New York City in History (Part 5)

Historical Events

Events 401 - 500 of 926

  • 1947-04-16 Lens to provide zoom effects demonstrated (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")
  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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; City College of NY first to win NCAA & National Invitational Basketball in same year
  • 1950-05-25 Brooklyn Battery Tunnel opens in NYC
  • 1950-07-01 NYC bus fare rises to 10 cents equal to subway fare, combo fare at 15 cents
  • 1950-12-15 NYC's Port Authority opens
  • 1951-01-16 World's largest gas pipeline opens (Brownsville Texas, to 134th St, New York City)
  • 1951-02-16 NYC passes bill prohibiting racism in city-assisted housing
  • 1951-02-25 "Michael Todd's Peep Show" closes at Winter Garden, NYC, after 278 performances

Historic Event

1951-04-22 Ticker-tape parade for General MacArthur in NYC

  • 1951-06-11 NY Times reports the NYC subway will auction off things found

Television Debut

1951-06-25 1st color TV broadcast, CBS' Arthur Godfrey from NYC to 4 cities

  • 1951-08-11 First televised baseball game in colour on WCBS in New York City; Boston Braves beat Brooklyn Dodgers, 8-1
  • 1952-11-26 1st 3D feature film "Bwana Devil" directed by Arch Oboler premieres in Los Angeles, advertised as "The Miracle of the Age!!! A LION in your lap! A LOVER in your arms!"
  • 1953-03-01 WJZ-AM in NYC becomes WABC; WJZ-TV in Baltimore final transmission
  • 1953-04-10 "House of Wax" 1st color 3-D movie, premieres in New York
  • 1953-06-15 NYC Transit Authority forms
  • 1953-07-09 1st helicopter passenger service (NYC)
  • 1953-07-25 NYC transit fare rises from 10 cents to 15 cents, 1st use of subway tokens

Boxing Title Fight

1953-09-24 Rocky Marciano TKOs home town favourite Roland LaStarza in 11 at NYC's Polo Grounds to retain his world heavyweight boxing title

Music History

1953-10-02 "Comedy in Music (Victor Borge)" opens at John Golden NYC for 849 performances

  • 1954-01-01 NBC broadcasts 1st live color US coast-to-coast telecast, the Tournament of Roses Parade, from Pasadena, California
  • 1954-01-21 1st gas turbine automobile exhibited (NYC)
  • 1954-03-09 1st local color TV commercial WNBT-TV (WNBC-TV) NYC (Castro Decorators)
  • 1954-03-19 1st color telecast of a prize fight, Giardello vs Troy in Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • 1954-06-17 Rocky Marciano beats Ezzard Charles by unanimous points decision in his 3rd world heavyweight boxing title defence at Yankee Stadium, NYC
  • 1954-06-24 "John Murray Anderson's Almanac" closes at Imperial NYC after 229 performances
  • 1954-09-06 WINS radio station in NYC begins playing rock n roll with Alan Freed Show
  • 1954-09-08 Alan Freed leaves Cleveland to NYC for WINS radio
  • 1954-09-14 Hurricane Edna (2nd of 1954) hits NYC, $50 million damage
  • 1954-09-17 In a quick re-match at Yankee Stadium, NYC, Rocky Marciano KOs Ezzard Charles in the 8th round to retain his world heavyweight boxing title
  • 1954-10-18 WNBC radio changes call letters to WRCA (NYC)

Sports History

1955-01-07 Marian Anderson becomes the 1st African American to perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera

  • 1955-09-21 In his last fight, undefeated world heavyweight boxing champion Rocky Marciano KOs light heavyweight Archie Moore in the 9th round at Yankee Stadium, NYC
  • 1955-10-26 First edition of "Village Voice" (NYC) published
  • 1956-10-02 1st atomic power clock exhibited-NYC
  • 1956-12-30 National Football League Championship, Yankee Stadium, NYC: New York Giants beat Chicago Bears, 47-7; Giants' 4th NFL title

Election of Interest

1957-02-11 NHL Players Association forms (NYC), Red Wings' Ted Lindsay elected president

  • 1957-04-06 NYC ends trolley car service

Historic Event

1957-05-15 Evangelist Billy Graham launches his "crusade" in front of 18,000 people at Madison Square Garden in NYC

  • 1957-05-29 NYC Mayor Robert Wagner says he plans to confer with the Giants & Dodgers about the proposed move to the west coast
  • 1957-06-15 "Ziegfeld Follies of 1957" closes at Winter Garden NYC after 123 performances
  • 1957-10-08 Soviet spy Jack Sobel sentenced to 7 years (NYC)

Murder of Interest

1957-10-25 Cosa Nostra crime boss Albert Anastasia is murdered in a barber's chair in New York City, probably by fellow mobster Joe Gallo

