New York City in History (Part 3)

Historical Events

Events 201 - 300 of 847

  • 1904-09-28 Woman arrested for smoking a cigarette in a car on 5th Avenue, NYC
  • 1904-12-31 First New Year's Eve celebration held in Times Square (then Longacre Square), in New York City
  • 1905-04-12 Hippodrome arena opens (NYC)
  • 1907-02-14 1st US foxhound association forms in NYC
  • 1907-05-31 Taxis 1st began running in NYC
  • 1907-08-13 1st taxicabs operate in New York City, imported by Harry N. Allen
  • 1907-09-12 Lusitania arrives in NYC after 5 day crossing of Atlantic (record)
  • 1908-04-24 Mr & Mrs Jacob Murdock become 1st to travel across US by car, they leave LA in a Packard & arrive in NYC in 32d-5h-25m
  • 1908-06-12 Lusitania crosses Atlantic in record 4 days 15 hours (NYC)
  • 1908-07-06 Robert Peary's expedition sails from NYC for north pole
  • 1908-11-04 Brooklyn Academy of Music opens in NYC
  • 1909-02-16 1st subway car with side doors goes into service (NYC)
  • 1909-12-11 Colored moving pictures demonstrated at Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • 1910-03-18 1st opera by an US composer (Converse) performed at the Met, NYC
  • 1910-05-12 2nd NAACP conference (NYC)
  • 1910-05-31 Glenn Curtiss flies from Albany to NYC
  • 1910-08-06 NYC Mayor Wm J Gaynor seriously wounded during assassination attempt
  • 1910-12-28 Opera "Konigskinder" is produced (NYC)
  • 1911-03-20 National Squash Tennis Association forms (NYC)
  • 1911-04-13 Polo Grounds grandstand & left field bleachers go up in flames in Manhattan, New York City
  • 1912-03-01 Isabella Goodwin, 1st US woman detective, appointed, NYC
  • 1912-04-18 Cunard liner RMS Carpathia brings 705 survivors from the RMS Titanic to New York City
  • 1912-07-12 1st foreign feature film exhibited in US-"Queen Elizabeth"-NYC

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1912-08-24 NYC ticker tape parade for Jim Thorpe & victorious US Olympians

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • 1912-09-25 Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism is founded in New York City
  • 1913-01-11 1st sedan-type car (Hudson) goes on display at 13th Auto Show (NYC)
  • 1913-02-02 NYC's Grand Central Terminal opens
  • 1913-02-15 1st avant-garde art show in America opens in NYC

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1913-02-18 French modernist painting "Nude Descending a Staircase" by Marcel Duchamp causes an uproar when shown in New York

Painter and Sculptor Marcel Duchamp
Painter and Sculptor
Marcel Duchamp
  • 1913-03-25 Home of vaudeville, Palace Theatre, opens (NYC) starring Ed Wynn
  • 1913-04-24 Skyscraper, the Woolworth Building in New York City is opened - world's tallest building at the time
  • 1913-05-26 US Actors' Equity Association forms (NYC)
  • 1913-11-26 Phi Sigma Sigma is founded at Hunter College in New York City.
  • 1914-01-28 1st Millrose Games (athletics) held (NYC)
  • 1914-02-13 American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers-ASCAP forms in NYC
  • 1914-05-30 The new and then largest Cunard ocean liner RMS Aquitania, 45,647 tons, sets sails on her maiden voyage from Liverpool, England to New York City.
  • 1914-07-28 Foxtrot 1st danced at New Amsterdam Roof Garden, in NYC, by Harry Fox
  • 1914-07-29 1st transcontinental phone link made between NYC & SF
  • 1914-11-04 Vogue holds 1st model show ("Fashion Fete", NYC)
  • 1915-07-15 The head of German propaganda in the US, Dr Heinrich Albert, loses his briefcase on a subway in New York City; an examination of its content reveals an extensive network of German espionage and subversion across the US

