New York City in History (Part 4)

Historical Events

Events 301 - 400 of 847

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

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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 Heavyweight Jack Sharkey TKOs Max Schmeling (NYC)
  • 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", NYC-1st negro prima donna in 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
  • 1935-12-05 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

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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)

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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
  • 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)

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

Scientist and Inventor Edwin Land
Scientist and Inventor
Edwin Land

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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 dept official Alger Hiss indicted in NYC for perjury
  • 1948-12-19 8th largest snowfall in NYC history (15.3")
  • 1949-09-13 Ladies Pro Golf Association of America formed in NYC
  • 1949-10-04 United Nations' permanent NYC headquarters is dedicated
  • 1950-02-20 Dylan Thomas arrives in NYC for his 1st US poetry reading tour

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1950-03-09 Willie Sutton robs Manufacturers Bank of $64,000 in NYC

Bank Robber Willie Sutton
Bank Robber
Willie Sutton
  • 1950-03-15 NYC hires Dr Wallace E Howell as its official "rainmaker"
  • 1950-03-28 12th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: CCNY beats Bradley 71-68 NYC college becomes 1st to win NCAA & National Inv Basketball in same year

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 301 - 400 of 1,260

  • 1910-08-02 Lou Zara, American writer (Stump the Authors), born in NYC, New York
  • 1910-08-04 William Schuman, American composer (Amer Festival Overture, Juilliard), born in NYC, New York (d. 1992)
  • 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, New York City (d. 1999)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1911-01-01 Hank Greenberg "Hammerin' Hank", Hall-of-Fame 1st baseman (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)
  • 1911-03-14 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 (Grandpa-Pistols 'n' Petticoats), born in NYC, New York
  • 1911-06-29 Bernard Herrmann, American composer (The Devil and Daniel Webster, Taxi Driver), born in NYC, New York
  • 1911-07-08 Gertrude Niesen, American actress (Start Cheering), born in NYC (d. 1975)
  • 1911-08-08 Rosetta LeNoire, American actor (Grandma Winslow-Family Matters), born in NYC, New York
  • 1911-10-19 George Cates, American orchestra leader (Lawrence Welk Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1911-11-17 William Tannen, American actor (Jailhouse Rock, Sitting Bull), born in NYC, New York
  • 1911-12-08 Lee J Cobb, actor (Virginian, 12 Angry Men, On the Waterfront), born in NYC, New York
  • 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
  • 1912-03-04 John Garfield, American actor (Air Force, Destination: Tokyo, Juarez), born in NYC, New York (d. 1959)
  • 1912-05-05 Alice Faye [Ann Leppert], American actress (Barricade, State Fair), born in NYC, New York
  • 1912-05-06 Bill Quinn, American actor (Rifleman, Van Ranseleer-All in the Family), born in NYC, New York
  • 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)
  • 1912-05-31 Barbara Pepper, American actress (Doris Ziffel-Green Acres, Rogue Tavern), born in NYC, New York
  • 1912-07-16 Ray Barr, American pianist (Vincent Lopez Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 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 (Murph-Date With an Angel), born in NYC, New York
  • 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
  • 1912-11-22 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 (Ed-Gunsmoke, Lt Rovacs-Mr Lucky), born in NYC, New York
  • 1913-01-13 Jeff Morrow, American actor (Bart-Union Pacific, Temperatures Rising), born in NYC, New York
  • 1913-01-24 Norman Dello Joio, [Dello Ioio], American composer, born in NYC, New York

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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 Casey
CIA Director
William Casey
  • 1913-03-21 Max Youngstein, American producer (United Artists), born in NYC, New York
  • 1913-05-06 Carmen Cavallaro, American actor (Hollywood Canteen, Diamond Horseshoe), born in NYC, New York
  • 1913-07-29 Stephen McNally, American actor (Split Second, 30 Seconds over Tokyo), born in NYC, New York
  • 1913-08-10 Noah Beery Jr, American actor (Rockford Files, Quest, Doc Elliot, Gung Ho!, Heaven With a Gun), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1913-09-29 Stanley E Kramer, American producer/director (Inherit the Wind), born in NYC, New York (d. 2001)
  • 1913-10-08 Walter Schumann, American choral director (Ford Show) and composer (Rhenish), born in NYC, New York (d. 1958)
  • 1913-10-16 Alice Pearce, American comedienne/actress (Gladys Kravitz-Bewitched), born in NYC, New York

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1913-11-02 Burt Lancaster, American actor (From Here to Eternity, Elmer Gantry), born in NYC, New York

  • 1913-11-05 John McGiver, American actor (Patty Duke Show, Jimmy Stewart Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1913-11-08 Robert Strauss, American actor (Sgt Gruzewsky-Mona McCluskey), born in NYC, New York
  • 1913-12-06 Eleanor Holm, American 100m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1932), born in NYC, New York
  • 1913-12-13 Jimmy Carroll, American pianist (Most Important People), born in NYC, New York
  • 1914-02-26 Robert Alda, American actor (Dan Lewis-Supertrain, By Popular Demand), born in NYC, New York
  • 1914-03-27 Budd Schulberg, novelist and screenwriter (On the Waterfront), born in NYC, New York
  • 1914-05-10 Charles McGraw, American actor (Michael-Falcon, Smith Family), born in NYC, New York
  • 1914-06-11 Gerald Mohr, American actor (Christopher-Foreign Intrigue), born in NYC, New York
  • 1914-08-05 David Brian, American actor (Accused of Murder, Dawn at Sorocco), born in NYC, New York
  • 1914-08-10 Jeff Corey, American actor (Getting Straight, Superman & Mole Men), born in NYC, New York
  • 1914-09-14 Kay Medford, American actress (Dean Martin Show, To Rome With Love), born in NYC, New York
  • 1914-10-02 Charles Drake, Bayside actor (Air Force, Glenn Miller Story), born in NYC, New York

