The Bronx in History

Historical Events

  • 1638-08-09 Jonas Bronck of Holland becomes 1st European settler in Bronx
  • 1714-11-11 A highway in Bronx is laid out, later renamed East 233rd Street
  • 1775-01-25 Americans drag cannon up hill to fight British (Gun Hill Road, Bronx)
  • 1776-10-12 British Brigade begins guarding Throgg Necks Road in Bronx
  • 1776-10-18 Battle of Pelham: Colonel John Glover & Marblehead regiment meet British Forces in Bronx
  • 1778-08-31 British kill 17 Stockbridge indians in Bronx during Revolution

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1779-06-15 General Anthony Wayne captures Stony Point, Bronx

Military Leader Anthony Wayne
Military Leader
Anthony Wayne
  • 1789-01-26 John Odell signs contract for £336 to build St Peter's church in the Bronx
  • 1805-05-04 Henry C Overing buys 80 acres of Throggs Neck in the Bronx
  • 1841-06-24 Fordham University (then St John's College), opens in the Bronx
  • 1849-07-08 St Paul's Place in the Bronx named
  • 1866-09-25 (Leonard W) Jerome Park opens in Bronx for horse racing
  • 1874-01-01 New York City annexes the Bronx
  • 1888-10-23 Pelham Bay Park in Bronx vested
  • 1890-06-13 Eagle Avenue in the Bronx is cut out and named
  • 1893-09-11 Bronx Gas & Electric Company opens on Frisby & Tremont Ave

  • 1895-06-17 US Ship Canal (W 225th St) in the Bronx completed; cutting Marble Hill off from Manhattan
  • 1896-03-10 Bronx acquires O'Brien Square
  • 1897-07-01 Bronx acquires Hutton Square
  • 1899-05-31 Bronx acquires Keltch Memorial Park
  • 1901-11-29 East 182nd Street in Bronx is paved & opened
  • 1909-12-11 Canadian Football exhibition game played in Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, Hamilton Tigers beat Ottawa Rough Riders, 11-6 before 15,000
  • 1915-05-02 Old Fordham Road in Bronx renamed Landing Road
  • 1916-05-02 2nd Ave & Bronx Terrace renamed Bronx Blvd; Seward Pl renamed Sycamore Ave; Herald Ave renamed Dickinson Ave; Monroe & Selwyn Avenue named
  • 1916-05-27 Groundbreaking begins on Hugh Grant Circle in Bronx
  • 1920-03-16 1 Acre Park also known as Baby Park in the Bronx renamed Melrose Park
  • 1921-02-05 Yankees purchase 20 acres in Bronx for Yankee Stadium
  • 1921-08-06 Clason Point, Bronx to College Point, Queens muni ferry system begins
  • 1922-05-05 Construction begins on Yankee Stadium (Bronx)
  • 1922-10-20 Kennelworth in Bronx renamed Dwight Place
  • 1922-10-22 Lucerne Street in Bronx named
  • 1922-10-22 Parsifal Place laid out in Bronx, named for knight in Wagner's Opera
  • 1922-11-22 Library Ave in Bronx named
  • 1924-12-17 1st US diesel electric locomotive enters service, Bronx, NY
  • 1926-02-26 Dark Street in the Bronx renamed Lustre Street
  • 1926-12-27 Depot Square in Bronx renamed Botanical Square
  • 1926-12-27 Latkin Square in Bronx named for 1st US Jewish soldier to die in WW I
  • 1930-05-22 Yankee "Bronx Bombers" hit 14 HRs in a game
  • 1933-08-03 Philadelphia A's beat NY Yankees, 7-0, first time in 308 games 'Bronx Bombers' are shut out
  • 1933-11-04 Young Park (1) in the Bronx named in honor of James Young
  • 1936-07-11 Triborough Bridge linking Manhattan, Bronx and Queens opens

  • 1936-07-25 115 acre Orchard Beach opens in the Bronx

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1938-01-06 Bronze memorial statue of Henry Hudson erected in Bronx

