1967


( Updated 5 /1 / 2005 )

Jan 24
Temperatures in New York City rise to 68 degrees F, highest here for this date.

Jan 25
Temperatures in New York City rise to 60 degrees F, setting another record here for the date.

Mar 19
Temperatures in New York City drop to 8 degrees F, lowest here for this date.

Apr 2
Temperatures in New York City rise to 81 degrees F, highest here for this date.

Apr 12
Jazz clarinet and saxophone player William C. "Buster" Bailey dies in his sleep in New York City at the age of 64.

Apr 15
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaks in front of the United Nations, calls the U. S. presence in Vietnam racist and calls for withdrawal. Photographer Benedict J. Fernandez captures King's image in close-up.

Apr 17
Jazz composer, vocalist and trumpeter Henry James "Red" Allen dies in New York at the age of 59.

July
Four days of race riots occur in Mount Vernon.

Aug 31
The final section of New York's Northway, connecting Albany with the Canadian border just west of Lake Champlain, is completed.

Sep 25
The Society for the Preservation of Landmarks in Western New York opens an exhibition of architect Claude Bragdon's work, in Rochester's Midtown Plaza.

Oct 21
50,000 war protestors begin a two-day rally in New York City.

Nov 7
Nassau County Executive Eugene Nickerson narrowly defeats North Hempstead Town Supervisor Sol Wachtler to win re-election.

Nov 15
The temperature in New York City drops to 20 degrees F, the lowest temperature here for the date.

Nov 16
Jazz trombonist James H. "Jimmy" Archey dies in Amityville at the age of 65.

Dec 8
Jazz trumpeter Louis Bacon, 63, dies in New York City.

Dec 2
The New York Central's Twentieth Century Limited train makes its final run between New York City and Chicago.

City
Preservationists begin a campaign to save the city's South Street area. ** Faith Stewart-Gordon buys the Russian Tea Room. ** Rabbi Meir Kahane returns to the city from Israel and settles in Rochdale Village, Queens, where he becomes a columnist for the Jewish Press.. ** Pearl Bailey and Cab Calloway star in an all-black version of the musical Hello, Dolly!. ** John Bowen's After the Rain has its U. S. debut. ** Michael Voysey's Gershwin revue By George opens. ** Harold Fieldsteel is named controller at the New York branch of the Seagram company. ** The 1828 Specimens of American Poetry , edited by Samuel Kettell, is reprinted. ** The lightship Ambrose in the lower harbor is replaced by a steel tower and a heliport at Sandy Hook, New Jersey. ** Bronx borough president Herman Badillo is named a delegate to New York State Constitutional convention. ** Harvey Lichtenstein is named director of the decrepit Brooklyn Academy of Music. ** William N. Breger Associates' Civic Center Synagogue is completed, on White Street between Broadway and Church. ** Skidmore, Owings & Merrill's 140 Broadway office building is completed.

State
Genesee Community College opens, east of Batavia. ** Bannerman's Island Arsenal, on Pollopel Island in the Hudson River, closes. ** Geneva's Ludlow House is moved from Pulteney Street to South Main Street to be restored by the Geneva Historical Society. ** The first Fox Hollow Folk Music Festival is held, in eastern Rensselaer County. ** The Rochester-based Wegmans supermarket chain opens a $2,000,000 egg farm and processing plant near Wolcott. ** Cooperstown's Pioneer Park is created at the northwest corner of Main and Pioneer, on the former site of a commercial building destroyed by fire. The landscaping is created by the local Lake & Valley Garden Club. ** A proposal to make the Adirondack State Park a National Park fails. ** Penn Central takes over the Auburn Railroad. ** Mrs. Betty Ann Bader dies. She had started restoration on the Esperanza mansion at Branchport, intending to turn it into an art gallery.

Albany
Erastus Corning 2nd is elected president of the Fort Orange Club, the third generation of his family to serve in the post. ** Eight Professional historians address 225 local historians at a Local History Enrichment Program.

Buffalo
Developers buy the Sidway Block on Main Street near Exchange to demolish it for Urban Renewal. ** The city purchases the Evans Canal property for development uses.

Rochester
Eastman Kodak hires professor Daniel P. Moynihan to negotiate with the black civil rights organization FIGHT, on the hiring of blacks. ** University of Rochester students protest Dow Company recruiters on campus. ** Thomas P. Ryan, Jr. becomes counsel to the Monroe County legislature's Democrats, without salary. He wins a City Council seat, representing the East District.

