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Manhattan, New York, USA

Manhattan, New York, New York, USA

The first capital of the United States was New York City. In 1789 George Washington took his oath as president on the balcony at Federal Hall.

The first presentation of 3D films before a paying audience took place at Manhattan's Astor Theater on June 10, 1915.

Gennaro Lombardi opened the first United States pizzeria in 1895 in New York City.

The first Boy's Club was established by Edward Henry Harriman in New York City in 1876.

Joseph C. Gayetty of New York City invented toilet paper in 1857.

The first public brewery in America was established by Peter Minuit at the Market (Marckvelt) field in lower Manhattan. 50states.com

Washington Heights is a neighborhood in the northern portion of the New York City borough of Manhattan.




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  • 1524 - Giovanni de Verrazano enters New York harbor

    The World Almanac of the U.S.A, by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse, 1996

  • 1609 - September - Navigator Henry Hudson discovers island of Manhattan

    historyorb.com

  • News 1610 - June 10 - 1st Dutch settlers arrive (from NJ), to colonize Manhattan Island

    historyorb.com
    June 10, 1610

  • 1625 - New Amsterdam founded by Dutch colonists
    Now New York City. Was settled 1624 on Governor's Island, moved to Manhattan 1625.
    wikipedia.org

  • 1626 - May 6 - Dutch colonist Peter Minuit buys Manhattan Island from local Indians for 60 guilders worth of trinkets

    historyorb.com

  • 1664 - British conquer New Netherland (New York)

    The World Almanac of the U.S.A, by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse, 1996

  • 1704 - February 28 - Frenchman Elias Neau opens a school for blacks in NYC

    www.onthisday.com

  • News 1712 - April 7 - Slave revolt in New York kills 6 white men, 21 African Americans executed

    www.onthisday.com
    April 7, 1712

  • 1725 - First Newspaper in New York
    The first [newspaper] in New York was "The New York Gazette," [published] in 1725.

    colonialwarsct.org/ 1755.htm

  • News 1728 - December 17 - Congregation Shearith Israel of New York purchases a lot on Mill Street in lower Manhattan to build the city's first synagogue

    onthisday.com
    December 17, 1728

  • News 1736 - March 31 - Belleuve Hospital founded in a New York City almshouse - 1st public hospital in the US

    onthisday.com
    March 31, 1736

  • 1765 - New York City hosts a colony conference dealing with the King of England's Stamp Act

    www.e-referencedesk.com/ resources/ state-history-timeline/ new-york.html

  • 1770 - January 19 - Battle of Golden Hill (Lower Manhattan)

    historyorb.com

  • 1777 - New York City, long occupied by British troops, was evacuated.

    www.e-referencedesk.com/ resources/state-history-timeline/ new-york.html

  • News January 23, 1780 - The coldest day of the coldest month of record in the northeastern U.S.
    A British Army thermometer in New York City registered a reading of 16 degrees below zero. During that infamous hard winter the harbor was frozen soli...Read MORE...


  • 1785 - New York City named nation's capitol

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ nytimeln.htm

  • 1789 - George Washington inaugurated as first U. S. president in New York City

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ nytimeln.htm

  • 1792 - July 1 - A tremendous storm (a tornado or hurricane) hit Philadelphia and New York City. Many young people were drowned while out boating on that Sunday.

    WeatherForYou.com

  • 1799 - September 1 - Bank of Manhattan Company opens in NYC (forerunner to Chase Manhattan)

    historyorb.com

  • 1801 - The popular tabloid New York Post was originally established in 1801 as a Federalist newspaper called the New York Evening Post by Alexander Hamilton, an author of the Federalist papers and the nation’s first secretary of the treasury.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ new-york.html

  • News January 25, 1821 - The Hudson River was frozen solid during the midst of the coldest winter in forty-one years.
    Thousands of persons crossed the ice from New York City to New Jersey, and refreshment taverns were set up in the middle of the river to warm pedestri...Read MORE...


  • News June 28, 1832: Cholera epidemic began in N.Y.C.

    The Old Farmer's Almanac www.almanac.com
    June 28, 1832

  • News 1835 - AWFUL CONFLAGRATION !!
    Our city has just been the theatre and the victim of the most disastrous visitation ever known to this Continent !! The heart of her business, her com...Read MORE...


  • News 1837 - May 10 – The Panic of 1837 begins in New York City.
    Banks in New York City ran out of gold and silver. They suspended specie payments and would no longer redeem commercial paper in specie at full face v...Read MORE...


  • 1853 - Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations
    Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations was a World's Fair held in 1853 in what is now Bryant Park in New York City, in the wake of the highly succe...Read MORE...


  • 1854 - Manhattan
    Manhattan Island, sometimes called New York Island, in the S. E. part of New York, separated from the mainland by Harlem river. Length 15 miles, width...Read MORE...


  • News 1855 - We Wish You a Happy New Year.
    We know how busy you are this morning - you can't stop to take a third cup, nor to eat half a breakfast; you are in a pet about your boots - in a stew...Read MORE...


  • 1855 - August 1 - Castle Clinton in New York City opens as the first U.S. receiving station for immigrants.

    http://www.independentsentinel.com/

  • News 1856 - St. Valentine's Day.
    This is St. Valentine's Day, and if there has not been a wonderful reform in the general mind, since February last, a great many foolish lines will be...Read MORE...


  • News 1857 - March 23 – Elisha Otis' first elevator is installed (at 488 Broadway, New York City).
    On March 23, 1857, the first passenger elevator was installed in the retail establishment of the New York porcelain and glass dealer Haughwout and Com...Read MORE...


  • News 1857 - October 13 – Panic of 1857: New York banks close and do not reopen until December 12.

    wikipedia.org
    October 13, 1857

  • News 1858 - October 28 – Macy's department store, founded by R.H. Macy, opens for business in New York.
    Rowland H. Macy opened R.H. Macy & Co. as a dry goods store in New York City. First-day sales totaled $11.06.
    macysinc.com
    October 28, 1858

  • News 1863 - July 13 – American Civil War – New York Draft Riots: In New York City, opponents of conscription begin 3 days of violent rioting, which will be regarded as the worst in the history of the United States.

    wikipedia.org
    July 13, 1863

  • News 1864 - May 18 - The Civil War Gold Hoax was an 1864 hoax perpetrated by two US journalists to exploit the financial situation during the American Civil War.
    On May 18, 1864, two New York City newspapers, the New York World and the New York Journal of Commerce, published a story that President Abraham Linco...Read MORE...


  • News 1865 - January 4 – The New York Stock Exchange opens its first permanent headquarters at 10-12 Broad near Wall Street in New York City.
    The Exchange had formally existed since 1792, but had operated out of a series of packed Wall Street coffee-houses and rented offices. By the mid-nine...Read MORE...


