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 US Open Men's Golf, CC of Buffalo: John McDermott successfully defends title by 2 strokes from Tom McNamara
  • 1922-03-14 WGR-AM in Buffalo NY begins radio transmissions
  • 1937-09-04 15 year old cyclist Doris Kopsky becomes 1st Amateur Bicycle League of America woman's national champion in 4:22.4 in Buffalo, NY
  • 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
  • 1975-05-27 Stanley Cup Final, The Aud, Buffalo, NY: Philadelphia Flyers take back-to-back titles; beat Buffalo Sabres, 2-0 for a 4-2 series win
  • 1978-01-24 31st NHL All-Star Game, Buffalo Municipal Auditorium, Buffalo, NY: Wales beats Campbell, 3-2 (OT); MVP: Billy Smith, NY Islanders, G
  • 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)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1999-06-19 Stanley Cup, Marine Midland Arena, Buffalo, NY: Dallas Stars edge Buffalo Sabres, 2-1 in triple overtime for 4-2 series win; Brett Hull clinches series with infamous "No Goal" ruling

NHL Legend Brett Hull
NHL Legend
Brett Hull

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)
  • 1839-09-17 Ira Erastus Davenport, American magician, claimed to be a spirit medium, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1911)
  • 1841-02-01 William Henry Davenport, American stage magician, claimed to be a spirit medium, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1877)
  • 1842-06-06 Steele MacKaye [James Morrison Steele MacKaye], American playwright and actor (Spectatorium, Paul Kauvar), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1894)
  • 1889-09-20 Charles Reidpath, American athlete (Olympic gold 1912), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1975)
  • 1891-10-13 Irene Rich [Luther], American actress (Beau Brummell, Champ), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1988)
  • 1894-06-26 Bill Wirges, American orchestra leader (Growing Paynes), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1971)
  • 1897-02-12 Vola Vale [Smith], American actress, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1970)
  • 1903-06-26 Babe [Floyd Caves] Herman, Brooklyn Dodgers' slugger (.324 lifetime average), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1903-08-01 Paul Horgan, American novelist (Mountain Standard Time), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1995)
  • 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"; "It's Only A Paper Moon"; "Stormy Weather"), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1986)
  • 1905-08-03 Maggie Kuhn, American activist and co-founder (Gray Panthers), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1913-12-12 Hal Dickinson, American singer (Modernaires), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1970)
  • 1915-08-27 Walter Heller, economist (Old Myths & New Realities), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1916-11-04 John Basilone, US Marine (Medal of Honor at the Battle for Henderson Field), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1945)
  • 1917-11-27 Buffalo Bob Smith [Robert Emil Schmidt], American TV host (Howdy Doody), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1998)
  • 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)
  • 1920-02-16 Anna Mae Hays [McCabe], American military officer and US military's 1st female General, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1920-12-18 Willis Conover, American broadcaster (Voice of America), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1921-04-23 Warren Spahn, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (17 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1957; Cy Young Award 1957; 8 × NL wins leader; Boston/Milwaukee Braves), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2003)
  • 1923-06-08 Malcolm Boyd, American Episcopal Priest, author and civil rights activist, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1923-10-27 Ned Wertimer, American actor (The Jeffersons), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1924-07-09 Leonard Pennario, American pianist (LA Philharmonic), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1926-04-14 Gloria Jean, American actress and singer (Never Give a Sucker an Even Break), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1926-09-07 Don Messick, American cartoon voice (Bam-bam, Astro, Scooby-Doo), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1928-06-19 Nancy Marchand, American actress (The Sopranos, Beacon Hill, Margaret-Lou Grant), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2000)
  • 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 [Richard Schulefand], American character actor and comedian (Producers, Maid to Order, Angel), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1930-01-04 Sorrell Booke, American actor (Boss Hogg in Dukes of Hazard), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1930-11-01 A. R. Gurney, American playwright (The Dining Room), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1930-12-04 Jim Hall, American jazz guitarist and composer, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1932-08-23 Mark Russell, American political satirist and pianist (Real People), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1933-01-23 Joel Spiegelman, American composer, born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1933-04-05 Larry Felser, American sports columnist, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1935-04-15 Gene Cherico, American jazz bassist, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1936-11-08 Edward George Gibson, American astronaut (Skylab 4), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1937-04-21 David Lucas, American rock and roll composer, music producer and singer, born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1938-06-26 Neil Abercrombie, American politician (Rep-D-Hawaii, 1986-88), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1939-09-10 Greg Mullavey, American actor (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman - "Tom Hartman"; Rituals - "Eddie Gallagher"), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1941-02-03 Carol Mann, American golfer (1964 Western Open, 1965 US Open), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1941-06-13 Tom Hallick, American actor (Search), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1941-12-10 Peter Michael Goetz, American actor (Jumping Jack Flash, King Kong Lives), 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 [Samuel Mendola], American singer and dancer (Red Roses For A Blue Lady), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1943-12-12 Grover Washington Jr., American jazz saxophonist (Mr Magic), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1944-06-14 Joe Grifasi, American actor, 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, American drummer (The Steve Miller Band- Abracadbra), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1947-04-25 Jeffrey DeMunn, American actor (Blaze, Frances, Windy City), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1948-01-20 Nancy Kress, American science fiction writer, born in Buffalo, New york

