New York City in History (Part 3)

Historical Events

Events 201 - 300 of 926

  • 1903-07-06 George Wyman arrives in NYC by motorcycle 51 days out of San Francisco
  • 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
  • 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, 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
  • 1907-09-13 Lusitania arrives in New York City after record 5 day crossing of Atlantic
  • 1908-05-26 Mr & Mrs Jacob Murdock and their children become 1st family to travel across United States by car: Los Angeles to NYC in a Packard Thirty (32 days, 5 hours and 25 minutes)
  • 1908-06-12 Lusitania crosses Atlantic in record 4 days 15 hours (NYC)

Historic Expedition

1908-07-06 Robert Peary's arctic expedition sails from NYC for the north pole

  • 1908-11-04 Brooklyn Academy of Music opens in NYC
  • 1909-02-12 American James Clark runs world record marathon (2:46:52.6) in NYC
  • 1909-02-16 1st subway car with side doors goes into service (NYC)
  • 1909-05-08 American Albert Raines runs world record marathon (2:46:04.6) in NYC
  • 1909-12-11 Colored moving pictures demonstrated at Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • 1910-03-18 Frederick Converse's opera "The Pipe of Desire" is the first American opera to be performed at the Metropolitan Opera, NYC

Conference of Interest

1910-05-12 Second NAACP conference in 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)
  • 1911-02-21 Gustav Mahler conducts his last concerto, Berceuse élégiaque, in New York City
  • 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 appointed first US woman detective, 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" in NYC

Sports History

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

  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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
  • 1914-02-13 American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP) founded at Hotel Claridge in NYC
  • 1914-04-14 Dr. Harry Plotz isolates the bacteria that causes Typhus Fever (Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York City)
  • 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 New York City and San Francisco
  • 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

Women'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

Historic Event

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

  • 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, 35,000 watch the Phillies beat the NY Giants 4-3

Conference of Interest

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

Historic Event

1919-09-10 NYC welcomes home General John J. Pershing and 25,000 WWI soldiers

  • 1920-01-31 1st Ukrainian daily newspaper in US (NYC) begins publication

Historic Event

1920-08-02 Marcus Garvey presents his "Back To Africa" program in NYC

  • 1920-09-08 US Air Mail service begins (NYC to San Francisco)
  • 1920-10-12 Construction begins on Holland Tunnel connecting NJ & NYC

Boxing Title Fight

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

Music Concert

1920-12-24 Enrico Caruso gives his last public performance, with the Metropolitan Opera in NYC

  • 1921-02-23 1st US transcontinental air mail flight arrives in NYC from San Francisco

Historic Event

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

  • 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"
  • 1922-09-13 The Straw Hat Riot begins in New York City as people protest the right to wear straw hats beyond the accepted end date of September 15
  • 1922-10-14 1st Thom McAn shoe store opens on Third Avenue NYC
  • 1922-10-14 1st automated telephones-Pennsylvania exchange in NYC
  • 1922-11-01 In an all-American bout, Mickey Walker upsets defending champion Jack Britton in a 15-round points decision at Madison Square Garden, NYC; wins world welterweight boxing crown
  • 1922-11-26 1st successful Technicolor movie (The Toll of the Sea), premieres at the Rialto Theatre 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
  • 1923-03-13 American inventor Lee de Forest demonstrates his sound-on-film moving pictures (NYC)
  • 1923-03-31 First dance marathon in New York City; Alma Cummings sets record of 27 hours with 6 different partners
  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 1923-10-29 Gibbs, Grey and Wood's revue "Runnin' Wild" (introducing "The 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 and Herbert Stothart'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

Historic Event

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)
  • 1928-02-06 A woman dubbed Anna Anderson [possibly Franziska Schanzkowska] arrives in NYC, using the alias "Anastasia Tschaikovsky" claims to be Grand Duchess Anastasia, daughter of Tsar Nicholas II
  • 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)

