New York City in History (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 847

  • 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 The New York Stock Exchange opens its first permanent headquarters at 10-12 Broad 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

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

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

Civil Rights Activist Victoria Woodhull
Civil Rights Activist
Victoria Woodhull
  • 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")
  • 1873-10-20 P T Barnum Hippodrome featuring "Greatest Show on Earth" opens (NYC)
  • 1873-10-30 P T Barnum's circus, "Greatest Show on Earth", debuts (New York City)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Politician Boss Tweed
Politician
Boss Tweed
  • 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 & police in NYC, 100s injuried
  • 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
  • 1876-06-04 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)
  • 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 (Dept 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 Original Metropolitan Opera House (NYC) grand opening (Faust)
  • 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
  • 1885-06-17 Statue of Liberty arrived 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

US President Grover Cleveland
US President
Grover Cleveland
  • 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 1st all NYC World Series NY Giants (NL) play Bkln (AA)
  • 1890-01-22 Jose Marti forms La Liga (Union of Cuban exiles) in NYC
  • 1890-06-06 United States Polo Association forms, NYC
  • 1890-12-31 Ellis Island (NYC) opens as a US immigration depot
  • 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
  • 1891-10-18 1st international 6-day bicycle race in US (Madison Square Garden, NYC) begins
  • 1892-03-15 1st escalator patented by inventor Jesse W Reno (NYC)
  • 1892-08-27 NYC Metropolitan Opera House catches fire
  • 1892-12-27 Foundation Stone of Cathedral of St John laid (NYC)
  • 1894-09-04 In NYC, 12,000 tailors went on strike protesting sweat shops
  • 1894-12-22 United States Golf Association forms (NYC)
  • 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)
  • 1896-04-23 Vitascope system of movie projection 1st shown at Koster & Bial's Music Hall (NYC)
  • 1896-05-30 1st 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
  • 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 non-profit news cooperative
  • 1900-10-30 First-ever US auto show opens in Madison Square Garden in NYC
  • 1900-11-03 First US automobile show opens at Madison Square Garden (NYC)
  • 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)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

1st US First Lady Martha Washington
1st US First Lady
Martha Washington
  • 1903-04-14 Dr Harry Plotz discovers vaccine against typhoid (NYC)
  • 1903-07-06 George Wyman arrives in NYC by motorcycle 51 days out of SF
  • 1903-10-09 11" (28.4 cm) rainfall in 24 hrs (NYC)
  • 1903-11-24 Clyde Coleman of NYC patents automobile electric starter
  • 1904-08-16 NYC begins building Grand Central Station
  • 1904-09-09 Mounted police 1st used in NYC

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 1,260

  • 1888-11-23 Harpo Marx [Adolph] American actor and comedian (Marx brothers), born in NYC, New York (d. 1964)
  • 1888-12-18 Robert Moses, power broker (built Long Island & NYC parks & roads)
  • 1889-05-20 Felix Arndt, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1918)
  • 1889-07-10 Robert [Harriot] Barrat, American actor (Bad Lands, Go West, Distant Drums), born in NYC, New York (d. 1970)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Writer and Political Commentator Walter Lippmann
Writer and Political Commentator
Walter Lippmann
  • 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 P Wupperman], US actor (The Wizard of Oz), born in NYC, New York (d. 1949)
  • 1890-06-06 Dorothy Heyward, American playwright (Porgy), born in NYC, New York
  • 1890-08-15 Elvin M. Jellinek, American Physiologist and pioneer in the study of alcoholism, born in New York City
  • 1890-09-23 Arthur Walter Kramer, American composer, born in NYC, New York

