New York City in History (Part 4)

Historical Events

Events 301 - 400 of 852

  • 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)
  • 1930-03-24 1st religious services telecast in US (W2XBS NYC)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1930-05-27 The 1,046-foot (319-meter) Chrysler Building in New York City, the tallest man-made structure at the time, opens to the public

Founder of Chrysler Walter Chrysler
Founder of Chrysler
Walter Chrysler
  • 1930-08-06 Supreme Court Justice John Force Crater disappears in NYC
  • 1930-08-20 Dumont's 1st TV broadcast for home reception (NYC)
  • 1930-09-08 NYC public schools begin teaching Hebrew
  • 1930-09-29 NYC College offers 1st course in radio advertising
  • 1930-12-11 Bank of the United States closes in New York City
  • 1930-12-23 Police Bureau of Criminal Alien Investigation started in NYC
  • 1931-05-01 Empire State Building opens in New York City
  • 1931-09-16 Blimp is moored to Empire State Building (NYC)
  • 1931-09-17 1st LP record demonstrated (RCA Victor, NYC), venture failed
  • 1931-09-24 Round-robin playoff among NYC's 3 major league teams, to raise money for unemployed, concludes with Brooklyn losing to both Giants & Yanks
  • 1931-10-24 George Washington Bridge linking New York City and New Jersey dedicated, opens the next day

  • 1931-10-30 W2XB TV channel 1 in NYC, NY (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1932-06-21 German champion Max Schmeling loses world heavyweight title in split points decision to Jack Sharkey in New York
  • 1932-09-01 NYC Mayor James J "Gentleman Jimmy" Walker resigns (graft charges)
  • 1932-09-09 Steamboat SS Observation explodes in NYC East River (71 killed)
  • 1932-09-10 Independent City Owned Rapid Transit Railroad (IND) opens in NYC
  • 1932-10-11 1st political telecast (Democratic National Committee) at CBS, NYC
  • 1932-12-27 Radio City Music Hall opens in New York City
  • 1932-12-31 John P O'Brien sworn-in as mayor of NYC
  • 1933-02-10 Delivery of 1st singing telegram (Postal Telegram Co NYC)
  • 1933-07-22 Caterina Jarboro sings "Aida" at the New York Hippodrome, becoming the 1st black female opera singer to perform in the US
  • 1933-07-28 1st singing telegram delivered (to Rudy Vallee), NYC
  • 1933-11-07 Fiorello H. La Guardia is elected the 99th mayor of New York City.
  • 1934-01-30 1st theatrical presentation sponsored by US government, NYC
  • 1934-02-09 -14.3°F (-25.7°C), coldest day in New York City
  • 1934-02-10 Byrd souvenir sheet issued, NYC; 1st unperforated ungummed US stamp
  • 1934-02-20 Virgil Thomson's opera "4 Saints in 3 Acts" opens in NYC
  • 1934-06-05 1st formal meeting of Baker Street Irregulars (NYC)
  • 1935-05-29 French liner Normandie begins its maiden voyage, arrived in NYC on June 3rd
  • 1935-06-10 In Akron, Ohio, Dr. Robert H. Smith (Dr. Bob) from Akron & Bill Wilson from New York City form Alcoholics Anonymous (date of Smith's last drink)
  • 1935-12-05 National Council of Negro Women forms by Mary McLeod Bethune (NYC)
  • 1935-12-28 W P A Federal Art Project Gallery opens in NYC
  • 1937-04-22 NYC college students stage 4th annual peace strike
  • 1937-04-28 1st animated cartoon electric sign displayed (NYC)
  • 1937-10-13 A recorded trace of snow in Central Park, NYC
  • 1937-12-22 Lincoln Tunnel (NYC) opens to traffic

  • 1938-06-23 NYC Mayor LaGuardia assigns 21 cops to patrol subway
  • 1938-08-27 Two NYC subway trains collide at 116th Street killing 2 and injuring 51
  • 1938-09-23 Time capsule, to be opened in 6939, buried at World's Fair in NYC (capsule contained a woman's hat, man's pipe & 1,100' of microfilm)
  • 1938-09-29 1st archival course is offered at Columbia University in NYC
  • 1939-07-15 Clara Adams (NYC) is 1st woman to complete round world flight
  • 1939-09-30 1st televised college football game (Fordham vs Waynesburg at NYC)
  • 1939-10-15 LaGuardia Airport opens in NYC
  • 1940-02-01 NBC performs the first inter-city television broadcast from its station in New York City to another in Schenectady, New York by General Electric relay antennas.
  • 1940-02-25 1st televised (W2XBS, NYC) hockey game (Rangers vs Canadians)
  • 1940-03-02 1st intercollegiate track meet telecast, Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • 1940-03-06 1st US telecast from an airplane, NYC
  • 1940-03-10 1st US opera telecast, W2XBS, NYC, I Pagliacci

