1970


Jan 4
New York City transit fares are raised from 20¢ to 30¢. New, larger tokens are introduced.

Jan 7
Robert Sarnoff is named president of the Radio Corporation of America (RCA).

Mar 6
Three U. S. radicals are killed when a "bomb factory" explodes, demolishing a Manhattan townhouse on West 11th Street.

Mar 14
Lawyer and peace advocate Bella Abzug, a Democrat, announces her candidacy for New York's 19th Congressional District.

Jul 13
The 350-foot Canadian freighter Eastcliffe Hall sinks in the Saint Lawrence Seaway near Massena. Nine people die.

Dec 2
Temperatures in New York City rise to 66 degrees F, the highest here for this date.

Dec 3
New York's temperature reaches 64 degrees, setting another daily record.

City
Construction begins on the Third Water Tunnel, to bring water in from the Bronx Reservoir. ** The National Maritime Historical Society is founded at the South Street Seaport Museum, with the museum's director Peter Stanford as its head. ** The Museum of Modern Art stages an exhibit of the photographs of Berenice Abbott. ** State assemblyman Hulan E. Jack is indicted by the Federal government for conspiracy and conflict of interest in improperly in promoting products at Harlem grocery stores. He's later convicted and sentenced to prison for three months. ** The Pace Plaza building is completed. ** Cable television franchises, to wire Manhattan, are awarded to Teleprompter (later Manhattan Cable TV) and Sterling Manhattan (Paragon Cable). ** Michael Milken joins the Wall Street investment firm of Drexel Burnham. ** New York City drug dealer Charles Green is arrested. ** The New York Drug Enforcement Task Force is formed. ** The first New York City Marathon, consisting of four laps around Central Park, is run, Organizer Fred Lebow is among the 55 runners out of 127 to complete the course. Gary Muhrke wins with a time of 2:31:38. ** Puerto Rican-born Bronx borough president Herman Badillo become the first Hispanic elected to Congress. ** The American Express Building at 125 Broad Street is completed.

State
The state takes over the Mohonk Mountain House area. ** The General Worth Hotel in Hudson is demolished. ** The Vetter Vineyards are established, in Westfield. ** The State's Mason Act is passed, forbidding the sale of products made from endangered species. ** White Pennsylvania schoolteacher Ray MacColl becomes interested in the career of the late Henry O. Flipper, first black graduate of West Point, dishonorably discharged from the army in 1881. ** Saratoga's Adelphi Hotel closes. ** Boatman and author Richard Garrity retires after a lifetime working on the Erie Canal. ** Buffalo artists Jozef Mazur dies, in his early seventies. ** Auburn Prison is the site of a riot. ** Corning Glass Works produces the first practical communications optical fibers.

Batavia
The Batavia Children's Home (the former Dean Richmond mansion) is demolished. ** The Robert Morris Room, designed by Scottsville architect Carl Schmidt, is added to the Holland Land Office, to be used for exhibits and community meetings. ** The Urban Renewal Agency removes buildings on both sides of the Holland Land Office and develops Paolo Busti Park on the eastern site, using a $25,000 grant from the state.

Rochester
Feminists stage a rally at a War Memorial "Bridal Fair" sponsored by radio station WBBF, protesting the commercialization of marriage. ** The Rochester Landmark Society buys the Brewster-Burke House on Spring Street. ** Fashion Park, Inc, over a century old, closes. ** Over the past twenty years over 40,000 African-Americans have moved to the city, a large number from the Sanford, Florida, area.

 

1971


Jan 1
State Parole Board chairman Russell G. Oswald is named Commissioner of Correctional Services for the State.

Jan 3
Democrat Bella Abzug enters the House of Representatives for the Ninety-second Congress, will serve three terms, to 1977. Fellow party member Herman Badillo will serve the first of his three terms.

Jan 5
The Harlem Globetrotters exhibition basketball team loses to the New Jersey Reds, the Globetrotters' first loss in 2,496 games.