Person of interestRick James

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
  • 1948-09-10 Bob Lanier, American Basketball Hall of Fame center and 8-time NBA All-Star (Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks), born in Buffalo, New York

Person of interestTim Russert

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
  • 1950-12-13 Wendie Malick, American actress (Just Shoot Me), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1951-02-05 Elizabeth Swados, American composer and playwright (1972 TONY), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1951-04-13 Jack Quinn, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1952-02-29 Tim[othy] Powers, American sci-fi author (Last Call, Declare), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1952-05-02 Christine Baranski, American actress (Maryann-Cybill, Birdcage), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1952-09-26 James Keane, American actor (Willis Bell-Paper Chase), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1952-10-13 Beverly Johnson, American model and actress (Ashanti Land of No Mercy), 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
  • 1954-09-20 Henry Samueli, American NHL team owner (Anaheim Ducks), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1955-01-27 John G Roberts, 17th Chief Justice of the United States, born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1958-01-31 Tom Schuman, American pianist (Spyro Gyra - "Morning Dance"), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1958-07-03 Robert Foth, American sport shooter (Olympics silver 1992), born in Buffalo, New York

Person of interestOrel Hershiser

1958-09-16 Orel Hershiser, American baseball pitcher (LA Dodgers, Cleveland Indians), born in Buffalo, New York

Baseball Pitcher Orel Hershiser
Baseball Pitcher
Orel Hershiser
  • 1958-12-24 Bob Smith, American author and a groundbreaking gay comedian (The Tonight Show, Funny Gay Males), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1959-10-08 Nick Bakay, American actor and voice actor (Sabrina the Teenage Witch-Salem Saberhagen), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1960-07-09 Marc Mero, American professional wrestler, born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1960-09-20 James A. Pawelczyk, American 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, American 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
  • 1965-09-17 Kyle Chandler, American actor (Friday Night Lights), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1965-09-22 Mark Guthrie, pitcher (LA Dodgers), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1965-12-05 Johnny Rzeznik, American singer, songwriter and guitarist (Goo Goo Dolls), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1966-05-25 Dave Hollins, American MLB 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, US water polo driver (Olympics 1996), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1969-05-16 David Boreanaz, American actor (Angel, Bones), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1970-01-20 Thomas "Tom" Murray, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1970-09-26 Trevor Ruffin, American NBA guard (Philadelphia 76ers), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1970-10-22 Steve Campbell, tennis star, born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1971-06-27 Jimmy Kemp, American CFL quarterback (Edmonton Eskimos), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1971-08-11 Aaron Miller, NHL defenseman (Colorado Avalanche), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1973-02-23 Robert Pipkins, American luge racer (Olympics 1994), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1973-08-12 Todd Marchant, NHL center (Edmonton Oilers), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1974-06-25 Mario Calire, American drummer (Wallflowers; Ozomatli), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1981-08-24 Chad Michael Murray, American actor (One Tree Hill), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1983-09-11 Ike Diogu, Nigerian-American basketball player, born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1988-01-22 Greg Oden, American basketball player, born in Buffalo, New York

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

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

Singer and Actress Vanessa Williams
Singer and Actress
Vanessa Williams