New York City in History (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 930


Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Chess Player Paul Morphy
Chess Player
Paul Morphy
  • 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

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")

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Circus Showman and Businessman P. T. Barnum
Circus Showman and Businessman
P. T. Barnum

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 and Businessman Boss Tweed
Politician and Businessman
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 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 the opera "Faust"

USAStatue of Liberty

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

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The Statue of Liberty, New York
The Statue of Liberty, New York
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  • 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 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

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 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 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 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)
  • 1896-04-23 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

Sport defeatBoxing 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

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries
  • 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
  • 1900-11-03 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)

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 1,829

  • 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)
  • 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)

Person of interestArnold Rothstein

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

Businessman, Gambler, and Mobster Arnold Rothstein
Businessman, Gambler, and Mobster
Arnold Rothstein
  • 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)

Person of interestÉamon 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)

Revolutionary and President of Ireland Éamon de Valera
Revolutionary and President of Ireland
Éamon de Valera
  • 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)

Person of interestMaxwell 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)

Person of interestEleanor Roosevelt

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

US First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt
US First Lady
Eleanor Roosevelt
  • 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)

Person of interestJerome Kern

1885-01-27 Jerome Kern, American Broadway composer (Showboat, Roberta), born in NYC, New York

Broadway Composer Jerome Kern
Broadway Composer
Jerome Kern
  • 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 composer (Peter Ibbetson) and promoter of classical music, 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)

Person of interestEugene O'Neill

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

Playwright Eugene O'Neill
Playwright
Eugene O'Neill
  • 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, power broker (built Long Island & NYC parks & roads)
  • 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)

Person of interestWalter Lippmann

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], American 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 (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

Person of interestGroucho Marx

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

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 (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, American songwriter and 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)

Person of interestElmer Rice

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

Playwright and Novelist Elmer Rice
Playwright and Novelist
Elmer Rice
  • 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 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 actor, comedian and singer known as "the schnozzola" (The Durante-Moore Show, Jimmy Durante Show), 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, novelist (Portrait of Jennie), born in NYC, New York
  • 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)

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