Queens in History

Historical Events

  • 1973-01-30 Rock band Kiss plays their 1st show at the Coventry Club in Queens, NY
  • 1993-09-13 Queens, NYC begins required recycling
  • 1996-05-21 Blackout in many areas of Queens, NY
  • 2018-11-13 Amazon announces two new corporate outposts at Queens, New York and Arlington, Virginia
  • 2019-02-14 Amazon cancels plans to build a corporate campus in Long Island, Queens, New York after widespread opposition

Famous Birthdays

  • 1909-06-12 Archie Bleyer, American orchestra leader (Arthur Godfrey), born in Queens, New York (d. 1989)
  • 1910-12-30 Paul Bowles, writer (The Shelting Sky), born in Queens, NYC, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1918-05-11 Richard Feynman, American theoretical physicist, born in Queens, New York (d. 1988)
  • 1923-01-23 Florence Halop, American actress (Night Court, 1985-86 -"Florence"; St Elsewhere, 1984-85), born in Jamaica, Queens, New York (d. 1986)
  • 1923-03-03 Barney Martin, American actor, comedy writer and NYPD detective (Seinfeld), born in Queens, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1926-05-08 Don Rickles, American comedian (Don Rickles Show, CPO Sharkey), born in Queens, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1926-06-28 Robert Ledley, American scientist (invented the CT scanner), born in Queens, New York (d. 2012)

Tony Bennett

1926-08-03 Tony Bennett [Benedetto], American Grammy and Emmy Award-winning pop and jazz singer ("I Left My Heart in San Francisco"; "Steppin' Out With My Baby"), and painter, born in Long Island City, Astoria, New York

  • 1927-09-16 Jack Kelly, American actor (Bart-Maverick, Get Christie Love), born in Astoria, Queens, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1928-03-19 Patrick McGoohan, American-born Irish actor, writer, and director (The Prisoner, Secret Agent/ Danger Man), born in Queens, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1928-09-01 George Maharis, American actor (Buz-Route 66, Most Deadly Game), born in Astoria, Queens, New York
  • 1928-12-09 Richard "Dick" Van Patten, American actor, businessman, and animal welfare advocate (Tom Bradford in 8 is Enough), born in Queens, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1928-12-10 Barbara Nichols, American actress (Dear Heart, Disorderly Orderly), born in Queens, New York (d. 1976)
  • 1929-03-25 Cecil Taylor, American pianist, poet, and one of the pioneers of free jazz, born in Corona, Queens, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1929-12-06 Frank Springer, American comics artist (The Adventures of Phoebe Zeit-Geist), born in Jamaica, Queens, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1930-08-01 Jerry Frankel, American Broadway producer, born in Queens, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1930-12-30 Patrick Bowles, American writer and translator, born in Jamaica, Queens, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1931-06-03 Lindy Remigino, American athlete (Olympic gold 100m 1952), born in Elmhurst, Queens, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1932-03-26 Al Bianchi, American basketball guard, coach and general manager (Philadelphia 76ers, Virginia Squires; GM NY Knicks), born in Queens, NY (d. 2019)
  • 1933-03-13 Mike Stoller, American composer (Lieber & Stoller - Hound Dog; Charlie Brown; Jailhouse Rock; Ben E. King - Stand By Me), born in Belle Harbor, Queens, New York
  • 1934-03-09 Joyce Van Patten, American actress (Good Guys; Don Rickles Show), born in Queens, New York
  • 1934-11-12 Ann Flood, American actress (Edge of Night), born in Queens, New York
  • 1936-10-13 Cliff Gorman, American actor (Boys in the Band, Angel), born in Queens, New York (d. 2002)

Bernie Madoff

1938-04-29 Bernard "Bernie" Madoff, American fraudster and financier who committed the largest fraud in US history, born in Queens, New York (d. 2021)

  • 1938-08-29 Elliott Gould, American actor (M*A*S*H, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice), born in Queens, New York
  • 1938-09-20 George J. Hochbrueckner, American politician (Rep-D-NY), born in Queens, New York
  • 1939-02-11 Gerry Goffin, American pop and rock lyricist ("Will You Love Me Tomorrow"; "Up On The Roof"; "Pleasant Valley Sunday"), married to Carole King, 1959-69, born in Queens, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1941-06-19 Marlene Warfield, American actress (Across 110th Street; Maude - "Victoria"), born in Queens, New York
  • 1941-12-10 Tommy Rettig, American actor (Jeff's Collie, Lassie), born in Queens, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1942-08-07 Tobin Bell, American actor, born in Queens, New York