Jan 14
25,000 members of New York City's Patrolmen's Benevolent Association (PBA) walk off the job.

Jan 19
PBA members end their strike, gaining a salary increase. The union gains power but is prosecuted under the Taylor Law.

Feb 4
New York City mayor John V. Lindsay visits undercover cop Frank Serpico in the hospital.

Feb 16
New York City's Alexanders department store sponsors a fashion show featuring the new "hot pants".

March
The Canandaigua Hotel is destroyed by fire, killing several residents.

Mar 16
Republican politician and former New York governor Thomas E. Dewey dies.

Mar 18
New York City's Whitney Museum of Art acquires 1,500 works by Edward Hopper.

April
Batavia's branch of M&T Bank opens in it's new building at 56 Main Street.

Apr 6
Russian-born U. S. composer Igor Stravinsky, 88, dies of heart failure in his New York City apartment.

Apr 21
Eleven U. S. mayors meeting in New York City warn of the impending collapse of many cities.

May 1
The Whitney Museum opens a show by Andy Warhol.

May 7
Ninety Rochester protesters are arrested for demonstrating against the war in Cambodia.

May 21
Two New York City policemen, Waverly Jones and Joseph A. Piagentini, are murdered in northern Manhattan while responding to a call.

May 28
A 727 is highjacked at New York's LaGuardia Airport and forced to fly to the Bahamas.

June
8,000 members of New York's American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) walk off the job. They face public disapproval and return to work. The union is fined. ** Dedication ceremonies are held for 400 graves for veterans purchased by Niagara County for Lewiston's Niagara Falls Memorial Park Association cemetery on Military Road.

Jun 13
Radical groups attack a Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City. 19 policemen are injured.

Jun 15
A Federal judge stops the Times from publishing the Pentagon Papers for four days.

Jun 27
5,000 people march in a New York City demonstration for gay rights.

Jun 28
Mafia godfather Joseph Columbo is shot by a sniper at a New York City Italian American civil-rights rally. One of Columbo's bodyguards kills the assailant, Jerome A. Johnson. Columbo dies a week later.

Jul 6
Jazz trumpeter Louis D. Armstrong dies in New York City at the age of 71.

Aug 1
Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Ravi Shankar, Billy Preston, Ringo Starr and Leon Russell perform at a two-day rock concert in New York's Madison Square Garden, to raise funds for Bangladesh refugees.

Aug 11
New York City mayor John Lindsay switches his party affiliation from Republican to Democrat.

Aug 26
The New York Giants football team announces it will move to New Jersey in 1974.

Sep 8
Trouble breaks out in New York State's Attica Prison.

Sep 9
Riots erupt at Attica. One guard is killed and forty hostages are taken. State troopers arrive on the scene. Corrections Commissioner Oswald arrives several hours later and is presented with the prisoners' demands.

Sep 10
A federal injunction is issued promising no administrative reprisals for the Attica uprising. Inmates request a panel of observers. Thirty-three observers meet with prisoners but negotiations end in a stalemate.

Sep 11
Attica prison guard William Quinn dies of wounds received the first day. Black Panther leader Bobby Seale is brought to Attica, to negotiate with the convicts but is not admitted to the prison. The observer committee negotiates a 28-point prisoners manifesto. Seale refuses to endorse it after he's admitted to the prison. ** The Pittsford Volunteer Ambulance service is founded with one Cadillac ambulance and 65 volunteers.

Sep 12
The U. S. National Guard begins arriving at Attica. Governor Nelson Rockefeller refuses to meet the prisoners' request he come to Attica. The prisoners begin digging in for defense. Rebels stab two convicts to death.

Sep 13
Attica prisoners threaten to begin executing hostages, taking four to the catwalks and holding knives to their throats. New York State Police and U. S. National Guard troops retake the prison in a deadly shootout. 32 prisoners and 11 captives are killed. 28 hostages are released.