Explorer Henry Hudson
Explorer
Henry Hudson
  • 1939-04-29 Whitestone Bridge connecting the New York boroughs of Bronx and Queens opens
  • 1941-02-14 Cebrie Park in the Bronx renamed Halsey Street
  • 1941-12-31 Young Park (2) in the Bronx named in honor of Samuel Young
  • 1942-01-21 Bronx magistrate rules all pinball machines illegal
  • 1942-07-29 Eastern Blvd in the Bronx renamed Bruckner Boulevard
  • 1943-09-21 Lynch Triangle (Square) in Bronx named
  • 1946-03-21 UN set up temporary HQ at Hunter (now Lehman) College (Bronx)
  • 1948-12-21 O'Neil Place in the Bronx erronously renamed O'Neill Place

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1950-09-27 Heavyweight champion Ezzard Charles defeats Joe Louis in 15 in Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • 1952-05-12 Charlton Playground named in Bronx
  • 1954-06-13 Cornerstone of Albert Einstein College of Medicine laid in Bronx
  • 1962-02-06 Schoolman Athletic Field in the Bronx named
  • 1962-12-22 Kinderman Place in the Bronx named
  • 1967-09-14 Melville Abrams Ball Field in Bronx named
  • 1967-09-14 Thomas Pell Wildlife Refuge & Sanctuary opens in Bronx
  • 1968-01-25 Risse St in Bronx named
  • 1971-08-26 NY Giant football team announces they're leaving Bronx for NJ in 1975
  • 1972-03-23 NY Yanks agree to continue playing ball in the Bronx
  • 1973-07-07 Shoelace Park in the Bronx named
  • 1974-12-05 Oliver Tilden Triangle in the Bronx named
  • 1977-01-03 "The Police Tapes" premiere on New York City TV station WNET, based somewhat on 1960s NYPD officers who worked in its South Bronx
  • 1977-02-10 Jonathan Netanyou Lane in the Bronx NY named in honor of Bronx-born Israeli soldier who died freeing hostages in Entebbe Raid (1976)
  • 1980-10-05 Formal opening of meditation hall of Zenshin Temple in Riverdale, the Bronx NYC

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1981-02-06 Crime film "Fort Apache: The Bronx" starring Paul Newman released amid protests in the US

Actor & Entrepreneur Paul Newman
Actor & Entrepreneur
Paul Newman
  • 1981-05-09 Kazimiroff Blvd in Bronx named for a Bronx historian
  • 1981-06-10 Seven Brothers Square in Bronx named honoring 7 Santini Bro Moving Co
  • 1988-06-06 3 giant turtles found in Bronx sewage plant
  • 1988-08-15 NYC begins $70 million program to rebuild 900 Bronx apartments
  • 1988-08-17 NYC 1st case of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (9 year old Bronx boy)
  • 1988-09-28 Bronx Museum for Arts opens
  • 1989-01-11 Kindergarten student caught with loaded handgun at Bronx school
  • 1989-04-03 "Sunrise" a Gannett newspaper begins publishing for Bronx
  • 1989-05-23 Lincoln Square in Bronx named
  • 1989-06-04 Largest parade in Bronx history honors 350th anniversary
  • 1990-04-10 CUNY/Lehman College, Bronx, opens a branch campus in Hiroshma, Japan
  • 1990-06-04 NY Telephone company announces that it wants Bronx area code 917
  • 1992-04-15 Lincoln Hospital in Bronx loses its accreditation
  • 1992-05-15 Part of Cruger Avenue in Bronx renamed Regis Philbin Avenue
  • 1992-09-27 ASPCA stops Santeria ceremony in Bronx halts sacrifice of 42 animals

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1995-08-04 Following a suspension from the league for substance abuse former Mets outfielder Darryl Strawberry joins NY Yankees and eventually helps the Bronx Bombers to win the 1996 World Series

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry
  • 2010-05-08 Last piece of Yankee Stadium falls in the Bronx, New York, marking the end of the two year demolition process
  • 2015-08-11 Largest ever outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in New York - 12 dead, with over 100 cases in the South Bronx

Famous Birthdays

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  • 1797-06-24 John Hughes, archbishop, founded Fordham University in the Bronx
  • 1878-01-16 Harry Carey [Henry DeWitt Carey II], American actor (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Red River), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1947)
  • 1878-06-19 James M Kilroe, priest of St Mary Star of the Sea, in the Bronx
  • 1903-10-09 Walter O'Malley, American baseball team owner (Dodgers), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1979)
  • 1904-08-04 Helen Kane [Schroeder], American actress (Heads Up, Pointed Heels), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1966)

