1961


Jan 2
Chess player Bobby Fischer, 17, plays Hungarian grandmaster Pal Benko to a draw in New York City, winning his fourth U. S. championship in a row.

Jan 24
Edward Albee's The American Dream premieres at New York City's off-Broadway York Theater.

Feb 19
Temperatures in New York City rise to 63 degrees F, highest here for this date.

May
The Rochester city council approves a revised contract with the Rochester Park organization to prepare a plan for the Crossroads area. ** The Ferris Mansion, at Rawlins Avenue and Lohengrin Place in the Bronx, 1776 British Army headquarters for General Lord Howe, is demolished.

May 16
Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun opens at New York City's Imperial Theater.

Jul 6
Jazz double bass player Scott LeFaro, 25, is killed in an automobile accident in Geneva.

Sep 19
Batavia's Holland Land Office becomes a registered national historic landmark.

Sep 30
The Schoellkopf Station and Powerhouses Nos. 1 and 2 of the Niagara Falls Power Company are taken out of commission and soon demolished.

Dec 13
New York state folk painter Grandma Moses dies.

Dec 17
Temperatures in New York City plunge to 1 degree F, the lowest temperature for this date.

City
The Clearview Expressway and the Throgg's Neck Bridge open. ** Gordon Bunshaft's Union Carbide Building (270 Park Avenue) and his One Chase Manhattan Plaza buildings are completed. ** Ellen Stewart founds the Cafe La Mama theater club. ** Pace College assistant dean Edward J. Mortola is named president, the institution's third. ** The city' first primary election is held by the Democrats, with mayor Robert F. Wagner defeating Arthur Levitt. Wagner goes on to run on the Democrat-Liberal-Brotherhood ticket, defeating Republican-Civic Action-Non-Partisan candidate Louis J. Lefkowitz and Independent-Citizen's Party candidate Lawrence E. Gerosa, winning a third term, and serving through 1965. ** Joan Whitney Payson purchase baseball's record breaking New York Mets. ** Construction begins on Percy and Harold Uris's 39-story office building at 60 Broad Street. ** Politician Alfonse D'Amato graduates from Syracuse Law School.

State
Edwin S. Underhill becomes editor of his family's newspaper, the Corning Leader. ** Canada's Alcan Aluminium Limited begins manufacturing products in Oswego. ** Joseph Addabbo is elected to the U. S. House of Representatives. ** The Hancock Shaker Village is opened as a museum. ** The Johnson Estate Winery is established, in Westfield. ** Hobart and William Smith colleges team have an undefeated season on General Electric's College Bowl television show. ** Hobart and William Smith do away with compulsory chapel. ** Canandaigua L. M. Campbell Jeweler moves across Main Street, allowing the bank next door to expand.

Batavia
Louis Canale buys Palmer's Restaurant.

Rochester
Henry Gillette becomes the city's first Italian mayor. ** Democratic committeeman and lawyer Thomas P. Ryan wins a seat on the Monroe County Board of Supervisors. ** Andrew P. Meloni is named records sergeant of the Monroe County Sheriff's Department.

 

1962


January
Democrats wrest control of the Rochester city council away from the Republicans.

April
Batavia attorney Alice Day Gardner dies.

Apr 20
President John F.Kennedy makes Alexander Hamilton's home on Manhattan, The Grange, a national memorial.

May 28
The US stock market drops $20,800,000,000.

June
Ira M. Gates is appointed city manager of Batavia when C. Richard Foote resigns to become city manager of Wheaton, Illinois.

Jun 25
The U. S. Supreme Court rules the use of a non-denominational, unofficial prayer in New York State public schools is unconstitutional.

Jul 4
Francis Chichester completes a solo voyage across the North Atlantic from Plymouth, England to Long Island in the yacht Gypsy Moth III .

Jul 16
Russell Baker's first column appears in the New York Times.

Sep 21
Actor Rob Morrow is born in New Rochelle, New York.

Oct 3
About twenty New York Telephone workers are killed by a boiler explosion beneath the cafeteria at 5030 Broadway, in New York City.

Oct 20
Irving Berlin's Mr. President opens on Broadway.

Nov 7
Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt dies in New York City at the age of 78.

Dec 1
Temperatures in New York City rise to 68 degrees F, highest temperature here for the date.

Dec 6
20,000 members of New York City's International Typographic Union (ITU) walk off the job.

Dec 15
Temperatures in New York City rise to 61 degrees F, highest here for this date.

Dec 16
The New York Giants defeat the Dallas Cowboys, 41-31. Y. A. Tittle sets the National Football League season touchdown pass record at 33. with 6 touchdowns in today's game.

Dec 19
David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia opens in New York City.

