Brooklyn in History (Part 2)

Historical Events

  • 1955-03-21 Brooklyn Bulletin ask Dodger fans not to call their team "Bums"
  • 1955-04-21 Brooklyn Dodgers win, then record 10th straight game to begin a season
  • 1955-09-08 Earliest clinching of an NL pennant (Brooklyn Dodgers)
  • 1955-10-04 Brooklyn Dodgers win their first Baseball World Series with a 2-0 victory in Game 7 against arch-rival New York Yankees; Dodgers had lost their previous 7 World Series
  • 1955-10-07 Aircraft carrier USS Saratoga launched at Brooklyn

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1955-12-08 Brooklyn catcher Roy Campanella wins his 3rd MVP Award

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella
  • 1956-02-05 NY Mayor Robert Wagner & Bkln Boro President Frank Cashmore sponsor a bill to create a $30M Brooklyn Sports Center Authority to build
  • 1956-05-12 Brooklyn Dodger Carl Erskine's 2nd no-hitter, beats NY Giants, 3-0
  • 1956-09-25 Brooklyn Dodger Sal Maglie no-hits Philadelphia Phillies, 5-0
  • 1956-10-03 Sal Maglie pitches a complete game as Brooklyn Dodgers beat NY Yankees, 6-3 in Game 1 of Baseball World Series at Ebbets Field; Yankees win series, 4-3

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1956-10-05 Catcher Yogi Berra becomes 4th NY Yankee to hit a Baseball World Series grand slam in Game 2 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn; Dodgers win, 13-8 but lose series, 4-3

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
  • 1956-10-08 Yankees pitcher Don Larsen throws a perfect game as New York beats Brooklyn Dodgers, 2-0 in Game 5 of the World Series at Yankee Stadium
  • 1956-10-31 Brooklyn, NY ends streetcar service
  • 1957-01-15 Brooklyn Dodgers extend their 5-year lease on Ebbets Field by signing a new 3-year lease with real estate developer Marvin Kratter; club moves to Los Angeles the next year
  • 1957-05-28 NL approves baseball's Brooklyn Dodgers' & NY Giants' move to the US west coast

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1957-08-01 Gil Hodges hits his 13th MLB career grand slam, a NL record and the last ever by a Brooklyn Dodgers player

MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges

  • 1957-09-03 Brooklyn Dodgers play their final game in Jersey City, a 3-2 loss v Philadelphia Phillies; 11-4 record in New Jersey
  • 1957-09-24 Brooklyn Dodgers play last game at Ebbets Field, defeat Pirates 2-0
  • 1957-10-08 Brooklyn Dodgers announce move to Los Angeles
  • 1959-02-01 Outfielder Zack Wheat, a Brooklyn Robins favourite of the 1910s and 1920s, is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame; Wheat hit .317 over 19-year career, and batted .300 or better 14 times
  • 1960-02-23 Demolition begins on Brooklyn's Ebbets Field (opened in 1913)
  • 1960-12-19 Fire aboard USS Constellation, under construction at Brooklyn (50 die)
  • 1961-05-22 "Touchables In Brooklyn" by Dickie Goodman hits #42
  • 1964-07-18 Race riot in Harlem (NYC); riots spread to Bedford-Stuyvesant (Brooklyn)
  • 1967-04-03 WNYE TV channel 25 in Brooklyn, NY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1969-10-04 Last wooden passenger subway cars retired at Brooklyn Myrtle Beach
  • 1971-05-05 Race riot in Brownsville section of Brooklyn (NYC)
  • 1973-06-30 Biggest US tanker "Brooklyn" christened (230,000 ton)
  • 1974-08-20 Brooklyn pitcher Dan Bankhead is 1st black to homer in his 1st at bat
  • 1975-12-14 WCPR (Brooklyn New York pirate radio station) begins broadcasting on 1620 AM
  • 1976-02-07 FCC raids & shuts down pirate radio station WCPR (Brooklyn New York)
  • 1976-11-25 NYPD officer Robert Torsney shoots unarmed youth Randolph Evans while answering response at youth's Brooklyn home
  • 1977-12-31 WFAT (Brooklyn New York pirate radio station) begins broadcasting on 1620 AM
  • 1979-02-26 CBS' premiere of NYC sitcom "Flatbush", which received many derision phone calls about it from Brooklynites to CBS
  • 1979-04-19 FCC raids & shuts down pirate radio station WFAT (Brooklyn New York)
  • 1980-09-27 WHOT (Brooklyn New York pirate radio station) begins on 1620 AM & 92.5 FM