CommunicationWomen's Suffrage March on Fifth Ave, New York

1915-10-23 An estimated 25,000 supporters in a women's suffrage march on New York's Fifth Ave, led by Dr. Anna Shaw and Carrie Chapman Catt, founder of the League of Women Voters

  • 1916-01-17 Rodman Wanamaker organises a lunch to discuss forming a golfers association (later the PGA) at the Taplow Club, Martinique Hotel, New York City
  • 1916-03-25 Jess Willard fights Frank Moran to no decision in 10 for heavyweight boxing title in NYC
  • 1916-04-10 The Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA) is founded in New York City.

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1917-07-28 Silent Parade organised by James Weldon Johnson of 10,000 African-Americans who march on 5th Ave in NYC to protest against lynching

Writer and Civil Rights Activist James Weldon Johnson
Writer and Civil Rights Activist
James Weldon Johnson
  • 1918-11-01 102 die in a NYC BMT subway derailment at Malbone Street Brooklyn
  • 1919-02-27 American Association for Hard of Hearing forms (NYC)
  • 1919-05-04 1st legal Sunday baseball game in NYC (Phillies beat Giants 4-3)

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1919-07-08 US President Woodrow Wilson returns to NYC from Versailles Peace Conference

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
Woodrow Wilson

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1919-09-10 NYC welcomes home Gen John J Pershing & 25,000 WW I soldiers

US WW1 Commander John J. Pershing
US WW1 Commander
John J. Pershing
  • 1920-01-31 1st Ukrainian daily newspaper in US (NYC) begins publication

  • 1920-08-02 Marcus Garvey presents his "Back To Africa" program in NYC
  • 1920-09-08 US Air Mail service begins (NYC to SF)
  • 1920-10-12 Construction begins on Holland Tunnel connecting NJ & NYC

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1920-12-14 Jack Dempsey KOs Bill Brennan in 12 for heavyweight boxing title in NYC

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey
  • 1920-12-24 Enrico Caruso gives his last public performance (NYC)
  • 1921-02-23 1st US transcontinental air mail flight arrives in NYC from San Francisco

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1921-04-02 Albert Einstein lectures in New York City on his new "Theory of Relativity"

Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist
Albert Einstein
  • 1921-05-23 "Shuffle Along" 1st black musical comedy, opens in NYC
  • 1922-02-20 WOR-AM in New York City begins radio transmissions
  • 1922-03-18 The first public celebration of Bat mitzvah, for the daughter of Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, is held in New York City.
  • 1922-07-25 AT&T begins broadcasting on WBAY (NYC-later WEAF, WNBC, WRCA & WFAN)
  • 1922-08-16 AT&T radio station WBAY becomes WEAF (NYC)
  • 1922-08-28 WEAF in NYC airs 1st radio commercial (Queensboro Realty-$100 for 10 mins)
  • 1922-09-01 NYC law requires all "pool" rooms to change name to "billiards"
  • 1922-10-14 1st Thom McAn shoe store opens on Third Avenue NYC
  • 1922-10-14 1st automated telephones-Pennsylvania exchange in NYC
  • 1922-11-28 Captain Cyril Turner (RAF) gives 1st skywriting exhibition (NYC) Turner spelled out "Hello USA. Call Vanderbilt 7200." 47,000 called
  • 1922-12-03 First successful technicolor movie (Tall of the Sea), shown in NYC
  • 1923-03-13 Lee de Forest demonstrates his sound-on-film moving pictures (NYC)
  • 1923-03-31 1st dance marathon in New York City, Alma Cummings sets record of 27 hrs
  • 1923-04-07 1st brain tumor operation under local anesthetic performed (Beth Israel Hospital in NYC) by Dr K Winfield Ney
  • 1923-04-07 Workers Party of America (NYC) becomes official communist party
  • 1923-04-24 General harbor strike begins in NYC

