1946


Jan 9
Frank Stanton becomes president of the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS).

Jan 10
The musical Finian's Rainbow opens at the 46th Street Theater.

Jan 28
Harry L. Hopkins, 55, aide to President Roosevelt, dies in a New York City hospital.

Feb 3
A New York City tugboat strike shuts down shipping, paralyzing the city.

Feb 13
The tugboat strike ends.

Feb 14
Dancer-actor Gregory Hines is born in New York City. ** Temperatures in New York City rise to 63 degrees F, highest here for this date.

Feb 17
New York City donates 2,500,000 pounds of clothing for European refuges.

Feb 18
The Vatican names John Glennon of St. Louis, Francis Spellman of New York City and Edward Mooney of Detroit as cardinals.

Feb 27
Hal Walker's Bob Hope - Bing Crosby-Lamour Road to Utopia opens in New York City.

Mar 14
Temperatures in New York City rise to 75 degrees F, highest here for this date.

Mar 25
The United Nations Security Council meets at New York's Hunter College.

Mar 29
New York ex-mayor Fiorello La Guardia is named director general of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA)

Apr 21
A U. S. Army P-80 sets a New York to Washington flight time record of 29 minutes and 15 seconds.

May 16
Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun opens on Broadway.

Jun 4
ABC News correspondent Bettina Gregory is born in New York City.

Jul 2
The Japanese-American 442nd Regimental Combat Team is given a rousing reception on their return to New York.

Aug 12
Castle Clinton (formerly known as Castle Garden, Emigrant Landing Depot, and the New York Aquarium) is named as a National Historic Monument, by Congress.

Sep 17
Architect-author-set designer Claude Fayette Bragdon dies in New York City.

Sep 20
A rock slides into the gorge at Niagara Falls, turning the American Falls into a horseshoe.

Sep 24
Some New York City residents are reported to be eating horse meat as prices shoot up.

Oct 2
A symposium at the University of Buffalo links cigarette smoking with lung cancer.

Oct 9
Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh opens in New York City.

Oct 23
U. S. President Harry S. Truman opens the first United Nations General Assembly session, in Flushing Meadows.

November
Dunkirk, New York, sends nearly $100,000 worth of food, clothing, medical supplies, livestock and seeds to its sister city, Dunkirk, France. ** William Wyler's The Best Years of Our Lives has its New York premiere.

Nov 4
The Council of Foreign Ministers meets in New York City. ** The National Horse Show returns to Madison Square Garden after a five-year wartime hiatus.

Nov 8
Printers at Rochester's Democrat and Chronicle and Times-Union walk off the job in a wage dispute, stay out for 3 months.

Nov 18
Former New York City Mayor James "Gentleman Jimmy" Walker dies.

Nov 26
New York City temperatures rise to 67 degrees F, setting a daily record here.

December
Walt Disney's Song of the South has its New York City premiere.

Dec 10
Temperatures in New York City rise to 70 degrees, highest here for this date.

Dec 14
John D. Rockefeller, Jr. presents the United Nations with $8,500,000 towards the purchase of property on New York City's East River, for a headquarters.

Dec 15
The Chicago Bears defeat the New York Giants 24-14, winning the football championship.

Dec 27
Monroe County Executive Robert Louis King is born to Rochester Democrat Norman King and his wife Bettye.

City
Roosevelt S. Zanders borrows $3,000 to buy a Cadillac and founds Zanders Rental Service, in Harlem. ** Estée Lauder begins marketing skin products. ** Norman Z. McLeod's film The Kid From Brooklyn. ** Mount Sinai Hospital becomes the first to diagnose and treat disease of the pancreas. ** Heart specialist Dr. William Foley joins the staff of New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. ** Pulmonary disease researcher Norman Plummer becomes New York Telephone's general medical director. ** Richard Revere's profile of lawyer partners William F. Howe and Abraham H. Hummel appears in a four-part New Yorker profile. ** Mayor William O'Dwyer takes office.

State
Syracuse's Le Moyne College opens. ** Wyoming architect, Inn owner and antique collector Bryant Fleming dies. ** Saratoga's United States Hotel is demolished. ** Geneva's Hobart and William Smith colleges adopt a "coordinate courses" interlocking sequence of classes relating historical, philosophic, social , political, and literary institutions of Western civilization. ** Fred Passonno and this three sons found Watervliet's Passonno Paints manufacturing company, taking over the James Roy Woolen Mill building on the Hudson River. ** Lackawanna's St. Hyacinth's Men's Choir is founded. ** The Royal Serenaders Male Chorus, a black singing group, is organized in Buffalo.

