New York City in History

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 926

  • 1652-06-27 New Amsterdam (now New York City) enacts first speed limit law in North America
  • 1660-11-15 First kosher butcher (Asser Levy) licensed in New Amsterdam (now New York City)
  • 1665-06-12 England installs a municipal government in New York City
  • 1673-08-08 Dutch battle fleet of 23 ships demands surrender of NYC
  • 1674-02-19 Netherlands & England sign Peace of Westminster (NYC becomes English)
  • 1693-07-08 NYC authorizes 1st police uniforms in American colonies
  • 1704-02-28 Frenchman Elias Neau opens a school for blacks in NYC
  • 1730-04-08 Congregation Shearith Israel opens the 1st North American synagogue in New York City on Mill Street in Lower Manhattan
  • 1732-12-06 1st play in American colonies acted by professional players in New York
  • 1736-03-31 Bellevue Hospital founded in a New York City almshouse - 1st public hospital in the US

Historic Event

1750-03-05 1st American Shakespearean production-"altered" Richard III, NYC

  • 1751-02-25 1st performing monkey exhibited in America, NYC (admission 1 cent)
  • 1754-01-04 Columbia University founded, as Kings College (NYC)
  • 1754-07-07 Kings College in NYC opens (renamed Columbia College)
  • 1756-03-17 St. Patrick's Day is first celebrated in NYC at the Crown & Thistle Tavern
  • 1762-01-15 Fraunces Tavern opens in NYC
  • 1762-03-17 1st St Patrick's Day parade in NYC
  • 1765-10-07 Stamp Act Congress (First Congress of the American Colonies) convenes in New York City to devise a unified protest against new British taxation
  • 1765-10-19 Stamp Act Congress meets in New York City, writes the Declaration of Rights and Grievances
  • 1768-04-05 1st US Chamber of Commerce forms (NYC)
  • 1768-10-30 First Methodist church in North American colonies initiated (Wesley Chapel, NYC)
  • 1776-08-30 Continental Army evacuates Long Island and falls back to Manhattan, NYC
  • 1783-11-25 Britain evacuates New York city, its last military position in the United States
  • 1783-12-04 General Washington bids officers farewell at Fraunce's Tavern, NYC
  • 1785-01-11 Continental Congress convenes in NYC
  • 1786-06-08 Commercially made ice cream 1st advertised (Mr Hall in NYC)
  • 1786-10-15 Earliest 32°F (0°C) recorded temperature in NYC
  • 1787-04-16 1st American comedy, "The Contrast," makes its debut in NYC
  • 1787-11-01 First free school in NYC (African Free School) opens
  • 1789-03-04 US House of Representatives 1st full meeting, NYC, Fx. Muhlenberg 1st speaker

Historic Event

1789-04-04 1st US Congress begins regular sessions during George Washington's presidency at Federal Hall, NYC (ending 1791)

  • 1789-05-07 First US Presidential inaugural ball (for George Washington in NYC)
  • 1789-05-12 Society of St Tammany is formed by Revolutionary War soldiers. It later becomes an infamous group of NYC political bosses
  • 1789-09-13 1st loan to US government (from NYC banks)
  • 1790-02-01 US Supreme Court convenes for 1st time (NYC)
  • 1790-12-06 The U.S. Congress moves from New York City to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • 1791-12-17 NYC traffic regulation creates 1st 1-way street
  • 1794-04-21 NYC formally declares coast of Ellis Island publicly owned, so they can build forts to protect NYC from British
  • 1797-01-01 Albany replaces New York City as capital of New York
  • 1799-09-01 Bank of Manhattan Company opens in NYC (forerunner to Chase Manhattan)
  • 1800-09-07 Zion AME Church dedicated (NYC)

Historic Publication

1807-11-11 Washington Irving's Salmagundi periodical published - first to associate the name "Gotham" with New York City

  • 1814-01-22 1st Knights Templar grand encampment in US held in New York City
  • 1817-11-25 First sword swallower in US performs (NYC)
  • 1818-02-07 1st successful US educational magazine "Academician" begins (NYC)
  • 1819-05-21 1st bicycles (swift walkers) in US introduced in NYC
  • 1819-07-03 1st savings bank in US (Bank of Savings in NYC) opens its doors
  • 1820-08-14 1st US eye hospital, the NY Eye Infirmary, opens in NYC
  • 1821-06-21 African Methodist Episcopal Zion (AMEZ) Church organizes (NYC)
  • 1824-11-16 New York City's Fifth Avenue opens for business
  • 1825-03-02 1st grand opera in US sung in English, NYC
  • 1825-06-04 Unseasonable hurricane hits NYC
  • 1825-06-11 The first cornerstone is laid for Fort Hamilton in New York City
  • 1827-03-16 First US newspaper, "Freedom's Journal" owned and operated by African Americans begins publishing in New York City
  • 1830-09-09 Charles Durant, 1st US aeronaut, flies a balloon from Castle Garden, NYC to Perth Amboy, NJ, a dsstance of about 25 miles, covered in 3 hours
  • 1831-12-10 "Spirit of the Times" begins publishing in New York City, the premier sports journal of the 19th century
  • 1831-12-31 Gramercy Park is deeded to New York City
  • 1832-11-14 First streetcar (horse-drawn) (John Mason) debuts in NYC; fare 12 cents rode on 4th Avenue between Prince and 14th Streets
  • 1832-11-26 1st streetcar railway in America starts operating in New York City with 12 cent fare
  • 1834-02-18 1st US labor newspaper, "The Man", published, NYC
  • 1834-06-02 5th national black convention meets (NYC)
  • 1835-12-16 Fire consumes over 600 buildings in NYC
  • 1837-05-10 Panic of 1837: New York City banks fail, and unemployment reaches record levels.
  • 1837-05-31 Astor Hotel opens in NYC, it later becomes the Waldorf-Astoria