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1923-06-12 Harry Houdini frees himself from a straight jacket while suspended upside down, 40 feet (12 m) above ground in NYC

Magician & Escape Artist Harry Houdini
Magician & Escape Artist
Harry Houdini
  • 1923-10-29 Gibbs/Grey/Wood's revue "Runnin' Wild" (introducing Charleston) opens on Broadway, New York City
  • 1924-03-21 1st foreign language course broadcast on US radio (WJZ, NYC)
  • 1924-09-02 Rudolf Friml's "Rose Marie" opens to rave reviews in NYC
  • 1924-10-05 1st Little Orphan Annie-strip appears in NYC Daily News
  • 1924-11-27 In New York City, the first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is held.
  • 1924-11-30 1st photo facsimile transmitted across Atlantic by radio (London-NYC)
  • 1925-12-09 Pro football a hit in NYC; Grange & Bears beat Giants before 73,000
  • 1926-11-15 AT&T sells WEAF radio to RCA (NYC)
  • 1927-04-07 Using phone lines TV is sent from Washington, D.C. to NYC

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1927-06-13 Ticker-tape parade welcomes Charles A Lindbergh to NYC

  • 1927-08-21 4th Pan-African Congress meets (NYC)
  • 1927-09-18 The Columbia Broadcasting System goes on the air. with 18 stations (and WOR as NYC affiliate)
  • 1928-03-04 "Bunion Run" race from LA to NYC begins; It is won by Andy Payne
  • 1928-03-29 Yeshiva College (now University) chartered (NYC)

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1928-04-09 Mae West's NYC debut in a daring new play "Diamond Lil"

Actress Mae West
Actress
Mae West
  • 1928-08-27 16 die in a NYC subway's 2nd worst accident

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1928-09-12 Katharine Hepburn's NYC stage debut in "Night Hostess"

  • 1929-01-08 CBS radio network buys WABC in NYC
  • 1929-05-21 Automatic electric stock quotation board installed, NYC
  • 1929-05-28 1st all color talking picture "On With the Show" exhibited (NYC)
  • 1929-06-27 1st color TV demo, performed by Bell Laboratories in NYC
  • 1929-09-02 WOR (NYC) ends affiliation with CBS radio network
  • 1929-11-07 Museum of Modern Art opens in Hecksher Building in New York
  • 1929-12-05 1st US nudist organization, the American League for Physical Culture in New York City
  • 1930-02-26 1st red & green traffic lights installed (Manhattan NYC)

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 1,260

  • 1902-08-03 Judson Laire, American actor and singer (Papa-Mama, Adm Broadway Revue), born in NYC, New York (d. 1979)
  • 1902-12-14 Frances Bavier, American actress (The Andy Griffith Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 1989)
  • 1902-12-28 Mortimer J Adler, American author (Encyclopedia Brittanica), born in NYC, New York
  • 1903-04-29 Frank Parker, American singer (Arthur Godfrey Show, Masquerade Party), born in NYC, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1903-05-04 Luther Adler, American actor (D.O.A., The Desert Fox), born in NYC, New York (d. 1984)
  • 1903-05-14 Billie Dove [Lilian Bohny], American actress (Black Pirate, Stolen Bride), born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)

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1903-06-19 Lou Gehrig [Henry Louis Gehrig], American first baseman (NY Yankees), nicknamed "The Iron Horse", born in NYC, New York (d. 1941)

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • 1903-06-23 Anthony Veiller, American writer (Night of Iguana, Moulin Rouge), born in NYC, New York
  • 1903-06-25 Anne Revere, American actress, (A Place in the Sun), born in NYC, New York (d. 1990)
  • 1903-07-14 Ken Murray, American comedian (Ken Murray Show, Judy Garland Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1903-08-31 Arthur Godfrey, American radio and TV host (Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scout), born in NYC, New York (d. 1983)
  • 1903-11-07 Grace Stafford, American actress (Confessions of a Nazi Spy), born in NYC, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1903-12-08 Adele Simpson, American fashion designer (Neiman-Marcus Award-1946), born in NYC, New York
  • 1904-01-08 Peter Arno, American cartoonist (New Yorker), born in NYC, New York