Martin Scorsese

1942-11-17 Martin Scorsese, American film director (Raging Bull; Taxi Driver; The Last Waltz; Goodfellas; The Departed), born in Queens, New York

  • 1943-03-18 Kevin Dobson, American actor (Kojak, Knots Landing, Shannon), born in Queens, New York (d. 2020)
  • 1943-07-01 Jeff Wayne, American-British musician and composer, born in Forest Hills, Queens, New York
  • 1943-08-23 Nelson DeMille, American action adventure and suspense novels author (Plum Island), born in Jamaica, Queens, New York
  • 1943-10-12 Jeffrey MacDonald, American medical doctor convicted of murdering his wife and two daughters, born in Queens, New York City
  • 1943-11-12 Brian Hyland, American rocker (She Wore an Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka-Dot Bikini), born in Queens, New York
  • 1944-06-17 Bill Rafferty, American comedian (Laugh-In; Real People), born in Queens, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1944-11-24 Candy Darling [James Slattery], American transgender actress (Flesh, Women in Revolt), born in Queens, New York (d. 1974)
  • 1945-11-18 Glen Walken, American actor (Leave it to Larry), born in Queens, New York City
  • 1946-07-01 June Montiero, American pop vocalist (Toys - "A Lover's Concerto"), born in Queens, New York
  • 1946-08-29 Bob Beamon, American track and field long jumper (Olympic gold 1968, 29' 2½" 8.9m), born in South Jamaica, Queens, New York

Susan Sarandon

1946-10-04 Susan Sarandon, American actress (Dead Man Walking, The Client) also known for her social and political activism, born in Queens, New York

  • 1947-07-16 Assata Shakur, American activist Black Liberation Army) and wanted by FBI, born in Queens, New York

Barbara Bach

1947-08-27 Barbara Bach [Goldbach], American actress (The Spy Who Loved Me, Force 10 from Navarone), born in Queens, New York

  • 1947-09-14 Bowzer [Jon Bauman], American rock singer (Sha Na Na, 1970-83), born in Queens, New York City
  • 1948-02-04 Marguerite "Marge" Ganser, American pop singer (The Shangri-Las - "Leader of the Pack"), born in Queens, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1948-02-04 Mary Ann Ganser, American pop singer (The Shangri-Las - "Leader of the Pack"), born in Queens, New York (d. 1970)
  • 1948-02-28 Bernadette Peters [Lazzara], American Tony Award-winning stage and screen actress and singer (Sunday in the Park with George; The Jerk; Pennies From Heaven), and author, born in Queens, New York
  • 1948-02-28 Mercedes Ruehl, American Tony and Academy Award-winning stage and screen actress (Lost in Yonkers; The Fisher King; Crazy People), born in Queens, New York
  • 1949-06-11 George Willig, American stuntman (The Human Fly, Spiderman) who climbed the World Trade Center in 1977, born in Queens, New York City
  • 1949-07-02 Roy Bittan, American rock piano and accordion player (E Street Band), sometimes referred to as "The Professor", born in Queens, New York City
  • 1949-09-19 Barry Scheck, American lawyer and co-founder of Innocence Project, born in Queens, New York
  • 1949-10-07 Kieran Kane, American country singer (O'Kanes - "Can't Stop My Heart from Loving You"), born in Queens, New York
  • 1952-03-22 Bob Costas, American sportscaster and talk show host (Later), born in Queens, New York
  • 1952-04-11 Michael Shea, American director and actor (The Fugitive, The Wild Wild West, Mission: Impossible), born in Queens, New York
  • 1952-04-19 Andy Shernoff, American musician (The Dictators), born in Queens, New York
  • 1952-11-10 Gerry DiNardo, American football player (Notre Dame Fighting Irish) and coach (Colorado), born in Queens, New York
  • 1953-03-10 Ronnie Earl [Ronald Horvath], American blues guitarist (The Broadcasters), born in Queens, New York
  • 1953-06-26 Robert Davi, American actor (Die Hard; License to Kill), director (The Dukes), and singer ("Davi Sings Sinatra"), born in Queens, New York

Howard Stern

1954-01-12 Howard Stern, American radio personality & "Radio's Bad Boy" (WKRK, WYSP, WJFK), born in Queens, New York

