1979

Jan 26
Former Vice-President and New York State governor Nelson Rockefeller, 70, dies in his New York City office.

Jan 28
Arthur Kopit's play Wings opens in New York City.

Feb 18
Temperatures in New York City drop to 0 degrees F, lowest here for this date.

May 31
The newly-refurbished Radio City Music Hall opens.

Jun 25
Photographer Phillipe Halsman dies in New York City.

July
An archaeological research team begins examining records around the city for information on the former Dutch Stadt Huys site.

August
Archaeologists Nan Rothschild and Diana Wall spend a week taking core samples at the Dutch Stadt Huys site. By the end of the month they present their study and excavation plan to the Landmarks Preservation Commission, which approves the application, allowing them to work the site until the end of the year.

September
New York City deputy mayor Herman Badillo resigns, resumes his law practice.

October
Batavia's City Hall is placed on the National Register of Historic Sites.

Oct 10
Rothschild and Wall begin full-scale field work at the Stadt Huys site.

Oct 14
The deposed Shah of Iran undergoes gall bladder surgery in a New York City hospital.

Oct 26
Governor Hugh Carey decides to relocate 561 additional Love Canal families.

November
A Federal report declares that one out of every ten Love Canal residents could contract cancer.

Nov 23
Richard H. Rovere, reporter for The New Yorker, dies of emphysema at Vassar Brothers Hospital in Poughkeepsie, aged 64.

Nov 24
New York City temperature records for the date are broken when the thermometer climbs to 73 degrees F.

Nov 25
The temperature in New York City climbs to 73 degrees F for the second day in a row, breaking another record for the date.

Dec 9
U. S. archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, 84, dies in New York City.

Dec 20
The U. S. Justice Department files a suit for $124,500,000 against the Hooker Corporation for toxic waste pollution at Love Canal.

Dec 26
New York gold prices top $500 an ounce for the first time.

City
The Bilbo & Tannen antiquarian book store closes. ** A Barnard College freshman is killed by falling masonry at Columbia University, prompting city legislation in 1980. ** Pace University begins a doctoral program in school and community psychology. ** Pharmacist Mohammed Siddiqui buys Harlem's Graham Court apartments, promising to pay $150,000 in back taxes. He will fail to do so. ** Eli Wilentz closes his Eighth Street Bookshop and retires. ** Mafia boss Carmine Galante, a Bonanno family godfather, is gunned down in a Brooklyn restaurant. ** Six-year-old Etan Patz disappears from a Soho street. ** Kenneth Tynan writes a tribute to former star Louise Brooks in the New Yorker, recalling her to the public's memory. ** Eugene T. Maleska succeeds Will Weng as crossword puzzle editor at the New York Times . ** Steve Rubell and partner Ian Schrager, owners of the Studio 54 discothèque, are arrested on charges of tax evasion. ** Murderer Salvador (Cape Man) Agron is paroled. ** Tom Stoppard's Night and Day opens on Broadway. ** Producer-actor John Houseman's second memoir, Front and Center, is published. ** Norwegian runner Grete Waitz wins the New York City Marathon in a record 2:27:33. The event is televised for the first time. ** Police close the books on the 1930 disappearance of Judge Joseph Crater. ** Former Queens County assistant district attorney Geraldine Ferraro is elected to the U. S. House of Representatives. ** The Dollar Savings Bank acquires a parcel of vacant land in lower Manhattan at Broad and Pearl streets where the Dutch-era Stadt Huys once stood. ** Novelist Mary Higgins Clark earns her bachelor's degree in philosophy from Fordham University's Lincoln Center branch. ** An office tower for Goldman Sachs is proposed for the former site of the Dutch-period Stadt Huys.

State
Pat Cunningham brings commercial white water rafting to the upper Hudson River. ** The Avon Inn is severely damaged by fire. ** The Lombardi family establishes a winery at the neglected Esperanza mansion in Branchport.

Batavia
The post of Assistant to the City Manager is created.

Buffalo
Grease Pole Festival, the city's first Puerto Rican festival, is held for the first time. ** A group of women form the Hispanic Women's League to provide scholarship money for Latina/Hispanic women going on to higher education. ** Delaware North Companies, Inc. purchases the home at 672 Delaware Avenue designed by Stanford White, from Sportsystems, Inc. Over the next twelve years they will spend close to $9,000,000 on renovations to turn the building into corporate offices.

Irondequoit
The Town Board requires all new public utility lines be installed underground in road reconstruction projects. ** High School students ratify a new constitution written last year by a Student Political Committee of seniors.

Rochester
Ron Vandenbush opens a downtown sports card/memorabilia store. ** The Wegmans supermarket chain introduces Wegmans Brand items chainwide. ** A new wing is added to the Jewish Home on St. Paul Street.

 

1980

Feb 21
Liechtenstein skier Hanni Wenzel becomes her country's first Olympic gold medal winner, at Lake Placid, winning the giant slalom.

Feb 22
The U. S. ice hockey team upsets the Russian team in a come-from-behind, 4-3 victory - the Miracle on Ice.

