New York City in History (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 926

Sports History

1857-10-06 First American Chess Congress hosted by the American Chess Association in NYC, NY; won by Paul Morphy 10 November

  • 1858-08-02 1st mailboxes installed in Boston and NYC streets
  • 1858-10-28 R. H. Macy & Co opens 1st store, (6th Ave-NYC) Gross receipts $11.06
  • 1859-04-04 Bryant's Minstrels debut "Dixie" in New York City in the finale of a blackface minstrel show
  • 1860-02-01 1st rabbi to open House of Representatives, Morris Raphall of NYC
  • 1860-08-08 Queen of Sandwich Islands (Hawaii) arrives in NYC
  • 1861-01-06 NYC mayor proposes NY become a free city, trading with North and South
  • 1863-01-13 Chenille yarn making machine patented by William Canter in NYC
  • 1863-07-13 Anti-draft mobs lynch blacks in NYC; about 1,000 die
  • 1863-10-01 5 Russian warships welcomed in NYC
  • 1864-11-25 Confederate plot to burn New York city fails
  • 1865-01-04 New York Stock Exchange opens its 1st permanent headquarters at 10-12 Broad St, near Wall Street in New York City
  • 1866-02-26 New York Legislature forms NYC Metropolitan Board of Health
  • 1867-07-02 1st US elevated railroad begins service, NYC
  • 1868-03-21 1st US professional women's club, Sorosis, forms in NYC
  • 1868-11-11 1st American amateur track & field meet (NYC)
  • 1869-04-08 American Museum of Natural History opens in New York City
  • 1870-02-10 YWCA (Young Women's Christian Association) forms (NYC)
  • 1870-04-13 Metropolitan Museum of Art forms in NYC
  • 1871-06-16 Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of Mystic Shrine founded, NYC
  • 1871-11-16 National Rifle Association is first chartered in the State of New York
  • 1871-11-21 Moses F Gale patents a cigar lighter (NYC)
  • 1871-12-19 Albert L Jones of New York City patents corrugated paper

Presidential Convention

1872-05-10 Victoria Woodhull becomes 1st woman nominated for US presidency by Equal Rights Party at Apollo Hall, NYC

  • 1872-09-26 The first Shriners Temple (called Mecca) was established in New York City.
  • 1872-12-26 4th largest snowfall in NYC history (18")

Historic Event

1873-10-30 P. T. Barnum's circus, "Greatest Show on Earth", debuts (New York City)

Historic Event

1873-11-19 William Magear Tweed "Boss Tweed", of Tammany Hall (NYC) convicted of defrauding city of $6M, sentenced to 12 years' imprisonment

  • 1873-12-30 American Metrological Society forms (NYC) weights, measures & money
  • 1874-01-01 New York City annexes the Bronx
  • 1874-01-13 Battle between jobless and police in NYC leaves 100s injured
  • 1874-03-22 Young Men's Hebrew Association organizes in NYC
  • 1875-04-25 Latest date for measurable snow in NYC (3")
  • 1875-07-19 Emma Abbott, a floating hospital for sick children, makes trial trip, NYC
  • 1875-11-13 National Bowling Association organized in NYC
  • 1875-12-04 William Magear Tweed "Boss Tweed" (Tammany Hall, NYC) escapes from jail
  • 1876-02-02 Baseball's National League forms at the Grand Central Hotel, NYC with teams in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Hartford, Louisville, New York, Philadelphia and St Louis
  • 1876-04-11 Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks organizes in New York City
  • 1876-06-04 An express train called the Transcontinental Express arrives in San Francisco, California, via the First Transcontinental Railroad only 83 hours and 39 minutes after having left New York City.
  • 1877-02-07 1st Guernsey Cattle Club organizes (NYC)
  • 1877-09-20 Chase National Bank opens in NYC (later merges into Chase Manhattan)
  • 1879-01-16 January record 13" of snow falls in NYC (broken Jan 7, 1996)
  • 1879-02-12 1st artificial ice rink in North America (Madison Square Garden, NYC)
  • 1879-05-30 Gilmore Garden (NYC) renamed Madison Square Garden
  • 1880-02-16 American Society of Mechanical Engineers forms (NYC)
  • 1881-03-18 Barnum & Bailey Circus, traveling as "The Greatest Show on Earth", debuts at Madison Square Garden in New York City following the merger of two existing circus groups [1]
  • 1881-05-21 US National Lawn Tennis Association is established in NYC, New York
  • 1882-02-21 NYC's 24 hour race begins, winner with most mileage in 24 hours
  • 1882-02-22 With 120 miles James Saunders wins NYC's 24 hour race & $100 prize
  • 1882-03-25 1st demonstration of pancake making, held at a department store in NYC
  • 1882-06-06 Electric iron patented by Henry W Seely, NYC
  • 1882-09-05 10,000 workers march in 1st Labor Day parade in NYC
  • 1883-10-22 New York's original Metropolitan Opera House has its grand opening with a performance of Charles Gounod's opera "Faust"

