1964


January
The Batavia Police Department moves into its new quarters in the rear of City Hall.

Feb 9
The Beatles appear on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Mar 13
Kitty Genovese is murdered in New York City while 38 witnesses do nothing to save her.

April
Drifter George Whitmore, Jr. is arrested by New York City police and charged with the 1963 murder of Emily Hoffert and Janice Wylie.

Apr 22
The New York World's Fair opens on the Flushing Meadows site of the 1939 fair. Among the attractions is a audio-animatronics robot of Abraham Lincoln, created by the Walt Disney Studios.

July
Racial riots break out in Rochester, last for two days.

Jul 11
The estate of Albany socialite Mrs. Huibertje (Huybertie) Pruyn Hamlin is sold at auction, brings $15,255.

Oct 21
Crime boss Joseph "Joe Bananas" Bonanno is kidnapped on a New York City Street the day he is to testify before a federal grand jury. Nineteen months later he turns up unharmed.

Oct 24
Monroe County flight mechanic Eugene Richardson is killed while flying ammunition to a Special Forces camp.

Oct 29
Disk jockey Jack Rolland (Murph the Surf) and two accomplices break into New York City's Museum of Natural History and steal the sapphire Star of India.

Oct 31
Rolland and his helpers are arrested. The sapphire is later returned.

November
Murray Schisgal's Luv opens at Broadway's Booth Theater.

Nov 9
In an attempt to steal viewers away from Johnny Carson, ABC premieres its Nightlife talk show with Les Crane. Crane will leave the show after the first four months.

City
Coney Island's Luna Park closes. ** The Verrazano (the Port Authority drops one of the zees from the explorer's name)Narrows Suspension Bridge, linking Brooklyn with Staten Island, opens. ** Gordon Bunshaft's 140 Broadway is completed.** Surviving food market chain co-founder Nicola D'Agostino retires, leaving the business to his sons. ** AT&T introduces the picture telephone at the World's Fair. ** Joseph Hazelwood enters the New York Maritime College at Fort Schuyler. ** Richard Eells, adjunct professor at Columbia University's business school, is named director of its program for studies of the modern corporation. ** Mount Sinai Hospital produces the first statistical evidence that asbestos causes tumors. ** Richard Burton's production of Hamlet opens.

State
Maurice B. Stein buys Camp Echo Lake, near Lake George, from his wife Amy Medine Stein's parents. ** The William Henry Seward House in Auburn is declared a National Historic Landmark. ** Concert pianist Monica Dailey dies, in her Batavia home. ** Black politician Shirley Chisholm is elected to the State Assembly. ** The Pultneyville Historical Society is founded. ** The Colorado Fuel & Iron Company's Wickwire-Spencer Steel plant in Buffalo closes. ** Robert L. King graduates from Rochester's Brighton High School.

Rochester
Racial riots break out, last for two days. ** Frank T. Lamb is elected mayor. ** Andrew P. Meloni is promoted to records lieutenant of the Monroe County Sheriff's Department.

 

1965


( Updated 5 / 8 / 2005 )

Feb 8
Temperatures in New York City rise to 61 degrees F, highest here for this date.

Feb 14
Black Muslim leader Malcolm X's Elmhurst, Queens, house is firebombed.

Feb 21
Malcolm X, 39, is assassinated in New York City's Audubon Ballroom.

March
Paul Cooper, great-grandson of novelist James Fenimore Cooper, has James' father William's A Guide to the Wilderness... reprinted for a fourth printing, of a thousand copies.

Mar 10
Neil Simon's The Odd Couple opens on Broadway.

Mar 30
Ben Bagley and Vernon Lusby's The Decline and Fall of the Entire World as Seen Through the Eyes of Cole Porter, opens at New York's Square East theater.

Apr 19
Radio station WINS becomes New York City's first all-news station.

Apr 27
Newsman Egbert (Edward) Roscoe Murrow dies of lung cancer in Pawling at the age of 56.

Jun 11
Leonard Melfi's Birdbath has its debut at New York City's St. Marks Church-in-the Bowery.