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1914-10-28 Jonas Salk, American medical scientist (created the polio vaccine), born in NYC, New York (d. 1995)

Medical Researcher and Virologist Jonas Salk
Medical Researcher and Virologist
Jonas Salk
  • 1914-11-11 Howard Fast, American screenwriter (Rachel & the Stranger, Spartacus), born in NYC, New York
  • 1915-01-09 Anita Louise, American actress (My Friend Flicka), born in NYC, New York
  • 1915-01-21 Alan Hewitt, American actor (Det Brennan-My Favorite Martian), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)
  • 1915-01-26 William Hopper, American actor (Paul Drake-Perry Mason), born in NYC, New York

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1915-02-05 Robert Hofstadter, American atomic physicist and Nobel laureate (electron scattering in atomic nuclei), born in NYC, New York (d. 1990)

  • 1915-03-31 Henry Morgan, American comedian/TV panelist (I've Got a Secret, Arena), born in NYC, New York
  • 1915-05-02 Van Alexander, composer and orchestra leader (Gordon MacRae Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1915-05-27 Herman Wouk, American novelist (Caine Mutiny, Winds of War), born in NYC, New York
  • 1915-06-01 John Randolph, American actor (King Kong, Lucan, Lucas Tanner, Angie), born in NYC, New York
  • 1915-06-02 Walter Tetley, American animation voice (Sherman-Bullwinkle Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1915-08-04 Irving Fields, Composer and pianist (Ilona Massey Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1915-08-12 Michael Kidd, American choreographer and dancer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1915-09-10 Edmond O'Brien, American actor (Sam Benedict, Johnny Midnight), born in NYC, New York
  • 1915-09-11 Athena Lorde, American actress (Fuzz, Skin Game, Firecreek), born in New York City

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1915-09-25 Ethel Rosenberg, American Communist, born in NYC, New York

Alleged Soviet Spy Ethel Rosenberg
Alleged Soviet Spy
Ethel Rosenberg
  • 1915-10-13 Cornel Wilde, American actor (High Sierra, 5th Musketeer), born in NYC, New York

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1915-10-17 Arthur Miller, American playwright (Death of a Salesman, Crucible), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)

Playwright Arthur Miller
Playwright
Arthur Miller
  • 1915-11-05 Moe Biller, American labor union officer (AFL-CIO, Postal Workers), born in NYC, New York
  • 1915-11-30 Angier Biddle Duke, American diplomat and the youngest American ambassador in history, born in NYC, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1915-12-14 Dan Dailey, American dancer and actor (Gov Drinkwater-Governor & JJ), born in NYC, New York
  • 1916-01-03 Betty Furness, American actress/journalist/consumer activist (Studio 1), born in NYC, New York
  • 1916-02-20 Paul Tripp, American TV host (Mr I Magination), born in NYC, New York
  • 1916-03-22 George Wyle, American orchestra leader (Jerry Lewis Show, Flip Wilson Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1916-04-22 Yehudi Menuhin, violinist, conductor and teacher (Bartok's Sonata), born in NYC, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1916-04-24 Stanley Kauffmann, American playwright (Red Handkerchief Man), born in NYC, New York
  • 1916-05-21 Harold Robbins, American author (Moneychangers, Carpetbaggers, Betsy), born in NYC, New York
  • 1916-06-12 Irwin Allen, American director (Land of the Giants, Poseidon Adventure), born in NYC, New York
  • 1916-07-27 Keenan Wynn, actor (Dr Strangelove, Absent Minded Professor), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)
  • 1916-07-28 David Brown, American film producer ("The Sting", "Jaws", "Cocoon"), born in NYC, New York
  • 1916-10-07 Walt W Rostow, American economist (Politics & Stages of Growth), born in NYC, New York
  • 1916-11-07 Joe Bushkin, American jazz pianist (A Couple of Joes), born in NYC, New York
  • 1916-12-19 Hal Hastings, American orchestra leader (Chevrolet on Broadway), born in NYC, New York
  • 1917-01-03 Vernon A. Walters, American diplomat and US permanent rep to the UN (1989-91), born in NYC, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1917-01-08 Stanley Prager, American comedian (College Bowl), born in NYC, New York
  • 1917-02-12 Thomas K Scherman, American conductor (Little Orch Society 1947-75), born in NYC, New York
  • 1917-02-14 Herbert A Hauptman, American x-ray crystallographer (Nobel 1985), born in NYC, New York
  • 1917-02-22 Jane Bowles, American writer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1973)
  • 1917-03-23 Johnny Guarnieri, American jazz pianist (Morey Amsterdam Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 1985)

Famous Weddings


Famous Deaths