Sep 30
New York governor Nelson Rockefeller appoints a nine member commission to investigate the Attica riots.

December
The New York City locals of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) walk off the job.

Dec 7
McGraw-Hill announces it will be publishing an authorized biography of reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes, written by Clifford Irving.

Dec 9
Ralph J. Bunche, black former Under Secretary of the United Nations, 67, dies in New York City.

Dec 12
U. S. broadcast pioneer David Sarnoff, 80, dies in New York City.

Dec 14
Undercover cop Frank Serpico tells the Knapp Commission of his efforts to inform his superiors on the force of corruption.

Dec 16
Temperatures in New York City rise to 63 degrees F, highest temperature recorded here for this date.

Dec 19
Temperatures in New York City rise to 58 degrees F, setting a record here for this date.

Dec 26
Vietnam veterans occupy The Statue of Liberty and Philadelphia's Betsy Ross House, to protest the Vietnam War.

City
The Laing Stores building is demolished. ** Leroy "Nicky" Barnes becomes the city's drug kingpin. ** Jesus Christ Superstar opens on Broadway. ** The U. S. Army abandons New York City's Astoria Studios to the city. ** Mount Sinai Hospital discovers a chemical that causes cancer cells to return to normal development patterns and produces the first genetically engineered vaccine. ** Harold Fieldsteel is named executive vice president at the New York branch of the Seagram Company.

State
228 teachers in Spencerport walk off the job - Monroe County's first teachers' strike. ** A State Council on the Arts grant allows the Central New York Community Arts Council to prepare a study on architectural-historical resources of Herkimer and Oneida counties for publication. ** Argentine national Ricardo S. Caputo stabs Natalie Brown, his fiancee, to death. He is sent to the Matteawan State Hospital in Fishkill. ** The Hudson River excursion steamer Alexander Hamilton is retired. ** The Pultneyville Historical Society is chartered. ** The legislature creates a separate State Archives. ** Canandaigua's F. F. Thompson Hospital moves to a new $6,000,000 building on Parrish Street. The old Main Street building becomes a home for senior citizens.

Rochester
Anti-war activists are tried for protest activities - the Flower City Conspiracy. ** Bausch & Lomb receives Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval to market its soft contact lens. ** The Wegmans supermarket chain creates a Consumer Affairs Department. ** Genesee Hospital begins Genesee Health Services, a group medical practice. ** Politician Thomas P. Ryan wins a second term on the City Council, representing the East District.

 

1972


Jan 10
Rochester author-journalist Henry Clune moves to the outlying village of Scottsville.

Feb 3
A lake effect snowstorm begins in Oswego.

Feb 4
Oswego now has over 50 inches on snow and is effectively cut off.

Feb 5
The snow in Oswego tapers off.

Feb 6
Over 30 of the attendees of the 29th Annual Eastern Snow Conference are finally able to get out of Oswego.

Mar 1
Temperatures in New York City rise to 73 degrees F, highest here for this date.

Mar 2
Temperatures in New York City rise to 2 degrees F, setting a record for the datæz5øÍên a row.

MéP8
The Cornell hockey team is shut out for the first time in 225 games, losing to Boston University 4-0 and losing the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) hockey crown.

Apr 4
German-born U. S. composer Stefan Wolpe dies in New York City at the age of 69.

Apr 17
The Boston Marathon holds a women's competition for the first time. Nina Kuscsik of Huntington, Long Island, wins.

May 6
Groucho Marx breaks the Carnegie Hall box office record.

May 7
The Los Angeles Lakers win the National Basketball Association (NBA) championship finals, for the first time in eight attempts, defeating the New York Knicks in five games.

May 14
Former New York Giants center fielder Willie Mays returns from the team's San Francisco home to play with the New York Mets to finish his career. Playing against the Giants he hits a home run, giving the Mets a 5-4 victory.