September
Albany builder Lewis A. Sawyer is given an estimate of $217,000 for moving the Pruyn branch of the Albany Public Library at North Pearl and Clinton Avenue, scheduled for demolition, to the north side of Clinton. It would cost $267,000 to move it to Orange and North Pearl. The drive to save the building, lead by Mrs. Frederick deBeer, fails.

October
The Bittner farm in the Rochester suburb of Brighton is destroyed by fire. The ruins are plowed under.

Oct 3
President Lyndon Johnson signs a bill, at the base of the Statue of Liberty, abolishing the immigration quota system.

Oct 4
Pope Paul VI conducts a mass in Yankee Stadium, and addresses the United Nations.

Oct 17
New York World's Fair closes.

Nov 6
Composer Edgar Varèse dies in New York City at the age of 81.

Nov 11
William Alfred's Hogan's Goat premieres in New York.

Nov 29
The former home of Rochester's Democrat and Chronicle is demolished for urban renewal.

City
An addition is built on the Irving Trust Company building on Wall Street, by Voorhees, Walker, Smith, Smith, Haines, Waehler & Lundberg. ** The Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, in lower Manhattan, is restored as a shrine church dedicated to former resident of the site St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. ** William Eaton becomes co-founder of the law firm of Eaton, Van Winkle, Greenspoon & Grutman (later Eaton & Van Winkle). ** The city awards its first cable television franchises. ** Controller Abraham D. Beame defeats Paul R. Screvane, William F. Ryan and Paul O'Dwyer to win the Democratic mayoral primary. Running on the Democrat- Civil Service-Fusion ticket, he's defeated by Republican-Liberal-Independent Citizen candidate John V. Lindsay. Conservative author-publisher William F. Buckley places third. ** The Eighth Street Bookshop moves from Eighth and Macdougal streets to 17 Eighth Street. ** Baltimore poet Ogden Nash gives up his New York residence at East 57th Street. ** The musical Man of La Mancha opens. ** New York Times military analyst Hanson Baldwin advocates sending hundreds of thousands of U. S. forces to Vietnam. The paper runs an editorial denouncing his stand. ** New York Telephone general medical director Norman Plummer retires. ** The city passes the Landmarks Preservation Law, restricting changes to historic buildings. ** The Port Authority begins phasing out Brooklyn's Erie Basin as a cargo terminal. ** Department of Relocation commissioner Herman Badillo is elected Bronx borough president. ** Mary Lawrence Tonetti gives her sculpture of Julia and Comfort Tiffany, twin daughters of designer Louis Comfort Tiffany, to her friend, actress Katharine Cornell, who has it mounted over her doorway at 328 East 51st Street when she buys the Tonetti home and moves from Sneeden's Landing, New York. ** President Lyndon B. Johnson declares Ellis Island a National Monument. Congress refuses to appropriate restoration funds. ** Pennsylvania Station is demolished. ** Consolidated Edison's Ravenswood Power Plant on Vernon Boulevard in Queens goes on line.

State
Niagara Falls' Adams Power Station is demolished despite efforts to save it as a technology museum. ** Efforts begin to save Olana, the Hudson River villa of artist Frederic E. Church. ** The Historical/Architectural/Landmark Committee is formed to advise the Herkimer-Oneida Counties Comprehensive Planning Program on landmarks for preservation. ** The Millard Fillmore Memorial Association dedicates a replica of the former president's log cabin birthplace, in Fillmore Glen State Park, near Moravia. ** Emily Woodward Rivas, youngest daughter of Genesee Pure Foods Company founder Orator Woodward, dies. ** The Adirondacks Northway expressway opens, connecting the New York State Thruway with the northern Adirondacks. ** 1900 people in Mount Kisco, Pleasantville and Peekskill turn out to demonstrate in support of the Selma, Alabama, civil rights march. ** The mothball fleet of Liberty ships is deactivated and moored in the central Hudson River. ** The Tonawanda Library moves into a new building. The Historical Society of the Tonawandas takes over the old depot. ** Albany's Sheridan Avenue is blacktopped. ** The construction of the Kinzua Dam south of the Allegany Reservation floods 9,000 acres of Seneca Land. ** Alfonse M. D'Amato is elected public administrator for Nassau County. ** The steeple of Canandaigua's United Church is dismantled and replaced with a smaller one. ** The Alden Inn is demolished. ** Elmer Davenport transcribes the notebooks and letters of Colonel Maxwell. Davenport's daughter, Mrs. Fred R. Reynolds of Geneva, presents the original to the Geneva Historical Society.