  • News 1867 - FIREWORK EXPLOSION - THREE MEN SERIOUSLY INJURED.
    Yesterday afternoon at 5:30 o'clock, as EDWARD KENNY, a porter in the employ of Messrs. Purdy & Co., dealers in fireworks, at No. 34 Maiden Lane, ...Read MORE...


  • News 1873 - September 18 – The New York stock market crash triggers the Panic of 1873, part of the Long Depression.
    After the Civil War, the US banking system grew rapidly and seemed to be set on solid ground. But the country was hit by many banking crises. One of t...Read MORE...


  • 1873 - October 20 - P. T. Barnum’s Hippodrome opens in New York City featuring “The Greatest Show on Earth.” It is destroyed in a fire on December 23, 1873.

    http://www.independentsentinel.com/

  • News 1874 - November 9 - A famous hoax at the zoo, called the New York Zoo hoax, is also known as The Central Park Zoo Escape and the Central Park Menagerie Scare of 1874.
    It was a hoax perpetrated by the New York Herald about a supposed breakout of animals from the Central Park Zoo on November 9, 1874.
    The article warn...Read MORE...


  • News 1875 - December 4 – Notorious New York City politician Boss Tweed escapes from prison and flees to Cuba, then to Spain.
    On December 4, 1875, William M. “Boss” Tweed, notorious leader of New York City’s Democratic political machine, escaped from the Ludlow Street jail wh...Read MORE...


  • News 1879 - May 30 – New York City's Gilmore's Garden is renamed Madison Square Garden by William Henry Vanderbilt, and is opened to the public at 26th Street and Madison Avenue.
    Originally it was a railroad passenger depot located at East 26th Street and Madison Avenue, the New York and Harlem Railroad, before they would move ...Read MORE...


  • News 1880 - DESTRUCTION AND DEATH - A FRESH HORROR FURNISHED IN NEW YORK CITY.
    FALL OF THE MADISON SQUARE GARDEN - THE BUILDING FILLED WITH PEOPLE IN AID OF A CHARITY - SEVERAL PERSONS KILLED AND MANY MORE INJURED.

    New York, A...Read MORE...


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    Nestle Food
    New York, NY

    Found at Old Drugstore, St Augustine, Florida
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    Palmer's Skin-Success Soap
    Made in New York, NY

    Found at Old Drugstore, St Augustine, Florida
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    Vaseline Petroleum Jelly
    Made in New York, NY

    Found at Old Drugstore, St Augustine, Florida
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    1880s
    F. A. O. Schwarz
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  • News 1882 - September 4 - Thomas Edison flips the switch to the first commercial electrical power plant in history, lighting one square mile of lower Manhattan. This is considered by many as the day that began the electrical age.

    wikipedia.org
    September 4, 1882

  • 1882 - March 3 - NY Steam Corp begins distributing steam to Manhattan buildings

    historyorb.com

  • News 1883 - January 4 – Life magazine is founded in New York City.
    "Life was founded January 4, 1883, in a New York City artist’s studio at 1155 Broadway. The founding publisher was John Ames Mitchell, a 37-year old i...Read MORE...


  • 1883 - November 27 - Fire engines were called out in New York City and New Haven, CT, as a result of the afterglow of the sunset due to vivid red ash from the Krakatoa Volcano explosion in August.

    The Weather Channel

  • News 1885 - March 3 – A subsidiary of the American Bell Telephone Company, American Telephone and Telegraph (AT&T), is incorporated in New York.

    wikipedia.org
    March 3, 1885

  • 1885 - The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York Harbor.
    The formal reception of Bartholdi's great statue of "Liberty Enlightening the World" took place at yesterday at New York with impressive ceremonies. T...Read MORE...


  • 1888 - "The Great White Hurricane"
    March 11-14, 1888
    More than 120 winters have come and gone since the so-called “Great White Hurricane,” but this whopper of a storm still lives in in...Read MORE...


  • News 1889 - July 8 – The Wall Street Journal is established.
    "...The first issue of The Wall Street Journal appeared on July 8, 1889. It cost two cents per issue or five dollars for a one-year subscription. Dow ...Read MORE...


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    Perry Davis' cough medicine
    New York, New York
    Found at The Way It Was Museum, Virginia City, Nevada
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  • News 1891 - May 5 – The Music Hall in New York (now known as Carnegie Hall) has its grand opening and first public performance, with maestro Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky as the guest conductor.

    wikipedia.org
    May 5, 1891

  • 1892 - NO MORE BARGE OFFICE. Immigrants Will Hereafter Land at Ellis Island.
    New York, Jan. 1. - Without any ceremony or formal opening the immigration officials of this city today settled down on Ellis Island in the harbor and...Read MORE...


  • News 1893 - May 5 – Panic of 1893: A crash on the New York Stock Exchange starts a depression.

    wikipedia.org
    May 5, 1893

  • News 1894 - September 4 – In New York City, 12,000 tailors strike against sweatshop working conditions.

    wikipedia.org
    September 4, 1894

  • News 1895 - BUILDING UNDER CONSTRUCTION COLLAPSES.
    New York, March 2. - The accident occurred about 3:55 o'clock in the afternoon. Without the slightest sound that might have warned the 50 men that wor...Read MORE...


  • News 1895 - November 25 - Oscar Hammerstein opens the Olympia Theatre, the first theatre to be built in New York City's Times Square district.

    wikipedia.org
    November 25, 1895

  • 1895 - Manhattan Island
    Manhattan Island, New York, is at the mouth of the Hudson River, which forms its western boundary. It is bounded on the E. by Harlem River and East Ri...Read MORE...


  • News 1896 - May 26 – Charles Dow's Dow Jones Industrial Average first appears in the Wall Street Journal.
    "Charles Henry Dow, born in Sterling, Connecticut on November 5, 1851, was the son of a farmer who died when his son was six years old....

    Dow did ...Read MORE...


  • 1896 - Nine-day heatwave in NYC killed 420

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ nytimeln.htm

  • News 1897 - September 21 – Francis P. Church responds to a letter to the editor that is known as the famous "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" letter. (wikipedia)
    "DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old.
    "Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.
    "Papa says, 'If you see it in THE SUN it's so.'
    "Please ...Read MORE...


  • News 1897 - While Preparing a Christmas Tree for Her Children Mrs. Rice Fell Dead - A CLOCK'S SUPPOSED WARNING
    Father Had Saved His Earnings for Six Months to Give His Children the First Tree They Had Ever Had.

    "Mamma, the clock has stopped between 12 and 1 ...Read MORE...