Historic Event

1837-09-18 Charles Lewis Tiffany and John B. Young co-found a "stationery and fancy goods emporium" in New York City, later renamed in 1853 as "Tiffany & Co."

  • 1838-04-08 Steamship "Great Western" makes her maiden voyage from Bristol, England, to New York
  • 1838-04-22 English steamship "Sirius" docks in NYC after crossing the Atlantic, first transatlantic steam passenger service
  • 1838-04-23 English steamship "Great Western" crosses the Atlantic docks in NYC
  • 1839-12-18 1st celestial photograph (of Moon) made in US by John Draper in New York City
  • 1840-01-01 1st recorded bowling match in US, Knickerbocker Alleys, NYC
  • 1841-03-27 1st US steam fire engine tested, NYC
  • 1841-11-16 Life preservers made of cork are patented by Napoleon Guerin (NYC)
  • 1842-01-01 1st illustrated weekly magazine in US publishes 1st issue, NYC
  • 1842-02-15 1st adhesive postage stamps in US (private delivery company), NYC
  • 1842-11-09 The first U.S. design patent for typefaces and borders was issued to George Bruce of New York City
  • 1843-02-06 The first minstrel show in the United States The Virginia Minstrels opens (Bowery Amphitheatre in New York City).
  • 1843-12-25 1st theatre matinee (Olympic Theatre, NYC)

Historic Publication

1845-01-29 American writer Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Raven" 1st published in The Evening Mirror newspaper (New York City)

  • 1845-03-26 Joseph Francis from NYC, patents a corrugated sheet-iron lifeboat
  • 1845-07-14 1st postmasters' provisional stamps issued, NYC
  • 1845-07-19 Fire in NYC destroys 1,000 homes and kills many
  • 1847-01-15 1st Swedish magazine in US, Skandinavia, published in NYC
  • 1847-07-01 1st US postage stamps go on sale, 5 cent Franklin and 10 cent Washington, NYC
  • 1847-07-24 Rotary-type printing press patents received by Richard March Hoe, NYC
  • 1848-06-10 1st telegraph link between NYC & Chicago

Historic Invention

1849-04-10 Safety pin patented by Walter Hunt (NYC); sold rights for $400

  • 1849-05-10 Astor Place Riot: Backers of American actor and working class hero Edwin Forrest attempt to disrupt British actor William McReady's performance at Astor Place Opera House in NYC; Military troops supporting police shoot at the crowd, killing between 22 and 31 [1]
  • 1850-01-26 1st German language daily newspaper in US published, NYC
  • 1852-01-01 1st US public bath opens in New York City
  • 1853-03-03 US Assay Office in NYC authorized

Steinway & Sons Piano

1853-03-05 Piano company Steinway & Sons founded by Heinrich Steinweg (later Henry Steinway) in New York City

  • 1853-05-02 Franconi's Hippodrome opens in New York City
  • 1854-01-09 Astor Library opens in New York City
  • 1854-10-10 US Assay Office in NYC, New York opens
  • 1854-12-30 Pennsylvania Rock Oil Co, 1st in US, incorporated in NYC
  • 1855-05-05 New York State Commission on Emigration assumes lease of Castle Garden (now known as Castle Clinton), at the lower tip of Manhattan, to be used for immigration [1]
  • 1855-08-01 Castle Garden in NYC (now known as Castle Clinton) opens as 1st US receiving station for immigrants [1]
  • 1855-09-27 George Frederick Bristow's "Rip Van Winkle", 2nd American opera, opens in NYC

Historic Event

1857-03-23 Elisha Otis installs his 1st elevator at 488 Broadway in New York City


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 1,820

  • 1643-05-07 Stephanus Van Cortlandt, American politician, 17th Mayor of New York City (1686-88), born in New Amsterdam (now NYC) (d. 1700)
  • 1720-09-12 Frederick Philipse III, American land owner (Bronx, Westchester & Putnam), born in NYC, New York (d. 1785)
  • 1726-12-04 William Alexander, Lord Stirling, American general (American Revolutionary War leader), born in NYC, New York (d. 1783)

John Jay

1745-12-12 John Jay, US statesman and 1st US Chief Justice, born in NYC, New York (d. 1829)

