Long Island in History

Historical Events

  • 1708-02-28 Slave revolt in Newton, Long Island NY results in 11 deaths
  • 1776-08-27 British defeat Americans in Battle of Long Island
  • 1776-08-30 Continental Army evacuates Long Island and falls back to Manhattan, NYC
  • 1840-01-13 The steamship Lexington burns and sinks four miles off the coast of Long Island with the loss of 139 lives
  • 1903-04-27 Long Island's Jamaica Race Track opens
  • 1904-10-08 Vanderbilt Cup, first major trophy in American auto racing is conducted on public roads in Nassau County area of Long Island, NY; inaugural winner, American driver George Heath in a Panhard
  • 1909-12-09 1st US monoplane flown (Henry W Walden, Long Island, NY)
  • 1925-01-24 Moving picture of a solar eclipse taken from dirigible over Long Island

Boxing Title Fight

1934-06-14 American boxer Max Baer KO's defending champion Primo Carnera of Italy in 11th round at Madison Square Garden for the lineal world heavyweight title

  • 1938-09-21 The Great Hurricane of 1938 makes landfall on Long Island in New York. The death toll is estimated at 500-700 people.
  • 1942-06-13 Germany lands 4 saboteurs on Long Island
  • 1942-06-27 FBI captures 8 Nazi saboteurs from a sub off NY's Long Island
  • 1950-12-22 2 self-propelled trains of Long Island RR collide, killing 77
  • 1954-09-01 Hurricane Carol strikes Long Island and New England, kills 68
  • 1971-12-30 Long Island NHL franchise purchased (NY Islanders)
  • 1988-08-18 Largest house (130 rooms) on Long Island sold for $22 million

Sports History

1988-12-15 Lori Davis of Long Island sues Mike Tyson for grabbing her buttocks

  • 1991-11-24 1st international flight from Long Island's MacArthur Airport (to Mexico)
  • 1992-05-07 5 NYC cops arrested in Hauppauge, Long Island, for selling cocaine
  • 1993-12-07 The Long Island Rail Road massacre: Passenger Colin Ferguson murders six people and injures 19 others on the LIRR in Nassau County, New York.
  • 1995-02-17 Colin Fergusson found guilty of killing 6 people on the Long Island Rail Road in NY
  • 1995-08-24 Fire that wipes 6,000 acres begins in Hamptons on Long Island
  • 1996-07-17 Paris-bound flight TWA 800, explodes off the coast of Long Island, New York, killing all 230 on board the Boeing 747
  • 2005-08-12 An F1 tornado strikes Glen Cove, New York, a rare event on Long Island
  • 2019-02-14 Amazon cancels plans to build a corporate campus in Long Island, Queens, New York after widespread opposition

Famous Birthdays

  • 1823-04-22 Alfred Gibbs, American Major General (Union Army), born in Long Island, New York (d. 1868)
  • 1888-12-18 Robert Moses, American Parks official (oversaw rebuilding of Long Island & NYC parks & roads), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1981)
  • 1899-02-20 Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, American businessman and heir (Pan Am Airways), born in Roslyn, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1906-10-18 James Brooks, US mural painter (Acquisition of Long Island)
  • 1910-06-03 Paulette Goddard [Marion Levy], American actress (Great Dictator), born in Whitestone Landing, Long Island (d. 1990)
  • 1919-11-15 Carol Bruce [Shirley Levy], American actress (Behind the Eight Ball; WKRP in Cincinnati - "Mother Carlson"), born in Great Neck, Long Island (d. 2007)
  • 1922-01-07 Robert De Cormier, American conductor and musical director (The Belafonte Folk Singers), born in Long Island, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1926-01-14 Frank Aletter, American character actor (Mac-It's About Time, Tom-Nancy), born in Long Island, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1938-10-13 Jim McMullan, American actor (Dr McDaniel-Ben Casey), born in Long Island, New York
  • 1946-04-07 Barbara Benary, American composer (Gamelon Son Of Lion), born in Bay Shore, Long Island, New York (d. 2019)
  • 1946-06-25 Allen Lanier, American rock keyboardist, guitarist and vocalist (Blue Oyster Cult), born in Long Island, New York (d. 2013)

Johnny RamoneJohnny Ramone (1948-2004)

1948-10-08 American punk rock guitarist and songwriter (Ramones - "I Wanna Be Sedated"), born in Long Island, New York