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1904-01-22 George Balanchine, Russian-American ballet composer and choreographer who founded the New York City Ballet, born in St. Petersburgh, Russian Empire (d. 1983) [OS=Jan 9]

Ballet Choreographer George Balanchine
Ballet Choreographer
George Balanchine
  • 1904-02-07 Milton Krims, American screenwriter (Prince of Foxes), born in NYC, New York (d. 1988)

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1904-04-22 Robert Oppenheimer, American theoretical physicist known as the father of the atomic bomb (Manhattan Project), born in NYC, New York (d. 1967)

Physicist and Father of the Atomic Bomb Robert Oppenheimer
Physicist and Father of the Atomic Bomb
Robert Oppenheimer
  • 1904-05-18 Jacob K Javits, American politician (Sen-R-NY), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)

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1904-05-21 Fats Waller [Thomas Wright], American jazz singer and composer (Ain't Misbehavin'), born in NYC, New York (d. 1943)

Jazz Musician and Songwriter Fats Waller
Jazz Musician and Songwriter
Fats Waller
  • 1904-06-03 Jan Peerce, [Jacob Pincus Perelmuth], American tenor (NY Met Opera), born in NYC, New York
  • 1904-06-14 Margaret Bourke-White, American photographer, 1st female LIFE staff photographer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1971)
  • 1904-07-31 Arthur Daley, American sportswriter (NY Times-Pulitzer 1956), born in NYC, New York (d. 1974)
  • 1904-08-19 June Collyer, American actress (Before Midnight, Charley's Aunt), born in NYC, New York (d. 1968)
  • 1904-08-24 Rodd Redwing, American actor (Buffalo Bill in Tomahawk Territory), born in NYC, New York (d. 1971)
  • 1904-10-22 Constance Bennett, American actress (Easiest Way, Ladies in Love), born in NYC, New York (d. 1965)
  • 1904-11-06 Selena Royale, American actress (Date With Judy, Misleading Lady), born in NYC, New York (d. 1983)
  • 1904-11-14 Marya Mannes, American author (The Reporter), born in NYC, New York
  • 1904-11-19 Nancy Carroll [Ann V LaHiff], American actress (Alice-Aldrich Family), born in NYC, New York (d. 1965)
  • 1904-12-17 Paul Cadmus, etcher/painter (Sailors & Floozies), born in NYC, New York
  • 1905-03-18 John Kirkpatrick, American pianist (Concord Sonata), born in NYC, New York
  • 1905-03-18 Mollie Parnis, American fashion designer (Mollie Roberts Collection), born in NYC, New York
  • 1905-04-08 Ilka Chase, American actress (Masquerade Party, Trials of O'Brien), born in NYC, New York (d. 1978)
  • 1905-04-26 Charles K Feldman, [Gould], American producer (Casino Royale), born in NYC, New York
  • 1905-05-01 Leila Hyams, American actress (Big House, Ruggles of Red Gap), born in NYC, New York (d. 1977)
  • 1905-05-20 John Emery, American actor (Ship Ahoy, Kronos), born in NYC, New York (d. 1964)
  • 1905-07-10 Thomas Gomez, American actor (Force of Evil, Key Largo, Kim, Sellout), born in NYC, New York (d. 1971)

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1905-09-03 Carl David Anderson, American physicist (1936 Nobel Prize for physics), born in NYC, New York (d. 1991)