Rochester
The local bartender's union protests making women barmaids rather than giving the jobs to returning veterans. ** Over 100 war brides arrive in the city. ** The city fires 489 garbage collectors and street cleaners when they attempt to form into unions. ** The Italian Culture Club stages an Italian Mardi Gras at the Powers Hotel.

 

 

1947

Jan 1
Buffalo radio station WHLD-FM goes on the air.

Jan 18
Leopold Stokowski conducts the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in the premiere of Elie Siegmeister's Prairie Legend.

Jan 30
Temperatures in New York City rise to 63 degrees F, highest here for this date.

Jan 31
Temperatures in New York City again reach to 63 degrees, setting another record, for the date.

Feb 2
Former U. S. President Herbert Hoover leaves from New York to survey European food problems.

Feb 21
Dr. Edwin H. Land first demonstrates his instant developing camera in New York City.

Feb 24
Teachers in Buffalo go out on strike.

Mar 3
Buffalo teachers return to work, winning salary increases.

Apr 6
Temperatures in New York City reach 79 degrees F, highest here for this date. ** The first Tony Awards, named for producer Antoinette Perry, are awarded at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, for American theater productions.

Apr 9
Brooklyn Dodger manager Leo Durocher sits out the entire season when he's accused of consorting with gamblers and suspended by baseball commissioner A. B. "Happy" Chandler.

Apr 11
Jackie Robinson becomes the first black to play in Major League baseball, starting with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He will bat .297 this season, and lead the league in stolen bases, winning Rookie of the Year.

Apr 16
Basketball player Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr. (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) is born in New York City.

Apr 19
Pianist Murray Perahia is born in New York City.

Apr 24
Novelist Willa Cather dies in New York City.

Jun 24
General Dwight David Eisenhower accepts an appointment as president of Columbia University.

Jul 10
Folk singer Arlo Guthrie is born to Marjorie Mazia and folk singer-composer Woody Guthrie, in Brooklyn.

Jul 24
Pianist Peter Adolf Serkin is born in New York City to pianist Rudolph Serkin and his wife.

Sep 20
Former New York City Mayor Fiorello La Guardia dies there.

October
A Brooklyn brownstone at 84 Columbia Heights is demolished.

Nov 29
The United Nations General Assembly votes to partition Palestine into Arab and Jewish states.

Dec 3
Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire opens at the Ethel Barrymore Theater.

Dec 5
Joe Louis defeats Jersey Joe Walcott for the heavyweight championship, in Madison Square Garden.

Dec 21
Broadway producer Mark Hellinger, dies at the age of 44.

Dec 26
Temperatures in New York City drop to 3 degrees F, lowest temperature here for this date. 25.8 inches of snow in a twenty hour period cripples the city area. 80 people die.

Dec 28
Vanity Fair magazine editor Frank Crowninshield dies, at the age of 75.

City
The Jewish Museum opens its doors to the public. ** Erwin Piscator presents Armand Salacrou's Les Nuits de la colère (Nights of Wrath). ** The Pace Institute is incorporated as Pace College. ** Brothers Eli and Ted Wilentz, open the Eighth Street Bookshop on the southeast corner of Eighth Avenue and Macdougal Street. ** Yankees pitcher Floyd Bevens comes within one hit of pitching the first no-hitter in World Series History in game four against the Brooklyn Dodgers, when Cookie Lavagetto hits a two-run double. The series is televised. ** Artist Henry Alonzo (Lon) Keller's Yankees logo is introduced. ** Author Clifford Irving graduates from the High School of Music and Art. ** Attorney Harold Medina is named to sit on the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. ** Judith Anderson plays Medea in John Gielgud's New York production. ** Richard Revere's 1946 New Yorker profile of lawyer partners William F. Howe and Abraham H. Hummel appears in book form, as Howe & Hummel: Their True and Scandalous Story. ** Bella Abzug is admitted to the New York Bar and begins practicing. ** The musicals Brigadoon, Street Scene and Finian's Rainbow open.

