Niagara Falls in History

Historical Events

  • 1814-07-25 Battle of Niagara Falls (Lundy's Lane); Americans defeat British

Famous PhotoNiagara Falls Stops Flowing

1848-03-29 Niagara Falls stops flowing for 30 hours due to an ice jam

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The flow of water stops completely over both of Niagara's two falls due to an ice jam in the upper river
The flow of water stops completely over both of Niagara's two falls due to an ice jam in the upper river
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  • 1855-03-08 1st train crosses 1st US railway suspension bridge, Niagara Falls
  • 1859-06-30 French acrobat Charles Blondin is 1st to cross Niagara Falls on a tightrope
  • 1883-12-20 Intl cantilever railway bridge opens at Niagara Falls
  • 1895-08-26 Electric generator at Niagara Falls produces first power
  • 1896-02-18 Cave of Winds at Niagara Falls goes almost dry for first time in 50 yrs
  • 1896-11-14 Power plant at Niagara Falls begins operation
  • 1901-10-24 First woman to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel (Anna Taylor)
  • 1903-02-22 Due to drought the US side of Niagara Falls runs short of water
  • 1903-07-02 National League MLB batting champion Ed Delahanty, disappears after being removed from a train by force, found dead at bottom of Niagara Falls 2 weeks later
  • 1929-01-02 US & Canada agree to preserve Niagara Falls
  • 1961-02-10 Niagara Falls hydroelectric project begins producing power
  • 1975-09-30 5 drown in flash flood of sewer & water tunnel (Niagara Falls NY)
  • 1980-05-20 710 families in Love Canal area (Niagara Falls NY) are evacuated

Famous Birthdays

  • 1905-02-27 Franchot Tone, American actor (Mutiny on the Bounty, Advise & Consent), born in Niagara Falls, New York (d. 1968)
  • 1917-04-26 Sal Maglie, American MLB pitcher (NY Giants, 8th best won-lost pct), born in Niagara Falls, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1920-08-11 William Masselos, pianist/prof (Juilliard 1976), born in Niagara Falls, New York
  • 1931-05-25 John Gabriel [Jack Monkarsh], American stage and screen actor (Ryan's Hope), singer, lyricist, and producer, born in Niagara Falls, New York (d. 2021)
  • 1935-01-06 Nino Tempo [Antonino LoTempio], American session saxophonist and pop vocalist ("Deep Purple"; "Sister James"), born in Niagara Falls, New York
  • 1936-04-29 April Stevens [Caroline LoTempio], American vocalist ("Deep Purple" - the song, not the band), born in Niagara Falls, New York
  • 1939-02-05 Jane Bryant Quinn, newscaster/financial writer (Everyone's Money Book), born in Niagara Falls, New York
  • 1939-03-11 Lorraine Hunt, American businesswoman, and former Lieutenant Governor of Nevada, born in Niagara Falls, New York

Famous Deaths


Person of interestMatthew Webb

1883-07-24 Matthew Webb, English long distance swimmer who was first to swim unassisted across the English Channel, drowns in the Niagara Falls whirlpool at 35

Long Distance Swimmer Matthew Webb
Long Distance Swimmer
Matthew Webb
  • 1903-07-02 Ed Delahanty, American Baseball Hall of Fame left fielder (NL batting champion 1899, 1902), dies at Niagara Falls at 35
  • 1956-04-02 Chester Clute, actor (Niagara Falls), dies at 65