  • News 1898 - January 1 – New York City annexes land from surrounding counties, creating the City of Greater New York. The city is geographically divided into five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island.

    wikipedia.org
    January 1, 1898

  • News 1898 - Open Air Courtship
    With the coming of summer in New York the open air courtships begin. There is hardly the shadow of a friendly tree without a pair of lovers under it, ...Read MORE...


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    Who has the Oldest Sewing Machine?
    A new "Singer" given in exchange for it

    The Singer Manufacturing Co.
    New York City

    Ladies' Home Journal
    February 1898
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    The Edison New Standard Phonograph
    Price $20
    National Phonograph Co., New York

    The Ladies' Home Journal
    November 1898
    Advertisement
  • News 1899 - CANDELEMAS DAY AT HAND.
    Something About That Day and the Practices and Beliefs Popularly Associated with It.

    The careless, everyday reader, who is too busy to trouble hims...Read MORE...


  • News 1899 - July 19 – The Newsboys Strike takes place when the Newsies of New York go on strike (until August 2).
    Only a Partial Concession.

    The newsboys strike against the New York Journal and World has been settled. The newsies wanted the daily editions of th...Read MORE...


  • News 1899 - SWALLOWED PIN; DEATH MAY RESULT - Lena Reilly Held Pin in Her Mouth and One Slipped Down Her Throat - WAS LAUGHING AT A JOKE
    Convulsed by Porter's Funny Story She Suddenly Cried Out and Fell to the Floor.

    VICTIM IN GREAT AGONY

    Surgeons Will Try to Locate Pin by Means ...Read MORE...


  • News 1900 - March 24 - New York City Mayor Robert Anderson Van Wyck breaks ground for a new underground "Rapid Transit Railroad" that would link Manhattan and Brooklyn.

    historyorb.com
    March 24, 1900

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    Woolworth Building from City Hall Park, New York City
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    Times Square, New York City
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  • Manhattan, New York, USA
    Herald Square, New York
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    Skyline view of New York City
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    (IL) - Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois
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    Curb Market, Broad Street
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  • Manhattan, New York, USA
    Fort Tryon, Washington Heights, New York City

    Fort Tryon Park is a public park located in the Hudson Heights and Inwood neighborhoods of the borough of Manhattan in New York City.

    Beginning in January 1917, philanthropist John D. Rockefeller,... Read MORE...

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    The Jumel Mansion, Washington Heights, New York City

    The landmark Morris-Jumel Mansion is located in the aptly named Washington Heights section of Manhattan. Built in 1765 for British military officer Roger Morris, this National Historic Landmark ... Read MORE...

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  • News 1901 - May 17 – The U.S. stock market crashes.

    wikipedia.org
    May 17, 1901

  • News 1902 - January 8 – A train collision in the New York Central Railroad's Park Avenue Tunnel kills 17, injures 38, and leads to increased demand for electric trains and led to the banning of Steam locomotives in the state.

    wikipedia.org
    January 8, 1902

  • News 1902 - June 15 – The New York Central railroad inaugurates the 20th Century Limited passenger train between Chicago and New York City.

    wikipedia.org
    June 15 1902

  • News 1903 - March 2 – In New York City, the Martha Washington Hotel, the first hotel exclusively for women, opens.

    wikipedia.org
    March 2, 1903

  • News 1903 - October 9 - New York City was deluged with 11.17 inches of rain in 24 hours to establish a state record.

    WeatherForYou.com
    October 9, 1903

  • 1903 - December 19 - Williamsburg suspension bridge opens between Brooklyn & Manhattan

    historyorb.com

  • 1903 - NYC - Crayons were invented by Edwin Binney and Harold Smith, who owned a paint company in New York City, NY, USA. Binney and Smith invented the modern-day crayon by combining paraffin wax with pigments (colorants).
    These inexpensive art supplies were an instant success since they were first marketed as Crayola crayons in 1903.
    www.enchantedlearning.com/ inventors/ us.shtml

  • News 1904 - June 15 – A fire aboard the steamboat General Slocum in New York City's East River kills 1,021.

    wikipedia.org
    June 15, 1904

  • News 1904 - October 27 – The first underground line of the New York City Subway opens.

    wikipedia.org
    October 27, 1904

  • News 1905 - "Likely to excel"
    The New York park commissioner recently made a requisition on the civil service commission for candidates from which to select a city apiarist. A woma...Read MORE...


  • News 1905 - January 2 - GREATEST OF SKYSCRAPERS - OPENING OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BUILDING
    New York, Jan. 2 - The New York Times was published last night from its new building in Times square, a structure which has been referred to by expert...Read MORE...


  • Manhattan, New York, USA
    St. Patrick's Cathedral, 1905

    St. Patrick's Cathedral is a Catholic cathedral in the Midtown Manhattan neighborhood of New York City. It is the seat of the Archbishop of New York as well as a parish church. The cathedral occupies a city block... Read MORE...

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  • 1906
    Manhattan, a borough of the city of New York. It comprises Manhattan, Governor's, Bedloe's, Ellis, Oyster, Blackwell's, Randall's, and Ward's islands,...Read MORE...


  • News 1909 - FIRE WIPES OUT A LANDMARK.
    Parkinson's in Whitehall Street Destroyed and Several Persons Burned.

    An aged scrubwoman was seriously burned and three men, one a fireman, were sl...Read MORE...


  • 1909 - March 30 - Queensboro Bridge opens, linking Manhattan & Queens

    historyorb.com

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    Hester Street
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    Macy's Department Store and Herald Square, 1909
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  • News 1910 - Saved by a Strong Clothesline
    Five-Story Fall Didn’t Feaze [sic] Him
    Seven-Year-Old, Emulating Feats of Firemen, Drops Through Tenement Clothes Lines. Four Broke Under Him
    Fifth ...Read MORE...


  • Manhattan, New York, USA
    Shopping Center, 14th Street
    Rothenberg & Co. department store
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  • Manhattan, New York, USA
    Bowling Green

    Bowling Green is a small public park in the Financial District of Lower Manhattan, New York City, at the southern end of Broadway. Located next to the site of the original Dutch fort of New Amsterdam, it served as a public place... Read MORE...

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  • Manhattan, New York, USA
    Hotel McAlpin, 34th Street and Broadway

    The Hotel McAlpin was constructed in 1912 by General Edwin A. McAlpin, son of David Hunter McAlpin. When opened it was the largest hotel in the world... wikipedia
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  • News 1911 - March 25 – A fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City kills 146.

    wikipedia.org
    March 25, 1911

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    McGown's Pass Tavern, Central Park, New York City, 1911

    Located in the northern portion of Central Park. It is the original tavern on the green.

    "A narrow passage between the hills was named McGown’s Pass after Andrew McGown, owner of a... Read MORE...

