1976

January
The Corning Painted Post Historical Society acquires the former Benjamin Patterson Inn for use as a museum.

Jan 13
The late Henry Flipper, first black graduate of West Point, is exonerated of embezzlement charges, largely due to the efforts of white Pennsylvania schoolteacher Ray MacColl.

Feb 17
Temperatures in New York City rise to 67 degrees F, highest here for this date.

Mar 1
Yankees owner George Steinbrenner is reinstated to baseball after being suspended for illegal campaign contributions to Richard Nixon.

Mar 9
Women are accepted for the first time at West Point military academy.

Mar 15
Broadway scenic designer Jo Mielziner dies at the age of 74.

Apr 1
The U. S. government creates the Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail) out of the Penn Central, Reading, Erie Lackawanna, Central of New Jersey, Lehigh Valley, Ann Arbor, and Lehigh and Hudson River railroads.

Apr 17
Temperatures in New York City rise to 91 degrees F, highest here for this date.

Apr 19
Temperatures in New York City rise to 92 degrees F, setting another daily record.

Jul 4
Anonymous members of Canandaigua's Bicentennial committee fire off a sunrise cannon on Arsenal Hill.

Oct 9
New York City's Museum of Broadcasting opens.

Nov 9
The temperature in New York City drops to 24 degrees F, the lowest on record for this date.

Nov 10
The temperature in New York City drops to 24 degrees F for the second day in a row, the lowest on record for this date.

Dec 3
Temperatures in New York City plummet to 9 degrees F, lowest here for this date.

Dec 14
Temperatures in New York City drop to 12 degrees F, the lowest temperature here for this date.

Dec 22
35 couples belonging to the Unification Church are married in a single New York City ceremony.

City
An aerial cable car system begins service partway across the East River, linking Manhattan with Roosevelt Island. ** Pace University begins a law school and opens a midtown campus. ** Fire guts the Eighth Street Bookshop. ** A campaign is begun to raise money to restore Astoria Studios. The buildings are declared city landmarks. ** A blaze in the Westbury Hotel kills television producer Louis G. Cowan and his wife Pauline Spiegel Cowan, parents of journalist Paul Cowan. ** Liz Smith becomes gossip columnist for the Daily News. ** Michael Bennett wins the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for A Chorus Line. ** Doubleday buys Delacorte and Dell publishing houses. ** New York City Marathon organizer Fred Lebow expands the race to include all five boroughs, in honor of the bicentennial. 1,549 of the initial 2,090 finish. ** The bark Peking goes on display at the South Street Seaport Museum. ** Three-time U. S. Representative Bella Abzug does not run for re-election, campaigns instead for the U. S. Senate, unsuccessfully.

State
Reputed Mafia don Carlo Gambino, the model for Mario Puzo's The Godfather, dies of natural causes in Massapequa. ** The Minnewaska Hotel in the Catskills is sold at auction. ** U. S. congressman Frank Horton is arrested for drunk driving, pleads guilty and is jailed for a few days. ** Binghamton businessman Rob Salamida creates State Fair Spiedie Sauce, for preparing the Italian specialty. ** A wing is added to the Skenesborough Museum at Whitehall, as a memorial to locally-born Supreme Court Justice John O'Brien. ** The Merritt Estate Winery is established, in Forestville. ** The Genesee Country Museum, near Mumford, opens to the public. ** The National Maritime Historical Society moves its headquarters from New York City's South Street Seaport Museum to Croton-on-Hudson. ** U. S. Olympic sailing trials are held at Henderson Harbor. ** The people of Poland present a statue of General Kazimierz Pulaski to the city of Buffalo in honor of the U. S. Bicentennial.] ** Historian regionalist Carl Carmer dies. ** The Tonawanda-Kenmore Historical Society locates in Tonawanda's former St. Peter's Evangelical and Reformed Church, the oldest building still standing in the city.

Batavia
Sunny's Restaurant opens in the Genesee Country Mall. ** The Lions Club donates and erects an identifying sign in front of City Hall.

Geneva
Dr. Robert E. Doran donates the manuscripts of Geneva diarist Josephine Matilda deZeng to the Geneva Historical Society. ** Hobart and William Smith Colleges' London Term-Abroad Program begins; 65 students and 4 faculty members will participate. ** The schools' Department of Geoscience lake-research vessel is christened the HWS Explorer.

Rochester
The Central Church of Christ moves into the church vacated by the First Presbyterian Church.

 

1977

Jan 19
Lake Erie entirely freezes over for the first time in modern history.

Jan 28
Western New York is struck by a blizzard.

Mar 9
Temperatures in New York City drop to 25 degrees F, lowest here for this date.

Mar 30
Temperatures in New York City rise to 79 degrees F, highest here for this date.

Apr 9
Temperatures in New York City drop to 25 degrees F, lowest here for this date.

Apr 10
Temperatures in New York again drop to 25 degrees F, lowest for a second day.

Apr 26
New York City discotheque Studio 54 opens.