  • 1954-08-20 Al Roker, American weatherman (NBC, Today), born in Queens, New York
  • 1955-11-02 Frank Gilligan, American singer (Mason Dixon - "Karen Comes Around"), born in Queens, New York
  • 1956-02-19 Kathleen Beller, American actress (Promises in the Dark, Dynasty, The Betsy), born in Westchester, New York
  • 1956-09-16 Peter Zaremba, American rocker (Fleshtones), born in Queens, New York
  • 1957-09-30 Fran Drescher, American actress (Cadillac Man, The Nanny), born in Queens, New York
  • 1957-10-04 Russell Simmons, American hip-hop music magnate (Def Jam), and entrepreneur, born in Queens, New York
  • 1957-10-09 Don Garber, American sports commissioner, born in Queens, New York

Ray Romano

1957-12-21 Ray Romano, American actor (Everybody Loves Raymond, Ice Age), born in Queens, New York

  • 1958-02-06 Cecily Adams, American actress & casting director (American Heart), born in Jamaica, New York City (d. 2004)
  • 1958-04-29 Gary Cohen, American baseball broadcaster, born in Queens, New York
  • 1959-03-29 Perry Farrell [Peretz Bernstein], American rock singer-songwriter (Jane's Addiction - "Just Because"; Porno For Pyros - "Pets"), born in Queens, New York
  • 1959-11-12 Vincent Irizarry, American actor (Guiding Light; Santa Barbara), born in Queens, New York
  • 1960-07-08 Valerie Pettiford, American actress (One Life to Live, Half & Half), born in Queens, New York
  • 1960-08-01 Chuck D [Chuck Ridenhour], American rapper (Public Enemy), born in Queens, New York
  • 1960-11-18 Elizabeth Perkins, American actress (About Last Night, Big), born in Queens, New York
  • 1960-11-25 Kasey Smith, American heavy metal artist (Danger Danger-Screw It), born in Queens, New York
  • 1960-12-01 Carol Alt[man] [Mrs Ron Greshner} American actress (Private Parts), born in Queens, New York
  • 1961-03-04 Steven Weber, American actor (Wings - "Brian Hackett"), born in Queens, New York
  • 1962-01-29 Nicholas Turturro, actor (James Martinez-NYPD Blue), born in Queens, New York
  • 1962-04-26 Debra Wilson, American actress and comedian (Mad TV), born in South Ozone Park, Queens, New York
  • 1963-05-21 Kevin Shields, American born Irish musician (My Bloody Valentine), born in Queens, New York
  • 1963-07-17 John Ventimiglia, American actor (The Sopranos), born in Queens, New York
  • 1963-12-31 Scott Ian, American heavy metal guitarist (Anthrax - "I'm the Man"), born in Queens, New York
  • 1964-05-07 Ronnie Harmon, NFL running back (San Diego Chargers, Tennessee Oilers), born in Queens, New York
  • 1964-07-15 Shari Headley, American actress (All My Children, Coming to America), born in Queens, New York
  • 1964-07-28 Lori Loughlin, American actress (Full House, Summerland), born in Queens, New York
  • 1964-08-01 Rob Camilletti, American actor (Born on the Fourth of July), born in Queens, New York
  • 1964-08-13 Debi Mazar, American actress (Civil Wars, Little Man Tate, LA Law), born in Queens, New York
  • 1965-10-08 C. J. Ramone [Christopher Ward], American rock bassist, and vocalist (The Ramones, 1989-95 - "Scattergun"), born in Queens, New York
  • 1966-06-24 Adrienne Shelly, American actress, director and screenwriter (The Unbelievable Truth), born in Queens, New York (d. 2006)

David Schwimmer

1966-11-02 David Schwimmer, American actor (Friends, Madagascar), born in Queens, New York

  • 1967-11-12 Charlie Pennaelino, American rocker (Linear - "I Never Felt This Way"), born in Queens, New York
  • 1968-01-29 Edward Burns, American actor, director, writer (Brothers McMullen, Saving Private Ryan), born in Queens, New York
  • 1968-07-20 Kool G Rap [Nathaniel Thomas Wilson], American rapper, born in Queens, New York
  • 1968-07-23 Beth Ehlers, American actress (Harley Cooper-Guiding Light, Hunger), born in Queens, New York
  • 1968-12-02 Lucy Liu, American actress (Ally McBeal), born in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York
  • 1969-06-28 Tichina Arnold, American actress, born in Queens, NYC, New York
  • 1970-01-27 Dario Brose, US soccer halfback (Olympic-92), born in Queens, New York
  • 1970-06-26 Irv Gotti [Irving Domingo Lorenzo, Jr.], American record producer, born in Queens, New York
  • 1970-07-07 Robia LaMorte, American actress and dancer, born in Queens, New York City

Famous Weddings

W.E.B. Du Bois

1951-02-27 American civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois (83) weds award-winning author Shirley Graham (54) in Queens, New York