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    The New Grand Central Depot, 42d Street, 1911
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  • News 1913 - April 24 – The Woolworth Building opens in New York City. Designed by Cass Gilbert, it is the tallest building in the world at this date and for more than a decade after.

    wikipedia.org
    April 24, 1913

  • News 1913 - February 1 – New York City's Grand Central Terminal, having been rebuilt, reopens as the world's largest railroad station.

    wikipedia.org
    February 1, 1913

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    Manhattan Opera House, 1913
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  • News 1914 - August 1 - New York Stock Exchange closed due to war in Europe, where nearly all stock exchanges are already closed.

    wikipedia.org
    August 1, 1914

  • News 1914 - December 12 – The New York Stock Exchange re-opens, having been closed since August 1 except for bond trading.

    wikipedia.org
    December 12, 1914

  • 1914 - Carrier Pigeon is Bridal Messenger
    NEW YORK, Nov. 3 - Ever since a Belgian rabbit escaped from one of the rooms on the fifth floor of the Prince George hotel, A. M. Gutterson, the assis...Read MORE...


  • Manhattan, New York, USA
    Manhattan Hotel

    Hotel Manhattan (also known as Manhattan Hotel) was a "railroad hotel" on the northwest corner of Madison Avenue and 42nd Street in Manhattan, New York City, New York.

    Built in 1895–1896, it was to an 1893 design by Henry... Read MORE...

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    Panorama of Lower Manhattan and Bay from top of Woolworth Building
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    Flat Iron Building
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  • News 1920 - January 9 – Thousands of onlookers watch as "The Human Fly" George Polley climbs the Woolworth Building in New York City. He reaches the 30th floor before being arrested.

    wikipedia.org
    January 9, 1920

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    Pell Street, Chinatown
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    Hotel Commodore

    The Commodore Hotel was constructed by The Bowman-Biltmore Hotels group. The structure itself was developed as part of Terminal City, a complex of palatial hotels and offices connected to Grand Central Terminal and all owned by... Read MORE...

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    Madison Square Garden

    Madison Square Garden (1879–1890) was an arena in New York City at the northeast corner of East 26th Street and Madison Avenue in Manhattan. The first venue to use that name, it seated 10,000 spectators. It was replaced with ... Read MORE...

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    Paterno Castle, Washington Heights, New York

    The centerpiece of Paterno's seven-acre (2.8 ha) estate, located in what is now the Hudson Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, was Paterno's Castle, a Neo-Gothic four-story 35-room... Read MORE...

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  • News 1924 - November 27 – In New York City the first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is held

    wikipedia.org
    November 27, 1924

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    Rogers Restaurant, Sixth Avenue and 45th Street
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  • News 1926 - February 1 – Land on Broadway and Wall Street in New York City is sold at a record $7 per sq inch.

    wikipedia.org
    February 1, 1926

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    1927 advertisement

    A Bit of New England in New York
    Prince George Hotel
    Fifth Ave. & 28th St.
    A. M. Gutterson, Mgr.
    1000 Rooms with Bath $3.0 and up
    A Home in the Heart of Things

    Built in 1904 with an addition in 1912, The Prince George... Read MORE...

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  • News 1928 - LOST BELLBOY FOUND
    Youngster Wind Gold Medal for Refusing to Sell Liquor

    NEW YORK. March 25 - Satisfaction of the existence of a non-bootlegging bellboy was the featu...Read MORE...


  • News 1930 - February 26 - 1st red & green traffic lights installed (Manhattan NYC)

    historyorb.com
    February 26, 1930

  • Manhattan, New York, USA
    Chrysler Building

    The Chrysler Building is an Art Deco skyscraper on the East Side of Manhattan in New York City, at the intersection of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. At 1,046 feet (319 m), it is the tallest brick... Read MORE...

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    Gimbels, 1930

    Gimbels arrived in New York in 1910, and in one fell
    swoop created a famous department store legend
    which competed with its rival Macy's, one block away.
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  • News 1931 - October 24 – The George Washington Bridge across the Hudson River in the United States is dedicated; it opens to traffic the following day. At 3,500 feet (1,100 m), it nearly doubles the previous record for the longest main span in the world.

    wikipedia.org
    October 24, 1931

  • 1931 - May 1 - The Empire State Building Opens
    President Herbert Hoover pressed a button in Washington, D.C., and on came the lights in the world's tallest skyscraper. Before that, the Chrysler Bui...Read MORE...


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    Empire State Building, 1931

    The Empire State Building is a 102-story Art Deco skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. The building was designed by Shreve, Lamb & Harmon and built from 1930 to 1931. Its name is derived from "Empire State", ... Read MORE...

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  • News 1932 - December 27 - Radio City Music Hall opens in New York City.

    wikipedia.org
    December 27, 1932

  • News 1932 - November 16 – New York City's Palace Theatre fully converts to a cinema, which is considered the final death knell of vaudeville as a popular entertainment in the United States.

    wikipedia.org
    November 16, 1932

  • News 1933 - March 15 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average rises from 53.84 to 62.10. The day's gain of 15.34%, achieved during the depths of the Great Depression, remains to date as the largest 1-day percentage gain for the index.

    wikipedia.org
    March 15, 1933

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    Midtown Manhattan, 1934
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  • News 1935 - March 19 – Harlem Riot of 1935: A race riot breaks out in Harlem (New York City) after a rumor circulates that a teenage Puerto Rican shoplifter in the S. H. Kress & Co. department store has been brutally beaten.

    wikipedia.org
    March 19, 1935

  • News 1936 - July 11 - Triborough Bridge linking Manhattan, Bronx & Queens opens

    historyorb.com
    July 11, 1936

  • 1938 - "Long Island Express" - HURRICANE, FLOODS SWEEP NEW ENGLAND. 296 WERE KILLED IN STORM ALONG ATLANTIC COAST; PROPERTY DAMAGE ENORMOUS.
    ...New York City Drenched.
    New York city's 7,000,000 inhabitants, who barely escaped the worst of the storm, were drenched with a 4 1/ 2 inch rain. Th...Read MORE...


  • 1939 - April 30 - World's Fair opens in New York City

    April 30, 1939

  • 1940 - November 18 - George Matesky, New York City's Mad Bomber places his first bomb at a Manhattan office building used by Consolidated Edison.

    historyorb.com

  • Manhattan, New York, USA
    Bond Spectacular Waterfall Sign in Times Square

    Largest Spectacular Sign in the World. Bond Sign on Broadway -- A full block from 44th to 45th Street in Times Square, 21,500 electric light bulbs, over two miles of vari-colored neon. 10,000... Read MORE...