  • 1985-04-23 Brooklyn College soccer team wins Nepal's invitational
  • 1987-07-23 RNI (Brooklyn New York pirate radio station) begins broadcasting on 1620 AM
  • 1987-08-02 Michael Andretti runs fastest Indy car race in history (171.49mph) in winning the Marlboro 500 at the Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan
  • 1988-06-30 Brooklyn dedicates a bus depot honoring Jackie Gleason and his role as bus driver Ralph Kramden in "The Honeymooners"
  • 1989-07-06 US marshals & FCC seize pirate radio station WHOT in Brooklyn

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1989-09-02 Reverend Al Sharpton leads a civil rights march through Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

Minister and Civil Rights Activist Al Sharpton
Minister and Civil Rights Activist
Al Sharpton
  • 1989-09-19 Chase Manhattan Discovery Center at Brooklyn Botanic Garden opens
  • 1989-11-06 US marshals & FCC seize pirate radio station WJPL in Brooklyn
  • 1990-01-12 Civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton is stabbed in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn
  • 1990-12-28 2 die and 188 injured in a NYC subway electrical fire in tunnel near Clark Street, Brooklyn
  • 1991-04-22 Shalom America (Jewish cable network) is launched in Brooklyn & Queens
  • 1992-11-19 "3 From Brooklyn" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 45 performances
  • 1992-12-27 "3 From Brooklyn" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 45 performances
  • 1993-06-01 Brooklyn NY begins recycling
  • 1995-09-09 Dean St Station in Brooklyn, is 6th MTA station to close since 1904
  • 1997-02-10 Lemrick Nelson found guilty in the fatal stabbing on Hasidic Jew Yankel Rosenbaum in Crown Heights Brooklyn in 1991
  • 2007-08-08 An EF2 tornado touches down in Kings County and Richmond County, New York State, the most powerful tornado in New York to date and the first in Brooklyn since 1889.

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2013-05-03 The Palmetto Playground in Brooklyn is renamed after Beastie Boys' rapper Adam Yauch

Rocker Adam Yauch
Rocker
Adam Yauch
  • 2014-12-20 Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley kills 2 NYPD officers in Brooklyn, New York, supposedly in revenge for the killing of Eric Garner, before killing himself
  • 2019-01-16 Houston guard James Harden becomes first player to score 55+ points in back-to-back NBA games since Wilt Chamberlain (1962); scores 58 in 145-142 OT loss to Brooklyn; 18 straight games with 30+ points
  • 2019-04-10 New York declares a public health emergency and compulsory vaccinations after a measles outbreak in Brooklyn with 285 cases

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2019-06-30 Brooklyn Nets load up on elite NBA talent on first day of free agency; sign Kevin Durant from Golden State, Kyrie Irving from Boston and DeAndre Jordan from NY Knicks

NBA Player Kyrie Irving
NBA Player
Kyrie Irving
  • 2019-10-23 All Star point guard Kyrie Irving pours in 50 points, setting a new NBA record for points on debut with a new team as his Brooklyn Nets go down 127-126 at home to the Minnesota Timberwolves