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Comedian Groucho Marx
Comedian
Groucho Marx
  • 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
  • 1891-03-10 Sam Jaffe, American actor (Gunga Din, Dr Zorba-Ben Casey), born in NYC, New York
  • 1891-07-18 Gene Lockhart, American actor (Going My Way, Christmas Carol), born in NYC, New York
  • 1891-10-29 Fanny Brice, American singing comedienne (Ziegeld Follies, Baby Snooks), born in NYC, New York
  • 1892-04-28 Joseph Dunninger, American mentalist (Amazing Dunninger), born in NYC, New York
  • 1892-08-02 John Kieran, American columnist/author (Natural History of NYC), born in NYC, New York
  • 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)
  • 1892-09-28 Elmer Rice, American playwright/director/novelist (Pulitzer-Street Scene), born in NYC, New York
  • 1892-11-02 Alice Brady, American actress (My Man Godfrey, Gay Divorcee, Zenobia), born in NYC, New York (d. 1939)
  • 1893-02-04 Bernard Rogers, American composer (Warrior, Marriage of Aude, Passion), born in NYC, New York
  • 1893-02-10 Jimmy Durante, American long-nosed comedian (and goodnight Mrs Calabash), born in NYC, New York
  • 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, novelist (Portrait of Jennie), born in NYC, New York
  • 1894-03-27 William Harrigan, American actor, 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)
  • 1894-06-20 George Delacorte, American philanthropist/publisher (Dell Books), born in NYC, New York
  • 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)
  • 1895-01-01 Nathaniel Shilkret, American conductor, born in NYC, New York
  • 1895-01-27 Harry Ruby [Harry Rubenstein], American composer and screen writer, born NYC, New York
  • 1895-02-03 Nick Kenny, Astoria columnist/songwriter (Nick Kenny Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1895-02-17 Anita Stewart, American actress (South of Hell Mountain), born in NYC, New York (d. 1961)
  • 1895-02-19 Louis Calhern, American actor (Julius Caesar, Blackboard Jungle), born in NYC, New York (d. 1956)
  • 1895-04-04 Arthur Murray, American dancer (Arthur Murray Dance Party), born in NYC, New York
  • 1895-04-08 Bert Gordon [Barney Gorodetsky], Comedian, born in NYC, New York (d. 1974)
  • 1895-05-09 Richard Barthelmess, American actor (Broken Blossoms, Noose, Heroes for Sales), born in NYC, New York (d. 1963)
  • 1895-05-24 Samuel I Newhouse Sr., American businessman and publisher (Parade, Vogue, Glamour), born in NYC, New York (d. 1979)
  • 1895-07-12 Oscar Hammerstein II, American lyricist who worked with Richard Rodgers, born in NYC, New York
  • 1895-08-13 Bert Lahr [Irving Lahrheim], American comic and actor (The Wizard of Oz), born in NYC, New York (d. 1967)
  • 1895-09-28 Dave Franklin, American composer (Hop-a-long Cassidy), born in NYC, New York
  • 1896-01-20 George Burns [Nathan Birnbaum], American actor, comedian and singer (Oh God, Burns and Allen), born in NYC, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1896-01-20 Rolfe Sedan, American actor (Young Frankenstein, Ninotchka, George Burns Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 1982)
  • 1897-01-21 J. Carrol Naish, American actor (Charlie Chan-Adv of Charlie Chan), born in NYC, New York (d. 1973)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1897-02-06 Louis Buchalter, Jewish American mobster (Murder, Inc.), born in NYC, New York

  • 1897-04-07 Walter Winchell, Harlem newscaster/columnist (Untouchables), born in NYC, New York
  • 1897-04-25 Paula Trueman, American actress (Dirty Dancing), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1897-07-26 Paul Gallico, American novelist (The Snow Goose), born in NYC, New York (d. 1976)
  • 1897-09-05 Luella Gear, American actress (Joe & Mabel), born in NYC, New York (d. 1980)
  • 1897-09-25 Teddy Hart, American actor (After the Thin Man, 3 Men on a Horse), born in NYC, New York (d. 1971)
  • 1897-10-06 Jerome Cowan, American actor (Blondie, Tab Hunter Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 1972)
  • 1898-01-07 Art Baker, American TV host (You Asked For It), born in NYC, New York
  • 1898-02-28 Molly Picon, Yiddish actress (Milk & Honey), born in NYC, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1898-04-01 Nita Naldi [Anita Donna Dooley], American actress (Blood & Sand), born in NYC, New York (d. 1961)
  • 1898-05-21 Armand Hammer, American millionaire industrialist (Occidental Petroleum), born in NYC, New York
  • 1898-05-25 Gene Tunney, American boxer, world heavyweight boxing champion (1926-30), born in NYC, New York (d. 1978)
  • 1898-06-01 Edgar "Cookie" Fairchild, American bandleader (Jerry Colonna Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 1975)
  • 1898-08-26 Peggy Guggenheim, American art patron & collector, born in NYC, New York (d. 1979)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1898-08-30 Shirley Booth, American actress (Hazel), born in NYC, New York (d. 1992)