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  • News 1943 - March 31 – Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! opens on Broadway

    wikipedia.org
    March 31, 1943

  • 1944 - HURRICANE HITS NEW YORK AND NEW ENGLAND COASTS. HIGH WINDS LASH JERSEY, LONG ISLAND.
    ...In New York City, sidewalks were virtually deserted. Wind whipping sheets of rain around the corners of tall buildings smashed plate glass windows....Read MORE...


  • News 1945 - October 29 - At Gimbels Department Store in New York City, the first ballpoint pens go on sale at $12.50 each.

    wikipedia.org
    October 29, 1945

  • News July 28, 1945: A U.S. bomber flying through thick fog at about 200 mph crashed into the 79th floor of New York's Empire State Building, killing 14 people

    The Old Farmer's Almanac www.almanac.com
    July 28, 1945

  • News 1946 - December 20 - Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life, featuring James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Henry Travers, and Thomas Mitchell, is released in New York.

    wikipedia.org
    December 20, 1946

  • 1946 - New York City is chosen as the site of the United Nations


  • News 1947 - December 26-27 - New York City received a record 26.4 inches of snow in 24 hours, with as much as 32 inches reported in the suburbs.
    The heavy snow brought traffic to a standstill, and snow removal cost eight million dollars. Thirty thousand persons were called upon to remove the 1...Read MORE...


  • Manhattan, New York, USA
    Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, 1947

    Radio City Music Hall is an entertainment venue and theater at 1260 Avenue of the Americas, within Rockefeller Center, in the Midtown Manhattan neighborhood of New York City. Nicknamed "The... Read MORE...

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  • 1951 - January 10 - UN headquarters opens in Manhattan NY

    historyorb.com

  • News 1952 - February 5 - The first “Don’t Walk” sign was installed in New York City. The installation of this sign was inspired by the growing number of deaths resulting from pedestrian accidents.

    http://thisdayintechhistory.com
    February 5, 1952

  • 1953 - November - Residents of New York City suffered through ten days of smog resulting in 200 deaths.

    The Weather Channel

  • 1964 - April 22 - World's Fair opens in New York City

    April 22, 1964

  • 1972 - Hurricane Agnes
    June 22
    1:00 p.m. EDT (18:00 UTC) – Tropical Storm Agnes makes landfall near New York City, New York with winds of 65 mph (105 km/ h).
    wikipedia.org

  • News 1973 - April 4 – The World Trade Center officially opens in New York City with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

    April 4, 1973

  • News 1977 - July 13 - Lightning struck a key electrical transmission line in Westchester County of southeastern New York State plunging New York City into darkness.

    WeatherForYou.com
    July 13, 1977

  • 1993 - World Trade Center bombing




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The Jumel Mansion, Washington Heights, New York City

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McGown's Pass Tavern, Central Park, New York City, 1911

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Paterno Castle, Washington Heights, New York

The centerpiece of Paterno's seven-acre (2.8 ha) estate, located in what is now the Hudson Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, was Paterno's Castle, a Neo-Gothic four-story 35-room... Read MORE...

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  • 1524 - Giovanni de Verrazano enters New York harbor

    The World Almanac of the U.S.A, by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse, 1996

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  • 1609 - September - Navigator Henry Hudson discovers island of Manhattan

    historyorb.com

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  • News  1610 - June 10 - 1st Dutch settlers arrive (from NJ), to colonize Manhattan Island

    historyorb.com
    June 10, 1610
  • 1625 - New Amsterdam founded by Dutch colonists
    Now New York City. Was settled 1624 on Governor's Island, moved to Manhattan 1625.
    wikipedia.org
  • 1626 - May 6 - Dutch colonist Peter Minuit buys Manhattan Island from local Indians for 60 guilders worth of trinkets

    historyorb.com

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  • 1664 - British conquer New Netherland (New York)

    The World Almanac of the U.S.A, by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse, 1996
  • 1704 - February 28 - Frenchman Elias Neau opens a school for blacks in NYC

    www.onthisday.com

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  • News  1712 - April 7 - Slave revolt in New York kills 6 white men, 21 African Americans executed

    www.onthisday.com
    April 7, 1712
  • 1725 - First Newspaper in New York
    The first [newspaper] in New York was "The New York Gazette," [published] in 1725.

    colonialwarsct.org/ 1755.htm
  • News  1728 - December 17 - Congregation Shearith Israel of New York purchases a lot on Mill Street in lower Manhattan to build the city's first synagogue

    onthisday.com
    December 17, 1728
  • News  1736 - March 31 - Belleuve Hospital founded in a New York City almshouse - 1st public hospital in the US

    onthisday.com
    March 31, 1736
  • 1765 - New York City hosts a colony conference dealing with the King of England's Stamp Act

    www.e-referencedesk.com/ resources/ state-history-timeline/ new-york.html
  • 1770 - January 19 - Battle of Golden Hill (Lower Manhattan)

    historyorb.com
  • 1777 - New York City, long occupied by British troops, was evacuated.

    www.e-referencedesk.com/ resources/state-history-timeline/ new-york.html
  • News  January 23, 1780 - The coldest day of the coldest month of record in the northeastern U.S.
    A British Army thermometer in New York City registered a reading of 16 degrees below zero. During that infamous hard winter the harbor was frozen... Read MORE...

  • 1785 - New York City named nation's capitol

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ nytimeln.htm
  • 1789 - George Washington inaugurated as first U. S. president in New York City

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ nytimeln.htm

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  • 1792 - July 1 - A tremendous storm (a tornado or hurricane) hit Philadelphia and New York City. Many young people were drowned while out boating on that Sunday.

    WeatherForYou.com
  • 1799 - September 1 - Bank of Manhattan Company opens in NYC (forerunner to Chase Manhattan)

    historyorb.com
  • 1801 - The popular tabloid New York Post was originally established in 1801 as a Federalist newspaper called the New York Evening Post by Alexander Hamilton, an author of the Federalist papers and the nation’s first secretary of the treasury.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ new-york.html

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  • News  January 25, 1821 - The Hudson River was frozen solid during the midst of the coldest winter in forty-one years.
    Thousands of persons crossed the ice from New York City to New Jersey, and refreshment taverns were set up in the middle of the river to warm... Read MORE...

  • News  June 28, 1832: Cholera epidemic began in N.Y.C.

    The Old Farmer's Almanac www.almanac.com
    June 28, 1832
  • News  1835 - AWFUL CONFLAGRATION !!
    Our city has just been the theatre and the victim of the most disastrous visitation ever known to this Continent !! The heart of her business, her... Read MORE...

  • News  1837 - May 10 – The Panic of 1837 begins in New York City.
    Banks in New York City ran out of gold and silver. They suspended specie payments and would no longer redeem commercial paper in specie at full face... Read MORE...