Statue of Liberty

1884-08-05 Cornerstone for Statue of Liberty laid on Bedloe's Island (NYC)

  • 1884-10-22 Sporting Life announces that both pennant winners will meet in 3 game series Oct 23-25 at Polo Grounds NYC to determine baseball champion
  • 1884-10-27 Architect Henry Hardenberghs Dakota-complex opens in NYC

Historic Event

1885-06-17 Statue of Liberty arrives in NYC aboard French ship `Isere'

  • 1885-09-04 1st cafeteria opens (NYC)
  • 1886-03-06 1st US nurses' magazine, The Nightingale, 1st appears, NYC

Historic Event

1886-10-28 Statue of Liberty dedicated by US President Grover Cleveland, celebrated by first confetti (ticker tape) parade in New York City

  • 1886-12-22 1st national accountants' society in US formed (NYC)
  • 1887-11-23 Opera "Trumpeter of Säckingen" 1st American production (NYC)
  • 1888-03-14 Second largest snowfall in NYC history (21")
  • 1889-10-10 Barnard College is founded in New York City after Columbia University refuses to accept women
  • 1889-10-18 First all-NYC "World Championship" Baseball Series; New York Giants (NL) play Brooklyn Bridegrooms (AA); Giants go on to win series, 6-3
  • 1890-01-22 Jose Marti forms La Liga (Union of Cuban exiles) in NYC
  • 1890-06-06 United States Polo Association forms, NYC
  • 1891-08-17 1st public bathhouse with showers opens in NYC (People's Bath)
  • 1891-09-14 "Empire State Express" train goes from NYC to East Buffalo, a distance of 436 miles, in a record 7H6M
  • 1892-01-01 Ellis Island opens as a US immigration inspection station - it would go on to be the gateway to the US for more than 12 million people
  • 1892-03-15 1st escalator patented by inventor Jesse W Reno (NYC)
  • 1892-08-27 NYC's Metropolitan Opera House (opened in 1883) catches fire; takes two years to restore
  • 1892-12-27 Foundation Stone of Cathedral of St John laid (NYC)
  • 1894-09-04 In NYC, 12,000 tailors went on strike protesting against sweat shops
  • 1894-12-22 United States Golf Association forms in New York
  • 1895-01-31 Jose Martí & others leave NYC for invasion of Spanish Cuba
  • 1895-05-20 1st commercial movie performance (153 Broadway, NYC)
  • 1895-09-09 American Bowling Congress forms (NYC)
  • 1896-01-04 AFL charters Actors' National Protective Union, NYC
  • 1896-01-18 1st demonstration of an X-ray machine in US (NYC)
  • 1896-03-08 Volunteers of America forms (NYC)
  • 1896-05-30 First car accident occurs; Henry Wells hits a cyclist in NYC
  • 1896-08-29 Chop suey invented in NYC by chef of visiting Chinese Ambassador
  • 1897-02-11 White Rose Mission opens on East 97th Street, NYC
  • 1897-04-22 NYC Jewish newspaper "Forward" begins publishing (still active)
  • 1897-12-31 Brooklyn's last day as a city, it incorporates into NYC (1/1/1898)
  • 1898-03-25 Intercollegiate Trapshooting Association formed in NYC
  • 1899-02-12 1st 2-man team 6-day bicycle race in US begins, Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • 1899-03-17 Windsor luxury hotel in NYC catches fire, 92 die