Person of interestMoss Hart

1904-10-24 Moss Hart, playwright (You Can't Take it With You, Act 1), born in The Bronx, New York

Playwright Moss Hart
Playwright
Moss Hart
  • 1910-08-08 Sylvia Sidney [Sophia Kosow], American actress (Sabotage, Beetlejuice, Demon), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1911-03-08 Elsie Giorgi, American-Italian physician and humanitarian, born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1911-12-23 James Gregory, American actor (My Favorite Martian, Barney Miller), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1914-11-06 Jonathan Harris, American actor (Dr Zachary Smith-Lost in Space), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1915-06-10 Oscar Comras, drummer (namesake of Comras Mall in Bronx Park), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1916-08-31 Daniel Schorr, American broadcast journalist (CBS), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1917-01-10 Jerry Wexler, American music producer who coined the term "rhythm and blues" (Aretha Franklin, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1917-04-30 Bea Wain, American singer and radio host (Deep Purple, Heart and Soul), born in The Bronx, Yew York (d. 2017)
  • 1917-10-04 Jan Murray, comedian (Treasure Hunt, Who Killed Teddy Bear), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1917-10-07 June Allyson, actress (Till the Clouds Roll By, Vegas), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1918-02-03 Joey Bishop, [Gottlieb], talk show host (Joey Bishop Show), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1918-07-31 Hank Jones, American jazz pianist and composer, born in Vicksburg, Mississippi (d. 2010)
  • 1918-08-03 Sidney Gottlieb, American CIA official, born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1919-02-05 Red Buttons [Aaron Chwatt], American comedian and actor (Sayonara, Five Weeks in a Balloon), born in NYC, New York (d. 2006)
  • 1920-06-17 Jacob H. Gilbert, American politician (US Representative 1960-1971), born in The Bronx, NYC, New York (d. 1981)
  • 1920-10-22 Mitzi Green [Elizabeth Keno], American child actress (Huckleberry Finn, Little Orphan Annie), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1969)
  • 1922-02-22 William J. Baumol, American economist (Baumol’s cost disease), born in South Bronx, New York (d. 2017)

Person of interestCarl Reiner

1922-03-20 Carl Reiner, American comedian, actor and writer (2000 Year Old Man, Dick Van Dyke Show), born in The Bronx, New York

Actor, Comedian, Writer and Director Carl Reiner
Actor, Comedian, Writer and Director
Carl Reiner
  • 1922-05-22 Judith Crist, American film critic (TV Guide, Today), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2012)

Person of interestJake LaMotta

1922-07-10 Jake LaMotta, American middleweight boxing champion (1949-51) (portrayed in Raging Bull), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2017)

World Middleweight Boxing Champion Jake LaMotta
World Middleweight Boxing Champion
Jake LaMotta
  • 1922-12-11 Peter Birch, choreographer (Jane Froman's USA Canteen), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1924-03-28 Frank Lovejoy, American actor (Man Against Crime, Meet McGraw), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1962)
  • 1924-07-16 Bess Myerson, 1st Jewish Miss America (1945), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1924-08-02 Joe Harnell, American musician, composer and arranger, born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1924-12-05 George Savalas, Greek-American actor (Kojak, Kelly's Heroes), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1985)
  • 1925-06-03 Tony Curtis, [Bernard Schwartz], actor (Some Like It Hot), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1926-03-09 Joe Franklin, American radio host, TV personality and New York institution (The Joe Franklin Show), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1927-03-27 Anthony Lewis, American columnist (NY Times) and author (Gideon's Trumpet), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2013)

Person of interestNeil Simon

1927-07-04 Neil Simon, American playwright (Odd Couple, Plaza Suite, Biloxi Blues), born in The Bronx, New York

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon

Person of interestVin Scully

1927-11-29 Vin Scully, American sportscaster (Los Angeles Dodgers), born in The Bronx, New York

Sportscaster Vin Scully
Sportscaster
Vin Scully
  • 1927-12-24 Mary Higgins Clark, American suspense novelist (Cry in the Night, Stillwatch), born in The Bronx, New York

Person of interestStanley Kubrick

1928-07-26 Stanley Kubrick, American director (2001 A Space Odyssey, Dr Strangelove, Lolita), born in The Bronx NY (d. 1999)

