1955


Jan 14
The first Alan Freed's Rock and Roll Party is broadcast, in New York City.

Jan 27
Millionaire playboy Serge Rubinstein is found strangled to death in his New York City mansion. The crime is never solved.

Feb 3
Temperatures in New York City fall to 0 degrees F, lowest here for this date.

Feb 18
Murder suspect August Robles shoots it out with New York City police and escapes.

Feb 20
Robles is tracked down by police to his 112th Street apartment and besieged. After a shootout lasting several hours police break into the apartment and find him dead with five bullets in him.

Mar 30
The Order of Barnabite Fathers purchase land on Swann Road in Lewiston for the burial of priests, at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine.

Apr 11
Temperatures in New York City climb to 84 degrees F, highest here for this date.

May 12
Demolition begins on New York City's Third Avenue El.

May 16
Author-scriptwriter-critic James Agee dies in New York City.

Jun 7
Dwight Eisenhower becomes the first U. S. President to appear on color television, giving an address at West Point.

Jul 18
Atom-powered electricity debuts in Schenectady.

Sep 26
The stock market suffers its worst one-day loss ever, showing a $14,000,000,000 loss, as a result from the news of the President's heart attack.

Oct 4
The Brooklyn Dodgers, aided by outfielder Sandy Amoros' double play, wins the World Series (for the first time) against the New York Yankees during the seventh game.

Nov 1
Author Dale Carnegie dies in Forest Hills, Queens.

Dec 15
The Tappan Zee Bridge, over the Hudson River, opens.

City
The city begins using water piped in from the Delaware River. ** The Hicksite and the Orthodox factions of the Quakers reunite to increase their influence. ** Brooklyn 's Rabbinical Seminary of America moves to larger quarters, in Forest Hills. ** Dan Wolf, Edwin Fancher and novelist Norman Mailer found The Village Voice as an alternative newspaper. Jules Feiffer is hired as editorial cartoonist. The paper sells for 5 cents a copy. ** Poet James Merrill's play The Immortal Husband is done off Broadway. ** George Abbott's production of Damn Yankees opens. ** New York's Group for Film Study publishes the "Monograph on The Birth of a Nation" ** New York Herald Tribune reporter Homer Bigart goes to work for the New York Times. ** Mount Sinai Hospital develops and installs an automatic device for use in brain angiography. ** Contralto Marian Anderson appears at the Metropolitan Opera, singing Ulrica in Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera. ** Edwin Steichen mounts the Family of Man exhibit for the Museum of Modern Art. He chooses Life magazine photographer W. Eugene Smith's "The Walk to Paradise Garden" as the theme photograph. ** The Port Authority takes over the waterfront property of Brooklyn's New York Dock Company. ** Metropolitan Opera chairman Charles M. Spofford informs John D. Rockefeller III that builder Robert Moses has offered to site a new home for the institution at Broadway and Columbus Circle in a slum clearance area. He tells the industrialist that the Philharmonic is also looking for a new home. In November Rockefeller is named head of an exploratory committee, for a new center at Lincoln Square. ** A city law prohibits the construction of new flophouses (cheap lodging houses for men). ** The office building at 1025 Fifth Avenue is completed. ** Herman Badillo is admitted to the New York State Bar and begins practicing. ** The Broadway musical The Pajama Game wins first-time Tonys for producer Hal Prince and choreographer Bob Fosse. Dancer Carol Haney tears a ligament during the show's run, is replaced by understudy Shirley MacLaine.

State
Batavia's Wiard Plow Company closes. ** The Cave of the Winds tourist attraction at Niagara Falls becomes hazardous and has to be dynamited. ** The Polish Collection archive is founded at Buffalo's Lockwood Library at the University of Buffalo's northern campus.