Boxing Title Fight

1899-11-03 World heavyweight boxing champion James J. Jeffries retains title; beats Irishman Tom Sharkey on points in 25 rounds at Coney Island Athletic Club, Brooklyn, NYC

  • 1900-03-24 New York City Mayor Robert Anderson Van Wyck breaks ground for a new underground "Rapid Transit Railroad" that would link Manhattan and Brooklyn.
  • 1900-05-22 Associated Press organizes in NYC as nonprofit news cooperative
  • 1900-11-03 First US automobile show opens at Madison Square Garden (NYC)
  • 1901-10-04 Charlie Barr skippered Columbia (US) beats Shamrock II (UK), 3-0 on New York City Harbour in 11th America's Cup yachting challenge series
  • 1902-01-27 5 workers killed on explosion during IRT subway construction (NYC)
  • 1902-02-06 Young Women's Hebrew Association organizes in NYC
  • 1902-07-30 Anti-Jewish rioters attack funeral procession of Rabbi Joseph (NYC)
  • 1902-12-28 1st indoor pro football game, Syracuse beats Philadelphia 6-0 (Madison Square Garden, NYC)
  • 1903-01-09 Frank Farrell and Bill Devery purchase the American League's Baltimore baseball franchise for $18,000 and move it to NYC (later the NY Yankees)

Historic Event

1903-03-02 Martha Washington Hotel, catering to women only, opens in NYC


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 1,821

  • 1874-11-18 Clarence Day, American author (Life with Father), born in NYC, New York (d. 1935)
  • 1875-01-09 Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, American sculptor and art patron (founder of the Whitney Museum of American Art NYC), born in NYC, New York (d. 1942)
  • 1877-08-25 Joshua L. Cowen, American inventor (electric train), born in NYC, New York (d. 1965)

Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt

1877-10-20 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Sr., American businessman and sportsman (New York Central Railway), born in NYC, New York (d. 1915)

  • 1877-11-02 Claire McDowell, American actress (Big Parade), born in NYC, New York (d. 1966)
  • 1879-10-05 John Erskine, American poet and writer (Private Life of Helen of Troy), born in NYC, New York (d. 1951)
  • 1880-03-10 Michael Jacobs, American boxing promoter, born in NYC, New York
  • 1880-07-04 Pat Rooney, American vaudevillian and actor (Night Club), born in NYC, New York (d. 1962)
  • 1880-11-10 Jacob Epstein, American-English sculptor (Adam, Jacob & the Angel), born in NYC, New York (d. 1959)
  • 1881-04-11 Harvey Bartlett Gaul, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1945)
  • 1881-09-06 Charlie Dell, American actor and comedian (Pickle in the Middle), born in NYC, New York (d. 1971)
  • 1881-12-15 James Schneider, American actor (The Key to Yesterday, Keystone Kops), born in NYC, New York (d. 1967)

Arnold Rothstein

1882-01-17 Arnold Rothstein, American gambler and mobster (fixed 1919 World Series), born in NYC, New York (d, 1928)

  • 1882-02-08 George Siegmann, American actor (Birth of Nation, Queen of Sheba, Oliver Twist), born in NYC, New York (d. 1928)
  • 1882-05-23 James Gleason, American writer and actor (Bishop's Wife, Flying Fool), born in NYC, New York (d. 1959)
  • 1882-05-29 Doris Ulmann, American photographer best known for her portraits of the people of Appalachia, born in NYC, New York (d. 1934)
  • 1882-06-14 Michael Zadora, American pianist and composer, born in New York City (d. 1946)