City
The Jewish Museum acquires the Albert A. List Building. ** Israeli-born violinist Pinchas Zuckerman enrolls in the Juilliard School of Music. ** The Eagle Insurance Company is acquired by Continental Insurance Companies. ** A six-lane second, lower level is opened on the George Washington Bridge. It is dubbed Martha. ** Harry Winston jewelry executive Paul de Rosière leaves the firm and returns to Paris. ** Sculptor Paul Suttman begins exhibiting regularly at the Terry Dintenfass Gallery. ** Frank Loesser and Abe Burrows win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. ** George Abbott's production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum opens. ** Columbia business professor Richard Eells is named executive vice-president of publisher Armand Erpf's Arkville Erpf Fund. ** Lawyer William A. Shea brings National League baseball back to New York City, founding the Mets. Shea Stadium will be named for him. ** Certified public accountant Herman Badillo is named commissioner of the New York City Department of Relocation. ** Percy and Harold Uris's 39-story office building at 60 Broad Street is completed. ** Albany's Sixth Ward (Downtown) has only 283 registered voters, a third living in hotels. ** Alphonse D'Amato is admitted to the New York State bar.

State
The old Syracuse weighlock building is reopened as a canal museum. ** Edgar B. Bean becomes the first person to climb all 46 mountains of the Adirondacks in the wintertime. ** Pace College opens a campus in Pleasantville. ** Dr. Oskar Diethelm, chairman of Cornell's psychiatry department and chief of its medical center's Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic, retires. ** Niagara Falls's Upper Suspension Bridge, now linking Queenston Heights, Ontario, and Lewiston, is dismantled and sold for scrap. ** Albany politician George Harder, looking to win a seat in the state assembly, uses a neutral photo of himself shaking hands with city boss Dan O'Connell, to give the appearance of being backed by the man. He fails to win the seat.

Buffalo
Gordon Bunshaft's addition to the Albright-Knox Gallery of Art is completed. ** The Father Baker high level bridge in Buffalo is built, using foreign steel beams.

Rochester
The Housing and Home Finance Agency declares the contract between the City of Rochester and the Rochester Park development agency to be illegal. Rochester Park brings legal action to enforce the contract. ** Midtown Plaza opens. ** Monroe Community College (MCC) opens in the old East High School on Alexander Street. ** The city gets its third television station - Channel 13 (WOKR), debuting with a Bugs Bunny cartoon. Channel 5 (WROC), switches to Channel 8.

Syracuse
Alexander Jackson Davis' Charles B. Sedgwick house is demolished.

 

1963


Jan 17
Pier Luigi Nervi's Port Authority Bus Terminal at New York City's George Washington Bridge opens.

Feb 22
Temperatures in New York City drop to 8 degrees F, lowest here for this date.

Mar 25
Temperatures in New York City rise to 79 degrees F, highest here for this date.

Mar 31
The membership of New York City's International Typographic Union (ITU) returns to work after a strike lasting 114 days, winning a small wage increase. Circulation of the Daily Mirror is weakened.

Aug 26
Frank Falco and Thomas Trantino murder two policemen in Lodi, New Jersey.

Aug 28
Two "career girls", Emily Hoffert and Janice Wylie, are murdered in their New York City apartment. ** Acting on a tip, police in New York City capture Frank Falco. He fights back and is killed. Trantino surrenders later in the day.

Oct 16
The New York Daily Mirror closes, putting 1400 out of work.

Oct 28
Demolition of New York City's first Pennsylvania Station begins.

Nov 2
The Newburgh-Beacon Hudson River Bridge opens.

Nov 10
New York State Historian Dr. Albert B. Corey dies of injuries suffered in an automobile accident.

City
Carson, Lundin and Shaw remodel the ground floor of Wall Street's Manhattan Company Building. ** Construction begins on the Lincoln Center complex. ** Alexander Muss and Sons buys the remainder of Queens' Oakland Golf Club and builds Oakland Gardens, a development of one- and two-family houses. ** The steam operated motor on the Spuyten Duyvil Swing Bridge is replaced by an electric motor. ** 46,500,000 vehicles use the newly-expanded George Washington Bridge. ** Murray Schisgal's The Typists and The Tiger are produced off-Broadway. ** Talent agent David "Sonny" Werblin buys a share of football's New York Titans (renamed the Jets). ** Mount Sinai Hospital pioneers a sequential combination chemotherapy treatment for breast and ovarian cancer. ** The lightship Ambrose, stationed at the entrance to the harbor since 1908, is replaced by a permanent light tower. ** Demolition of the Grand Central Palace exhibition hall is announced. ** The last shipment is received by Brooklyn's Gowanus Grain Terminal, carried in Liberty ships of the mothball fleet. ** Play at Manhattan's Polo Grounds is discontinued.

State
A trust fund is set up to protect the area around the Mohonk Mountain House, in the Catskills. ** Novelist William Kennedy begins researching the history of Albany. ** The Institute on Man and Science is founded on the Huyck estate at Rensselaerville. ** Historian Carl Carmer joins the effort to oppose a pumped-storage hydroelectric plant on top of the Hudson Valley's Storm King Mountain. ** The Palumbo family's LDR Char Pit restaurant moves to a new building on Lake Avenue in Charlotte, on the site of the former Emil's Gas Station.

Batavia
Contractor Carl Esperson builds an addition to the rear of City Hall, to serve as a police station. ** Henry and Ann Emmans buy the 1876 Henry Homelius-designed house at 32 Ellicott Avenue, begins restoring the interior.

Rochester
Violent winds cause a Mohawk Airline flight to crash at the Monroe County Airport, killing 7 people. ** County Board of Supervisors member Thomas P. Ryan marries Charlotte Carpenter; wins a second term as well.

 

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