Theater Premiere

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


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 1,821

  • 1895-02-03 Nick Kenny, Astoria columnist/songwriter (Nick Kenny Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1895-02-17 Anita Stewart, American silent film actress (South of Hell Mountain), producer, and mystery novelist, born in Brooklyn, NYC (d. 1961)
  • 1895-02-19 Louis Calhern, American actor (Julius Caesar, Blackboard Jungle), born in NYC, New York (d. 1956)
  • 1895-02-27 Edward Brophy, American character actor (Champ, Dumbo, Great Guy, The Cameraman, Doughboys), born in NYC, New York (d. 1960)
  • 1895-04-04 Arthur Murray [Moses Teichman], American ballroom dancer and businessman (Arthur Murray Dance Party), born in NYC, New York (d. 1991)
  • 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)
  • 1895-07-04 Irving Caesar, American songwriter (Sometimes I'm Happy), born in NYC, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1895-07-12 Oscar Hammerstein II, American lyricist (Rodgers & Hammerstein - "Oklahoma!"; "South Pacific"; "The King And I"; " The Sound Of Music"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1960)
  • 1895-08-13 Bert Lahr [Irving Lahrheim], American comic and actor (The Wizard of Oz - "Lion"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1967)
  • 1895-09-11 Harry Tobias, American song lyricist (“Sweet and Lovely”, “It’s a Lonesome Old Town”, “Sail Along, Silv’ry Moon”), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1895-09-28 Dave Franklin, American composer (The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down), born in New York City (d. 1970)
  • 1895-12-20 Susanne Langer, American philosopher & educator (Philosophy in a New Key), born in Manhattan, New York City
  • 1895-12-24 E. Roland Harriman, American financier, born in NYC, New York (d. 1978)
  • 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)
  • 1896-04-08 Yip Harburg [Isidore Hochberg], American lyricist ("Over The Rainbow"; "It's Only A Paper Moon"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1981)
  • 1896-09-08 Howard Dietz, American lyricist and librettist ("Dancing In The Dark"; "I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plans"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1983)
  • 1896-12-04 Larry Stock, American songwriter ("Blueberry Hill"; "You're Nobody till Somebody Loves You"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1984)

Ira Gershwin

1896-12-06 Ira Gershwin, American lyricist ("Embraceable You"; "I Got Rhythm"; "They Can't Take That Away From Me"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1983)

  • 1897-01-06 Billy Greene, American actor (Single Room Furnished, One Man's Family), born in NYC, New York (d. 1973)
  • 1897-01-21 J. Carrol Naish, American actor (Charlie Chan-Adv of Charlie Chan), born in NYC, New York (d. 1973)

Louis Buchalter

1897-02-06 Louis Buchalter, Jewish-American mobster (Murder, Inc.), born in NYC, New York (d. 1944)

  • 1897-04-07 Walter Winchell, American journalist, gossip columnist, radio host, and narrator (the Untouchables), born in New York (d. 1972)
  • 1897-04-16 Milton Cross, American radio announcer (Metropolitan Opera's Saturday Afternoon at the Opera, 1931-75), born in NYC, New York
  • 1897-04-25 Paula Trueman, American actress (Dirty Dancing), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1897-05-19 Jerome Travers, American golfer (US Open 1915), born in NYC, NY (d. 1951)
  • 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)
  • 1898-04-03 George Jessel, American stage and screen actor, singer, producer and host known as "The Toastmaster General", born in NYC, New York (d. 1981)
  • 1898-05-21 Armand Hammer, American millionaire industrialist (Occidental Petroleum), born in NYC, New York
  • 1898-05-25 Gene Tunney, American boxer (world heavyweight 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)

Shirley Booth

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

  • 1898-09-08 Queenie Smith, American character actress and dancer (Funny Side; Little House On The Prairie), born in Texas (d. 1978)
  • 1898-09-09 Frankie Frisch, American Baseball HOF infielder (3 x MLB All-Star; 4 x World Series; NL MVP 1931; NY Giants, St.L Cardinals) and manager (St.L Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs), born in NYC, New York (d. 1973)
  • 1898-09-27 Vincent Youmans, American composer and songwriter (Tea for Two), born in NYC, New York (d. 1946)
  • 1899-01-23 Joseph Nathan Kane, American non-fiction writer & journalist (Famous Firsts), born in NYC, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1899-02-22 George O'Hara, American silent era screenwriter and actor (The Sea Beast, The Grapes of Wrath), born in NYC, New York (d. 1966)
  • 1899-04-21 Randall Thompson, American composer (Trip to Nahant), born in NYC, New York (d. 1984)
  • 1899-06-01 Werner Janssen, American conductor and composer (New Years Eve in NY), born in NYC, New York
  • 1899-07-05 Anna Arnold Hedgeman, African-American social activist (NYC cabinet), born in Marshalltown, Iowa (d. 1990)