  • 1957-12-05 NYC is first US city to legislate against racial or religious discrimination in housing market (Fair Housing Practices Law)
  • 1958-01-21 Phillies agree to televise 78 games into NYC (doesn't happen)
  • 1958-05-02 Yanks threaten to broadcast games nationwide if NL goes ahead with plans to broadcast, games into NYC
  • 1958-06-02 Alan Freed joins WABC (NYC) radio
  • 1958-11-13 NYC Mayor Robert Wagner announces plans to begin a new baseball called the Continental League
  • 1959-02-14 $3.6 million heroin seizure in NYC

Film Release

1959-03-29 "Some Like It Hot", directed by Billy Wilder and starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon, is released in NYC

  • 1959-06-18 New York City premiere of the film version of Kathryn Hulme's "The Nun's Story"
  • 1959-07-27 William Shea announces plans to have a baseball team in NYC in 1961

Historic Event

1959-10-21 Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, opens in New York

  • 1959-11-01 WOV-AM in NYC changes call letters to WADO
  • 1959-11-17 William Shea shows proposed NYC stadium with transparent roof
  • 1959-12-21 10th largest snowfall in NYC history (13.7")
  • 1960-03-03 9th largest snowfall in NYC history (14.5")

Historic Event

1960-03-25 DH Lawrence's "Lady Chatterley's Lover" ruled not obscene (NYC)

  • 1960-05-23 WRCA radio changes call letters back to WNBC (NYC)

Film Release

1960-06-16 "Psycho", psychological horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, and Vera Miles, opens in New York City

  • 1960-07-06 Dr Barbara Moore completes a 3,207 mile walk from LA to NYC

Historic Event

1960-10-21 JFK & Nixon clashed in 4th & final presidential debate (NYC)

  • 1960-10-25 1st electronic wrist watch placed on sale, NYC
  • 1961-02-03 6th largest snowfall in NYC history (17.4" (44.2cm))
  • 1961-02-15 Plane crash kills entire US figure skating team outside Brussels airport in Belgium enroute to World Championships in Prague from NYC; 73 crew and passengers (including 34 American skaters, coaches, officials, and other team members), and a farmer on the ground are lost
  • 1961-04-30 1st shuttle flights between Washington, D.C., Boston & NYC begin (Eastern)
  • 1962-01-04 1st automated (unmanned) subway train in New York City
  • 1962-01-16 Suit accuses NYC Board of Education uses "racial quotas"
  • 1962-02-28 WMGM-AM in New York City changes call letters to WHN

Music Concert

1962-06-09 Singer Tony Bennett makes his Carnegie Hall concert debut, NYC

Music History

1962-09-22 Bob Dylan plays Carnegie Hall, NYC

  • 1962-11-01 WNYC TV channel 31 in New York, NY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1962-12-08 114-day newspaper strike begins in NYC

NFL Championship

1962-12-30 National Football League Championship, Yankee Stadium, NYC: Green Bay Packers beat NY Giants, 16-7; MVP: Ray Nitschke, Green Bay, LB

  • 1963-02-09 7th largest snowfall in NYC history (42.4 cm, 16.7")
  • 1963-03-20 1st "Pop Art" exhibition (NYC)
  • 1963-04-01 NYC's newspapers resume publishing after a 114 day strike
  • 1963-09-26 1st edition of NYC Review of Books
  • 1963-09-28 NYC DJ "Murray The K" plays The Beatles "She Loves You" on the radio
  • 1964-01-15 MLB executives vote to hold a free agent amateur draft, officially known as Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft in NYC
  • 1964-01-18 Plans for World Trade Center announced (NYC)

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 401 - 500 of 1,822

  • 1909-07-01 Madge Evans, American TV panelist (Masquerade Party), born in NYC, New York (d. 1981)
  • 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)
  • 1909-10-14 Dorothy Kingsley, American screenwriter (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers), born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1909-10-25 Whitner "Whit" Bissell, American actor (Time Machine, Soylent Green, The Magnificent Seven), born in NYC, New York (d. 1996)

Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

1909-12-09 Douglas Fairbanks Jr, American actor (Prisoner of Zenda; Gunga Din), and decorated US naval officer (WWII Beach Jumpers), 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 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

Claire Trevor

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

  • 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 Rockefeller, American CEO (Chase Manhattan Bank) and philanthropist, born in NYC, New York (d. 2004)
  • 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"; Most Happy Fella), 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 (Pulitzer Prize, 1943), and administrator (Juilliard, 1945-61; Lincoln Center, 1961-68), born in New York City (d. 1992)
  • 1910-10-27 Fred de Cordova, American film and TV producer (Tonight Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 2001)
  • 1910-12-05 Abraham Polonsky, American writer and director (Tell them Willie Boy is Here), born in NYC, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1910-12-07 Richard Franko Goldman, American educator and composer, born in New York City, New York (d. 1980)
  • 1910-12-15 John H. Hammond, American music producer, talent scout, promoter, and activist, "discovered" Billie Holiday, Teddy Wilson, Count Basie, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen, born in NYC, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1910-12-30 Paul Bowles, writer (The Shelting Sky), born in Queens, NYC, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1910-12-31 Roy Rowland, American film director, born in NYC, New York (d. 1995)