Éamon de Valera

1882-10-14 Éamon de Valera, Irish politician (President of Ireland (1937-48, 51-54, 57-59)), born in NYC, New York (d. 1975)

  • 1882-11-13 John Lowry, American NYC builder (Radio City Music Hall), born in Mount Vernon, New York (d. 1962)
  • 1882-12-11 Fiorello La Guardia, American politician (Mayor-R- 1933-45), born in NYC, New York (d. 1947)
  • 1883-07-06 Ralph Morgan [Wupperman], American actor (Creeper, Imposter, Jack London), born in NYC, New York (d. 1956)
  • 1883-08-19 Elsie Ferguson, American film actress (Footlights, Scarlet Pages), born in NYC, New York (d. 1961)
  • 1883-10-26 Paul Pilgrim, American athlete (Olympic gold 1904, 06), born in NYC, New York (d. 1958)
  • 1884-04-01 Laurette Taylor [Helen Loretta Cooney], American actress (Peg o' My Heart), born in NYC, New York (d. 1946)

Maxwell Perkins

1884-09-20 Maxwell Perkins, American editor and publisher, born in NYC, New York (d. 1947)

  • 1884-09-25 John Howard Lawson, American scriptwriter and playwright (Blockade, Algiers, Sahara), born in NYC, New York (d. 1977)

Eleanor Roosevelt

1884-10-11 Eleanor Roosevelt, American 1st lady (1933-1945) human rights advocate (UN), born in NYC, New York (d. 1962)

  • 1884-10-12 Godfrey Tearle, English-American actor (39 Steps, Mandy, At Dawn We Die), born in NYC, New York (d. 1953)
  • 1884-10-20 Thomas Chalmers, American opera singer, actor, and filmmaker (Blind Alleys, Outrage), born in NYC, New York (d. 1966)
  • 1884-12-02 Ruth Draper, American actress and dramatist (The Italian Lesson), born in NYC, New York (d. 1956)

Jerome Kern

1885-01-27 Jerome Kern, American Broadway and film composer (Showboat; Roberta), born in NYC, New York (d. 1945)

  • 1885-02-24 Bert Lytell, American actor (One Man's Family), born in NYC, New York (d. 1954)
  • 1885-10-01 Louis Untermeyer, American poet and critic (Immortal Poems, Story Poems), born in NYC, New York (d. 1977)
  • 1885-12-22 (Joseph) Deems Taylor, American music critic (New York World), composer (Through The Looking Glass; Peter Ibbetson), and promoter of classical music (Fantasia), born in NYC, New York (d. 1966)
  • 1886-06-11 David Barnard Steinman, American civil engineer and bridge designer (Hudson, Triborough), born in NYC, New York (d. 1960)
  • 1886-06-28 Frank Mayo, American silent screen actor (Burning Gold, Hell's Headquarters), born in NYC, New York (d. 1963)
  • 1887-03-22 Chico Marx [Leonard Marx], American comedian (Marx Brothers), born in NYC, New York (d. 1961)
  • 1887-05-21 Mabel "Nell" Taliaferro, American actress (Sentimental Tommy, My Love Come Back), born in NYC, New York (d. 1979)
  • 1887-05-28 Hank Mann, American actor (City Lights, Smoky, Dawn Trail, Fugitive Road), born in NYC, New York (d. 1971)
  • 1887-06-05 Ruth Benedict, American anthropologist (Patterns of Culture), born in NYC, New York (d. 1948)
  • 1887-11-03 Nat Fleischer, American boxing writer (established Ring Magazine), born in New York City, NY (d. 1972)
  • 1887-11-16 Philip H. Frohman, American architect (Washington National Cathedral), born in NYC, New York (d. 1972)
  • 1887-12-25 John Davidson, American actor (Dick Tracy vs Crime Inc, Charlie Chan-Chinese Cat), born in NYC, New York (d. 1968)
  • 1888-04-19 William Axt, American film score composer (The Prisoner of Zenda), born in NYC, New York (d. 1959)
  • 1888-04-27 Florence La Badie, Canadian-American actress (Cinderella, The Evidence of the Film), born in NYC, New York (d. 1917)
  • 1888-05-31 Jack Holt, American golddigger and actor (Cat People, San Francisco, Brimstone), born in NYC, New York (d. 1951)
  • 1888-08-17 Monty Wooley, American actor (Pied Piper, The Man Who Came to Dinner), born in NYC, New York (d. 1963)
  • 1888-10-03 Roy Webb, American film score composer (films of Val Lewton), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1982)
  • 1888-10-09 Irving Cummings Sr., American silent screen actor and director (Curly Top), born in NYC, New York (d. 1959)

