Buffalo in History

Historical Events

  • 1813-12-29 British burn Buffalo, New York during War of 1812
  • 1841-08-09 Erie boat in Buffalo NY catches fire; 242 die
  • 1843-08-15 National black convention meets (Buffalo NY)
  • 1886-11-30 First commercially successful AC electric power plant opens, Buffalo, NY
  • 1912-08-02 18th US Golf Open: John McDermott shoots a 294 at CC of Buffalo NY
  • 1922-03-14 WGR-AM in Buffalo NY begins radio transmissions
  • 1948-05-14 WBEN (now WIVB) TV channel 4 in Buffalo, NY (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-01-20 1st US telecast transmitted to Canada from Buffalo, New York
  • 1954-08-14 WGR TV (now WGRZ) TV channel 2 in Buffalo, NY (NBC) begins
  • 1958-11-30 WKBW TV channel 7 in Buffalo, NY (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1959-03-30 WNED TV channel 17 in Buffalo, NY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1967-06-27 Race riot in Buffalo NY (200 arrested)
  • 1970-12-21 WUTV TV channel 29 in Buffalo, NY (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1980-10-13 Unprovoked slayings of 6 blacks in Buffalo, NY
  • 1993-01-11 Howard Stern's radio show begins transmitting to Buffalo NY (WKBW)

Famous Birthdays

  • 1813-05-23 Mason Brayman, American attorney, newspaperman and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1895)
  • 1819-08-12 Daniel Davidson Bidwell, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1864)
  • 1824-03-30 Innis Newton Palmer, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1900)
  • 1841-02-01 William H H Davenport, stage medium, born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1842-06-06 Steele MacKaye [James Morrison Steele MacKaye], American playwright and actor (Spectatorium, Paul Kauvar), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1894)
  • 1891-10-13 Irene Rich [Luther], American actress (Beau Brummell, Champ), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1988)
  • 1894-06-26 Bill Wirges, orchestra leader (Growing Paynes), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1897-02-12 Vola Vale [Smith], American actress, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1970)
  • 1904-05-20 Russell Hardie, American actor (Sequoia, In Old Kentucky), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1973)
  • 1905-02-15 Harold Arlen [Hyman Arluck], American composer (Over the Rainbow), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1986)
  • 1915-08-27 Walter Heller, economist (Old Myths & New Realities), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1917-11-27 "Buffalo" Bob Smith, TV host (Howdy Doody), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1919-01-03 Jesse White, American actor (Bedtime for Bonzo, Maytag repairman, Million Dollar Mermaid), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1919-09-06 Wilson Greatbatch, American engineer and pioneering inventor, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2011)
  • 1920-12-18 Willis Conover, American broadcaster (Voice of America), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1923-06-08 Malcolm Boyd, American Episcopal Priest, author and civil rights activist, born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1924-07-09 Leonard Pennario, pianist (LA Philharmonic), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1927-04-14 Gloria Jean, American actress (Never Give a Sucker an Even Break), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1927-09-07 Don Messick, American cartoon voice (Bam-bam, Astro, Scooby-Doo), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1928-06-19 Nancy Marchand, actress (Beacon Hill, Margaret-Lou Grant), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1929-02-20 Amanda Blake [Beverly Louise Neill], American actress (Kitty Russell-Gunsmoke), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1989)
  • 1929-12-01 Dick Shawn, actor (Producers, Maid to Order, Angel), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1930-01-04 Sorrell Booke, actor (Bye Bye Braverman, Black Like Me), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1932-08-23 Mark Russell, political satirist/pianist (Real People), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1935-04-15 Gene Cherico, American jazz bassist, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1936-11-08 Edward George Gibson, astronaut (Skylab 4), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1939-09-10 Greg Mullavey, actor (Tom-Mary Hartman, Rituals), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1941-02-03 Carol Mann, golfer (LPGA Hall of Fame 1977, 1965 US Open), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1941-06-13 Tom Hallick, actor (Search), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1942-02-05 Cory Wells [Emil Lewandowski], American rock vocalist (3 Dog Night-Joy to the World), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1942-08-03 Mary Ann Esposito, American chef and TV host (Ciao Italia with Mary Ann Esposito), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1942-08-26 Vic Dana, singer/dancer (Talent Scouts), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1946-09-28 Jeffrey Jones, American actor (Beetlejuice, Ferris Bueller's Day Off), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1946-10-11 Gary Mallaber, rocker (Steve Miller Band-Abracadbra), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1947-04-25 Jeffrey DeMunn, actor (Blaze, Frances, Windy City), born in Buffalo, New York

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1948-02-01 Rick James [James Ambrose Johnson, Jr.], American funk musician ("Super Freak"), born in Buffalo New York (d. 2004)

Musician Rick James
Musician
Rick James

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1950-05-07 Tim Russert, American television journalist and host of NBC's Meet the Press, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2008)

Television Journalist Tim Russert
Television Journalist
Tim Russert
  • 1951-02-05 Elizabeth Swados, composer/playwright (1972 TONY), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1952-02-29 Tim[othy] Powers, American sci-fi author (Last Call, Declare), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1952-05-02 Christine Baranski, actress (Maryann-Cybill, Birdcage), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1952-09-26 James Keane, actor (Willis Bell-Paper Chase), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1953-03-18 Margaret L Augustine, project manager (Biosphere 2), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1953-07-31 James Read, American actor (North and South), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1955-01-27 John G Roberts, 17th Chief Justice of the United States, born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1955-07-03 Julia Lyndon, playmate (August, 1977), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1958-07-03 Robert Foth, air rifle (Olympics-1988, 92, 96), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1959-12-02 Patty Jordan, LPGA golfer (1988 Mitsubishi Motors Ocean), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1960-09-20 James A Pawelczyk, PhD/astronaut (sk STS 90), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1961-04-11 Vincent Gallo, American actor, director, writer (Buffalo '66, The Brown Bunny), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1961-10-07 Thomas "Tom" Perez, American Chair of the Democratic National Committee, born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1963-03-08 Mike Lalor, NHL defenseman (Dallas Stars), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1964-08-16 Jimmy Arias, tennis player (US Davis Cup team), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1964-12-13 Lucky Peterson [Judge Kenneth Peterson], American musician (The Son of a Bluesman), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1965-09-22 Mark Guthrie, pitcher (LA Dodgers), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1965-10-05 Penny Baker, playmate (January, 1984), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1966-05-25 Dave Hollins, infielder (Minnesota Twins), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1967-06-09 Robert Reading, 110m hurdler, born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1968-05-15 James "Jim" Neil, rower (Olympics-1996), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1969-02-12 Colin Keely, water polo driver (Olympics-96), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1969-05-01 Carrie Stevens, playmate (June 1997), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1969-05-16 David Boreanaz, American actor (Angel, Bones), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1969-07-04 David Wittman 1.5k runner, born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1970-01-20 Thomas "Tom" Murray, American rower (Olympics-1996), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1970-10-22 Steve Campbell, tennis star, born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1971-08-11 Aaron Miller, NHL defenseman (Colorado Avalanche), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1973-08-12 Todd Marchant, NHL center (Edmonton Oilers), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1981-08-24 Chad Michael Murray, American actor (One Tree Hill), born in Buffalo, New York

Famous Weddings

  • 2015-07-04 Actress and singer Vanessa Williams (52) weds Jim Skrip in Buffalo, New York