Robert R. Livingston

1746-11-27 Robert R. Livingston, US Founding Father who delivered oath of office to George Washington, born in NYC, New York (d. 1813)

  • 1768-06-30 Elizabeth Kortright Monroe, First Lady of the United States (1817-25) as the wife of the fifth President James Monroe, born in NYC, New York (d. 1830)

Elizabeth Ann Seton

1774-08-28 Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton, 1st American Catholic saint (1975), born in NYC, New York (d. 1821)

  • 1775-04-21 Alexander Anderson, American engraver and illustrator (Shakespeare), born in NYC, New York (d. 1870)
  • 1779-07-15 Clement Clarke Moore, US professor and author ('Twas the Night Before Xmas), born in NYC, New York (d. 1863)

Washington Irving

1783-04-03 Washington Irving, American writer (Legend of Sleepy Hollow), born in NYC, New York (d. 1859)

  • 1791-02-12 Peter Cooper, American industrialist, inventor and philanthropist (Cooper Union, steam locomotive), born in NYC, New York (d. 1883)
  • 1791-06-09 John Howard Payne, American actor, playwright (Fair Warning), author and creator of the hit song "Home! Sweet Home!", born in NYC, New York (d. 1852)

Charles Wilkes

1798-04-03 Charles Wilkes, American Antarctic explorer and naval officer (Union Navy), born in NYC, New York (d. 1877)

  • 1798-09-01 Richard Delafield, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in NYC, New York (d. 1873)
  • 1801-07-11 John Hill Hewitt, American songwriter (A Minstrel's Return from the War), born in NYC, New York (d. 1890)
  • 1803-07-24 Alexander Jackson Davis, American architect (gothic revivalist), born in NYC, New York (d. 1892)
  • 1804-05-22 John William Livingston, American Commander (Union Navy), born in NYC, New York (d. 1885)
  • 1805-04-30 William Kerley Strong, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in NYC, New York (d. 1867)
  • 1807-07-24 Ira Aldridge, famed 19th century African American Shakespearian actor (Othello), born in NYC, New York (d. 1867) [1]
  • 1808-08-03 Hamilton Fish, American politician (Governor of New York), born in NYC, New York (d. 1893)
  • 1809-02-25 George Washington Cullom, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in NYC, New York (d. 1892)
  • 1811-08-29 Henry Bergh, Founder of American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), born in NYC, New York (d. 1888)
  • 1812-06-14 Fernando Wood, American politician, New York City mayor (1855-58 and 1860-62), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1881)
  • 1812-09-12 Richard Hoe, American inventor and industrialist, born in NYC, New York (d. 1886)
  • 1814-01-26 Rufus King, American newspaper editor, politician and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in NYC, New York (d. 1876)
  • 1814-07-06 Justus McKinstry, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in NYC, New York (d. 1897)
  • 1814-08-23 James Roosevelt Bayley, first Bishop of Newark, New Jersey, and the eighth Archbishop of Baltimore, born in NYC, New York (d. 1877)
  • 1815-04-29 Abram Duryée, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in NYC, New York (d. 1890)
  • 1815-06-02 Philip Kearny, American Major General (Union Army), born in NYC, New York (d. 1862)
  • 1815-11-15 John Banvard, American artist who painted worlds largest painting (3 mile canvas), born in NYC, New York (d. 1892)
  • 1816-06-19 William Henry Webb, American industrialist and philanthropist, born in NYC, New York (d. 1899)
  • 1817-06-21 James Brewerton Ricketts, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in NYC, New York (d. 1887)
  • 1818-08-18 William Farquhar Barry, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in NYC, New York (d. 1879)
  • 1819-05-27 Julia Ward Howe, American poet and author (Battle Hymn of the Republic), born in NYC, New York (d. 1910)

Herman Melville

1819-08-01 Herman Melville, American author (Moby-Dick, Billy Budd), born in NYC, New York (d. 1891)

  • 1819-10-20 Daniel Edgar Sickles, American politician, diplomat and Major General (Union Army), born in NYC, New York (d. 1914)

Alexander Cartwright

1820-04-17 Alexander Cartwright, American Baseball HOF pioneer (recognised as inventor of modern baseball, "father of baseball"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1892)

Bill the Butcher

1821-07-24 William Poole, American gang member (New York City's Bowery Boys), born in Sussex County, New Jersey (d. 1855)

  • 1822-12-10 Thomas Casimer Devin, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in NYC, New York (d. 1878)

Boss Tweed

1823-04-03 William Magear Tweed "Boss Tweed", American politician and corrupt New York fraudster, born in NYC, New York (d. 1878)