  • 1951-01-12 Larry Hoppens, American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist (Orleans - "Still the One"; "Dance With Me"), born in Long Island, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1951-04-05 Dean Kamen, American engineer and inventor (Segway), born in Long Island, New York
  • 1951-04-10 David Helvarg, American journalist and environmental activist, born in Long Island, New York
  • 1951-10-07 T├íta Vega [Carmen Rosa Vega], American vocalist (Color Purple soundtrack), born in Queens, Long Island
  • 1956-07-13 Mark "The Animal' Mendoza [Glickman], American bassist (Twisted Sister - "We're Not Gonna Take It"), born in Long Island, New York
  • 1959-01-20 Joel Rifkin, American serial killer believed to have killed up to 17 victims between 1989 and 1993 in NYC and Long Island, born in New York
  • 1959-08-09 Michael Kors, American fashion designer and Project Runway judge, born in Long Island, New York
  • 1960-07-16 Leila Kenzle, American actress (Mad About You, Identity), born in Long Island, New York
  • 1960-10-10 Eric Martin, American rocker (Mr Big), born in Long Island, New York
  • 1961-08-03 Lee Rocker [Leon Drucker], American rock bassist (Stray Cats - ""Rock This Town"), born in Massapequa, Long Island, New York
  • 1962-09-19 Ken Rosenthal, American sportswriter and reporter, born in Oyster Bay, Long Island
  • 1964-01-06 Anthony Scaramucci, American financier and White House Communications Director (2017-), born in Long Island, New York
  • 1964-09-19 Kim Richards, American actress (Nanny & Prof, James at 15), born in Long Island, New York
  • 1965-04-26 Kevin James, American actor and comedian (The King of Queens), born in Mineola, Long Island, New York

Michael CohenMichael Cohen (56 years old)

1966-08-25 American lawyer to Donald Trump, born in Long Island, New York

  • 1966-10-07 Marco Beltrami, Italian-American film composer (3:10 To Yuma; The Hurt Locker; Logan), born in Long Island, New York
  • 1968-03-05 Marq Mellor, field hockey forward (Olympics 1996), born in Long Island, New York
  • 1968-05-28 Sandra Bacher, half-heavyweight judoka (Olympics, 1992, 1996), born in Long Island, New York
  • 1970-02-12 Judd Winick, American writer and artist, born in Long Island, New York
  • 1971-12-29 Jay Fiedler, American NFL quarterback (Amsterdam Admirals), born in Long Island, New York

Amy FisherAmy Fisher (48 years old)

1974-08-21 American woman who when aged 17 shot Mary Jo Buttafuoco while having an affair with her husband, born in Long Island, New York

  • 1974-09-13 Keith Murray, American rapper (Def Squad), born in Roosevelt, Long Island, New York
  • 1974-11-02 Prodigy [Albert Johnson], American rapper (Mobb Deep), born in Hempstead, Long Island, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1976-03-13 Danny Masterson, American actor (That '70s Show - "Hyde"), born in Long Island, New York

Jennifer CapriatiJennifer Capriati (46 years old)

1976-03-29 American tennis player (Olympic gold women's singles 1992; Australian Open 2001, 02; French Open 2001; World #1 2001), born in NYC, New York

  • 1977-11-03 Jane Monheit, American jazz singer, born on Long Island, New York
  • 1980-01-22 Christopher Masterson, American actor (MAlcolm In The Niddle - "Francis"), born in Long Island, New York
  • 1980-05-24 Billy L. Sullivan, American actor (Will Pacino-Something So Right), born in Long Island, New York
  • 1980-10-13 Ashanti [Douglas] American singer ("Always On Time"), born in Glen Cove, Long Island, New York
  • 1981-09-19 Scott Bradlee, American musician and arranger (Postmodern Jukebox), born on Long Island, New York
  • 1982-12-21 Erica America Hayden, American journalist and radio personality, born in Long Island, New York

Famous Weddings

  • 1999-06-13 CNBC anchor-reporter Maria Bartiromo (31) weds son of multimillionaire financier Saul Steinberg, Jonathan Steinberg (34) in Long Island, New York
  • 2000-06-10 "Live! with Kelly and Michael" executive producer Michael Gelman (38) weds CBS's Early Show correspondent Laurie Hibberd (36) at a Long Island estate

Billy Joel

2015-07-04 American music legend Billy Joel (66) weds American equestrian Alexis Roderick (33) at NY Governor Andrew Cuomo's Long Island home

  • 2015-10-10 Supermodel Hilary Rhoda (28) weds former pro hockey player Sean Avery (33) at the Parrish Art Museum in Long Island