Yonkers in History

Historical Events

  • 1888-02-22 “Father of American Golf” John Reid first demonstrates golf on a Yonkers cow pasture to friends
  • 1888-11-14 St Andrews Golf Club, Yonkers NY, opens with just 6 holes
  • 1909-01-01 American Robert Fowler runs then world record marathon (2:52:45.4) at Yonkers, NY

Historic Invention

1909-12-07 Inventor Leo Baekeland patents the first thermo-setting plastic, Bakelite, sparking the birth of the plastics industry

  • 1973-09-06 New York Times reports almost all Superfectas run at Yonkers, Roosevelt & Monticello from Jan-Mar of 1973 were fixed
  • 1977-08-10 Postal employee David Berkowitz arrested in Yonkers NY, accused of being "Son of Sam" 44 caliber killer
  • 1980-12-01 US Justice Department sues Yonkers siting racial discrimination
  • 1983-08-02 US District Court begins trying Yonkers accused of race discrimination
  • 1985-11-11 Yonkers is found guilty of segregating schools & housing
  • 1988-06-13 US Supreme Court refuses to hear Yonkers argument they aren't racist
  • 1988-12-28 US 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals affirms Yonkers is guilty of racism

Music History

1991-02-21 Neil Simon's stage comedy "Lost in Yonkers" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater, NYC; runs for 780 performances

  • 1991-06-02 45th Tony Awards: "Lost in Yonkers" & "Will Rogers Follies" win
  • 1991-08-24 Silky Stallone, wins the Cane Pace at Yonkers Raceway
  • 1993-01-03 "Lost in Yonkers" closes at Richard Rodgers NYC after 780 performances

Famous Birthdays

  • 1891-07-05 John H. Northrop, American biochemist (crystallized enzymes (Nobel 1946)), born in Yonkers, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1899-02-01 Al Watrous, American golfer (British Open 1926 runner-up), born in Yonkers, New York (d. 1983)
  • 1903-03-20 Vincent Richards, American tennis player (US Pro C'ships 1927-28, 30, 33), born in Yonkers, New York (d. 1959)
  • 1903-08-19 Muriel Kirkland, American actress (Fast Workers, Hold Your Man), born in Yonkers, New York (d. 1971)
  • 1910-03-03 Kittens Reichert [Catherine Alma Reichert], American silent screen child actor [House of Cards, Les Misérables], born in Yonkers, New York (d. 1990)
  • 1916-09-27 Samuel S. Stratton, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York), born in Yonkers, New York (d. 1990)
  • 1921-02-27 Michael Fox, American actor (Perry Mason, Quincy, Dallas, Bold & the Beautiful), born in Yonkers, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1922-04-16 Eddie Bert, American bebop jazz trombonist, born in Yonkers, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1922-09-08 Isaac Sidney "Sid" Caesar, American comic actor and writer (Your Show of Shows), born in Yonkers, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1923-04-23 Avram Davidson, American sci-fi author (Hugo, Peregrine: Primus, Rork!), born in Yonkers, New York (d. 1993)
  • 1927-01-12 Salvatore Martirano, American composer, born in Yonkers, New York (d. 1995)

Jon VoightJon Voight (83 years old)

1938-12-29 American actor (Deliverance, Midnight Cowboy), born in Yonkers, 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
  • 1949-04-03 Greg Calbi, American mastering engineer (Eric Carmen; John Lennon; David Bowie; Bruce Springsteen), born in Yonkers, New York
  • 1953-06-12 Allan Weiner, American pirate radio station owner, born in Yonkers, New York
  • 1955-04-08 John Campbell, Canadian harness racing driver (6 x Hambletonian Stakes; 3 x Yonkers Trot; 8 x Kentucky Futurity), born in Ailsa Craig, Ontario

James ComeyJames Comey (61 years old)

1960-12-14 American lawyer and former FBI director, born in Yonkers, New York

  • 1971-02-14 Tommy Dreamer, American professional wrestler, born in Yonkers, New York
  • 1975-04-02 Adam Rodriguez, American actor (Eric Delko-CSI: Miami) and director, born in Yonkers, New York

James BlakeJames Blake (42 years old)

1979-12-28 American tennis player, born in Yonkers, New York City


Famous Deaths

  • 1986-07-15 Billy Haughton, American harness driver and trainer (Hambletonian x 4; Little Brown Jug x 5; Messenger Stakes x 7), dies from head injuries in fall at Yonkers Raceway at 62
  • 1987-01-16 Earl Wilson, American journalist and columnist (Midnight Earl), dies at 79