Actress Shirley Booth
Actress
Shirley Booth
  • 1898-09-08 Queenie Smith, American actress and dancer (Funny Side), born in NYC, New York (d. 1978)
  • 1898-09-09 Frank "Fordham Flash" Frisch, American baseball player (NL MVP 1931), born in NYC, New York
  • 1899-04-21 Randall Thompson, American composer (Trip to Nahant), born in NYC, New York
  • 1899-06-01 Werner Janssen, American conductor/composer (New Years Eve in NY), born in NYC, New York
  • 1899-07-05 Anna Arnold Hedgeman, social activist (NYC cabinet)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1899-07-17 James Cagney, American actor (Yankee Doodle Dandy), born in New York City

  • 1899-09-06 Billy Rose [William Samuel Rosenberg], American theatrical producer (Diamond Horse Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 1966)
  • 1899-11-16 Mary Margaret McBride, radio personality (WOR-AM, NYC), born in Paris, Missouri
  • 1899-11-29 Genevieve Tobin, American actress (Zaza, Great Gambini, Uncertain Lady), born in NYC, New York (d. 1995)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1899-12-25 Humphrey Bogart, American actor (Casablanca - "Here's looking at you, kid"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1957)

  • 1899-12-25 Raphael Soyer, Russian-born american artist (Depression Scenes in NYC), born in Borisoglebsk, Tambov (d. 1987)
  • 1900-01-31 Betty Parsons, American artist and art dealer, born in NYC, New York City (d. 1982)
  • 1900-06-19 Laura Hobson, American TV writer/panelist (I've Got a Secret), born in NYC, New York
  • 1900-08-15 Estelle Brody, American actress (Safari, Kitty, Plaything), born in NYC, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1900-08-16 Walter Kinsella, American actor (Martin Kane Private Eye), born in NYC, New York (d. 1975)
  • 1900-09-19 Ricardo Cortez [Jacob Krantz], American actor and director (The Maltese Falcon), born in NYC, New York (d. 1977)
  • 1900-10-03 Jay Irving, American cartoonist (Draw Me a Laugh), born in NYC, New York (d.1970)
  • 1901-01-02 Robert "Bob" Marshall, American forester, wilderness activist and co-founder of the Wilderness Society, born in NYC, New York (d. 1939)
  • 1901-02-10 Stella Adler, American actress (My Girl Tisa), born in NYC, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1901-02-16 Chester Morris, American actor (Diagnosis: Unknown), born in NYC, New York (d. 1970)
  • 1901-02-25 Zeppo Marx [Herbert Manfred Marx], American comedian and actor (Marx Brothers), born in NYC, New York (d. 1979)
  • 1901-07-14 George Tobias, American actor (Bewitched), born in NYC, New York (d. 1980)
  • 1901-08-27 Roger Pryor, American actor (Lady by Choice, Belle of the Nineties, Identity Unknown), born in NYC, New York (d. 1974)
  • 1901-09-06 John Erik Jonsson, American businessman and Mayor of Dallas, born in NYC, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1901-09-26 George Raft, American actor (Each Dawn I Die, Scarface, Some Like It Hot), born in NYC, New York (d. 1980)
  • 1901-09-28 Ed Sullivan, TV variety show host/gossip columnist (Ed Sullivan Show), born in New York City
  • 1901-11-02 James Dunn, American actor (Tree Grows in Brooklyn, It's a Great Life), born in NYC, New York (d. 1967)
  • 1901-11-22 Lee Patrick, American actress (Topper, Maltese Falcon), born in NYC, New York (d. 1982)
  • 1901-11-27 Ted Husing, American sportscaster (Monday Night Fights), born in NYC, New York
  • 1901-12-19 Oliver [Hazard Perry] La Farge, American anthropologist and novelist, born in NYC, New York (d. 1963)
  • 1902-02-19 Nydia Westman, American actress (Going My Way, Young Mr Bobbins), born in NYC, New York (d. 1970)
  • 1902-04-11 Quentin Reynolds, American newscaster (Its News to Me)/author (FBI), born in NYC, New York
  • 1902-04-27 Kitty Kelly, American actress (Ladies of the Jury, Behind Office Doors), born in NYC, New York (d. 1968)
  • 1902-05-03 Jack La Rue, American actor and TV narrator (Lights Out, Mouthpiece, My Favorite Brunette), born in NYC, New York (d. 1984)
  • 1902-07-15 Raymond Hackett, American husband of Blanche Sweet and actor (Faithless Lover), born in NYC, New York (d. 1958)
  • 1902-07-25 Eric Hoffer, American longshoreman and author (The True Believer), born in NYC, New York (d. 1983)

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Famous Deaths