Eugene O'Neill

1888-10-16 Eugene O'Neill, American playwright (Desire Under the Elms-Nobel 1936), born in NYC, New York (d. 1953)

  • 1888-11-16 Burnet Corwin Tuthill, American composer (Laurentia), born in NYC, New York (d. 1982)
  • 1888-11-23 Harpo Marx [Adolph], American actor and comedian (Marx brothers), born in NYC, New York (d. 1964)
  • 1888-12-18 Robert Moses, American Parks official (oversaw rebuilding of Long Island & NYC parks & roads), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1981)
  • 1889-05-20 Felix Arndt, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1918)
  • 1889-06-10 Cliff Clark, American actor (Kid Glove Killer, Golden Hoofs, Vigilante Hideout), born in NYC, New York (d. 1953)
  • 1889-07-10 Robert [Harriot] Barrat, American actor (Bad Lands, Go West, Distant Drums), born in NYC, New York (d. 1970)
  • 1889-07-12 Marty Friedman, American Basketball Hall of Fame guard and coach (tied World C'ship series, New York Whirlwinds 1921), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)

Walter Lippmann

1889-09-23 Walter Lippmann, American journalist/political writer (Public Opinion), born in NYC, New York

  • 1890-02-18 Edward Arnold, American actor (Mr Smith Goes to Washington), born in NYC, New York
  • 1890-05-06 Claire Whitney, American silent film actress (Blind Fools, Haunted Mine), born in NYC, New York (d. 1969)
  • 1890-06-01 Frank Morgan [Francis Wuppermann], American silent and sound film character actor (The Wizard of Oz; The Affairs of Cellini), born in NYC, New York (d. 1949)
  • 1890-06-06 Dorothy Heyward, American playwright (Porgy), born in NYC, New York (d. 1961)
  • 1890-08-15 Elvin M. Jellinek, American Physiologist and pioneer in the study of alcoholism, born in NYC, New York
  • 1890-09-23 Arthur Walter Kramer, American composer, born in NYC, New York

Groucho Marx

1890-10-02 Groucho Marx [Julius], American comedian (Marx Bros, You Bet Your Life), born in NYC, New York (d. 1977)

  • 1890-10-16 Paul Strand, American photographer (Native Land-1942), born in NYC, New York
  • 1890-12-18 Edwin Howard Armstrong, American radio pioneer inventor (FM), born in NYC, New York (d. 1954)
  • 1890-12-21 Hermann Joseph Muller, American geneticist and Nobel laureate, born in NYC, New York (d. 1967)
  • 1891-03-10 Sam Jaffe, American actor (Gunga Din, Dr Zorba), born in NYC, New York
  • 1891-06-18 Con Conrad [Dober], American songwriter ("Ma! He's Making Eyes at Me"; "The Continental"), and theatrical producer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1938)
  • 1891-06-30 Man Mountain Dean [Frank Simmons Leavitt], American professional wrestler, born in NYC, New York (d. 1953)
  • 1891-07-18 Gene Lockhart, American actor (Going My Way, Christmas Carol), born in NYC, New York (d. 1957)
  • 1891-10-29 Fanny Brice, American singing comedienne (Ziegeld Follies, Baby Snooks), born in NYC, New York (d. 1951)
  • 1892-04-28 Joseph Dunninger, American mentalist (Amazing Dunninger), born in NYC, New York
  • 1892-06-01 Samuel L M Barlow II, American composer (Mon Ami Pierrot), born in NYC, New York (d. 1982)
  • 1892-08-02 John Kieran, American columnist and author (Natural History of NYC), born in NYC, New York (d. 1981)
  • 1892-08-09 Charles Delaney, American actor (Air Police, Lonesome Trail), born in NYC, New York (d. 1959)
  • 1892-09-12 Alfred A Knopf, American publisher (1966 Alexander Hamilton Medal), born in NYC, New York (d. 1984)

