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Manhattan, New York, New York, USA

"Manhattan Island, sometimes called New York Island, in the S. E. part of New York, separated from the mainland by Harlem river. Length 15 miles, width from half a mile to 2 miles. It is co-extensive with the county of New York, and contains the city of that name."

"New York, the metropolis of the above state, the most populous city, and the greatest emporium in the New World, and (with its suburbs, Brooklyn, Williamsburg. Jersey City, and Hoboken) the third in point of wealth and population of the cities of Christendom, is situated on the southern extremity of Manhattan island, at the junction of the Hudson and East rivers, about 18 miles from the Atlantic ocean; 87 N. E. »f Philadelphia ; 187 N. E. of Baltimore; 225 N. E. of Washington ; 1428 N. E. of New Orleans; 1010 E. of St. Louis ; 722 E. of Cincinnati ; 340 S. of Montreal; 146 S. of Albany, and 207 S. W. of Boston. The city and county have the same limits, composing the whole of Manhattan island, 13} miles in length, and about 2 in its greatest breadth. The densely inhabited parts of the city occupy about 3 1/ 2 or 4 miles of the southern portion of the island. The City Hall is in lat. 40° 42' 40" N., and 74° 1'8"W. lon. Though the site of New York is nearly level, there is sufficient descent in the ground from Broadway towards each river to furnish good drainage.

Population. — Perhaps no city in the world numbers so great a variety of foreigners among its residential population as New York, including among them active and enterprising men of all Christian nations, and of every portion of the United States. A large majority of the foreign residents are from Ireland, Germany, England, France, and Scotland, who fill every station, from the laborer to the merchant and professional man. The population numbered 43112 in 1697 ; 8628 in 1731 ; 10,381 in 1750; 21,870 in 1771 : 3,131 in 1790; 60,489 in 1800: 96,378 in 1810: 123,700 in 1820, (at which period it became the largest city in the Union:) 202,689 in 1880; 312,710 in 1840, and 515,507 in 1850. If, however, we include the suburbs named above, it will make a grand total of 662,649 inhabitants, showing an increase (unexampled except in our Western towns) of nearly 1500 per cent, in the last 60 years. The same ratio of in crease as that between 1840 and '50 (and it has undoubtedly been greater) would give, in July, 1853, a population of about 850,000 to New York and its suburbs..."

A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ...
Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.)
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1854
Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.

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1524 - Giovanni de Verrazano enters New York harbor

The World Almanac of the U.S.A, by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse, 1996
1609 - September - Navigator Henry Hudson discovers island of Manhattan
News  1610 - June 10 - 1st Dutch settlers arrive (from NJ), to colonize Manhattan Island
June 10, 1610
1625 - New Amsterdam founded by Dutch colonists
Now New York City. Was settled 1624 on Governor's Island, moved to Manhattan 1625.
1626 - May 6 - Dutch colonist Peter Minuit buys Manhattan Island from local Indians for 60 guilders worth of trinkets
1664 - British conquer New Netherland (New York)

The World Almanac of the U.S.A, by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse, 1996
1704 - February 28 - Frenchman Elias Neau opens a school for blacks in NYC
News  1712 - April 7 - Slave revolt in New York kills 6 white men, 21 African Americans executed
April 7, 1712
1725 - First Newspaper in New York
The first [newspaper] in New York was "The New York Gazette," [published] in 1725. 1755.htm
News  1728 - December 17 - Congregation Shearith Israel of New York purchases a lot on Mill Street in lower Manhattan to build the city's first synagogue
December 17, 1728
News  1736 - March 31 - Belleuve Hospital founded in a New York City almshouse - 1st public hospital in the US
March 31, 1736
1765 - New York City hosts a colony conference dealing with the King of England's Stamp Act resources/ state-history-timeline/ new-york.html
1770 - January 19 - Battle of Golden Hill (Lower Manhattan)
1777 - New York City, long occupied by British troops, was evacuated. resources/state-history-timeline/ new-york.html
News  January 23, 1780 - The coldest day of the coldest month of record in the northeastern U.S.
A British Army thermometer in New York City registered a reading of 16 degrees below zero. During...Read MORE...

1785 - New York City named nation's capitol webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ nytimeln.htm
1789 - George Washington inaugurated as first U. S. president in New York City webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ nytimeln.htm
1792 - July 1 - A tremendous storm (a tornado or hurricane) hit Philadelphia and New York City. Many young people were drowned while out boating on that Sunday.
1799 - September 1 - Bank of Manhattan Company opens in NYC (forerunner to Chase Manhattan)
1801 - The popular tabloid New York Post was originally established in 1801 as a Federalist newspaper called the New York Evening Post by Alexander Hamilton, an author of the Federalist papers and the nation’s first secretary of the treasury. resources/ state-facts/ new-york.html
News  January 25, 1821 - The Hudson River was frozen solid during the midst of the coldest winter in forty-one years.
Thousands of persons crossed the ice from New York City to New Jersey, and refreshment taverns were ...Read MORE...

News  June 28, 1832: Cholera epidemic began in N.Y.C.

The Old Farmer's Almanac
June 28, 1832
Our city has just been the theatre and the victim of the most disastrous visitation ever known to...Read MORE...

News  1837 - May 10 – The Panic of 1837 begins in New York City.
May 10, 1837
1853 - Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations
Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations was a World's Fair held in 1853 in what is now Bryant...Read MORE...

News  1855 - We Wish You a Happy New Year.
We know how busy you are this morning - you can't stop to take a third cup, nor to eat half a...Read MORE...