  • 1853 - Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations
    Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations was a World's Fair held in 1853 in what is now Bryant Park in New York City, in the wake of the highly... Read MORE...

  • 1854 - Manhattan
    Manhattan Island, sometimes called New York Island, in the S. E. part of New York, separated from the mainland by Harlem river. Length 15 miles,... Read MORE...

  • News  1855 - We Wish You a Happy New Year.
    We know how busy you are this morning - you can't stop to take a third cup, nor to eat half a breakfast; you are in a pet about your boots - in a... Read MORE...

  • 1855 - August 1 - Castle Clinton in New York City opens as the first U.S. receiving station for immigrants.

    http://www.independentsentinel.com/
  • News  1856 - St. Valentine's Day.
    This is St. Valentine's Day, and if there has not been a wonderful reform in the general mind, since February last, a great many foolish lines will... Read MORE...

  • News  1857 - March 23 – Elisha Otis' first elevator is installed (at 488 Broadway, New York City).
    On March 23, 1857, the first passenger elevator was installed in the retail establishment of the New York porcelain and glass dealer Haughwout and... Read MORE...


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  • News  1857 - October 13 – Panic of 1857: New York banks close and do not reopen until December 12.

    wikipedia.org
    October 13, 1857
  • News  1858 - October 28 – Macy's department store, founded by R.H. Macy, opens for business in New York.
    Rowland H. Macy opened R.H. Macy & Co. as a dry goods store in New York City. First-day sales totaled $11.06.
    macysinc.com
    October 28, 1858

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  • News  1863 - July 13 – American Civil War – New York Draft Riots: In New York City, opponents of conscription begin 3 days of violent rioting, which will be regarded as the worst in the history of the United States.

    wikipedia.org
    July 13, 1863
  • News  1864 - May 18 - The Civil War Gold Hoax was an 1864 hoax perpetrated by two US journalists to exploit the financial situation during the American Civil War.
    On May 18, 1864, two New York City newspapers, the New York World and the New York Journal of Commerce, published a story that President Abraham... Read MORE...

  • News  1865 - January 4 – The New York Stock Exchange opens its first permanent headquarters at 10-12 Broad near Wall Street in New York City.
    The Exchange had formally existed since 1792, but had operated out of a series of packed Wall Street coffee-houses and rented offices. By the... Read MORE...

  • News  1867 - FIREWORK EXPLOSION - THREE MEN SERIOUSLY INJURED.
    Yesterday afternoon at 5:30 o'clock, as EDWARD KENNY, a porter in the employ of Messrs. Purdy & Co., dealers in fireworks, at No. 34 Maiden Lane, ... Read MORE...

  • News  1873 - September 18 – The New York stock market crash triggers the Panic of 1873, part of the Long Depression.
    After the Civil War, the US banking system grew rapidly and seemed to be set on solid ground. But the country was hit by many banking crises. One of... Read MORE...

  • 1873 - October 20 - P. T. Barnum’s Hippodrome opens in New York City featuring “The Greatest Show on Earth.” It is destroyed in a fire on December 23, 1873.

    http://www.independentsentinel.com/

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  • News  1874 - November 9 - A famous hoax at the zoo, called the New York Zoo hoax, is also known as The Central Park Zoo Escape and the Central Park Menagerie Scare of 1874.
    It was a hoax perpetrated by the New York Herald about a supposed breakout of animals from the Central Park Zoo on November 9, 1874.
    The article... Read MORE...

  • News  1875 - December 4 – Notorious New York City politician Boss Tweed escapes from prison and flees to Cuba, then to Spain.
    On December 4, 1875, William M. “Boss” Tweed, notorious leader of New York City’s Democratic political machine, escaped from the Ludlow Street jail... Read MORE...


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  • News  1879 - May 30 – New York City's Gilmore's Garden is renamed Madison Square Garden by William Henry Vanderbilt, and is opened to the public at 26th Street and Madison Avenue.
    Originally it was a railroad passenger depot located at East 26th Street and Madison Avenue, the New York and Harlem Railroad, before they would move ... Read MORE...


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  • News  1880 - DESTRUCTION AND DEATH - A FRESH HORROR FURNISHED IN NEW YORK CITY.
    FALL OF THE MADISON SQUARE GARDEN - THE BUILDING FILLED WITH PEOPLE IN AID OF A CHARITY - SEVERAL PERSONS KILLED AND MANY MORE INJURED.

    New York,... Read MORE...

  • 1882 - March 3 - NY Steam Corp begins distributing steam to Manhattan buildings

    historyorb.com
  • News  1882 - September 4 - Thomas Edison flips the switch to the first commercial electrical power plant in history, lighting one square mile of lower Manhattan. This is considered by many as the day that began the electrical age.

    wikipedia.org
    September 4, 1882

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  • News  1883 - January 4 – Life magazine is founded in New York City.
    "Life was founded January 4, 1883, in a New York City artist’s studio at 1155 Broadway. The founding publisher was John Ames Mitchell, a 37-year old... Read MORE...

  • 1883 - November 27 - Fire engines were called out in New York City and New Haven, CT, as a result of the afterglow of the sunset due to vivid red ash from the Krakatoa Volcano explosion in August.

    The Weather Channel
  • News  1885 - March 3 – A subsidiary of the American Bell Telephone Company, American Telephone and Telegraph (AT&T), is incorporated in New York.

    wikipedia.org
    March 3, 1885
  • 1885 - The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York Harbor.
    The formal reception of Bartholdi's great statue of "Liberty Enlightening the World" took place at yesterday at New York with impressive ceremonies.... Read MORE...

  • 1888 - "The Great White Hurricane"
    March 11-14, 1888
    More than 120 winters have come and gone since the so-called “Great White Hurricane,” but this whopper of a storm still lives in... Read MORE...

  • News  1889 - July 8 – The Wall Street Journal is established.
    "...The first issue of The Wall Street Journal appeared on July 8, 1889. It cost two cents per issue or five dollars for a one-year subscription. Dow ... Read MORE...

  • News  1891 - May 5 – The Music Hall in New York (now known as Carnegie Hall) has its grand opening and first public performance, with maestro Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky as the guest conductor.

    wikipedia.org
    May 5, 1891
  • 1892 - NO MORE BARGE OFFICE. Immigrants Will Hereafter Land at Ellis Island.
    New York, Jan. 1. - Without any ceremony or formal opening the immigration officials of this city today settled down on Ellis Island in the harbor... Read MORE...