Rochester
Lawyer Frank Horton is elected to fill an unexpired term on the City Council. ** Yale University's Dr. Ira Hiscock completes his report for the Council of Social Agencies, "A Study of Public Health in Rochester and Monroe County, New York", recommending a single centralized community rehabilitation center. It will be realized as the Al Sigl Center. ** The Monroe County Savings Bank building at Franklin and East Main opens.

 

1956


Feb 16
The film version of the musical Carousel opens in New York.

Feb 21
Goldman Band founder Edwin Franko Goldman dies.

Mar 6
New York councilwoman Genvieve Beavers Earle dies in Bellport, Long Island, in her early seventies.

Mar 17
Radio comedian John Florence Sullivan (Fred Allen) dies in New York City.

May 3
Frank Loesser's musical Most Happy Fella opens at New York's Imperial Theater.

June
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, having received $50,000 from John D. Rockefeller, Jr., is incorporated.

Jun 7
Rock slides at Niagara Mohawk's Schoelkopf Power station destroy stations 3, 3-B, and 3-C. 3-A is badly damaged. Three separate slides bring down 120,000 tons of rock in fifteen minutes. Workmen at the site narrowly escape death.

Jun 30
The last trains are run on the Rochester subway system. The end of the system results in bus rerouting.

Aug 11
Painter Jackson Pollock is killed in an automobile accident in East Hampton, Long Island.

October
Batavia's Charter Revision Committee begins meeting.

City
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey begins construction of new piers at the former New York Dock Company property in Brooklyn. ** Bedloes Island, site of the Statue of Liberty, is renamed Liberty Island. ** The Whitehall Street ferry terminal building is renovated. ** Baltimore-based poet Ogden Nash takes up residence at 333 East 57th Street. ** London's Hambro Trading Corporation closes the failing Hambro House of Design on 54th Street. ** New Yorker cartoonist Charles Addams divorces Barbara Addams. ** Lawyer Howard Cossell gives up his practice to become a sportscaster. ** The Coliseum opens. ** The Village Voice alternative newspaper presents its first annual Obie (Off-Broadway) theatrical awards. ** The name of Tony nominees is made public for the first time. The ceremonies are televised, in the New York area only. ** Herman Badillo becomes a certified public accountant (CPA). ** My Fair Lady sweeps most of the Tony awards. Julie Andrews loses to Judy Holliday in Bells Are Ringing.

State
Mario M. Cuomo graduates from St. John's Law School. ** Baseball authority Harold Seymour receives his doctorate from Cornell University, writing a dissertation that later is reworked as Baseball: The Early Years. ** Walt Benham is elected mayor of Canandaigua.

Batavia
Howard Eaton buys Don's Dinette from owner Donald Naegely. ** The Genesee Trust Company merges with Buffalo's Manufacturers and Traders Trust Company, becoming a branch of the M&T.

Rochester
The Health Department closes a downtown tenement when the owner refuses to bring the building up to code, evicting thirty black migrants. 246 vagrants are rounded up later in the year. ** High winds loosen a 500-pound panel on the "wings of progress" structure atop the Times Square Building. ** Actress Louise Brooks moves here at the invitation of the curator of the Eastman Museum of Photography.

 

1957


January
New York City's Mad Bomber is identified as George Metesky and arrested.

Jan 15
Temperatures in New York City drop to 0 degrees F, setting a record here for the date.

Jan 16
Italian-born U. S. symphony conductor Arturo Toscanini, 89, dies in Riverdale.

Feb 4
The first electric portable typewriter is sold in Syracuse.

April
Batavia's Charter Revision Committee files the final draft of a new charter with the city clerk.

Apr 8
Batavia's new railroad station opens. The Empire State Express is the first official eastbound train to use the new tracks.

Apr 11
Westbound rail traffic begins on the new track outside Batavia.

May 3
Eugene O'Neill's A Moon for the Misbegotten opens in New York City.

May 9
Italian-born operatic and Broadway bass Ezio Pinza dies at the age of 64.

May 15
Evangelist Billy Graham begins a crusade at Madison Square Garden.