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1940-03-26 Ernest Hemingway & Benjamin Glazer premiere in NYC

  • 1940-11-18 George Matesky, New York City's Mad Bomber places his first bomb at a Manhattan office building used by Consolidated Edison.
  • 1941-01-23 WOR-AM in Newark NJ moves to NYC
  • 1941-03-07 3rd largest snowfall in NYC history (18.1")
  • 1941-07-01 1st commercial TV licenses granted-W2XBS-WNBT (NBC) & WCBW (CBS), NYC
  • 1941-07-01 WNBT TV (W2XBS, Now WNBC) channel 4 in NYC (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1941-11-12 WOV-AM & WNEW-AM in NYC swaps call letters
  • 1941-12-02 Largest roller skating rink (outside of NYC) opens in Peekskill, New York
  • 1941-12-06 NYC Council agrees to build Idlewild (Kennedy) Airport in Queens

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1942-03-27 Joe Louis KOs Abe Simon in 6 to retain heavyweight boxing title (NYC)

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • 1942-05-18 NYC ends night baseball games for rest of WW II
  • 1943-01-03 1st missing persons telecast (NYC)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1943-01-23 Duke Ellington plays at Carnegie Hall in New York City for the first time.

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • 1943-08-01 Race riot in Harlem, NYC
  • 1944-01-01 1st feature-length foreign movie "African Journey", shown on TV, NYC

Music concertMusic Concert

1944-01-18 The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City hosts a jazz concert for the first time. The performers were Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, Roy Eldridge and Jack Teagarden.

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong
  • 1944-02-02 Baseball meets in NYC to discuss postwar action
  • 1944-05-02 WABD (WNEW, now WNYW) TV channel 5 in NYC (DUM/MET/FOX) 1st broadcast
  • 1944-05-23 Polo Grounds host 1st NYC night game since 1941
  • 1944-06-11 1st Serbian Orthodox cathedral in US, Cathedral of St Sava, NYC

Film release premierFilm Release

1944-10-11 "Laura" directed by Otto Preminger starring Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews is released in NYC, New York

Actress Gene Tierney
Actress
Gene Tierney
  • 1945-09-04 American chess grandmaster Reuben Fine wins 4 simultaneous rapid (10 seconds per move) games blindfolded in New York City
  • 1946-03-08 1st helicopter licensed for commercial use (NYC)
  • 1946-06-06 The Basketball Association of America is formed in New York City.
  • 1946-06-20 NYC transit begins using PA system - Car # 744 on 8th Ave IND line
  • 1946-10-23 UN General Assembly 2nd session convenes (1st NYC-Flushing Meadows)
  • 1946-11-01 WABC becomes WCBS radio in NYC
  • 1946-11-01 WEAF radio changes call letters to WNBC (NYC)
  • 1946-12-14 UN General Assembly votes to establish UN HQs in New York City
  • 1946-12-23 Highest ridership in NYC subway history (8.8 million passengers)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1947-02-21 1st instant developing camera demonstrated by Edwin Land in NYC

Scientist and Inventor Edwin Land
Scientist and Inventor
Edwin Land

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1947-03-24 John D. Rockefeller Jr donates NYC East River site to the UN

Financier and Philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr
Financier and Philanthropist
John D. Rockefeller Jr
  • 1947-04-16 Lens to provide zoom effects demonstrated (NYC)
  • 1947-06-17 1st round-the-world civil air service leaves NYC
  • 1947-07-03 252,288 people (record) pass through Grand Central Station, NYC
  • 1947-07-08 Demolition begins for UN HQ in NYC
  • 1947-12-26 Heavy snow blankets Northeast, buries NYC under 25.8" of snow in 16 hrs That same day, LA set a record high of 84°F
  • 1948-01-17 Trial of 11 US Communist party members begins in NYC
  • 1948-03-19 Lee Savold KOs Gino Buonvino in 54 seconds at Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • 1948-04-14 NYC subway fares jump from 5 cents to 10 cents
  • 1948-04-20 NYC hikes subway fare from 5 cents to 10 cents
  • 1948-06-15 WPIX TV channel 11 in NYC, NY (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1948-07-01 NYC subway fare goes to 10 cents, bus fare to 7 cents and combo fare at 12 cents
  • 1948-11-23 Dr Frank G Back (NYC) patents lens to provide zoom effects
  • 1948-11-29 1st opera to be televised, "Othello", broadcast from the Met (NYC)
  • 1948-12-15 Former state department official Alger Hiss indicted in NYC for perjury
  • 1948-12-19 8th largest snowfall in NYC history (15.3")