 

1968


January
A strike by New York City's Uniformed Sanitationmen's Association (USA) members leaves garbage piling up on sidewalks. It's settled by binding arbitration, with the workers getting a large pay increase.

Jan 8
Temperatures in New York City drop to 2 degrees F, lowest here for this date.

Jan 9
Nassau County, New York, politician Sol Wachtler is rated as qualified to be a State Supreme Court justice, by the Nassau County Bar Association, overruling its own judiciary committee. Governor Rockefeller will quickly appoint Wachtler to the bench. ** New York City temperatures drop to 1 degree below 0 F, setting another daily record.

Jan 11
Temperatures in New York City reach 3 degrees F, lowest here for this date.

Jan 25
Robert Anderson's drama I Never Sang for My Father premieres in New York City.

Feb 4
The Penn Central railroad is formed from the Pennsylvania Central and New York Central railroads.

Feb 11
New York's new Madison Square Garden (the fourth) opens as the old one closes.

Apr 4
Martin Luther King, Jr., in Memphis to take part in rallies in support of striking Sanitation workers, is assassinated on his balcony at the Lorraine Motel, by James Earl Ray. Vandalism incidents occur in towns of New York's Westchester County.

Apr 25
Columbia University halts construction on a controversial new gymnasium in Harlem's Morningside Heights, after three days of student protest.

Apr 26
Columbia students, aided by black activists Stokely Carmichael and H. Rap Brown, seize control of five university buildings.

Apr 30
Police recapture the five Columbia University buildings. ** Governor Nelson Rockefeller enters the presidential race.

May 5
Columbia University halts all classes due to student unrest.

Jul 1
New York City gets 911 emergency telephone service.

Aug 29
New York City's South Street Seaport buys the fishing schooner Mystic C, (formerly the Lettie G. Howard) from Historic Ship Associates.

Sep 8
The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle begins publishing Upstate, a rotogravure magazine in its Sunday paper.

Sep 9
A teachers' strike paralyzes New York City schools for the second year in a row. The strike is ended after union leaders are jailed.

Sep 20
The Mystic C arrives at the South Street Seaport.

Oct 11
Broadway revue producer George White dies in his late seventies.

Nov 5
Richard M. Nixon is elected President of the United States. Sol Wachtler wins a full term on the New York State Supreme Court.

Nov 17
John Kander and Fred Ebb's musical Zorba has its New York premiere.

December
Albany's Union Station closes.

Dec 20
Novelist John Steinbeck dies, in New York City.

Dec 24
Corrupt New York City cop Williams Phillips shoots prostitute Sharon Stango, her pimp and a customer. The customer, Charles Gonzalez survives, later recognizes Phillips at a Knapp Commission hearing. Phillips is sentenced to life.

City
Construction begins on the World Trade Center. Preservationists and marine historians monitoring the excavation uncover the anchor of the Dutch ship Tijger. ** Milliner Lilly Daché retires and her daughter Suzanne takes over her business. ** Former Manhattan borough president Hulan E Jack returns to the State Assembly. ** Queens rabbi Meir Kahane founds the Jewish Defense League after a teachers' strike unleashes anti-Semitism. ** Will Weng succeeds Margaret Farrar as crossword puzzle editor at the New York Times. ** Mount Sinai Hospital demonstrates that multiple factor interactions, such as asbestos and cigarettes, can cause cancer. ** Singer Pearl Bailey wins a special Tony Award for her role in Hello, Dolly!. ** U. S. rock promoter Bill Graham produces a concert to raise money for a legal defense fund to aid the Columbia University protestors. ** The Off-Broadway musical Do Your Own Thing, based on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, wins the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. ** Station WABC claims 25% of the audience in the New York City metropolitan area. ** Photographer Berenice Abbott turns her collection of the photographs of Euegène Atget over to the Museum of Modern Art. ** Architect Henry Hope Reed co-founds Classical America, to champion the cause of Classical buildings. ** Bella Abzug becomes one of the founders of the National and State New Democratic Coalition. ** Bronx borough president Herman Badillo serves as a delegate to Democratic National Convention.