Elmer Rice

1892-09-28 Elmer Rice, American playwright (Pulitzer-Street Scene) and novelist, born in NYC, New York

  • 1892-10-23 Milton "Gummo" Marx, American actor and comedian (Marx Brothers), born in NYC, New York (d. 1977)
  • 1892-11-02 Alice Brady, American silent and talkie film actress (My Man Godfrey; The Gay Divorcee; Zenobia), born in NYC, New York (d. 1939)
  • 1893-02-04 Bernard Rogers, American composer (The Warrior; Three Japanese Dances; To The Fallen), and pedagogue (Eastman School, 1929-67), born in NYC, New York (d. 1968)

Jimmy Durante

1893-02-10 Jimmy Durante, American vaudeville, radio, and screen actor, comedian (The Durante-Moore Show; Frosty The Snowman), piano player and singer ("Inka Dinka Doo"; "Make Someone Happy") known as "the schnozzola" born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1980)

  • 1893-02-28 Ben Hecht, American novelist/playwright/screenwriter (Front Page), born in NYC, New York
  • 1893-04-24 Robert Harron, American actor (Birth of a Nation, Intolerance), born in NYC, New York (d. 1920)
  • 1893-12-24 Ruth Chatterton, American actress (Madame X, Sarah & Son), born in NYC, New York (d. 1961)
  • 1894-01-02 Robert Nathan, American poet and novelist (Portrait of Jennie), born in NYC, New York (d. 1985)
  • 1894-01-31 Percy Helton, American actor (Jail Busters, Harbor of Missing Men), born in NYC, New York (d. 1971)
  • 1894-02-07 Joe Devlin, American actor (Sam-Dick Tracy), born in Manhattan, New York City
  • 1894-03-14 Osa Johnson, American adventurer and filmmaker, born in NYC, New York (d. 1953)
  • 1894-03-27 William Harrigan, American actor (Invisible Man), born in NYC, New York (d. 1966)
  • 1894-05-12 Cleo Ridgely, American silent screen actress (I Remember Mama), born in NYC, New York (d. 1962)
  • 1894-06-13 Watson Washburn, American tennis player (runner-up Wimbledon doubles 1924, US Nationals 1921, 23; founder International Tennis Hall of Fame), born in NYC, NY (d. 1973)
  • 1894-06-20 George Delacorte, American philanthropist and publisher (Dell Books), born in NYC, New York (d. 1991)
  • 1894-07-30 Blanche Knopf, American publisher, president of Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. and wife of publisher Alfred A. Knopf Sr., born in NYC, New York (d. 1966)
  • 1894-08-16 George Meany, labor leader (headed AFL-CIO), born in NYC, New York (d. 1980)
  • 1894-09-27 Olive Tell, American actress (Her Sister), born in NYC, New York (d. 1951)
  • 1894-11-13 Nita Naldi [Anita Donna Dooley], American stage and silent film actress (Blood & Sand; Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde), born in New York City (d. 1961)
  • 1895-01-01 Nathaniel Shilkret, American conductor, born in NYC, New York
  • 1895-01-27 Harry Ruby [Harry Rubenstein], American composer and screenwriter, born in NYC, New York (d. 1974)

Famous Weddings


Famous Deaths