  • News  1893 - May 5 – Panic of 1893: A crash on the New York Stock Exchange starts a depression.

    wikipedia.org
    May 5, 1893
  • News  1894 - September 4 – In New York City, 12,000 tailors strike against sweatshop working conditions.

    wikipedia.org
    September 4, 1894
  • 1895 - Manhattan Island
    Manhattan Island, New York, is at the mouth of the Hudson River, which forms its western boundary. It is bounded on the E. by Harlem River and East... Read MORE...

  • News  1895 - BUILDING UNDER CONSTRUCTION COLLAPSES.
    New York, March 2. - The accident occurred about 3:55 o'clock in the afternoon. Without the slightest sound that might have warned the 50 men that... Read MORE...

  • News  1895 - November 25 - Oscar Hammerstein opens the Olympia Theatre, the first theatre to be built in New York City's Times Square district.

    wikipedia.org
    November 25, 1895

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  • 1896 - Nine-day heatwave in NYC killed 420

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ nytimeln.htm
  • News  1896 - May 26 – Charles Dow's Dow Jones Industrial Average first appears in the Wall Street Journal.
    "Charles Henry Dow, born in Sterling, Connecticut on November 5, 1851, was the son of a farmer who died when his son was six years old....

    Dow did ... Read MORE...


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  • News  1897 - September 21 – Francis P. Church responds to a letter to the editor that is known as the famous "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" letter. (wikipedia)
    "DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old.
    "Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.
    "Papa says, 'If you see it in THE SUN it's so.'
    "Please ... Read MORE...


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  • News  1897 - While Preparing a Christmas Tree for Her Children Mrs. Rice Fell Dead - A CLOCK'S SUPPOSED WARNING
    Father Had Saved His Earnings for Six Months to Give His Children the First Tree They Had Ever Had.

    "Mamma, the clock has stopped between 12 and 1 ... Read MORE...

  • News  1898 - January 1 – New York City annexes land from surrounding counties, creating the City of Greater New York. The city is geographically divided into five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island.

    wikipedia.org
    January 1, 1898
  • News  1898 - Open Air Courtship
    With the coming of summer in New York the open air courtships begin. There is hardly the shadow of a friendly tree without a pair of lovers under it, ... Read MORE...

  • News  1899 - CANDELEMAS DAY AT HAND.
    Something About That Day and the Practices and Beliefs Popularly Associated with It.

    The careless, everyday reader, who is too busy to trouble... Read MORE...

  • News  1899 - July 19 – The Newsboys Strike takes place when the Newsies of New York go on strike (until August 2).
    Only a Partial Concession.

    The newsboys strike against the New York Journal and World has been settled. The newsies wanted the daily editions of... Read MORE...

  • News  1899 - SWALLOWED PIN; DEATH MAY RESULT - Lena Reilly Held Pin in Her Mouth and One Slipped Down Her Throat - WAS LAUGHING AT A JOKE
    Convulsed by Porter's Funny Story She Suddenly Cried Out and Fell to the Floor.

    VICTIM IN GREAT AGONY

    Surgeons Will Try to Locate Pin by Means ... Read MORE...

  • News  1900 - March 24 - New York City Mayor Robert Anderson Van Wyck breaks ground for a new underground "Rapid Transit Railroad" that would link Manhattan and Brooklyn.

    historyorb.com
    March 24, 1900

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  • News  1901 - May 17 – The U.S. stock market crashes.

    wikipedia.org
    May 17, 1901
  • News  1902 - January 8 – A train collision in the New York Central Railroad's Park Avenue Tunnel kills 17, injures 38, and leads to increased demand for electric trains and led to the banning of Steam locomotives in the state.

    wikipedia.org
    January 8, 1902
  • News  1902 - June 15 – The New York Central railroad inaugurates the 20th Century Limited passenger train between Chicago and New York City.

    wikipedia.org
    June 15 1902
  • 1903 - NYC - Crayons were invented by Edwin Binney and Harold Smith, who owned a paint company in New York City, NY, USA. Binney and Smith invented the modern-day crayon by combining paraffin wax with pigments (colorants).
    These inexpensive art supplies were an instant success since they were first marketed as Crayola crayons in 1903.
    www.enchantedlearning.com/ inventors/ us.shtml

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  • News  1903 - March 2 – In New York City, the Martha Washington Hotel, the first hotel exclusively for women, opens.

    wikipedia.org
    March 2, 1903
  • News  1903 - October 9 - New York City was deluged with 11.17 inches of rain in 24 hours to establish a state record.

    WeatherForYou.com
    October 9, 1903
  • 1903 - December 19 - Williamsburg suspension bridge opens between Brooklyn & Manhattan

    historyorb.com
  • News  1904 - June 15 – A fire aboard the steamboat General Slocum in New York City's East River kills 1,021.

    wikipedia.org
    June 15, 1904
  • News  1904 - October 27 – The first underground line of the New York City Subway opens.

    wikipedia.org
    October 27, 1904
  • News  1904 - December 31 – In New York City, the first New Year's Eve celebration is held in Times Square.
    "In 1904, the New York Times moved from the City Hall are to the triangular piece of land at the intersection of 7th Avenue, Broadway, and 42nd Street. People thought they were crazy for moving so far uptown, but this was the same year the first subway line opened, passing through what was then... Read MORE...

  • News  1905 - January 2 - GREATEST OF SKYSCRAPERS - OPENING OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BUILDING
    New York, Jan. 2 - The New York Times was published last night from its new building in Times square, a structure which has been referred to by... Read MORE...

  • News  1905 - "Likely to excel"
    The New York park commissioner recently made a requisition on the civil service commission for candidates from which to select a city apiarist. A... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Manhattan, a borough of the city of New York. It comprises Manhattan, Governor's, Bedloe's, Ellis, Oyster, Blackwell's, Randall's, and Ward's... Read MORE...

  • News  1909 - FIRE WIPES OUT A LANDMARK.
    Parkinson's in Whitehall Street Destroyed and Several Persons Burned.

    An aged scrubwoman was seriously burned and three men, one a fireman, were... Read MORE...

  • 1909 - March 30 - Queensboro Bridge opens, linking Manhattan & Queens

    historyorb.com
  • News  1910 - Saved by a Strong Clothesline
    Five-Story Fall Didn’t Feaze [sic] Him
    Seven-Year-Old, Emulating Feats of Firemen, Drops Through Tenement Clothes Lines. Four Broke Under Him
    Fifth ... Read MORE...

  • News  1911 - March 25 – A fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City kills 146.

    wikipedia.org
    March 25, 1911
  • News  1913 - February 1 – New York City's Grand Central Terminal, having been rebuilt, reopens as the world's largest railroad station.

    wikipedia.org
    February 1, 1913
  • News  1913 - April 24 – The Woolworth Building opens in New York City. Designed by Cass Gilbert, it is the tallest building in the world at this date and for more than a decade after.