Rochester
The civil rights organization FIGHT holds its first convention. ** Genesee Hospital's west wing opens. ** Thomas P. Ryan, Jr. is elected to a third term as supervisor. ** Front Street is demolished; among the businesses forced out is John Taylor & Sons, hatmakers. ** The RKO Palace movie theater on Clinton Avenue North is demolished. ** Crescent Beach Hotel owner Ray Geis retires; bartender Joseph Barry becomes the new owner.

 

1966


Jan 1
35,000 Transportation Workers Union (TWU) members walk off the job. ** New York City's temperature reaches 62 degrees F, highest here for this date. ** John Vliet Lindsay is inaugurated as mayor of New York City.

Jan 2
8,000 members of New York City's Social Services Employees Union (SSUE) walk off the job.

Jan 13
The TWU members return to work, having won a wage increase. The city's fares will go up.

Feb 1
New York's social workers return to the job having gained wage increases, and improvements in benefits and work caseload reductions.

Feb 8
Jazz bandleader, violinist and bassist Vernon Andrade dies in New York City at the age of 63.

Feb 12
Temperatures in New York City rise to 58 degrees F, highest here for this date.

Apr 11
Six from La Mama opens at New York City's Martinique Theatre. Leonard Melfi's Birdbath is the critical standout.

May 27
Eat the Document, a television documentary features non-musical footage of John Lennon and Bob Dylan together. It airs on New York City educational-TV station WNDT.

Aug 4
Broadway choreographer Helen Tamiris Becker dies at the age of 61.

Sep 10
Texas running back John Hill Westbrook of Baylor University is sent on the field in a game against Syracuse, becoming the first black to play football in the Southwest Conference.

Nov 8
Jazz trumpeter Harold "Shorty" Baker dies in New York City at the age of 53.

Dec 9
Temperatures in New York City rise to 66 degrees F, the highest here for this date.

City
The demolition of the 1910 Pennsylvania Station is completed. ** The Ambrose Light Tower is erected 25 miles off the mouth of the Hudson River, replacing lightships previously anchored there. ** Adams and Woodbridge's Bishop Manning Memorial Wing is added to Trinity Church. ** The comedy Cactus Flower opens on Broadway. ** The U. S. Navy sells the Brooklyn Navy Yard to the city. ** Photographer Berenice Abbott moves to Maine. ** An oil barge being maneuvered by a tug rams the Spuyten Duyvil Swing Bridge, putting it out of commission for two weeks. ** The remaining piers at Brooklyn's New York Dock company are modernized. The growing use of containerization will quickly make them obsolete. ** The New York City Housing Authority's Stuyvesant Village Tower building in Brooklyn's Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood is completed.

State
Painter Frederick Church's Hudson River home (Olana) is saved. ** Genesee Brewery president John L. Wehle founds the Genesee Country Museum, a recreated village, near Mumford. ** The Hudson River salt line reaches as far north as Poughkeepsie. ** A steeple is added to the East Penfield Baptist Church. ** The second Steuben County Agricultural Society grandstand in Bath is destroyed by fire. ** The former Canandaigua home of Gideon Granger, at 90 Howell Street, is damaged and subsequentially demolished.

Rochester
The first local kidney transplant is performed at Strong Memorial Hospital. ** Claude Bragdon's New York Central Railroad Station is partially demolished. ** The 1824 St. Luke's Episcopal Church undergoes restoration. ** Three-term city supervisor Thomas P. Ryan loses his post to Republican lawyer Gary Smith by 115 votes.

 

© 2002 David Minor / Eagles Byte

 

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