May 23
Troupsburg town supervisor Herman J. Bates dies at the age of 90.

June
Rochester's Mounted Police patrol, disbanded in 1932, is reestablished Officer Gary Cicoria is given command.

Jul 13
A two-day blackout hits New York City when lightning strikes an upstate power grid.

Aug 10
Yonkers postal worker David Berkowitz (Son of Sam) is arrested and charged with committing six murders.

Aug 31
Rochester's Democrat and Chronicle moves from its third floor newsroom in the Gannett Newspapers building to the top floor of a four-story addition.

December
Batavian Samuel McNear is convicted by a jury of raping two girls and attempting to rape another. Judge Robert Noonan sentences him to the maximum 42 years in state prison, as well as another three years on a burglary conviction.

Dec 31
Congressman Herman Badillo resigns to become deputy mayor of New York City.

City
Democrats Edward I. Koch and Mario M. Cuomo outpoll incumbent mayor Abraham D. Beame, as well as Bella Abzug, Percy Sutton and Herman Badillo in the party primary. Koch wins the runoff, goes on to defeat Cuomo, running on the Liberal ticket, and Republican Roy M. Goodman. Koch serves as mayor through 1989. ** Mount Sinai becomes the first U.S. hospital to use platinum for the treatment of ovarian cancer. ** John Bayley's wing for the Frick Museum is completed. ** Olympia & York purchases the office tower at 60 Broad Street from the Uris Corporation.

State
Pace University acquires the Briarcliff College campus. ** The Legislature initiates the Urban Cultural Park (UCP) System, to be administered by the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. The 14 parks are located in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Seneca Falls, Susquehanna, Sackets Harbor, Whitehall, Saratoga Springs, Hudson-Mohawk, Schenectady, Albany, Kingston, Ossining and New York City. ** An east wing is added to Batavia's Holland Land Office building, as a headquarters for the Genesee County Historian's office. ** The Shaker Heritage Society is formed at Albany to preserve the history of the local settlement, disbanded in 1938.

Albany
Political boss Peter O'Connell dies at the age of 91.

Rochester
The Triphammer Mill building at Brown's Race is destroyed by fire. ** Former mayor Frank T. Lamb retires from the city council and leaves the Colonial Gas and Oil Co. to join the state as a industrial development representative in the Department of Commerce. ** Former native Robert L. King returns to the area from California and joins the law firm of Harris, Beach, Wilcox, Rubin and Levey, but soon becomes assistant Monroe County district attorney.

 

1978

January
Edward Irving Koch is inaugurated as mayor of New York City, serves through 1989. ** Herman Badillo takes office as deputy mayor of New York City. ** Mr. and Mrs. Donato Marchioli sell Batavia's Penthouse Restaurant and retire. ** Koch makes a river-to-river victory walk on 42nd Street.

Feb 14
Bella Abzug runs unsuccessfully for the Ninety-fifth Congress in a special election.

Oct 27
Workmen digging in lower Manhattan uncover the remains of a ship, buried in landfill, probably dating back to 1758.

Nov 9
Rochester's Democrat and Chronicle begins using computer display terminals to compose articles.

Nov 21
The Berta becomes the first schooner to leave New York City with a cargo since 1943.

City
Joseph Papp's Off-Broadway production of the Elizabeth Swados play Runaways opens. Deaf actor Bruce Hlibok is in the cast. ** Running in 80-degree weather Norwegian Grete Waitz sets the New York City Marathon women's record at 2:32:30. Multiple start and finish lines and bar codes are used for the first time. ** Assistant district attorney for Queens County Geraldine Ferraro quits because she's paid less than male colleagues. ** 6 former executives of the McCann-Erickson advertising agency form the Backer and Spielvogel agency. ** Bella Abzug is named co-chair of the National Advisory Committee for Women. ** Mayor Ed Koch and Governor Hugh Carey strike a deal on Westway. A state park will be added to the highway project and the state will support a mass transit fare freeze at 50¢, through the end of 1981. ** Democratic Albany political boss Dan O'Connell dies.

State
The Minnewaska Hotel is destroyed by fire. ** Angelica's Park Circle Historic District is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. ** Joan and Harold Koster move from Vestal to Barker to start a sheep farm. Larry and Peggy Frederick of Hawleyton buy a 150-acre dairy farm in Barker. ** John Cryan co-founds the Long Island Pine Barrens Society. ** The DeMonstoy Log Cabin, in storage for the last three years, is given to the Corning Painted Post Historical Society, for use at the Benjamin Patterson Inn Museum complex.

Batavia
The city buys the Ellicott Street bar owned by Louis Canale (the former Palmer's Restaurant), eventually demolishes it for a parking lot.

Rochester
City offices in the Broad Street City Hall are moved to the newly-renovated Church Street Federal Building. ** Genesee Hospital's nursing school closes. ** The Rochester School for the Deaf has phased out the Rochester Method of signing and adopted American Sign Language.

 

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