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 301 - 400 of 1,510

  • 1907-02-03 James A Michener, American author (South Pacific, Sayonara), born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)

Person of interestCesar Romero

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)
  • 1907-03-04 Edgar Barrier, American actor (Phantom of the Opera, Macbeth, Rocky, Cornered), born in NYC, New York (d. 1964)
  • 1907-03-19 Kent Smith, American actor (Peyton Place, Invaders), born in NYC, New York (d. 1985)
  • 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, Irish-American politician and President of City Council (D-NYC), born in Bohola, County Mayo, Ireland (d. 1998)
  • 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 (Breakfast at Tiffany's) and voice artist (Fred Flintstone, Lady and the Tramp), 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 (Citizen Kane, Kiss Me Deadly), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)
  • 1908-03-29 Arthur O'Connell, American actor (Mr Peepers, Second Hundred Years), born in NYC, New York (d. 1981)
  • 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 (d. 2002)
  • 1908-07-22 Amy Vanderbilt, American authority on etiquette (Complete Book of Etiquette, Complete Cook Book), born in NYC, New York
  • 1908-07-25 Jack Gilford, American actor (Save the Tiger, Cocoon, Arthur 2), born in NYC, New York (d. 1990)
  • 1908-08-06 William "Will" Lee, American actor (They Live by Night, Melody Lane), born in NYC, New York (d. 1982)
  • 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 NYC, New York
  • 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 (d. 1997)
  • 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 Giulani (107th Mayor of New York City), born in NYC, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1909-10-01 Everett Sloane, American actor (Patsy, Citizen Kane, Enforcer), born in NYC, New York (d. 1965)
  • 1909-10-25 Whitner "Whit" Bissell, American actor (Time Machine, Soylent Green, The Magnificent Seven), born in NYC, New York (d. 1996)
  • 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
  • 1910-01-01 Russell "Russ" Bender, American actor and writer (Amazing Colossal Man, Space Monster, It Conquered the World), born in NYC, New York (d. 1969)
  • 1910-02-17 Marc Lawrence [Max Goldsmith], American character actor (Man With Golden Gun), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1910-02-25 Millicent Fenwick, American (Rep-R-NJ 1975-82) (Doonesbury), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestClaire Trevor

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

Actress Claire Trevor
Actress
Claire Trevor
  • 1910-04-10 Paul Sweezy, American Marxist economist and editor (Monthly Review), born in NYC, New York (d. 2004)
  • 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, jazz clarinetist and actor (Begin the Beguine), born in NYC, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1910-05-26 Laurance S Rockefeller, American CEO (Chase Manhattan Bank), born in NYC, New York
  • 1910-06-11 Carmine Coppola, American composer and conductor (The Godfather II, Apocalypse Now), born in NYC, New York (d. 1991)
  • 1910-06-29 Frank Loesser, American songwriter and composer (Guys And Dolls, Baby It's Cold Outside), born in NYC, New York (d. 1969)
  • 1910-08-02 Lou Zara, American writer (Stump the Authors), born in NYC, New York (d. 2001)
  • 1910-08-04 William Schuman, American composer (Amer Festival Overture, Juilliard), born in NYC, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1910-10-27 Fred de Cordova, American film and TV producer (Tonight Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 2001)
  • 1910-12-15 John H. Hammond, music producer, critic and activist, discovered Billie Holiday, born in NYC, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1910-12-30 Paul Bowles, writer (The Shelting Sky), born in Queens, NYC, New York (d. 1999)

