ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — This week in New York history features several celebrity birthdays including Barbara Streisand, Kevin James, and Jerry Seinfeld. All information has been provided by the New York State Museum History Department.
- 1849: The New York Knickerbockers became the first baseball team to wear uniforms.
- 1910: Mark Twain is buried in Elmira.
- 1913: The skyscraper Woolworth Building in New York City is opened.
- 1942: Barbra Streisand is born in Brooklyn.
- 1952: “Joseph Burstyn, Incorporated v. Wilson, Commissioner of Education of New York” was argued before the Supreme Court, resulting in the decline of movie censorship in America. The Board of Regents (NYS Censorship Board in SED) had ruled the Italian film “The Miracle” sacrilegious and prevented its commercial showing. The Supreme Court overturned this decision as a violation of the First Amendment.
- 1901: New York becomes the first state to require auto license plates (for a $1 fee).
- 1964: Hank Azaria, who voices the characters of Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Carl Carlson, formerly Apu Nahasapeemapetilon and many others on “The Simpsons,” is born in Forest Hills, Queens.
- 1777: Sybil Ludington, daughter of Col. Henry Ludington, rode around Carmel, NY warning the 7th Dutchess County Regiment that the British were going to attack Danbury, Connecticut.
- 1965: Actor Kevin James, known for roles in “The King of Queens” and many others, was born in Mineola, NY.
- 2006: Construction begins on the Freedom Tower for the new World Trade Center in New York City.
- 1838: Benjamin Lattimore, African-American veteran of the American Revolution, founder of Albany’s School for People of Color and founder of the Albany African Episcopal Methodist Church located on Hamilton Street, died in Albany.
- 1937: The first animated-cartoon electric sign was displayed on a building on Broadway in New York City. It was created by Douglas Leight.
- 1950: James “Jay” Leno, “The Tonight Show” host, was born in New Rochelle.
- 1968: 1995 Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh is born at Pendleton, Niagara County.
- 1864: The Theta Xi fraternity is founded at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy.
- 1954: Actor and comedian Jerry Seinfeld is born in Brooklyn.
- 1778: “The Great Chain” was stretched across the Hudson River at West Point to deter British war ships.
- 1778: Ephratah in Fulton County, is attacked by British Tories and Indians.
- 1789: New York City became the first capital of the new nation, where President George Washington was inaugurated.
- 1864: New York becomes first state to charge a hunting license fee.