May 25
The Lincoln Tunnel under the Hudson River, opens for traffic.

May 28
Two New York City baseball teams receive permission to move to California, the Brooklyn Dodgers to Los Angeles and the New York Giants to San Francisco.

Jul 6
New York City's Althea Gibson defeats Arlene Hard, becomes the first black to win the Wimbledon womens' singles tennis crown. Lew Hoad defeats Ashley Cooper.

Jul 7
A U. S. Army Redstone missile goes on display in Grand Central Terminal.

Jul 11
Althea Gibson is given a New York City ticker tape parade.

Jul 20
100,000 people see Billy Graham at Yankee Stadium - the arena's largest attendance.

Aug 7
Rudolph Abel is indicted as a Soviet spy, in New York City.

Aug 16
The first black family moves into the all-white suburb of Levittown, under a police guard.

Aug 21
President Eisenhower signs a bill authorizing the Niagara Power Authority.

Aug 31
The last freight is carried over Rochester's defunct subway system.

Sep 1
100,000 people gather on Broadway for Billy Graham's farewell rally.

Sep 9
George Metesky's last, unexploded bomb is found inside a Manhattan theater.

Sep 23
Canadian prime minister John George Diefenbaker addresses the United Nations General Assembly.

Sep 29
Former New Giants fans chase the team back to their clubhouse after the last New York game, steal souvenirs.

Oct 10
The Milwaukee Braves defeat the Yankees in the World Series.

Oct 25
Gambino godfather Albert Anastasia is gunned down in a New York City barber shop by Gambino family members.

Oct 26
Rudolph Abel is found guilty of espionage.

November
Police raid a Mafia convention in Apalachin. The mobsters will be convicted, but the ruling will later be overturned.

Nov 19
Leonard Bernstein is named musical director of the New York Philharmonic.

December
C. Richard Foote is appointed city manager of Batavia.

Dec 3
Newspaper publisher Frank E. Gannett dies.

Dec 5
Officials of New York State's Westchester County warn that swimming in the Croton and Hudson Rivers may have to be banned for two years because of pollution.

Dec 9
New York City subway motormen go on strike.

Dec 16
The subway motormen end their strike. ** Macy's department store does a record $2,000,000 business in one day.

City
Mayor Robert F. Wagner, running on the Democrat-Liberal-Fusion ticket, defeats Republican Robert K. Christenberry to win re-election, serving through 1965. ** Hulan E Jack is re-elected borough president of Manhattan. ** The Queensboro Bridge railway system, the last trolley line in the state, discontinues service. ** Charlie Chaplin's A King in New York opens. ** Meredith Willson's The Music Man and Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and Jerome Robbins' West Side Story open. ** 51 buildings at Brooklyn's New York Dock Company have been demolished by the Port Authority. ** Pope Pius XII decrees a new Nassau and Suffolk counties diocese, to be created out of the Brooklyn diocese. Rockville Center's St. Agnes Church becomes a cathedral.

State
The Louis Comfort Tiffany estate on Long Island's Oyster Bay is destroyed by fire. ** Utica's Munson-Williams Memorial is demolished for a gas station. ** The Adirondack Museum, in Blue Mountain Lake, is established. ** Additions are made to the East Penfield Baptist Church. A baptismal pool is added. ** Excavations made in the Irondequoit Valley near Penfield Road over the next two years will reveal deposits of sand, formed by retreating glaciers, at the core of some hills. ** While digging a pond with a backhoe Byron landowner Charles Hiscock uncovers a mastodon tusk.

Batavia
A group of businessmen open the bargain store Mill Outlet on Russell Place.

Rochester
Lawyer Frank Horton is re-elected to a full term on the City Council. ** The Landmark Society purchases the Jonathan Child house to save it from the wrecking ball, leases it to the Bureau of Municipal Research.] ** The city begins its Sister Cities program.] ** Democrat Frank T. Lamb is elected to the Republican-dominated City Council.

 

 

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