  • 1823-05-05 James Allen Hardie, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in NYC, New York (d. 1876)
  • 1823-06-17 John Henry Hobart Ward, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in NYC, New York (d. 1903)
  • 1823-06-21 Edward Elmer Potter, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in NYC, New York (d. 1889)
  • 1824-03-05 James Merritt Ives, American lithographer and businessman (Currier and Ives), born in NYC, New York (d. 1895)
  • 1824-06-03 Charles Kinnaird Graham, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in NYC, New York (d. 1889)
  • 1827-09-22 John Grubb Parke, American Major General (Union Army), born in NYC, New York (d. 1900)
  • 1830-11-20 Patrick Henry Jones, Irish-American lawyer, Postmaster of New York City, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in County Westmeath, Republic of Ireland (d. 1900)
  • 1831-01-26 Mary Mapes Dodge, American writer (Hans Brinker & the Silver Skates), born in NYC, New York
  • 1831-05-28 Eliza Ann Gardner, African-American abolitionist and religious leader, born in NYC, New York (d. 1922)
  • 1831-12-29 Adam Badeau, American author, Union Army officer, and diplomat, born in NYC, New York (d. 1895)
  • 1834-06-16 Wesley Merritt, American Major General (Union Army), 1st American Military Governor of the Philippines, born in NYC, New York (d. 1910)
  • 1835-09-11 William Wirt Allen, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in NYC, New York (d. 1894)
  • 1836-06-14 Thomas Wilberforce Egan, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in NYC, New York (d. 1887)
  • 1836-07-02 Henry Eugene Davies, American writer, public official, lawyer, and Major General (Union Army), born in NYC, New York (d. 1894)
  • 1836-09-11 Fitz Hugh Ludlow, American author (The Hasheesh Eater), born in NYC, New York (d. 1870)
  • 1838-12-03 Cleveland Abbe, American meteorologist (Father of Weather Bureau), born in NYC, New York (d. 1916)
  • 1839-03-09 Phoebe Knapp, American hymn writer and organist, born in NYC, New York (d. 1908)
  • 1841-01-10 George Melville, American polar explorer & naval engineer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1912)

William James

1842-01-11 William James, American psychologist & philosopher (The Principles of Psychology), born in New York (d. 1910)

  • 1842-10-14 Joe Start, American baseball player, born in NYC, New York (d. 1927)
  • 1843-04-15 Henry James, American-British author (Turn of the Screw, Bostonians), born in NYC, New York (d. 1916)
  • 1844-08-22 George Washington De Long, American Arctic Explorer whose disastrous expedition provided evidence to support the theory of trans-Arctic oceanic drift, born in NYC, New York
  • 1845-05-25 Lip Pike, American baseball player, born in NYC, New York (d. 1893)
  • 1848-08-30 Andrew Onderdonk, American railway contractor (Canadian Pacific Railway), born in NYC, New York (d. 1905)
  • 1849-07-20 Robert Anderson Van Wyck, Mayor of New York City (d. 1918)

Emma Lazarus

1849-07-22 Emma Lazarus, Americn poet ("New Colossus" - on the base of Statue of Liberty), born in NYC, New York

  • 1851-04-13 Robert Abbe, American surgeon and radiologist, born in NYC, New York (d. 1928)
  • 1853-11-09 Stanford White, American architect, born in NYC, New York (d. 1906)
  • 1855-07-30 James E. Kelly, American sculptor "Sculptor of American History", born in NYC, New York (d. 1933)
  • 1855-12-05 Clinton Hart Merriam, American zoologist and ornithologist, born in NYC, New York (d. 1942)
  • 1856-05-26 George Templeton Strong, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1948)
  • 1857-06-18 Henry Clay Folger, American CEO of Standard Oil and founder of the Folger Shakespeare Library, born in NYC, New York (d. 1930)
  • 1858-07-24 Wolfgang Kapp, German politician (Kapp Putsch 1920), born in NYC, New York (d. 1922)

Theodore Roosevelt

1858-10-27 Theodore Roosevelt, 26th US President (R: 1901-09; Nobel 1906), born in NYC, New York (d. 1919)

  • 1859-10-29 Charles Ebbets, American sports executive (co-owner of Brooklyn Dodgers 1897-1902), born in NYC, New York (d. 1925)

Billy the Kid

1859-11-23 Billy the Kid [William H. Bonney], American frontier outlaw, born in NYC, New York (d. 1881)

  • 1860-03-11 Thomas Hastings, American architect (NY Public Library), born in NYC, New York
  • 1861-02-02 Solomon R. Guggenheim, American businessman and philanthropist (Guggenheim Museum NYC), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1949)
  • 1861-09-20 Herbert Putnam, American Librarian of Congress, born in NYC, New York (d. 1955)
  • 1861-09-28 Pedro De Cordoba, American actor (Club Havana, Swamp Fire, Saboteur), born in NYC, New York (d. 1950)

Edith Wharton

1862-01-24 Edith Wharton [-Jones], Pulitzer prize-winning novelist (Ethan Frome, House of Mirth), born in NYC, New York (d. 1937)