State
A control tower is built at the Westchester County Airport. ** Batavia restaurant owners Mr. and Mr.s Harry Neumeister sell The Dagwood to Ray Fiske. ** The New York State Historical Association acquires the Cardiff Giant and brings him to the Farmer's Museum in Cooperstown. ** Niagara Falls' Hooker Chemicals and Plastics Corporation obtains land along the Love Canal to be used as a dump. ** Buffalo's Mexican community forms the Centro Social Club Mexicano in Lackawanna. ** Sam and Tony Pontillo open their first pizza restaurant, in Batavia. ** Corning Glass begins mass-producing television tubes.

Hammondsport
Civic leader C. Arthur Niver is named chairman of the local Salvation Army. ** The Village Youth Committee begins sponsoring the Champlain Beach Summer Youth Program, to provide swimming activities for children.

Rochester
The city annexes land for an airport extension, increasing its own size to 35.89 square miles. ** Newspaper workers go on strike.

 

 

1948

Jan 2
Public television station WNDT (now WNET), channel 13 in New York City and Newark, New Jersey, begins broadcasting.

Jan 30
Temperatures in New York City drop to 4 degrees F, lowest here for this date.

Feb 18
The Broadway premiere of Mr Roberts.

Feb 22
Jazz drummer Joseph James "Joe" LaBarbera is born in Mount Morris.

April
Osage Indian ballerina Maria Tallchief becomes the leading dancer of the New York City Ballet.

May 2
The Socialist Labor Party nominates Edward A. Teichert for President, in New York City.

June
Buffalo television station WBEN-TV (WVIB today) begins using footage of Myles Hughes' Apostolic Clock to begin its Sunday broadcast day.

Jul 31
President Harry S. Truman dedicates New York's Idlewild, the largest commercial airport in the world.

Aug 6
The American Communist Party gives its support to candidate Henry Wallace, in New York City.

Aug 11
Congress passes the United Nations Loan Act, to lend $65,000,000 to the organization to build a permanent headquarters in New York City.

Aug 16
Baseball star Babe Ruth dies, in New York City.

Sep 17
Anthropologist Ruth Benedict dies, in New York City.

Sep 28
The Batavia Board of Education deeds the Holland Land Office to Genesee County. The County Board of Supervisors votes to assume ownership of the building. The exhibit area is to be reopened.

October
Columbia University's Butler Library establishes its Oral History Research Office Collection.

Oct 30
The first European displaced persons arrive in New York aboard the army transport General William Black.

Nov 6
Temperatures in New York City hit a record 74 degrees F for this date.

Nov 10
New York longshoremen stage a wildcat strike to protest insufficient wage settlements. The strike spreads to other ports.

Dec 15
Alger Hiss is indicted for perjury by a Federal Grand Jury, in New York City.

 

City
Berenice Abbott's photography collection Greenwich Village Today and Yesterday is published. ** Art and architectural historian Richard Krautheimer becomes an adjunct professor of art history at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts. ** The Pace Institute becomes Pace College. ** Henry Druding joins the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as a resident engineer. ** George Abbott's production of Where's Charley. ** Acting Luciano Family mob boss Frank Costello orders his people to stop dealing in drugs. ** Leo Durocher becomes manager of baseball's New York Giants. ** Richard H, Rovere covers the U. S. elections for The New Yorker ** Catcher Roy Campanella joins the Brooklyn Dodgers. ** Dodgers pitcher Rex Barney breaks his leg sliding into second, on the last day of the season ** Mister Roberts beats A Streetcar Named Desire to win the Tony Award for best play.

State
A Genesee River flood control dam is built at Mount Morris. ** Historian Carl Carmer is hired as a folklore consultant for the Walt Disney animated compilation Melody Time. ** A dredge owned by the Valley Sand and Gravel company sinks in a lake it constructing, near Scottsville. It is refloated by a team lead by Ridge Construction foreman Bill "Red" Daley. ** Genesee Pure Food Company president Ernest Le Roy Woodward dies. ** Batavia clubwoman Kate Fisher McCool dies at the age of 87. ** Historian Gene Smith works as a busboy for the summer in an Adirondacks hotel.

Geneva
Construction is begun to add two wings to Geneva's Nester House (Geneva-on-the Lake). ** Hobart College Class of '49 members Harry W. Anderson, W. P. Laughlin,and William F. Scandling take charge of the college kitchen, found what will become the Saga Corporation. ** The Colleges' radio station WEOS, begins broadcasting; the signal reaches 20 feet outside the building.

Rochester
The number of vessels visiting the Port of Rochester drops to 522. ** People's Rescue Mission head, the Reverend Hines, dies and is replaced by the Reverend Thomas B. Richards. ** St. John Fisher College opens.

 

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