928), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1988)
  • 1905-07-17 Bill Gargan, American actor (The Bells of St. Mary's; You Only Live Once), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1979)

Clara Bow

1905-07-29 Clara Bow, American silent screen actress (It, Saturday Night Kid), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1965)

  • 1905-08-31 Sanford Meisner, American actor and teacher, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1905-12-20 Albert Dekker, American actor (Dr Cyclops, Beau Gesture), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1968)

Bugsy Siegel

1906-02-28 Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, American gangster who created casinos in Las Vegas, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1947)

  • 1906-04-16 Marion Lloyd Vince, American fencer (National champ 1928, 31), born in Brooklyn, New York

William Joyce

1906-04-24 William Joyce, American-born Irish Fascist politician and NAZI propagandist, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1946)

  • 1906-05-28 Phil Regan, American actor and singer ("My Wild Irish Rose"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1996)

Leo Durocher

1906-07-27 Leo Durocher, American Baseball HOF shortstop (MLB All Star 1936, 38, 40; World Series 1928, 34; NY Yankees, St.Louis Cardinals), manager (World Series 1954 NY Giants) and coach (World Series 1963 LA Dodgers), born in West Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1991)

  • 1906-11-04 Roswell Leavitt Gilpatric, American lawyer and diplomat, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1907-03-22 James Gavin, US 82nd Airborne Division General (Sicily/Normandy), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1990)
  • 1907-03-28 Irving "Swifty" Lazar, American talent agent, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1993)
  • 1907-07-16 Barbara Stanwyck, American actress (Dynasty II, Big Valley, Thorn Birds), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1990)
  • 1907-07-27 Ross Alexander, American stage and film actor (Boulder Dam, Captain Blood), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1937)
  • 1907-09-08 Sid Tomack, American actor (The Life of Riley, Adventures of Superman), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1962)
  • 1907-10-28 Lew Parker [Austin Lewis Jacobs], American actor (Are You with It?, That Girl), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1972)
  • 1907-11-14 William Steig, American cartoonist (The New Yorker, 1930-2003) and children's author (Shrek!; Sylvester and the Magic Pebble; Doctor De Soto), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2003) [1]
  • 1908-03-26 Hank Sylvern, American orchestra leader (Jane Froman's USA Canteen), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1908-04-15 Eden Ahbez [George Aberle], American songwriter ("Nature Boy"; "Lonely Island"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1908-04-23 Myron Waldman, American animator (Fleischer Studio), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2006)
  • 1908-07-23 Karl Swenson, American actor (Lars Hanson-Little House on the Prairie), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1978)

Famous Weddings

Samuel Gompers

1867-01-28 Labor union leader Samuel Gompers (17) weds co-worker Sophia Julian (16) in Brooklyn, New York

George Westinghouse

1867-08-08 Engineer George Westinghouse (20) weds Marguerite Erskine Walker in Brooklyn, New York

Isaac Asimov

1942-07-26 Science fiction author Isaac Asimov (22) weds Gertrude Blugerman in Brooklyn, New York

Norman Mailer

1980-11-11 Novelist Norman Mailer (57) weds Norris Church (31) in Brooklyn, New York

  • 1999-07-10 "It Could Happen To You" actress Rosie Perez (34) weds playwright and screenwriter Seth Zvi Rosenfeld (37) in Brooklyn, New York
  • 2003-07-11 "The Sopranos" actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler (22) weds her manager A.J. Discala at Brooklyn Botanical Garden in New York

Andy Roddick

2009-04-17 World's no. 1 professional tennis player Andy Roddick (29) weds fashion model and actress Brooklyn Decker (25) in Austin, Texas

  • 2013-05-19 Former Armor for Sleep frontman Ben Jorgensen (29) weds actress Katrina Bowden (24) at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in NYC, New York
  • 2014-04-19 Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor Joe Lo Truglio (43) weds Beth Dover in Santa Barbara, California
  • 2017-06-02 Gotham actor Ben McKenzie (38) weds actress Morena Baccarin (38) at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens in Brooklyn, New York

Famous Deaths

  • 1869-07-22 John A. Roebling, German-American civil engineer (Brooklyn Bridge), (b. 1806)
  • 1925-04-18 Charles Ebbets, American sports executive (co-owner of Brooklyn Dodgers 1897-1902), dies at 65
  • 1925-04-29 Edward J. McKeever, American baseball executive (co-owner Brooklyn Dodgers), dies of influenza at 66
  • 1967-09-01 James Dunn, American vaudeville performer, stage and screen actor (Bad Girl; Bright Eyes; A Tree Grows in Brooklyn), dies from surgery complications at 65
  • 1972-01-17 Betty Smith, American novelist (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn), dies at 75
  • 1975-10-01 Larry MacPhail, American Baseball Hall of Fame executive (Cincinnati Reds, Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Yankees), dies at 85
  • 1976-12-04 Ace Gutowsky, Russian/American football fullback (Portsmouth Spartans, Brooklyn Dodgers; NFL C'ship 1935, Detroit Lions), dies of cancer at 67
  • 1984-10-01 Walter Alston, American Baseball Hall of Fame manager (World Series 1955, 59, 63, 65; Brooklyn/LA Dodgers), dies from heart attack complications at 72
  • 1984-11-07 George Mathews, American stage and screen character actor (The Eve of St. Mark; Glynis - "Chick"), dies of heart disease at 73
  • 1985-09-27 Lloyd Nolan, American actor (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Peyton Place), dies of lung cancer at 83
  • 1987-08-19 Hayden Rorke, American actor (I Dream of Jeannie, When Worlds Collide), dies from multiple myeloma at 76
  • 1987-11-27 Babe Herman, American baseball right fielder (.324 career average; hit for cycle record x 3; Brooklyn Robins), dies at 84
  • 1989-08-23 Yusef Hawkins, shot by 30 whites in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn NY in a racially motivated attack
  • 1990-05-28 Joseph Hardy, actor and director (Tree Grows in Brooklyn), dies at 71

Roy Campanella

1993-06-26 Roy Campanella, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (NL MVP 1951, 53, 55; World Series 1955; 8 x MLB All Star; Brooklyn Dodgers), dies of a heart attack at 71

  • 1997-07-07 Jerry Doggett, American sportscaster (Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers), dies at 80
  • 2000-04-13 Frenchy Bordagaray, American baseball utility (World Series 1941; Brooklyn Dodgers), dies at 90
  • 2004-04-26 Hubert Selby Jr., American author (Last Exit to Brooklyn), dies at 75
  • 2008-05-01 Buzzie Bavasi, American MLB executive (Brooklyn & LA Dodgers, San Diego Padres, California Angels), dies at 93
  • 2010-03-24 Johnny Maestro, American rock vocalist (Crests - "16 Candles"; Brooklyn Bridge), dies at 70
  • 2010-11-02 Clyde King, American baseball pitcher, coach, manager and executive (Brooklyn Dodgers; New York Yankees), dies at 86
  • 2013-11-06 Clarence "Ace" Parker, American NFL quarterback (Brooklyn, Boston Yanks), dies at 101
  • 2016-09-11 Alexis Arquette, American transgender performer (Last Exit to Brooklyn), dies at 47
  • 2017-02-11 Harvey Lichtenstein, American head of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, dies at 87
  • 2017-04-28 Luis Olmo, Puerto Rican NBA player (Brooklyn Dodgers), dies at 97