  • 1862-11-08 James Edward Sullivan, American sports official and founder (Amateur Athletic Union), born in NYC, New York (d. 1914)
  • 1863-09-21 John Bunny, American film comedian, born in NYC, New York (d. 1915)
  • 1863-12-16 Ralph Adams Cram, American gothic architect (Cathedral of St Joan NYC)
  • 1864-12-25 Thomas Cahill, American soccer coach and administrator (first coach US men's national team), born in NYC, NY (d. 1951)
  • 1865-06-26 George C. Pearce, American actor (The Shadow Sinister, British Agent, Valiant), born in NYC, New York (d. 1940)
  • 1865-12-20 Elsie De Wolfe, American socialite and interior decorator, born in NYC, New York (d. 1950)
  • 1866-01-19 Harry Davenport, American actor and director (Her Unborn Child, My Sin), born in NYC, New York (d. 1949)
  • 1867-01-21 James Marcus, American actor (The Eagle, The Lonely Trail), born in NYC, New York (d. 1937)

Lillian Wald

1867-03-10 Lillian Wald, American pioneering nurse and social activist who started American community nursing with the Henry Street Settlement in NYC, born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1940)

  • 1867-09-21 Henry L. Stimson, American statesman (46th United States Secretary of State), born in NYC, New York (d. 1950)

Typhoid Mary

1869-09-23 Mary Mallon, Irish-American patient ('Typhoid Mary') 1st person in the US known to be immune to typhoid, and carrier of the disease (infected at least 51 people in New York City), born in Cookstown, Ireland (d. 1938)

  • 1870-01-02 Tex Rickard, American boxing promoter and entrepreneur (founder NHL New York Rangers; builder third incarnation of Madison Square Garden, NYC), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1929)
  • 1870-02-12 Joe Howard, American vaudeville, Broadway, and television singer (Gay Nineties Revue), and songwriter ("Hello Ma Baby"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1961) [1]
  • 1870-05-24 Benjamin N. Cardozo, American lawyer and jurist, born in NYC, New York (d. 1938)
  • 1871-07-17 Lyonel Feininger, German-American cartoonist and painter, born in NYC, New York (d. 1956)
  • 1871-10-02 Martha Brookes Hutcheson, American landscape architect, born in NYC, New York (d. 1959)
  • 1872-04-29 Harry Payne Whitney, American businessman and thoroughbred horse breeder, born in NYC, New York (d. 1930)
  • 1873-08-18 Otto Harbach [Hauerbach], American librettist, lyricist (Smoke Gets in Your Eyes), and mentor to Oscar Hammerstein II, born in NYC, New York (d. 1963)
  • 1874-04-24 John Russell Pope, American architect (Jefferson Memorial, National Archives and Records Administration), born in NYC, New York (d. 1937)

Famous Weddings

Chester A. Arthur

1859-10-25 US President Chester A. Arthur (30) weds Ellen Herndon (22) at Calvary Episcopal Church in NYC, New York

George McClellan

1860-05-22 US Major General George McClellan (33) weds Mary Ellen Marcy at Calvary Church in NYC, New York

  • 1863-02-10 P. T. Barnum stages wedding of Tom Thumb & Mercy Lavinia Warren, both midgets, in NYC

Andrew Carnegie

1887-04-22 Business magnate Andrew Carnegie (51) weds Louise Whitfield (30) in NYC, New York

Benjamin Harrison

1896-04-06 23rd US President Benjamin Harrison (63) weds Mary Scott (37) at St Thomas Protestant Episcopal Church in New York City

Milton S. Hershey

1898-05-25 Chocolatier Milton S. Hershey (40) weds Catherine Sweeney at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City

William Randolph Hearst

1903-04-28 Newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst (40) weds Millicent Veronica Willson (21) in New York City

Wedding of Interest

1929-06-03 American actor Douglas Fairbanks Jr (19) weds American actress Joan Crawford (24) at St. Malachy Catholic church in NYC's theatre district; divorce in 1933

Johnny Mercer

1931-06-08 Songwriter Johnny Mercer (21) weds chorus girl Ginger Meehan (21) in New York City [1]

Gary Cooper

1933-12-15 American actor Gary Cooper (32) weds American actress Veronica Balfe (20) at her mother's home on Park Avenue, New York City

Henry Fonda

1936-09-16 American actor Henry Fonda (31) weds Canadian-American socialite Frances Ford Seymour (28) at Christ Church, New York City

Milton Friedman

1938-06-25 Economist Milton Friedman (25) weds Rose Friedman at the Jewish Seminary in New York City

Myrna Loy

1942-06-06 "The Thin Man" actress Myrna Loy (36) weds John Hertz Jr. in New York City

  • 1950-12-27 American actor Henry Fonda (45) weds socialite and third wife Susan Blanchard (22) in New York City; divorce in 1956
  • 1953-05-23 John F. Kennedy's sister Eunice Kennedy (31) weds activist and attorney Sargent Shriver at Saint Patrick's Cathedral in New York City
  • 1953-08-30 Future NYC mayor David Dinkins marries Joyce Burrows in NYC

Marcel Duchamp

1954-01-16 Painter Marcel Duchamp (66) weds Alexina "Tweeny" Matisse (48) in New York City

Willie Mays

1956-02-14 MLB center fielder Willie Mays (24) weds Margherite Wendell Chapman in NYC, New York