George Cukor

1899-07-07 George Cukor, American film director (My Fair Lady, Philadelphia Story), born in NYC, New York (d. 1983)

James Cagney

1899-07-17 James Cagney, American actor (Yankee Doodle Dandy), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)

  • 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, American radio personality (WOR-AM, NYC), born in Paris, Missouri (d. 1976)
  • 1899-11-29 Genevieve Tobin, American actress (Zaza, Great Gambini, Uncertain Lady), born in NYC, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1899-12-13 Harold Guinzburg, American publisher (founder of Literary Guild), born in NYC, New York (d. 1961)

Humphrey Bogart

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 (d. 1982)
  • 1900-06-19 Laura Z. Hobson, American TV writer and panelist (I've Got a Secret), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)
  • 1900-07-06 Frederica Sagor Maas, American playwright and screenwriter, born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • 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)
  • 1900-11-05 Natalie Schafer, American actress (Gilligan's Island, Anastasia), born in NYC, New York (d. 1991)
  • 1900-12-09 Albert Weisbord, American labor organizer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1977)
  • 1901-01-02 Robert "Bob" Marshall, American forester, wilderness activist and co-founder of the Wilderness Society, born in NYC, New York (d. 1939)
  • 1901-02-09 James Murray, American actor (The Crowd, The Shakedown), born in NYC, New York (d. 1936)
  • 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)
  • 1901-04-18 Al Lewis, American lyricist, songwriter and music publisher ("Blueberry Hill"; "You Gotta Be a Football Hero"), born in New York City (d. 1967)
  • 1901-07-14 George Tobias, American actor (Bewitched), born in NYC, New York (d. 1980)
  • 1901-08-26 Frankie Genaro, American boxer (World flyweight champion 1928-31; Olympic gold flyweight 1920), born in NYC, New York (d. 1966)
  • 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)
  • 1901-09-18 Harold Clurman, American theatrical producer and director (Deadline at Dawn), born in NYC, New York (d. 1980)
  • 1901-09-26 George Raft, American actor (Each Dawn I Die, Scarface, Some Like It Hot), born in NYC, New York (d. 1980)

Ed Sullivan

1901-09-28 Ed Sullivan, American newspaper columnist, and television host (The Ed Sullivan Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 1974)

  • 1901-10-01 Jimmie Reese, American baseball infielder and coach (LA Angels Hall of Fame), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • 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)
  • 1902-01-06 Mark Brunswick, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1971)
  • 1902-02-12 William Collier [Charles F Gall Jr], American stage and film actor and producer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1987)
  • 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) and author (FBI), born in NYC, New York (d. 1965)
  • 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)
  • 1902-06-17 Sammy Fain, American popular music composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1989)
  • 1902-06-22 David Burns, American actor (The Music Man; Hello Dolly!), born in NYC, New York (d. 1971)

Richard Rodgers

1902-06-28 Richard Rodgers, American composer, mostly for theater (Rodgers & Hart - "Pal Joey"; "Babes In Arms"; Rodgers & Hammerstein - "Oklahoma!"; "South Pacific"; "The King And I"; "The Sound Of Music") and 1st EGOT (Emmy; Grammy; Oscar; and Tony awards winner), born in NYC, New York (d. 1979)

  • 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)
  • 1902-12-12 Howard Koch, American playwright and screenwriter, born in NYC, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1902-12-14 Frances Bavier, American Emmy Award-winning stage and screen actress (The Andy Griffith Show & Mayberry, RFD - "Aunt Bee"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1989)
  • 1902-12-28 Mortimer J Adler, American author (Encyclopedia Brittanica), born in NYC, New York
  • 1903-02-05 Joan Whitney Payson, American heiress, businesswoman and philanthropist (co-founder & majority owner of MLB's New York Mets), born in NYC, NY (d. 1975)
  • 1903-03-11 Dorothy Schiff, American owner and publisher (NY Post), born in NYC, New York (d. 1989)
  • 1903-03-16 Mike Mansfield, American politician (Sen-D-Montana 1953-77) majority whip, born in New York City (d. 2001)

Famous Weddings


Famous Deaths