New York in History (Part 16)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1501 - 1,600 of 2,438

  • 1948-12-02 T. C. Boyle, American novelist (World's End), born in Peekskill, New York
  • 1948-12-09 Ron Vawter, American actor (Philadelphia, Empire City, Twister), born in Latham, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1949-01-11 [Frederick] Dennis Greene, American singer (Sha Na Na), born in New York, (d. 2015)
  • 1949-01-12 James Dietz, American rower, born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1949-01-14 Christine Belford, American actress (Banacek, Empire, 90210), born in Amityville, New York
  • 1949-02-06 Richie Zisk, American retired baseball player & pro scout (Chicago Cubs), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1949-03-03 Richie Cannata, American music producer, multi-instrumentalist and studio owner, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1949-03-21 Eddie Money [Mahoney], American rock singer-songwriter ("Two Tickets To Paradise"; 'Take Me Home Tonight"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2019)
  • 1949-04-02 Paul Gambaccini, American-British disc jockey, born in Bronx, New York
  • 1949-04-03 Lyle Alzado, NFL defensive linesman (LA Raiders) and actor (Oceans of Fire, Hangfire), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1949-04-03 Greg Calbi, American mastering engineer (associated with Eric Carmen, John Lennon, David Bowie, and Bruce Springsteen), born in Yonkers, New York
  • 1949-04-04 Michael Fennelly, American musician (The Millennium, Crabby Appleton), born in New York, New York
  • 1949-04-09 Steve Gadd, American jazz and rock session drummer (Paul Simon - "Late In The Evening"; "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover"; Steely Dan - "Aja"'), born in Irondequoit, New York
  • 1949-04-18 Geoff Bodine, American race car driver, born in Chemung, New York
  • 1949-04-21 Patti LuPone, actress/singer (Evita, Life Goes On), born in Northport, New York

Person of interestBilly Joel

1949-05-09 Billy Joel, American rock vocalist (Piano Man, Just the Way You Are), born in The Bronx, New York

Pianist, Songwriter and Composer Billy Joel
Pianist, Songwriter and Composer
Billy Joel
  • 1949-05-13 Franklyn Ajaye, American comedian and actor (Car Wash, The Jazz Singer, Bridesmaids), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1949-06-14 Bob Frankston, American programmer (VisiCalc), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1949-07-02 Joe English, American drummer (Wings; Sea Level), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1949-07-14 Tommy Mottola, American music executive (Casablanca Records), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1949-07-17 Charlie Steiner, American sports broadcaster, born in Malverne, New York

Person of interestAlan Menken

1949-07-22 Alan Menken, American Disney composer (Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast - 8 Oscars), born in New Rochelle, New York

Disney Composer Alan Menken
Disney Composer
Alan Menken
  • 1949-08-24 Anna Lee Fisher [Tingle], American chemist, emergency physician and astronaut (STS 51-A), born in St Albans, New York
  • 1949-08-24 Joe Regalbuto, American actor (Knots Landing, Frank-Murphy Brown), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1949-08-25 John Savage, American actor (The Deer Hunter, Maria's Lovers), born in Old Bethpage, New York
  • 1949-09-19 Barry Scheck, American lawyer and co-founder of Innocence Project, born in Queens, New York
  • 1949-09-20 Anthony Denison, American actor (The Closer), born in New York
  • 1949-09-25 Mimi Kennedy, American actress (Spencer, 3 girls 3, Under 1 Roof), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1949-10-07 Kieran Kane, American singer (O'Kanes-Daddies Need to Grow Up Too), born in Queens, New York

Person of interestSigourney Weaver

1949-10-08 Sigourney Weaver [Susan Alexandra], American actress (Alien, Working Girl), born in Manhattan, New York

  • 1949-10-09 Shep Messing, American soccer goalkeeper (NY Cosmos), born in Bronx, New York
  • 1949-10-14 Katha Pollitt, American poet and writer, born in Brooklyn Heights, New York
  • 1949-10-28 Caitlyn Jenner [born Bruce Jenner], American decathlete (Olympic gold 1976), TV personality and prominent transgender figure, born in Mt Kisco, New York
  • 1949-11-08 Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice Presidenf of the US National Rifle Association, born in Schenectady, New York
  • 1949-11-18 Ted Sator, NHL coach (NY Rangers, Buffalo Sabres), born in Utica, New York
  • 1949-12-05 Lewis Arlt, American actor (Littlest Victims, Ken-Another World), born in Kingston, New York
  • 1950-01-05 Chris Stein, American rock guitarist and co-founder of Blondie (Heart of Glass, Call Me), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1950-01-09 David Johansen [Buster Poindexter], American singer-songwriter & actor (Hot! Hot! Hot!), born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1950-01-21 Richie Ranno, American rock guitarist (Starz), born in The Bronx, New York City
  • 1950-02-22 Ellen Greene, American vocalist & actress (Little Shoppe of Horrors), born in Brooklyn, New York

Person of interestJulius Erving

1950-02-22 Julius Erving "Dr. J," American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (11-time NBA All Star), born in East Meadow, New York

NBA Legend Julius Erving
NBA Legend
Julius Erving
  • 1950-02-28 Ilene Graff, American actress (Marsha-Mr Belvedere), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1950-03-11 Bobby McFerrin, American Grammy Award winner vocalist ("Don't Worry Be Happy"), and classical music conductor, born in New York City, New York
  • 1950-04-05 Paul Oscher, American blues musician (Muddy Waters Blues Band), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1950-04-10 Eddie Hazel, American pop guitarist (Funkadelic - "Uncle Jam Wants You"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1950-04-13 Ron Perlman, American actor (Quest for Fire, Beauty & the Beast), born in The Bronx, New York

