Niagara Falls in History

Historical Events

  • 1814-07-25 Battle of Niagara Falls (Lundy's Lane); Americans defeat British
  • 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 intoxicated 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 baseball pitcher (World Series 1954; MLB All Star 1951, 52; NY Giants; no-hitter 1956 Cleveland Indians), 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

Matthew WebbMatthew Webb (1848-1883)

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

  • 1903-07-02 Ed Delahanty, American Baseball HOF left fielder (NL batting champion 1899; NL home run leader 1893, 96; 3 × NL RBI leader; Philadelphia Phillies), dies intoxicated falling into Niagara Falls at 35
  • 1956-04-02 Chester Clute, actor (Niagara Falls), dies at 65