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 726

  • 1908-07-23 Karl Swenson, American actor (Lars Hanson-Little House on the Prairie), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1978)
  • 1908-09-10 Raymond Harry Warnow Scott, American composer ('The Toy Trumpet'), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1908-10-27 Lee Krasner, American abstract expressionist painter, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1984)
  • 1908-12-25 Helen Twelvetrees, American actress (State's Attorney, Painted Desert), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1958)
  • 1909-05-25 Marie Menken, American experimental filmmaker and socialite, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1970)
  • 1909-06-28 Arnold Shaw, American writer on popular music and composer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1989)
  • 1909-07-03 Lucy Kroll, American talent agent, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1909-08-02 Ace Gutowsky, Russian/American football fullback (Portsmouth Spartans, Brooklyn Dodgers; NFL C'ship 1935, Detroit Lions), born in Komolty, Russian Empire (d. 1976)
  • 1909-12-22 Alan Carney [David Boughal], American actor (Zombies on Broadway, Take it from Me), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1973)
  • 1910-01-03 Frenchy Bordagaray, American baseball utility (World Series 1941; Brooklyn Dodgers), born in Coalinga, California (d. 2000)
  • 1910-01-12 Patsy Kelly, American actress (Rosemary's Baby, North Ave Irregulars), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1981)
  • 1910-01-28 Arnold Moss, American actor (Loves of Carmen, Kim, Quebec, Viva Zapata), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1989)
  • 1910-03-21 Nick Castle, American choreographer (Dinah Shore, Judy Garland), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1968)
  • 1910-04-02 Irene Mayer Selznick, American socialite and theatrical producer (Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1990)
  • 1910-10-23 Hayden Rorke, American actor (I Dream of Jeannie, When Worlds Collide), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1910-10-28 Arthur Altman, American songwriter (All or Nothing at All), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1910-12-18 Abe Burrows, American Broadway composer (Guys & Dolls 1951 TONY), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1911-01-06 Joey Adams [Joseph Abramowitz], American comedian, actor and columnist (ABC's Back That Fact), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1911-01-18 Danny Kaye [David Daniel Kaminski], American comedian and actor (Danny Kaye Show, White Christmas), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1911-03-10 Warner Anderson, American actor (The Bubble, Destination Moon, Peyton Place), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1976)
  • 1911-05-18 Sigrid Gurie, Norwegian American actress (Algiers, Sofia, Refugee), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1969)
  • 1911-05-20 Gardner Fox, American sci-fi author (Atom, Hawkman, Zatanna), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1911-11-17 Charles Walters, American actor, choreographer and director (Lili, Easter parade), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1982)
  • 1911-12-01 Walter Alston, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman and manager (Brooklyn/LA Dodgers), born in Venice, Ohio (d. 1984)
  • 1912-02-18 Dane Clark, American actor (Wire Service, Bold Venture, Perry Mason), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1912-05-04 Lou Brown, American orchestra leader (Jerry Lewis Show), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)

Person of interestPhil Silvers

1912-05-11 Phil Silvers, American comedian and actor (Sgt Bilko-Phil Silvers Show), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1985)

Comedian and Actor Phil Silvers
Comedian and Actor
Phil Silvers
  • 1912-05-17 Clarence "Ace" Parker, American NFL quarterback (Brooklyn, Boston Yanks), born in Portsmouth, Virginia (d. 2013)
  • 1912-06-19 Jerry Jerome, American saxophonist (Words & Music), born in Brooklyn, New York

Person of interestMilton Friedman

1912-07-31 Milton Friedman, American economist (Nobel Prize Economics 1976), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2006)

Economist Milton Friedman
Economist
Milton Friedman
  • 1912-08-08 Daniel Mann [Chugerman], American stage and screen director (The Rose Tattoo; The Teahouse Of The August Moon; Butterfield 8), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1912-11-23 George O'Hanlon, American actor (Calvin-Life of Riley, George Jetson), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1989)
  • 1913-03-29 Phil Foster, American comedian (Frank De Fazio-Laverne & Shirley), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1985)
  • 1913-06-02 Bert Farber, American orchestra leader (Arthur Godfrey, Vic Damone), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2005)

Person of interestVince Lombardi

1913-06-11 Vince Lombardi, American Pro Football Hall of Fame coach (Green Bay Packers 1949-67; NFL Coach of the Year 1959, 61; Super Bowl 1967, 68), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1970)