Jun 24
Bernice Gera becomes the first woman umpire, in a minor leaguer game between Auburn and Geneva's Class A team. She resigns a few hours after the game.

Jul 12
The first acupuncture center in the U. S. opens in New York City.

Sep 30
Playing against the New York Jets, Pittsburgh Pirate outfielder Roberto Clemente becomes the 11th man in baseball history to have 300 career hits.

Oct 15
Jazz pianist-arranger Conrad T. Lanoue, 63, dies in Albany.

Nov 7
Richard M. Nixon is reelected president by a landslide. Nassau County state supreme court justice Sol Wachtler is elected to the New York Court of Appeals.

Nov 8
The Home Box Office (HBO) cable movie channel goes on the air. Marion Sabestinas of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, the first to sign up, watches a New York Knicks hockey game and the movie Sometimes a Great Notion.

Nov 14
The New York Stock Exchange's Dow Jones Average tops 1000 for the first time.

December
Batavia restaurant owner Ray Fiske closes The Dagwood.

Dec 25
Jazz trumpeter Wilbur Odell "Dud" Bascomb dies in New York City at the age of 56.

Dec 29
Jazz arranger and string bass and tuba player Hayes Julian Alvis dies in New York City at the age of 65.

City
Norman Brouwer becomes Curator of Ship Restoration and Maritime Historian at the South Street Seaport. ** Victor Potamkin is hired to take over the General Motors Cadillac store in Manhattan. ** The junior college of he Brooklyn Female Academy is dropped and the school becomes coeducational, changing its name to the Packer Collegiate Institute. ** Advertising creative director Donald M. Sterzin graduates from State University of New York (SUNY) at Stonybrook. ** A. J. Antoon's production of Much Ado About Nothing, set in pre-World War I America, plays at Joseph Papp's Central Park Shakespeare Festival. ** New York Times reporter Homer Bigart retires. ** The World Hockey Association's New York Raiders team is formed. ** Television's Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson moves from New York City to Burbank, California. ** Congresswoman Bella Abzug is named a delegate to Democratic National Convention. ** Bill Smith is named head of the Theater Development Fund.

State
The legislature authorizes the addition of 200,000 acres to the Adirondacks state park and an expansion of the Catskills park. Camp Santanoni is purchased. ** Tugboat captain G. Godfrey retires. ** Angelica's Town Hall is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. ** The grist mill west of The Hollow in Penfield, on Irondequoit Creek, goes out of business. It will later become the Daisy Flour Mill Restaurant. ** Geneva's Hobart College celebrates its Sesquicentennial. ** Big Flats celebrates its sesquicentennial. ** Canandaigua's Fox Playhouse Theater on Chapin Street is demolished. ** Arthur Shawcross murders an 8-year-old Watertown girl, is sent to prison. ** The State Investigation Commission catches Albany's North End Contracting Company overcharging the city $450,000 on a landfill contract.

Batavia
Don's Dinette closes. ** The Urban Renewal Agency demolishes much of the north side of Main Street, including the McBride Boiler Works.

Rochester
The Penny Arcade music club opens in Charlotte. ** An addition is built onto the rear of the historic Jonathan Child House. ** West High School is renamed Wilson High School, for former graduate and Xerox Corporation Chairman Joseph C. Wilson. ** The Wegmans supermarket chain opens its first pharmacy in a market, at its Lyell Avenue store. ** William and Cynthia Mason Selden establish GeVa (the Genesee Valley) Theatre. ** The Wasyl Pluta Center for Oral Health and a five-level parking garage are opened at Genesee Hospital. ** The Young Men's Christian Association opens its Bay View, Northwest and Southeast branches. ** Extensive repairs are made to the supporting structures for the street passing over the subway bed at West Main and Broad Streets. ** Native Robert L. King graduates from Vanderbilt University law school and becomes an assistant prosecutor in California.

 

© 2002 David Minor / Eagles Byte

 

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