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    April 24, 1913

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  • News  1914 - August 1 - New York Stock Exchange closed due to war in Europe, where nearly all stock exchanges are already closed.

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    August 1, 1914
  • 1914 - Carrier Pigeon is Bridal Messenger
    NEW YORK, Nov. 3 - Ever since a Belgian rabbit escaped from one of the rooms on the fifth floor of the Prince George hotel, A. M. Gutterson, the... Read MORE...


    Read more about Alburn Morton GUTTERSON
  • News  1914 - December 12 – The New York Stock Exchange re-opens, having been closed since August 1 except for bond trading.

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    December 12, 1914
  • News  1920 - January 9 – Thousands of onlookers watch as "The Human Fly" George Polley climbs the Woolworth Building in New York City. He reaches the 30th floor before being arrested.

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    January 9, 1920

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  • News  1924 - November 27 – In New York City the first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is held

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    November 27, 1924

    Read more about Rowland Hussey MACY photo of ancestor
  • News  1926 - February 1 – Land on Broadway and Wall Street in New York City is sold at a record $7 per sq inch.

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    February 1, 1926
  • News  1928 - LOST BELLBOY FOUND
    Youngster Wind Gold Medal for Refusing to Sell Liquor

    NEW YORK. March 25 - Satisfaction of the existence of a non-bootlegging bellboy was the... Read MORE...

  • 1929 - October 24–29 – Wall Street Crash of 1929: Three multi-digit percentage drops wipe out more than $30 billion from the New York Stock Exchange (10 times greater than the annual budget of the federal government).
    In the 1920s, the stock market was rapidly growing. Many investors hoped to quickly get rich.

    The Great Crash affected everyone, even those who had not bought stocks. People ran to their banks to get their savings, fearing the banks would run out of money.

    Many banks had also invested in the ... Read MORE...

  • News  1930 - February 26 - 1st red & green traffic lights installed (Manhattan NYC)

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    February 26, 1930
  • 1931 - May 1 - The Empire State Building Opens
    President Herbert Hoover pressed a button in Washington, D.C., and on came the lights in the world's tallest skyscraper. Before that, the Chrysler... Read MORE...


    Read more about Herbert Clark HOOVER photo of ancestor
  • News  1931 - October 24 – The George Washington Bridge across the Hudson River in the United States is dedicated; it opens to traffic the following day. At 3,500 feet (1,100 m), it nearly doubles the previous record for the longest main span in the world.

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    October 24, 1931
  • News  1932 - November 16 – New York City's Palace Theatre fully converts to a cinema, which is considered the final death knell of vaudeville as a popular entertainment in the United States.

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    November 16, 1932
  • News  1932 - December 27 - Radio City Music Hall opens in New York City.

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    December 27, 1932
  • News  1933 - March 15 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average rises from 53.84 to 62.10. The day's gain of 15.34%, achieved during the depths of the Great Depression, remains to date as the largest 1-day percentage gain for the index.

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    March 15, 1933
  • News  1935 - March 19 – Harlem Riot of 1935: A race riot breaks out in Harlem (New York City) after a rumor circulates that a teenage Puerto Rican shoplifter in the S. H. Kress & Co. department store has been brutally beaten.

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    March 19, 1935
  • News  1936 - July 11 - Triborough Bridge linking Manhattan, Bronx & Queens opens

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    July 11, 1936
  • 1938 - "Long Island Express" - HURRICANE, FLOODS SWEEP NEW ENGLAND. 296 WERE KILLED IN STORM ALONG ATLANTIC COAST; PROPERTY DAMAGE ENORMOUS.
    ...New York City Drenched.
    New York city's 7,000,000 inhabitants, who barely escaped the worst of the storm, were drenched with a 4 1/ 2 inch rain.... Read MORE...

  • 1939 - April 30 - World's Fair opens in New York City
    April 30, 1939
  • 1940 - November 18 - George Matesky, New York City's Mad Bomber places his first bomb at a Manhattan office building used by Consolidated Edison.

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    Read more about George Peter METESKY
  • News  1943 - March 31 – Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! opens on Broadway

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    March 31, 1943

    Read more about Oscar Greeley Clendenning HAMMERSTEIN photo of ancestor
  • 1944 - HURRICANE HITS NEW YORK AND NEW ENGLAND COASTS. HIGH WINDS LASH JERSEY, LONG ISLAND.
    ...In New York City, sidewalks were virtually deserted. Wind whipping sheets of rain around the corners of tall buildings smashed plate glass... Read MORE...

  • News  July 28, 1945: A U.S. bomber flying through thick fog at about 200 mph crashed into the 79th floor of New York's Empire State Building, killing 14 people

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    July 28, 1945
  • News  1945 - October 29 - At Gimbels Department Store in New York City, the first ballpoint pens go on sale at $12.50 each.

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    October 29, 1945

    Read more about Adam GIMBEL photo of ancestor
  • 1946 - New York City is chosen as the site of the United Nations
  • News  1946 - December 20 - Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life, featuring James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Henry Travers, and Thomas Mitchell, is released in New York.

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    December 20, 1946

    Read more about Frank Russell (Francesco Rosario) CAPRA photo of ancestor
  • News  1947 - December 26-27 - New York City received a record 26.4 inches of snow in 24 hours, with as much as 32 inches reported in the suburbs.
    The heavy snow brought traffic to a standstill, and snow removal cost eight million dollars. Thirty thousand persons were called upon to remove the... Read MORE...

  • 1951 - January 10 - UN headquarters opens in Manhattan NY

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  • News  1952 - February 5 - The first “Don’t Walk” sign was installed in New York City. The installation of this sign was inspired by the growing number of deaths resulting from pedestrian accidents.

    http://thisdayintechhistory.com
    February 5, 1952
  • 1953 - November - Residents of New York City suffered through ten days of smog resulting in 200 deaths.

    The Weather Channel
  • 1964 - April 22 - World's Fair opens in New York City
    April 22, 1964
  • 1972 - Hurricane Agnes
    June 22
    1:00 p.m. EDT (18:00 UTC) – Tropical Storm Agnes makes landfall near New York City, New York with winds of 65 mph (105 km/ h).
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  • News  1973 - April 4 – The World Trade Center officially opens in New York City with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
    April 4, 1973
  • News  1977 - July 13 - Lightning struck a key electrical transmission line in Westchester County of southeastern New York State plunging New York City into darkness.

    WeatherForYou.com
    July 13, 1977
  • 1993 - World Trade Center bombing

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Genealogy Resources for Manhattan

New York City Business Directory 1859. Boston MA: Adams, Sampson & Co., 1859. Ancestry.com

Ellis Island Records


New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006.

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