Nobel Laureat Physicist Carl David Anderson
Nobel Laureat Physicist
Carl David Anderson
  • 1905-09-18 Agnes De Mille, American choreographer (Oklahoma), born in NYC, New York
  • 1905-10-11 Fred Trump, American real estate developer, father of Donald Trump, born in NYC, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1906-01-14 William Bendix, American actor (Lifeboat, Babe Ruth Story, Life of Riley), born in NYC, New York (d. 1964)
  • 1906-02-11 Anita Garvin, American actress (Swiss Miss, Blotto, Charlatan, Hats Off), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1906-02-25 Warren Hymer, American actor (Girl From Havana, Meet the Mob), born in NYC, New York (d. 1948)
  • 1906-03-20 Abraham Beame, (Mayor-D-NYC), NYC's 1st Jewish mayor
  • 1906-04-04 Beatrice "Bea" Benaderet, American actress (Kate-Petticoat Junction), born in NYC, New York (d. 1968)
  • 1906-05-05 Frances "Fran" Lee, American actress (Reckless Rosie), born in Eagle Grove, Iowa (d. 2000)
  • 1906-06-21 Helene Costello, American dancer and actress (Love Toy), born in NYC, New York (d. 1957)

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1906-07-01 Estée Lauder, CEO (Estée Lauder cosmetics) (d. 2004), born in New York City

Cosmetics Company Founder Estée Lauder
Cosmetics Company Founder
Estée Lauder
  • 1906-08-30 [Rose] Joan Blondell, American actress (Grease, The Blue Veil), born in NYC, New York (d. 1979)
  • 1906-09-02 Vera Vague [Barbara Jo Allen], American actress (Sleeping Beauty, Follow the Leader), born in NYC, New York (d. 1974)
  • 1906-10-23 Gertrude Ederle, American swimmer (Olympic gold 1924), born in NYC, New York

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1906-11-18 George Wald, American physiologist and biologist (eye, Nobel 1967), born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)

Scientist George Wald
Scientist
George Wald

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1906-12-09 Grace Hopper, American computer scientist and US Navy admiral who invented the first compiler for a universal computer programming language and is credited with coining the phrase 'debugging’, born in NYC, New York (d. 1992)

Computer Scientist and Admiral Grace Hopper
Computer Scientist and Admiral
Grace Hopper
  • 1906-12-12 William C Pahlmann, interior decorator (4 Season restaurant, NYC)
  • 1907-02-03 James A Michener, American author (South Pacific, Sayonara), born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)

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1907-02-15 Cesar Romero, American actor (Batman, Ocean's 11), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)