Person of interestJay Leno

1950-04-28 Jay Leno, American comedian and TV talk show host (Tonight Show), born in New Rochelle, New York

TV Host and Comedian Jay Leno
TV Host and Comedian
Jay Leno
  • 1950-04-28 Willie Colon, actor (Last Flight), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1950-05-02 Lou Gramm, American rocker (Foreigner-Want to Know What Love Is), born in Rochester, New York

Person of interestTim Russert

1950-05-07 Tim Russert, American television journalist and host of NBC's Meet the Press, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2008)

Television Journalist Tim Russert
Television Journalist
Tim Russert
  • 1950-05-24 Larry Seidlin, American judge (judge during the infamous Anna Nicole Smith body custody hearing after her death), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1950-06-04 Wayne Powers, American actor (Laverne & Shirley, 13 East), born in New Rochelle, New York
  • 1950-06-11 Pokey Watson, American 200m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1968), born in Mineola, New York
  • 1950-07-12 Eric Carr [Paul Charles Caravello], American rock drummer (Kiss), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1991)
  • 1950-07-16 Camille Saviola, American actress (Nightlife), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1950-08-01 Doug Tracht, American radio DJ (Greaseman), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1950-08-12 Kid Creole [August Darnell], musician and actor (Obsession A Taste of Fear), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1950-09-07 Peggy Noonan, American author (What I Saw at the Revolution), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1950-09-28 John Sayles, actor (Brother from Another Planet), born in Schenectady, New York
  • 1950-11-10 Jack Scalia, American actor (Berrengers, Hollywood Beat), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1950-11-10 Debra Hill, American screenwriter and film producer (Escape from New York), born in Haddonfield, New Jersey (d. 2005)
  • 1950-12-08 Rick Baker, American special effects makeup artist (Exorcist), born in Binghamton, New York
  • 1950-12-13 Wendie Malick, American actress (Just Shoot Me), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1951-01-07 Mike Ward, American politician, born in White Plains, New York
  • 1951-01-08 John McTiernan, American actor (Predator, Die Hard, Medicine Man), born in Albany, New York
  • 1951-01-12 Larry Hoppens, American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist (Orleans - "Still the One"; "Dance With Me"), born in Long Island, New York (d. 2012)

Person of interestEric Holder

1951-01-21 Eric Holder, American lawyer and judge (1st African American US Attorney General 2009-2015), born in The Bronx, New York

82nd Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder
82nd Attorney General of the United States
Eric Holder
  • 1951-01-23 Margaret Johnson Bailes, American 4x100 runner (Olympic gold 1968), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1951-02-05 Elizabeth Swados, American composer and playwright (1972 TONY), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1951-02-09 Penny Peyser, American actress (Rich Man Poor Man, Knots Landing), born in Irvington, New York
  • 1951-02-15 Melissa Manchester, American pop singer (Don't Cry Out Loud), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1951-03-14 Jerry Greenfield, American businessman and co-founder of Ben & Jerry's ice cream, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1951-03-18 Ben Cohen, American co-founder of Ben & Jerry's ice cream, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1951-03-24 Tommy Hilfiger, American fashion designer, born in Elmira, New York
  • 1951-04-05 Dean Kamen, American engineer and inventor (Segway), born in Long Island, New York
  • 1951-04-10 Mark Roth, American pro bowler (4-time PBA Player of Year), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1951-04-10 David Helvarg, American journalist and environmental activist, born in Long Island, New York
  • 1951-04-11 James Patrick Kelly, American sci-fi author (Think Like a Dinosaur), born in Mineola, New York
  • 1951-04-13 Jack Quinn, American politician (US House of Representatives from New York (R), 1993-2005), and college president (Erie Community, 2008-17), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1951-04-16 Mordechai Ben David, American Jewish singer, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1951-04-21 Tony Danza, (Tony Banta-Taxi, Tony Micelli-Who's the Boss), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1951-04-27 Paul "Ace" Frehley, American heavy metal guitarist (Kiss; Frehley's Comet), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1951-05-15 Frank Wilczek, American Physicist (2004 Nobel Prize), born in Mineola, New York
  • 1951-05-18 James Stephens, actor (Paper Chase, Devil's Island), born in Mount Kisco, New York
  • 1951-05-27 Norma Jean Almodovar, American author (Cop to Call Girl) and sex worker activist, born in Binghampton, New York
  • 1951-06-11 Maren Seidler, American shot putter (Olympic 11th 1968), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1951-06-15 Craig Gruber, American rock bassist (Rainbow), born in Cortland, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1951-07-11 Lawrence J Delucas, PhD/astronaut (STS 50), born in Syracuse, New York
  • 1951-07-13 Didi Conn [Bernstein], American actress (Denise-Benson, Grease), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1951-07-19 Abel Ferrara, American filmmaker (King of New York), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1951-08-08 Martin Brest, actor (Fast Times at Ridgemont High), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1951-08-13 Jeff Altman, American comedian and actor (Nurses, Pink Lady, Soul Man), born in Syracuse, New York
  • 1951-09-09 Robert Desiderio, actor (Det Kennedy-Heart of the City), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1951-09-12 Gerald Stano, American serial killer (confessed to killing 41 people), born in Schenectady, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1951-09-15 Pete Carroll, American NFL coach (Super Bowl 2013, Seattle Seahawks 2010-20; New York Jets, New England Patriots; USC), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1951-09-21 Bruce Arena, American soccer coach (Olympic gold 1996), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1951-10-08 Jack O'Connell, American politician (Member of the California State Senate), born in Glen Cove, New York
  • 1951-10-19 Annie Golden, actress (Forever Lulu, Hair), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1951-11-02 Thomas Mallon, American novelist and critic (Henry and Clara), born in Glen Cove, New York
  • 1951-11-03 Ed Murawinski, American cartoonist, New York Daily News

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