Hank Greenberg

1911-01-01 Hank Greenberg, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (5 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1935, 45; AL MVP 1935, 40; Detroit Tigers), born in NYC, NY (d. 1986)

  • 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, American 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 [Warenoff], American baritone (Metropolitan Opera, 1939-60) who died on stage, born in The Bronx, New York City (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 film score 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)
  • 1911-12-15 Nicholas P. Dallis, American psychiatrist and comic strip writer (Rex Morgan, M.D.), born in NYC, New York (d. 1991)
  • 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 New York City (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 Berger, American composer (Ideas of Order), music critic, and educator (Brandeis, 1953-80; New England Conservatory of Music, 1980-99), born in NYC, New York (d. 2003)
  • 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)
  • 1912-06-30 Dan Reeves, American NFL team owner (Cleveland/LA Rams), born in NYC, New York (d. 1971)
  • 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 character actor (The Adventures of Superman; Date With an Angel), born in Queens, 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 and commentator (All Star News), born in NYC, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1912-09-16 Jerry Wald, American producer (Mildred Pierce, Johnny Belinda), born in NYC, New York (d. 1962)
  • 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
  • 1912-11-22 Doris Duke, American heiress (American Tobacco Company), philanthropist (Independent Aid; Doris Duke Foundation), and socialite, born in New York City (d. 1993)
  • 1912-12-09 Jim Turnesa, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1952; Ryder Cup 1953), born in NYC, NY (d. 1971)
  • 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 [Nicodemo DeGioio], American classical composer (Choreography: Three Dances for Strings), born in New York City, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1913-03-04 John Garfield [Jacob Garfinkle], American actor (Four Daughters, Body and Soul), born in NYC, New York (d. 1952)

William 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)

  • 1913-03-21 Max Youngstein, American producer (United Artists), born in NYC, New York
  • 1913-04-04 Jerome Weidman, American writer (Tenderloin), born in NYC, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1913-05-06 Carmen Cavallaro, American actor and pianist (Hollywood Canteen; Diamond Horseshoe), born in NYC, New York (d. 1989)
  • 1913-06-18 Sammy Cahn [Cohen], American lyricist ("Three Coins in a Fountain"; "High Hopes"; "Call Me Irresponsible"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1993)
  • 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 and director (Inherit the Wind), born in NYC, New York (d. 2001)
  • 1913-10-08 Walter Schumann, American choral director (Ford Show) and film and television composer (Night Of The Hunter; Dragnet theme), born in NYC, New York (d. 1958)

Burt Lancaster

1913-11-02 Burton "Burt" Lancaster, American actor (Apartment, From Here to Eternity, Elmer Gantry), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)

  • 1913-11-05 John McGiver, American character actor (Patty Duke Show; Jimmy Stewart Show; Fitzwilly), born in NYC, New York (d. 1975)
  • 1913-11-08 Robert Strauss, American actor (Stalag 17, The Seven Year Itch), born in NYC, New York (d. 1975)
  • 1913-12-06 Eleanor Holm, American 100m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1932), born in NYC, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1913-12-13 Jimmy Carroll, American pianist (Most Important People), born in NYC, New York (d. 1972)
  • 1913-12-15 Muriel Rukeyser, American poet (The Book of the Dead), born in NYC, New York (d. 1980)
  • 1914-01-07 Bobby McDermott, American Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame guard and coach (2 × NBL Coach of the Year 1944-45, Fort Wayne Pistons), born in NYC, NY (d. 1963)
  • 1914-02-26 Robert Alda, American actor (Supertrain, By Popular Demand), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)
  • 1914-03-03 Martin Ritt, American actor and director (The Spy Who Came In from the Cold, Slugger's Wife, End of the Game), born in NYC, New York (d. 1990)
  • 1914-03-19 Patricia Morison, American actress (Peyton Place, Dressed to Kill, Kiss Me, Kate The King and I), born in NYC, New York
  • 1914-03-27 Budd Schulberg, American novelist and screenwriter (On the Waterfront), born in NYC, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1914-05-10 Charles McGraw [Butters], American actor (Spartacus, The Birds, The Killers, Smith Family), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 1980)
  • 1914-05-23 Leo Lerman, American writer and editor (Condé Nast Publications), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1914-06-11 Gerald Mohr, American actor (The Angry Red Planet, The Sniper, Foreign Intrigue), born in NYC, New York (d. 1968)
  • 1914-06-14 Winifred Milius Lubell, American illustrator and writer (The Outer Lands), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1914-08-05 David Brian, American actor (Accused of Murder, Dawn at Sorocco), born in NYC, New York (d. 1993)
  • 1914-08-10 Jeff Corey [Arthur Zwerling], American actor (Getting Straight, Superman & Mole Men), born in NYC, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1914-10-02 Charles Drake [Ruppert], American actor (Harvey, Air Force, Glenn Miller Story), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)

Jonas Salk

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


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