Adolph Green

1960-01-31 Songwriter Adolph Green marries actress and singer Phyllis Newman in NYC

  • 1960-04-30 American Olympic men's figure skating gold medallist (1956) Hayes Alan Jenkins marries Olympic women's champion Carol Heiss in NYC, NY

Ralph Lauren

1964-12-20 Fashion designer Ralph Lauren (25) weds Ricky Anne Loew-Beer in NYC, New York

  • 1965-10-16 American singer Leslie Uggams (32) weds her childhood friend and later manager Grahame Pratt in NYC

Alice Walker

1967-03-17 "The Color Purple" novelist Alice Walker (23) weds civil rights lawyer Melvyn Leventhal (23) in New York City; divorce in 1976

Arthur Ashe

1977-02-20 World No. 1 tennis player Arthur Ashe (33) weds photographer Jeanne Moutoussamy in New York City

Joe Biden

1977-06-17 US Senator Joe Biden of Delaware (34) weds teacher Jill Jacobs (26) at the Chapel at the United Nations in New York City

  • 1982-07-01 Over 2000 Unification Church couples marry at NYC Madison Square Garden
  • 1982-07-22 Biggest mass wedding, Rev Sun Myung Moon weds 2,200 couples in NYC

Mary Tyler Moore

1983-11-23 "Ordinary People" actress Mary Tyler Moore (46) weds Dr. Robert Levine at the Pierre Hotel in New York City

  • 1985-09-18 Comedian Jeff Foxworthy (27) weds Pamela Gregg at New York City's Central Park

Vanessa Williams

1987-01-03 Singer and former Miss America Vanessa Williams (23) marries Ramon T. Hervey in NYC; divorce 1997

Marlee Matlin

1993-08-29 Actress Marlee Matlin (28) weds Kevin Grandalski (28) in New York City

  • 1994-05-14 Mayflower Madame Sydney Biddle Barrows (42) weds television producer Darnay Hoffman (46) at Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City
  • 1994-12-10 Former Senate Majority Leader Mitchell (61) weds sports marketing executive Heather MacLachlan (35) at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in New York City
  • 1996-02-29 Fashion designer Nicole Miller (44) weds Kim Taipale (42) in the office of New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani
  • 1996-04-16 Singer Judy Collins (57) weds industrial designer Louis Nelson (59) at Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City
  • 1996-09-14 Actress Liz Keifer (33) weds Robert Convertino (41) at Rihga Royal Hotel in New York City
  • 1998-12-12 TV personality Melissa Rivers (30) weds horse breeder John Endicott at The Plaza Hotel in New York City

Wedding of Interest

2000-11-18 Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones (31) weds actor/producer Michael Douglas (56) at the Plaza Hotel in New York City

Liza Minnelli

2002-03-16 Oscar-winning entertainer Liza Minnelli (56) weds producer David Gest (48) at the Marble Collegiate Church in New York City

Laurence Fishburne

2002-09-20 "The Matrix" actor Laurence Fishburne (41) weds actress Gina Torres (33) at The Cloisters museum in New York City

  • 2003-05-10 Fashion designer Shoshanna Lonstein (28) weds investment analyst Joshua Gruss at the Metropolitan Club in New York City
  • 2003-08-09 Former "New Kids on the Block" singer Joey McIntyre (30) weds real estate agent Barrett Williams (25) in New York City's Plaza Hotel
  • 2004-11-13 "The View" co-host Star Jones (42) weds banker Al Reynolds (35) at St. Bartholomew's Church in New York City; divorce in 2008
  • 2005-02-20 "Iron Chef America" host Bobby Flay (40) weds former "Law and Order: SVU" actress Stephanie March (30) at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in New York City
  • 2005-09-25 "Gremlins" actor Zach Galligan (41) weds Ling-Ling Hu Ingerick at New York City's Yale Club in New York City
  • 2005-10-09 "The O.C." writer and talk show host Regis Philbin's daughter Jennifer Joy Philbin (31) weds NBC comedy series "The Office" writer Michael Schur (32) at St. Ignatius Loyola Church in New York City

Matt Damon

2005-12-09 "Bourne" actor Matt Damon (35) weds Argentine-born Luciana Barrosa (29) at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau near New York City Hall

  • 2006-09-30 Actress Amanda Peet (34) weds screenwriter David Benioff (36) at Friends Seminary Quaker School in New York City
  • 2007-02-14 Former Felicity actress Keri Russell (30) weds longtime boyfriend Shane Deary (30) in NYC, New York

Tony Bennett

2007-06-01 Legendary crooner Tony Bennett (80) weds his longtime girlfriend Susan Crow (47) in New York City

Ellen Pompeo

2007-11-09 "Grey's Anatomy" actress Ellen Pompeo (38) weds music producer Chris Ivery (38) in NYC, New York