Film Director Stanley Kubrick
Film Director
Stanley Kubrick
  • 1929-05-15 Frank Evans Heart, American computer engineer (worked on first routing computer for ARPANET, the Internet's predecessor), born in the Bronx, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1930-02-28 Frank Malzone, MLB player (Boston Red Sox), born in the Bronx, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1930-02-28 Leon Cooper, American physicist who co-developed the BCS theory of superconductivity (Nobel 1972), born in the Bronx, New York
  • 1930-03-21 James Coco, American character actor and singer (Only When I Laugh, Man of La Mancha, Murder by Death), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1930-06-30 June Valli, singer (Your Hit Parade), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1931-01-06 E. L. Doctorow, American author (Ragtime, Billy Bathgate), born in The Bronx, New York (d.2015)
  • 1931-02-24 Dominic Chianese, American actor, singer, and musician (The Sopranos, The Godfather Part II), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1931-03-20 Hal Linden [Harold Lipshitz], American directer, musician and actor (Barney Miller, Blacke's Magic), born in The Bronx, New York City
  • 1931-08-25 Regis Philbin, American talk & game show host (Joey Bishop Show, Live with Regis & Kathie Lee), born in The Bronx, New York

Person of interestAnne Bancroft

1931-09-17 Anne Bancroft [Anna Italiano], American actress, director, screenwriter and singer (Graduate, Miracle Worker), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2005)

Actress Anne Bancroft
Actress
Anne Bancroft
  • 1932-08-16 Eydie Gorme [Edithe Gormezano], American singer (Bossa Nova), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1932-11-13 Richard Mulligan, actor (Soap, Empty's Nest, Big Bus), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1933-06-29 Bob Shaw, American baseball player (Chicago White Sox), born in Bronx, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1933-08-10 Rocky Colavito, baseball player (Hit 4 HRs in a game), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1933-09-04 Richard Castellano, actor (The Godfather, Lovers & Other Stranger), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1934-01-17 Shari Lewis, ventriloquist/puppeteer (Lamb Chop), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1934-04-17 Donald "Don" Kirshner, American rock & roll producer known as "The Man With the Golden Ear" (invented bubblegum music), born in Bronx, New York (d. 2011)
  • 1934-09-09 Sonia Sanchez, US playwright/poet (The Bronx is Next)
  • 1935-03-15 Judd Hirsch, actor (Alex-Taxi, Dear John, Ordinary People), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1935-07-17 Diahann Carroll, actress (Julia, Claudine, Dominique-Dynasty), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1935-10-20 Jerry Orbach, actor (Law & Order, Dirty Dancing), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1935-10-23 Jimmy Dale, Canadian orchestra leader (The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour), born in London, England
  • 1935-11-05 Dick Davalos, actor (Jeff-The Americans), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1935-11-13 Michael Getler, American journalist and 1st ombudsman appointed by a US broadcasting network (PBS), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1936-05-14 Bobby Darin [Walden Robert Cassotto], American singer (Mack the Knife), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1973)
  • 1937-01-06 Doris Troy [Doris Elaine Higginsen], US R&B singer and songwriter (Just One Look), born in the Bronx, New York
  • 1937-01-31 Steve Karmen, jingle writer (I Love NY, This Bud's for You), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1937-03-01 Jed Allan, actor (Days of our Lives, CC-Santa Barbara), born in The Bronx, New York

Person of interestColin Powell

1937-04-05 Colin Powell, American General and Assistant to the President (Nat Sec Affairs), born in The Bronx, New York

General and US Secretary of State Colin Powell
General and US Secretary of State
Colin Powell
  • 1937-05-12 George Carlin, comedian (7 dirty words, AM & FM, Carwash), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1938-07-24 Mike Mainieri, American vibraphonist (Steps Ahead), born in the Bronx, New York
  • 1938-10-05 Carlo Mastrangelo, Italian-American rocker (Dion & The Belmonts), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1939-07-18 Dion DiMucci, American rocker (Dion & Belmonts-Teenager in Love), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1939-08-21 Ernie Maresca, American singer and songwriter (Runaround Sue, Wanderer), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1939-08-22 Fred Milano, rocker (Dion & The Belmonts) [or 8/26/40], born in The Bronx, New York