NFL Coach Vince Lombardi
NFL Coach
Vince Lombardi
  • 1913-06-21 Irving Shulman, American author and screenwriter, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1913-07-01 Jo Sinclair [Ruth Seid], American writer (Wasteland), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1913-07-26 Louis Salica, American flyweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1932), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1913-08-01 Jerome Moross, American composer (Frankie & Johnny), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1983)
  • 1913-08-28 Richard Tucker [Reuben Ticker], American tenor (NY Met Opera), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1975)
  • 1913-09-04 Mickey Cohen, American gangster (Cohen crime family), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1976)
  • 1913-10-10 Johnny Downs, American actor (The Mad Monster, Coronado, Manhattan Showcase), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1913-11-13 Alexander Scourby, American actor (Jesus, Shaggy Dog, Giant), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1985)
  • 1913-12-08 Delmore Schwartz, American poet, short story writer and critic (Shenandoah), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1966)
  • 1914-03-15 Joe E. Ross, American actor and comedian (Car 54), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1982)
  • 1914-04-26 Bernard Malamud, American novelist (The Fixer, The Natural, Pulitzer 1967), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1986)
  • 1914-05-09 [Clarence] Hank Snow, Canadian country singer (I'm Moving On, I Went to Your Wedding), born in Brooklyn, Nova Scotia (d. 1999)
  • 1914-05-25 Dorothy Sarnoff, American operatic soprano, Broadway actress (Rosalinda), author and pioneer of the self-help movement (Speech Can Change Your Life, Speech Dynamics), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1914-07-19 Marius Russo, American baseball player (New York Yankees), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1914-07-29 "Professor" Irwin Corey, comedian (Car Wash, Doc), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1914-09-16 Allen Funt, American TV host and creator (Candid Camera), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1914-10-07 Alfred Drake [Capurro], American singer and actor (Trading Places, Hamlet, Kiss Me Kate), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1914-10-23 Frank "Bruiser" Kinard, American football tackle and coach (Brooklyn (NFL), 1938-44; Navy (AAFC), 1945; NY Yankees (NFL), 1946-7), born in Pelahatchie, Mississippi (d. 1980)
  • 1914-12-02 Eddie Sauter, American musician (Sauter-Finegan Band, Sat Night Revue), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1981)
  • 1914-12-12 Buzzie Bavasi, American MLB executive (Brooklyn & LA Dodgers), born in NYC, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1915-01-19 Alvy West, American orchestra leader (Andy Williams Show), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1915-02-14 Irving Gordon, American songwriter ("Unforgettable"; "Me, Myself, And I"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1915-02-28 Samuel Joel "Zero" Mostel, American comedian and actor (Fiddler on the Roof, The Producers), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1977)
  • 1915-06-26 Paul Castellano, American organized-crime chief, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1985)
  • 1915-08-30 Robert Strassburg, American composer, conductor and educator (Leaves of Grass: A Choral Symphony), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2003)
  • 1915-12-07 Eli Wallach, American actor (Magnificent 7, The Misfits, People Next Door), born in Brooklyn New York, (d. 2014)
  • 1916-01-09 Vic Mizzy, American composer and band leader (Green Acres and The Addams Family themes), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1916-02-26 (John Herbert) "Jackie" Gleason, American comedian, (The Jackie Gleason Show; The Honeymooners), actor (Requiem For A Heavyweight; The Hustler), composer, and conductor (Music for Lovers Only), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1916-03-26 Vic Schoen, American orchestra leader (Patti Page Olds Show), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1916-04-21 Sidney Clute, actor, Lou Grant, Cagney & Lacey), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1916-05-15 Bill Williams, American actor (Starlit Time, Date With the Angels), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1916-10-14 C. Everett Koop, 13th US Surgeon General (1982-89), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1916-11-21 Sid Luckman, American NFL quarterback (Chicago Bears), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1917-05-03 Betty Comden [Basya Cohen], American lyricist (On The Town; Just In Time), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2006)
  • 1917-05-28 Barry Commoner, biologist (Science & Survival), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1917-06-04 Robert Merrill [Moishe Miller], American operatic baritone and actor (NY Metropolitan Opera), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1917-06-15 Lillian Bassman, American photographer and painter (Harper's Bazaar), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1917-06-30 Lena Horne, American actress and singer (Stormy Weather, Wiz), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2010)