Feb 23
Wenzel wins her second gold medal in the slalom. ** U. S. speed skater Eric Heiden becomes the first athlete to win five medals at one Winter Olympics when he wins the gold medal in the 10,000-meter race.

Feb 27
Prompted by last year's accidental death at Columbia University, New York City passes the Facade Law, requiring the examination of buildings in the city for structural damage to their facades.

Mar 25
Poet James Arlington Wright dies in New York City at the age of 52.

Apr 21
New York runner Rosie Ruiz becomes the first woman to win the Boston Marathon - almost. She's disqualified when its discovered she hadn't run the entire distance. At the upcoming New York City marathon runners will be videotaped at the start and beginning of the race.

Apr 28
New York State Attorney General Robert Abrams files a $635,000,000 lawsuit against Hooker Chemicals' parent company Occidental Petroleum Corporation for their part in the Love Canal disaster.

May 4
A sparsely-attended memorial service is held in New York's Booth Theater for Broadway producer Jed Harris. Among those present are his illegitimate son Jones Harris, Jones's mother actress Ruth Gordon, and her husband playwright Garson Kanin and Jones' friend, author Norman Mailer. Also present are playwright Marc Connolley, drama critic Richard Watts, film director John Huston, actresses Martha Scott and Lillain Gish, and attorney L. Arnold Weisberger, Harris's lawyer.

May 17
The Federal government announces 710 more Love Canal families should be moved.

Jun 14
Jazz trumpeter-vocalist Herman Autrey dies in New York City at the age of 75.

Jun 28
Gym teacher John Marino arrives in New York City, having ridden his bicycle from Santa Monica, California, in twelve days, three hours and forty-one minutes.

Jul 23
Metropolitan Opera stagehand Craig Steven Crimmins murders violinist Helen Hagnes by throwing her down an airshaft after raping her on top of the Lincoln Center theater.

Aug 6
The George Washington Bridge is shut down for the only time when a tank truck carrying 9,000 gallons of propane gas springs a leak on the structure.

September
New York City's St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church announces plans to sell its air rights.

Sep 20
Syracuse University's Carrier Dome indoor football stadium opens as Syracuse beats Miami University of Ohio.

Sep 21
Quarterback Richard Todd of the New York Jets sets a National Football League (NFL) record, completes 42 passes in 60 attempts. The Jets still lose to the San Francisco 49ers 37-27.

Nov 9
The Rochester Chamber of Commerce Building is imploded to make way for the new convention center.

Nov 12
New York mayor Ed Koch admits to trying marijuana.

Nov 13
Syracuse University's John D. Archibold Theater opens.

Dec 2
An explosion and 200-foot high fireball in Rochester's Kodak Park facility injures seven people.

Dec 8
Former Beatle John Lennon is shot to death in New York City, by Mark David Chapman. The death is announced by Howard Cosell on Monday Night Football. Chapman is given a life sentence.

Dec 20
The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) tries broadcasting a football game, between the New York Jets and the Miami Dolphins, with no commentary. The experiment flops.

Dec 25
Temperatures in New York City plunge to -1 degree F, the lowest temperature here for this date.

City
The National Reinsurance Company (formerly the Eagle Insurance Company) moves its headquarters to Stamford, Connecticut. ** Morocco-born Sheik Daoud Ahmed Faisal, co-founder with his wife Sayedah (Mother) Khadijah Faisal of Brooklyn Heights' Islamic Mission of America mosque, dies. ** 82,800,000 vehicles use the George Washington Bridge, in each directions. ** The Alumni Garden of Brooklyn's Packer Collegiate Institute wins the National Nurserymen's Prize for best urban school garden. ** Hotel magnate Harry Helmsley names his wife Leona president of Helmsley Hotels. ** Robert Crandall becomes president of American Airlines. ** Advance Publications buys Random House publishers. and sells five television stations to the Times Mirror for $82,000,000. ** Union Carbide moves its headquarters to Danbury, Connecticut. ** Mayor Edward Koch issues Mayor's Executive Order 50, forbidding discrimination against people because of their sexual orientation, by agencies receiving city funds. ** A New York court blocks efforts to isolate mentally retarded school children from other pupils for fear of hepatitis B. ** British-born historian Marcus Cunliffe becomes University Professor at George Washington University. ** The American Electric Power Company moves its corporate headquarters to Columbus, Ohio. ** The Astoria Motion Picture and Television Foundation gives development rights for Astoria Studios to real estate developer George Kaufman. ** Federal chief judge Irving Kaufman retires, remains on the circuit as a regular judge. ** Opera singer Beverly Sills is named director of the New York City Opera Company. ** Bruce Hlibok's play Going Home opens Off-Broadway. ** Norway runner Grete Waitz wins the New York City Marathon, breaking his own record with a time of 2:25:42. ** Bella Abzug serves as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, for the second time.