  • 2008-11-17 Heartthrob finalist from Top Chef's second season Sam Talbot (30) weds Colombian model and t-shirt designer Paola Guerrero in a secret wedding ceremony at City Hall in New York City
  • 2009-01-31 "Stay" singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb (40) weds Late Night with Conan O'Brien music supervisor Roey Hershkovitz (30) at Manhattan restaurant in New York City
  • 2009-10-11 "Mad Men" actress Christina Hendricks (37) weds actor Geoffrey Arend (34) at the couple's favorite Il Buco restaurant in New York City
  • 2010-03-28 "The Real Housewives of New York City" TV Personality Bethenny Frankel (39) weds Jason Hoppy at the Four Seasons Restaurant in New York City

David Krumholtz

2010-05-22 "Numb3rs" star David Krumholtz (32) weds actress Vanessa Britting (29) at The Plaza Hotel in New York City

  • 2010-07-10 NBA star Carmelo Anthony (25) weds actress Lala Vasquez (30) at Cipriani 42nd St. in New York City
  • 2010-07-11 Former "Las Vegas" actress Vanessa Marcil (42) weds "CSI: NY" actor Corey Feldman (39) in New York City

Cynthia Nixon

2012-05-27 Actress Cynthia Nixon (46) weds education activist Christine Marinoni in New York City

Alec Baldwin

2012-06-30 Actor Alec Baldwin (54) weds Hilaria Thomas at St. Patrick's Old Cathedral in New York City

  • 2012-07-07 "The Office" Ellie Kemper (32) weds former "Conan O'Brien" writer Michael Koman at the Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church in New York City
  • 2012-12-21 CNN anchor Erin Burnett (36) weds finance executive David Rubulotta (42) in New York City Hall
  • 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
  • 2013-06-21 American actor Peter Scolari (57) weds American broadway actress Tracy Shayne in NYC, New York
  • 2013-07-20 "Modern Family" actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson (37) weds lawyer Justin Mikita in NYC, New York
  • 2013-09-06 Actor Josh Charles (41) weds ballet dancer and author Sophie Flack at a private residence in Manhattan, New York City
  • 2013-10-12 "30 Rock" actor Keith Powell weds visual artist Jill Knox at Tribeca Rooftop in NYC, New York
  • 2014-07-26 Actress Piper Perabo (37) weds director Stephen Kay in NYC, New York
  • 2015-08-23 Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan (46) weds model Megan Wollover (28) in NYC
  • 2017-05-28 Mr. Robot screenwriter Sam Esmail (39) weds actress Emmy Rossum (30) at the East 55th Street Synagogue in New York City

Famous Deaths

  • 1700-11-25 Stephanus Van Cortlandt, American politician, 17th Mayor of New York City (1686-88), dies at 57
  • 1826-12-15 William Browser, American slave, executed in NYC for participating in the murder of two ship's officers during a slave revolt on board the Decatur
  • 1829-04-30 George Washington Adams, son of John Q Adams, dies on City Island, NYC

Bill the Butcher

1855-03-08 William Poole, Infamous member of New York City's Bowery Boys gang, dies of a gunshot wound at 33

  • 1862-02-21 Nathaniel Gordon is hanged in NYC for engaging in the slave trade, the only slave trader in US history to be convicted and executed under the Piracy Law of 1820
  • 1881-02-14 Fernando Wood, New York City mayor (b. 1812)
  • 1899-09-14 Henry Bliss, American real estate agent, dies when struck by a taxicab in NYC at 69
  • 1915-09-21 Anthony Comstock, anti-vice crusader, dies at 71 in NYC
  • 1927-11-01 Florence Mills [Winfrey], American cabaret singer, dancer and comedian, known as 'the Queen of Happiness', dies of tuberculosis at 31
  • 1929-01-06 Tex Rickard, American boxing promoter and entrepreneur (founder NHL New York Rangers; builder third incarnation of Madison Square Garden, NYC), dies of complications from an appendectomy at 59

Lillian Wald

1940-09-01 Lillian Wald, American pioneering nurse and social activist who started American community nursing with the Henry Street Settlement in NYC, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 73

  • 1942-04-18 Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, American sculptor & art patron (founder of the Whitney Museum of American Art NYC), dies at 67
  • 1947-09-20 Fiorello La Guardia, American politician (Mayor-R-NYC, 1933-45), dies at 64
  • 1952-05-09 Canada Lee [Leonard Canegata], African-American actor (Lost Boundaries), dies of a heart attack at 45

ExecutionJulius Rosenberg

1953-06-19 Julius Rosenberg, 1st US civilian executed at Sing Sing, NY for espionage at 35

Charlie "Bird" Parker

1955-03-12 Charlie "Bird" Parker, American jazz saxophonist (Ornithology) and composer, dies of pneumonia and a bleeding ulcer at 34 in NYC

Arturo Toscanini

1957-01-16 Arturo Toscanini, Italian cellist and conductor (La Scala, 1898-1908 & 1921-29; Metropolitan Opera, 1908-15; New York Philharmonic, 1926-36; NBC Symphony Orchestra, 1937-41 & 1944-54), dies after a stroke in NYC at 89