State
Buffalo's Erie County Savings Bank building is demolished. ** Syracuse's third Onondaga County Courthouse is demolished in spite of the efforts of Syracuse University to preserve it. ** Utica's City Hall is demolished for urban renewal. ** The Hudson River's salt line reaches no further north than New York City's Battery this year. ** Assemblywoman Shirley Chisholm becomes the first black woman elected to Congress. ** Albany's Pruyn Library is demolished.

Rochester
The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) moves out of the city to its new campus southwest of the city. ** Bausch and Lomb buys Ferson Optics. ** Georgia legislator Julian Bond addresses students at Nazareth College. ** Monroe County Sheriff's Department Sheriff Albert Skinner appoints records lieutenant Andrew P. Meloni as undersheriff. ** Thompson House and Witherspoon House are demolished. ** The city creates a Preservation Board. with zoning powers to protect historic buildings. ** Former mayor Frank T. Lamb retires as regional director of the State Department of Commerce.

 

1969


January
Quarterback Joe Namath leads the New York Jets to a Super Bowl victory over the favored Baltimore Colts, in Miami, as he predicted he would.

Jan 6
Public broadcasting station WLIW-TV (channel 21) in Garden City, New York, goes on the air.

May 17
The Clearwater, a replica of a Hudson River sloop, is launched at South Bristol, Maine.

May 19
A fire on Rochester's Joseph Avenue kills five people.

Jun 27
Patrons at the Stonewall Inn, a homosexual bar in Greenwich Village, clash with police. The incident is considered the birth of the gay rights movement.The Village Voice provides extensive coverage.

Aug 8
A fire destroys Bannerman Castle, in the Hudson River.

Aug 16
30,000 celebrants attend a four-day folk/rock concert near Woodstock.

November
The White City Grocery Store in Charlotte, New York, is destroyed by fire. Owner Jack Herrema will rebuild in the same location.

December
McGraw-Hill pays Clifford Irving a $150,000 advance on his next three books. ** Musical entertainer Tiny Tim marries Miss Vicki on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.

Dec 3
John Bowen's Little Boxes (Trevor/The Coffee Lace) opens on Broadway.

City
Pace College introduces graduate degrees in education. ** Port Authority of New York and New Jersey engineer Henry Druding retires to become a consultant for the Mason & Hanger-Silas Mason Corporation. ** Mario Procaccino defeats Robert F. Wagner, Herman Badillo, Norman Mailer and James H. Scheur to win the Democratic mayoral primary nomination. John H. Marchi is defeated by incumbent mayor John V. Lindsay in the Republican primary. Lindsay, running on the Liberal-Independent ticket, defeats Democrat-Non-Partisan-Civil Service Independent candidate Procaccino and Republican-Conservative Marchi to win re-election for a second term. ** Howard Sackler wins the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award and the Antoinette Perry (Tony) Award for The Great White Hope. ** The musical Applause opens on Broadway. ** The city decentralizes its school system. ** Boston Symphony conductor William Steinberg becomes ill during a concert at Philharmonic Hall, leaving his assistant Michael Tilson Thomas to finish the program. ** Violinist Pinchas Zuckerman makes his solo debut with the New York Philharmonic. ** The South Street Seaport Museum acquires the packet ship Charles Cooper, abandoned in 1866 in the Falkland Islands. ** The Baseball Writers Association of America, as part of baseball's centennial year, names the 1927 New York Yankees the greatest baseball team of all times. ** (Mother) Clara McBride Hale begins caring for drug-addicted babies in her apartment. ** Theodore Sieh founds the Bel Canto Opera Company. ** Sol G. Atlas and John P. McGrath begin construction of the American Express building at 125 Broad Street.

State
The Warren Building in Troy is torn down. ** The Brockport College of Arts and Sciences adds its first professional degree outside of education, for Nursing. ** The Watervliet Arsenal Museum is dedicated. ** Hobart and William Smith colleges institute the Higher Education Opportunity Program to attract disadvantaged students.

Batavia
The cupola on City Hall has to be removed. It will later be replaced with a replica. ** Russell Place and it's Mill Outlet are demolished for the new Genesee County Mall.

Rochester
Collector-philanthropist Margaret Woodbury Strong dies. ** Bausch and Lomb buys Reese Optical. ** The Doctors' Building at Genesee Hospital opens. ** The seven story Elwood Building at State and Main is replaced by the 15-story Crossroads office building. begins publishing Upstate, a rotogravure magazine in its Sunday paper.

 

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