State
The state legislature establishes the Seaway Trail along the state's northern borders, from Niagara Falls to Rooseveltown. ** The Glover's Mills Energy Center, in East Randolph, asks the U. S. Department of the Interior for a Heritage Conservation and Recreation Services grant to preserve the Gladden Windmill in Napoli, receives $20,210. ** Triplets David, Dennis and Duane Sullivan enter New York State's Genesee Community College. ** E. L. Doctorow's Loon Lake is published. ** The final Fox Hollow Folk Music Festival is held, in Rensselaer County. ** The office of Monroe County Sheriff changes from a three-year to a four-year post. ** Buffalo's El Charro restaurant opens, on Parkside Avenue. ** Avon's 1876 St. George Hotel is razed. ** History buff Ed Nizalowski investigates Tioga County's Oakley Corners State Forest, finds a spot where he believes African-Americans were buried in the 1870s.

Rochester
The city's school board revives the practice of paddling, with parents' consent.

 

1981

Jan 12
Temperatures in New York City drop to 2 degrees F, lowest here for this date.

Jan 21
New Yorker Bernard Goetz is mugged on a subway train.

Feb 18
Temperatures in New York City rise to 68 degrees F, highest here for this date.

Apr 3
Temperatures in New York City rise to 81 degrees F, highest here for this date.

Apr 18
Pawtucket, Rhode Island, begins a baseball game against Rochester. The game ends in a tie.

Apr 23
The Pawtucket-Rochester game ends after 3 days, 8 hours and 25 minutes of play, with Pawtucket winning 3-2; the longest professional baseball game to date.

May 9
Secretary of State Alexander Haig gives the commencement address at Syracuse University. Dozens of graduating students walk out in protest.

Jun 11
The New York State Health Department reports that ex-Love Canal residents do not have abnormally high cancer rates.

Jul 18
Paroled author Jack Henry Abbott stabs New York City waiter Richard Adan to death.

Jul 29
Builder-planner Robert Moses dies.

Oct 27
Jazz trumpeter-vocalist Louis Metcalf dies in Jamaica, Long Island, at the age of 76.

November
Van Gordon Sauter is named president of CBS News.

City
Arthur E. Imperatore buys 350 acres of New Jersey waterfront from the Penn Central Railroad, intending to re-establish trans-Hudson River ferry service. ** The corporation managing the Gainsborough Studios co-op elects to spend close to $100,000 to restore the building's lobby. ** Future Verrazano Narrows Bridge general manager James Fortunato begins his career there as a toll collector. ** A stolen tractor-trailer carrying 14,000 pounds of frozen chicken parts overturns on the roadway of the George Washington Bridge. ** Incumbent mayor Edward I. Koch, running on the Democrat-Republican ticket, defeats Unity candidate Frank J. Barbaro, to win a second term. ** Deaf actor Bruce Hlibok's Silent Dancer, about his deaf sister's experiences at the Joffrey Ballet School, is published. ** The Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) reports 121,268 emergency room visits and 2,825 deaths, related to drug abuse, in only one sixth of the country's emergency rooms and excluding New York City. ** Vartan Gregorian is named president of the New York Public Library system. ** The U. S. War Department lifts its ban on John Huston's post-World War II documentary Let There Be Light after thirty-five years. It premieres at the Thalia Theater. ** The Off-Broadway musical March of the Falsettos opens. ** Walter Cronkite retires as CBS anchorman, is succeeded by Dan Rather. ** National Broadcasting Company (NBC) news anchorman David Brinkley leaves the network to go with the American Broadcasting Company (ABC), which creates the program This Week with David Brinkley for him. ** Semi-retired British ballerina Dame Margot Fonteyn appears as a guest artist in New York City, in the La Scala Ballet's Romeo and Juliet, playing Lady Capulet.The newly-completed Humber Bridge in Humberside, England, becomes the world's longest suspension bridge, beating the previous record holder - New York City's Verrazano Narrows Bridge - by 366 feet. ** Records are broken at the New York City Marathon, as U. S. runner Alberto Salazar beats the men's with a time of 2:08:13 and Allison Roe of New Zealand breaks the womens' with 2:25:29. ** The Robins shipyard ceases operations in the Erie Basin. ** The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers issues a permit for dredging and landfilling for the construction of Westway. President Reagan presents Mayor Koch with a symbolic $85,000,000 check for the highway right of way.

State
Laura and Roxanna Salvania buy a restaurant on Batavia's Jackson Street from the Fratterigo family, rename it Sylvania's. ** The Room of the Immortals opens at Goshen's Hall of Fame of the Trotter, dedicated to the memory of driver Peter D. Haughton. ** Buffalo's Museo Francisco Oller y Diego Rivera visual arts organization is formed to foster Latino/Caribbean artists. ** Lewis Stone opens the Railroad Shop in Ravena, dealing in railroad memorabilia.

Albany
72-year-old Erastus Corning, 2nd, is elected to his eleventh consecutive four-year term as mayor. ** Historian Paul Grondahl arrives at the State University of New York to begin graduate school.

Rochester
Ron Vandenbush moves his downtown sports card/memorabilia store to Jefferson Road in Henrietta, names it Big League. ** New Bausch and Lomb CEO Daniel Gill begins divesting some core operations, including prescription eyeglasses and industrial instruments. ** Father Robert F. McNamara retires from his position as full professor of church history at St. Bernard's Seminary, is awarded the honorary title of doctor of divinity.

 

© 2002 David Minor / Eagles Byte

 

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