Person of interestRalph Lauren

1939-10-14 Ralph Lauren, American fashion designer (Chaps, Polo Ralph Lauren), born in The Bronx, New York

Fashion Designer Ralph Lauren
Fashion Designer
Ralph Lauren
  • 1940-02-04 George A. Romero, American-Canadian director (Night of the Living Dead), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1940-03-26 James Caan, American actor (Misery, The Godfather), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1940-08-15 Rita Shane, American soprano, born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2014)

Person of interestJohn Gotti

1940-10-27 John Gotti, mafia head of the Gambino family, born in The Bronx, New York

Gangster John Gotti
Gangster
John Gotti
  • 1941-02-03 Angelo D'Aleo, tenor (Dion & Belmonts-Teenager in Love), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1941-08-28 Paul Peter Plishka, American operatic bass (Bronx Botanical Gardens), born in Old Forge, Pennsylvania
  • 1942-02-08 Robert Klein, comedian and actor (Hooper, Deadly Rivals), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1942-03-31 Michael Savage [Michael A Wiener], American talk radio host and commentator, born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1942-06-08 Chuck Negron, American singer-songwriter (3 Dog Night-Joy to the World), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1942-11-17 Bob Gaudio, rocker (Four Seasons-Sherry), born in The Bronx, New York

Person of interestCalvin Klein

1942-11-19 Calvin Klein, American fashion designer (Calvin Klein Jeans, CK), born in The Bronx, New York

Fashion Designer Calvin Klein
Fashion Designer
Calvin Klein
  • 1943-06-01 Richard Goode, concert pianist (1980 Avery Fisher Award), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1943-10-15 Penny Marshall, American actress (Odd Couple, Laverne & Shirley), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1945-11-23 Steve Landesberg, comedian and actor (Barney Miller), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1946-08-14 Antonio Fargas, actor (Huggy Bear-Starsky & Hutch), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1946-08-19 Dawn Steel, American filmmaker, 1st woman to head Hollywood studio, born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1946-08-26 Valerie Simpson, singer, (Ashford & Simpson- "Like a Rock"), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1946-09-07 Alfa Anderson, American rock vocalist (Chicago), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1946-11-13 Martin Bresnick, American composer, The Bronx, New York
  • 1947-03-06 Rob Reiner, American actor and director (All in the Family, Stand By Me), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1947-04-15 George Marino, American Grammy Award-winning mastering engineer who worked with Guns N' Roses, Bon Jovi, Stevie Wonder, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, born in Bronx, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1947-06-25 Jimmie Walker, American comedian (JJ-Good Times, At Ease), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1947-09-27 Liz Torres, actress (Mahalia Sanchez-John Larroquette Show), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1947-10-18 Laura Nyro, singer/songwriter (Eli's Coming, Stoney End), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1948-02-26 Priscilla Lopez, actress (In the Beginning, Kay O'Brien), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1948-11-05 Pepper LaBeija [William Jackson], American drag queen and fashion designer, born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2003)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1940-08-31 Football player and coach Vince Lombardi (27) weds Marie Planitz at Our Lady of Refuge Church in Bronx, New York

NFL Coach Vince Lombardi
NFL Coach
Vince Lombardi

HeartWedding of Interest

1968-10-26 Lawyer and politician Rudy Giuliani (24) weds second cousin Regina Peruggi (22) in a large Roman Catholic ceremony in Bedford Park, The Bronx

Mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani
Mayor of New York City
Rudy Giuliani

Famous Deaths

  • 1785-04-30 Frederick Philipse III, American land owner (Bronx, Westch & Putnam), dies at 65
  • 1862-09-01 Oliver Tilden, of the Bronx, killed in Civil War in Virginia
  • 1962-09-29 Patrick Corry, developed self-rotating rock drill, dies in the Bronx
  • 1985-05-13 Leatrice Joy, silent screen star, dies in Riverdale (Bronx) NYC at 91
  • 1991-11-02 Fran Stevens, singer, dies of cancer in Bronx NY at 72
  • 1992-02-28 La Lupe, Cuban singer, dies of a heart attack in the Bronx at 53
  • 1997-11-22 Joanna Moore, actress (Bronx, Hindenburg), dies at 63