  • 1907-02-22 Sheldon Leonard, American actor, producer and director (Danny Thomas Show, Big Eddie), born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1907-03-03 Canada Lee [Leonard Canegata], African-American actor (Lost Boundaries), born in NYC, New York (d. 1952)
  • 1907-03-19 Kent Smith, American actor (Peyton Place, Invaders), born in NYC, New York
  • 1907-04-21 Beatrice Kay, American singer and actress (Sister Sue-Calvin & Col), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)
  • 1907-06-29 Paul O'Dwyer, President of City Council (D-NYC)
  • 1907-07-25 Jack Gilford, American actor (Save the Tiger, Cocoon, Arthur 2), born in NYC, New York
  • 1907-08-07 Ben Carter, American actor (Dark Alibi, Dressed to Kill), born in NYC, New York
  • 1907-08-08 Benny Carter, American musician and composer (Easy Money, King Carter), born in NYC, New York
  • 1907-08-20 Alan Reed, American actor (Mr Adams & Eve)/voice (Fred Flintstone), born in NYC, New York (d. 1977)
  • 1907-09-21 Lloyd Gough, American actor (Sunset Boulevard, The Front, The Green Hornet), born in NYC, New York (d. 1984)
  • 1907-10-01 "Slapsie" Maxie Rosenbloom, Light heavyweight boxing champion (1930-34) and actor, born in NYC, New York (d. 1976)
  • 1908-02-04 Emmanuel "Manny" Klein, American jazz trumpeter, born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1908-03-13 Paul Stewart, American actor (Top Secret USA, Deadline), born in NYC, New York
  • 1908-03-29 Arthur O'Connell, American actor (Mr Peepers, Second Hundred Years), born in NYC, New York
  • 1908-04-04 Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, American author (Cheaper by the Dozen), born in NYC, New York (d. 2006)
  • 1908-06-18 Bud Collyer, American TV emcee (Beat the Clock, To Tell the Truth), born in NYC, New York
  • 1908-07-12 Milton Berle, Harlem comedian (Uncle Miltie, Mr Television), born in NYC, New York
  • 1908-07-22 Amy Vanderbilt, American authority on etiquette (Complete Book of Etiquette, Complete Cook Book), born in NYC, New York
  • 1908-08-16 William Maxwell, American novelist and editor (The New Yorker), born in NYC, New York (d. 2000)
  • 1908-09-14 Bernie Green, American orchestra leader (Arthur Godfrey Show, Garry Moore Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1908-10-10 John Waldo Green, American composer (Body & Soul, Guy Lombardo's arranger), born in NYC, New York
  • 1908-11-04 Stanley Cortez, American cinematographer, born in New York City
  • 1908-12-11 Elliott Cook Carter Jr, American composer (Tom & Lily), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1909-01-15 Elie Siegmeister, American composer (Plough & the Stars), born in NYC, New York
  • 1909-03-04 Harry B Helmsley, American billionaire builder (Empire State Building), born in NYC, New York
  • 1909-03-25 Jay Blackton, American conductor/arranger (Guys & Dolls), born in NYC, New York
  • 1909-04-05 Alberto Romero "Cubby" Broccoli, American film producer (James Bond), born in NYC, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1909-05-26 Richard Maibaum, American screenwriter (Goldfinger), born in NYC, New York
  • 1909-06-24 Milton Katims, American conductor/violist (WOR-NYC), born in NYC, New York
  • 1909-07-01 Madge Evans, Manhattan TV panelist (Masquerade Party), born in NYC, New York
  • 1909-07-12 Joey Faye, American comedian (Joey Faye's Follies), born in NYC, New York
  • 1909-08-22 Julius J. Epstein, American screenwriter (Casablanca), born in NYC, New York (d. 2000)
  • 1909-09-11 Anne Seymour, American actress (Gemini Affair, Empire, Tim Conway Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 1988)
  • 1909-09-26 Helen Giuliani, mother of Rudy (Mayor-R- 1994-2002), born in NYC, New York
  • 1909-10-01 Everett Sloane, American actor (Patsy, Citizen Kane, Enforcer), born in NYC, New York (d. 1965)
  • 1909-10-25 Whit Bissel, American actor (Time Machine, General Kirk-Time Tunnel), born in NYC, New York
  • 1909-12-09 Douglas Fairbanks Jr, American actor and decorated naval officer (Ghost Story), born in NYC, New York (d. 2000)
  • 1909-12-23 Barney Ross, American Welterweight Boxing Champ (1934), born in NYC, New York
  • 1910-02-17 Marc Lawrence, actor (Man With Golden Gun), born in NYC, New York
  • 1910-02-25 Millicent Fenwick, American (Rep-R-NJ 1975-82) (Doonesbury), born in NYC, New York

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1910-03-08 Claire Trevor [Wemlinger], American actress (Marjorie Morningstar), born in NYC, New York (d. 2000)

Actress Claire Trevor
Actress
Claire Trevor
  • 1910-04-20 Robert F. Wagner Jr., Mayor of New York City (Democrat: 1954-65), born in NYC, New York (d. 1991)
  • 1910-05-23 Artie Shaw, [Arthur Arshawsky], American bandleader (Come'on my House), born in NYC, New York
  • 1910-05-26 Laurance S Rockefeller, American CEO (Chase Manhattan Bank), born in NYC, New York
  • 1910-06-11 Carmine Coppola, composer/conductor (The Godfather II, Apocalypse Now), born in New York City

Famous Weddings


Famous Deaths