Person of interestSusan Hayward

1917-06-30 Susan Hayward, American actress (I Want to Live, Tulsa), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1975)

Actress Susan Hayward
Actress
Susan Hayward
  • 1917-08-13 Sid Gordon, American baseball player, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1975)

Person of interestRed Auerbach

1917-09-20 Red Auerbach, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach, general manager (Boston Celtics, 9-time NBA champion), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2006)

NBA Head Coach Red Auerbach
NBA Head Coach
Red Auerbach

Person of interestBuddy Rich

1917-09-30 Buddy Rich, American jazz drummer and band leader (Buddy Rich Band-Away We Go), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1987)

Jazz Drummer/Band Leader Buddy Rich
Jazz Drummer/Band Leader
Buddy Rich
  • 1917-11-26 Adele Jergens, American actress (Dark Past, Fuller Brush Man), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1917-12-02 Sylvia Syms, American jazz singer (Hello Dolly, Dream Girl, Them There Eyes), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1918-03-09 Mickey Spillane [Frank Morrison Spillane], American mystery writer (I the Jury), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2006)
  • 1918-06-14 Carter Harman, American composer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1918-08-05 Tom Drake [Alfred Sinclair Alderdice], American actor (Meet Me in St. Louis, Warlock), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1982)
  • 1918-09-25 Phil Rizzuto, American sportscaster and MLB shortstop (NY Yankees-MVP 1950), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1918-11-05 George Sheehan, American doctor, athlete and author ("Running & Being: The Total Experience," NY Times best seller), born in Brooklyn, NY (d. 1993)
  • 1918-11-09 Howard Shanet, American conductor (Night of the Tropics), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2006)
  • 1918-12-15 Jeff Chandler [Ira Grossel], American actor (Broken Arrow), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1961)
  • 1919-01-01 Rocky Graziano, American boxer (World Middleweight title 1947-48; famous Tony Zale trilogy) and entertainer (Pantomime Quiz, Miami Undercover), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1990)
  • 1919-01-24 Leon Kirchner, American contemporary classical composer (Pulitzer Prize for Music 1967), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1919-03-15 Lawrence Tierney, American actor (Abduction, Dillinger, Reservoir Dogs), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1919-04-11 Hugh Carey, American politician and attorney (Gov-D-NY), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2011)
  • 1919-06-18 Melville "Mel" Brandt, American actor and NBC staff announcer (Faraway Hill), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1919-08-11 Luis Olmo, pioneering Puerto Rican NBA player (Brooklyn Dodgers), born in Arecibo (d. 2017)

Person of interestMalcolm Forbes

1919-08-19 Malcolm Forbes, American publisher of Forbes Magazine, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1990)

Publisher Malcolm Forbes
Publisher
Malcolm Forbes
  • 1919-09-30 Patricia Neway, American soprano (Consul, Maria Golovia), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1920-01-20 Michael Higgins, American actor (Angel Heart, 1918, Wanda, Black Stallion), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1920-03-19 Tige Andrews, American character actor (Mod Squad, The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1920-05-23 Sid Melton [Sidney Meltzer], American actor (Green Acres, The Danny Thomas Show), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2011)
  • 1920-06-12 Dave Berg, American cartoonist (The Lighter Side of...), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1920-08-10 William "Red" Holzman, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (New York Knicks 14 seasons), born in Brooklyn, NY (d. 1998)
  • 1920-09-23 Mickey Rooney, American Emmy award-winning actor (Boys Town, The Black Stallion), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2014)

Famous Weddings


Famous Deaths