  • 1957-03-31 Gene Lockhart, American actor (Going My Way), dies at 65
  • 1962-10-04 John Lowry, NYC builder (Radio City Music Hall), dies at 79
  • 1965-01-12 Lorraine Hansberry, American playwright (A Raisin in the Sun), and writer (To Be Young Gifted And Black), dies in NYC, dies of pancreatic cancer at 34

AssassinationMalcolm X

1965-02-21 Malcolm X [Little], African American human rights activist and Muslim minister, assassinated in New York City at 39

  • 1967-12-11 Howard Freeman, American actor (Studio One, Double Dynamite), dies after illness at 68
  • 1968-10-15 Bea Benaderet, American actress (Kate-Petticoat Junction), dies at 62
  • 1973-07-24 Mary Frasca, singer/actress, dies in NYC
  • 1975-03-09 Joseph Dunninger, NYC, mentalist (Amazing Dunninger), dies at 82
  • 1976-04-07 Mary Margaret McBride, American radio personality (WOR-AM, NYC), dies at 76

Groucho Marx

1977-08-19 Groucho Marx [Julius], American comedian (Marx Bros, You Bet Your Life), dies at 86

  • 1978-10-12 Nancy Spungen, killed by boyfriend Sid Vicious in NYC
  • 1979-12-09 Fulton J. Sheen, American archbishop and religious broadcaster (Life is Worth Living), dies in NYC at 84
  • 1979-12-11 Claire Carleton, American actress (Alice-Cimarron City), dies at 66
  • 1981-12-10 John Kieran, American columnist and author (Natural History of NYC), dies at 89
  • 1982-02-21 Murray the K [Kaufman], American disk jockey sometimes referred to as the 5th Beatle, dies of cancer at 60
  • 1982-11-17 Ruth Donnelly, comedienne, dies at 86 in NYC
  • 1982-11-25 Robert Coote, British actor (The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Scaramouche), dies of a heart attack at 73

George Balanchine

1983-04-30 George Balanchine, Russian-American ballet composer and choreographer who founded the New York City Ballet, dies from Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease at 79

  • 1985-02-28 Charita Bauer, American actress (The Guiding Light, Aldrich Family), dies following long illness at 62
  • 1985-05-13 Leatrice Joy, silent screen star, dies in Riverdale (Bronx) NYC at 91
  • 1985-12-16 Paul Castellano, American organized-crime chief, shot dead at a NYC restaurant at 70
  • 1986-08-26 Jennifer Levin, American murder victim, strangled by Robert Chambers in New York City's Central Park aged 18
  • 1986-10-22 Jane Dornnacker, WNBC-AM NYC helicopter traffic reporter, dies doing a live traffic report as her copter crashes
  • 1987-11-04 Raphael Soyer, Russian-born American artist (Depression scenes in NYC), dies at 87
  • 1987-11-06 William Pahlmann, American interior designer (4 Season restaurant, NYC), dies at 80
  • 1990-01-17 Anna Arnold Hedgeman, African-American social activist (NYC cabinet), dies at 90
  • 1990-03-29 Germaine Montenesdro, 2nd victim of NYC's Zodiac killer, shot dead
  • 1991-02-12 Robert F. Wagner Jr., Mayor of New York City (Democrat: 1954-65), dies at 80
  • 1992-12-18 Mother Clare Hale, cared for NYC AIDS babies (Hale House), dies at 87
  • 1994-04-03 Pat Harper, American NYC news anchor (WPIX, WNBC), dies of a heart attack at 59
  • 1996-04-09 Sandy Becker, NYC Kiddie TV Show host (Sandy Becker Show), dies at 74
  • 1998-06-23 Paul O'Dwyer, Irish-American politician and President of City Council (D-NYC), dies at 90
  • 1999-10-07 Rev. Bruce Ritter, American Catholic priest and controversial founder of charity New York City based Covenant House, dies of cancer at 72
  • 2001-02-10 Abraham Beame, Mayor of New York City (b. 1906)
  • 2002-06-10 Benjamin Ward, 1st African American NYC Police Commissioner, dies at 75
  • 2003-07-23 James E. Davis, New York City councilman (murdered) (b. 1962)
  • 2010-10-20 Harvey Phillips, American tubist (NYC Ballet Orchestra), dies at 80

Grete Waitz

2011-04-19 Grete Waitz, Norwegian long distance athlete (9 x NYC Marathon titles; World C'ship gold 1983; 5 x gold World Cross Country; WR x 4), dies of cancer at 57

Ed Koch

2013-02-01 Ed Koch, American congressman and New York City Mayor (1977-89), dies of heart failure at 88

  • 2016-06-05 Phyllis Curtin, American soprano (NYC Opera), dies at 94
  • 2017-01-10 Steven McDonald, New York City Police Department patrolman who was shot and paralyzed in the line of duty, dies at 59
  • 2018-01-09 Karin von Aroldingen, German ballet dancer (NYC Ballet), dies at 76
  • 2019-01-08 Patricia McBride Lousada, American ballerina (Ballet Society/New York City Ballet, 1946-51), and cookbook author (Pasta Italian Style), dies at 89