Person of interestHank Greenberg

1911-01-01 Hank Greenberg, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (5-time All Star, Detroit Tigers), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • 1911-01-15 Cy Feuer, Broadway producer (Feuer & Martin-Chorus Line), born in NYC, New York (d. 2006)
  • 1911-02-11 Ben Carter, American actor (Crash Dive, Dark Alibi, Maryland), born in Fairfield, Iowa (d. 1946)
  • 1911-03-14 Pete Piute, [Morris Kaufman], American comedian (Village Barn), born in NYC, New York
  • 1911-04-10 Martin Denny, musician (Exotica), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1911-04-18 George Huntington Hartford II, American heir (A&P), born in NYC, New York
  • 1911-04-21 Leonard Warren, American baritone (Met-1939-60) who died on stage, born in NYC, New York (d. 1960)
  • 1911-05-30 Douglas Fowley, American actor (Singin' in the Rain, Pistols 'n' Petticoats), born in NYC, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1911-06-29 Bernard Herrmann, American composer (Citizen Kane; Psycho; Taxi Driver), born in NYC, New York (d. 1975)
  • 1911-07-08 Gertrude Niesen, American actress, comedian, and songwriter (Start Cheering, Rookies on Parade), born in NYC, New York (d. 1975)
  • 1911-07-29 Stephen McNally, American attorney and actor (Split Second, 30 Seconds over Tokyo), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1911-08-08 Rosetta LeNoire, American actress (Family Matters, The Brother from Another Planet), born in NYC, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1911-08-13 William Bernbach, American advertising creative director, born in NYC, New York (d. 1982)
  • 1911-10-19 George Cates, American orchestra leader (Lawrence Welk Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1911-10-20 Will Rogers Jr, American politician (D-Representative 1943-44) writer, political commentator, and actor (Down to Earth), born in NYC, New York (d. 1993)
  • 1911-11-17 William Tannen, American actor (Jailhouse Rock, Sitting Bull), born in NYC, New York (d. 1976)
  • 1911-12-08 Lee J Cobb [Leo Jacoby], American actor (Virginian, 12 Angry Men, On the Waterfront), born in NYC, New York (d. 1976)
  • 1911-12-20 Hortense Calisher, American novelist (Arts & Letters 1967), born in NYC, New York
  • 1911-12-28 Sam Levenson, American humorist (Sam Levenson Show, Masquerade Party), born in NYC, New York
  • 1912-01-26 Cora Baird, American puppeteer (Kukla, Fran & Ollie), born in NYC, New York
  • 1912-02-05 Willard Parker, American actor (Kiss Me Kate, What A Woman), born in NYC, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1912-04-16 Garth Williams, American illustrator (Charlotte's Web), born in NYC, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1912-04-16 Catherine Scorsese [Cappa], Italian-American actress (The King of Comedy, Goodfellas, Cape Fear), born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1912-05-06 William "Bill" Quinn, American actor (Star Trek, The Birds, Rifleman, All in the Family), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1912-05-15 Arthur Victor Berger, American composer (Ideas of Order), born in NYC, New York
  • 1912-05-16 Studs Terkel, American author/host (Stud's Place, Working), born in NYC, New York
  • 1912-05-20 Joseph Proce, 3rd victim of NYC's Zodiac killer (survives)
  • 1912-05-30 Joseph Stein, American dramatist and playwright (Fiddler on the Roof), born in NYC, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1912-06-08 Harry Holtzman, American abstract artist, born in NYC, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1912-07-16 Ray Barr, American pianist (Vincent Lopez Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 1983)
  • 1912-08-02 Ann Dvorak [McKim], American actress (G Men, Life of Her Own, Scarface), born in NYC, New York (d. 1979)
  • 1912-08-10 Richard Reeves, American actor (Suerman, Date With an Angel), born in NYC, New York (d. 1967)
  • 1912-08-29 Barry Sullivan, American actor (Duffy's Tavern, Man Called X, Tall Man), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1912-09-08 Leo Cherne, American economist/commentator (All Star News), born in NYC, New York
  • 1912-09-16 Jerry Wald, American producer (Mildred Pierce, Johnny Belinda), born in NYC, New York
  • 1912-10-13 Cornel Wilde [Kornel Lajos Weisz], Hungarian-American actor (Sword of Lancelot, High Sierra, 5th Musketeer), born in Prievidza, Hungary (d. 1989)
  • 1912-10-22 Frances Drake [Dean], American actress (Mad Love, The Invisible Ray), born in NYC, New York (d. 2000)
  • 1912-11-22 Doris Duke, multi-millionaire (American Tobacco heiress), born in NYC, New York
  • 1912-12-22 Doris Duke, heiress (American Tobacco Co), born in NYC, New York
  • 1913-01-06 Tom Brown, American actor (Buck Privates Come Home, In Old Chicago), born in NYC, New York (d. 1990)
  • 1913-01-24 Norman Dello Joio, [Dello Ioio], American composer, born in NYC, New York
  • 1913-03-04 John Garfield [Jacob Garfinkle], American actor (Four Daughters, Body and Soul), born in NYC, New York (d. 1952)

Person of interestWilliam J. Casey

1913-03-13 William J. Casey, American head of the CIA during the Iran-contra scandal (1981-87), born in NYC, New York (d. 1987)

CIA Director William J. Casey
CIA Director
William J. Casey
  • 1913-03-21 Max Youngstein, American producer (United Artists), born in NYC, New York

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