1855 - August 1 - Castle Clinton in New York City opens as the first U.S. receiving station for immigrants.
News  1856 - St. Valentine's Day.
This is St. Valentine's Day, and if there has not been a wonderful reform in the general mind,...Read MORE...

News  1857 - March 23 – Elisha Otis' first elevator is installed (at 488 Broadway, New York City).
March 23, 1857
News  1857 - October 13 – Panic of 1857: New York banks close and do not reopen until December 12.
October 13, 1857
News  1858 - October 28 – Macy's department store, founded by R.H. Macy, opens for business in New York.
October 28, 1858
News  1863 - July 13 – American Civil War – New York Draft Riots: In New York City, opponents of conscription begin 3 days of violent rioting, which will be regarded as the worst in the history of the United States.
July 13, 1863
News  1864 - May 18 - The Civil War Gold Hoax was an 1864 hoax perpetrated by two US journalists to exploit the financial situation during the American Civil War.
On May 18, 1864, two New York City newspapers, the New York World and the New York Journal of...Read MORE...

News  1865 - January 4 – The New York Stock Exchange opens its first permanent headquarters at 10-12 Broad near Wall Street in New York City.
January 4, 1865
Yesterday afternoon at 5:30 o'clock, as EDWARD KENNY, a porter in the employ of Messrs. Purdy & ...Read MORE...

News  1873 - September 18 – The New York stock market crash triggers the Panic of 1873, part of the Long Depression.
September 18, 1873
1873 - October 20 - P. T. Barnum’s Hippodrome opens in New York City featuring “The Greatest Show on Earth.” It is destroyed in a fire on December 23, 1873.
News  1874 - November 9 - A famous hoax at the zoo, called the New York Zoo hoax, is also known as The Central Park Zoo Escape and the Central Park Menagerie Scare of 1874.
It was a hoax perpetrated by the New York Herald about a supposed breakout of animals from the...Read MORE...

News  1875 - December 4 – Notorious New York City politician Boss Tweed escapes from prison and flees to Cuba, then to Spain.
December 4, 1875
News  1879 - May 30 – New York City's Gilmore's Garden is renamed Madison Square Garden by William Henry Vanderbilt, and is opened to the public at 26th Street and Madison Avenue.
May 30, 1879

1882 - March 3 - NY Steam Corp begins distributing steam to Manhattan buildings
News  1882 - September 4 - Thomas Edison flips the switch to the first commercial electrical power plant in history, lighting one square mile of lower Manhattan. This is considered by many as the day that began the electrical age.
September 4, 1882
News  1883 - January 4 – Life magazine is founded in New York City.
"Life was founded January 4, 1883, in a New York City artist’s studio at 1155 Broadway. The...Read MORE...

1883 - November 27 - Fire engines were called out in New York City and New Haven, CT, as a result of the afterglow of the sunset due to vivid red ash from the Krakatoa Volcano explosion in August.

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News  1885 - March 3 – A subsidiary of the American Bell Telephone Company, American Telephone and Telegraph (AT&T), is incorporated in New York.
March 3, 1885
1885 - The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York Harbor.
The formal reception of Bartholdi's great statue of "Liberty Enlightening the World" took place at...Read MORE...

1888 - "The Great White Hurricane"
March 11-14, 1888
More than 120 winters have come and gone since the so-called “Great White...Read MORE...

News  1889 - July 8 – The Wall Street Journal is established.
"...The first issue of The Wall Street Journal appeared on July 8, 1889. It cost two cents per...Read MORE...

News  1891 - May 5 – The Music Hall in New York (now known as Carnegie Hall) has its grand opening and first public performance, with maestro Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky as the guest conductor.
May 5, 1891
1892 - NO MORE BARGE OFFICE. Immigrants Will Hereafter Land at Ellis Island.
New York, Jan. 1. - Without any ceremony or formal opening the immigration officials of this city...Read MORE...

News  1893 - May 5 – Panic of 1893: A crash on the New York Stock Exchange starts a depression.
May 5, 1893
News  1894 - September 4 – In New York City, 12,000 tailors strike against sweatshop working conditions.
September 4, 1894
New York, March 2. - The accident occurred about 3:55 o'clock in the afternoon. Without the...Read MORE...

News  1895 - November 25 - Oscar Hammerstein opens the Olympia Theatre, the first theatre to be built in New York City's Times Square district.
November 25, 1895
1896 - Nine-day heatwave in NYC killed 420 webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ nytimeln.htm
News  1896 - May 26 – Charles Dow's Dow Jones Industrial Average first appears in the Wall Street Journal.
"Charles Henry Dow, born in Sterling, Connecticut on November 5, 1851, was the son of a farmer who...Read MORE...

News  1897 - September 21 – Francis P. Church responds to a letter to the editor that is known as the famous "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" letter. (wikipedia)
"DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old.
"Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.
"Papa...

News  1897 - While Preparing a Christmas Tree for Her Children Mrs. Rice Fell Dead - A CLOCK'S SUPPOSED WARNING
Father Had Saved His Earnings for Six Months to Give His Children the First Tree They Had Ever...Read MORE...

News  1898 - January 1 – New York City annexes land from surrounding counties, creating the City of Greater New York. The city is geographically divided into five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island.
January 1, 1898
News  1898 - Open Air Courtship
With the coming of summer in New York the open air courtships begin. There is hardly the shadow of...Read MORE...

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News  1899 - July 19 – The Newsboys Strike takes place when the Newsies of New York go on strike (until August 2).
July 19, 1899
News  1900 - March 24 - New York City Mayor Robert Anderson Van Wyck breaks ground for a new underground "Rapid Transit Railroad" that would link Manhattan and Brooklyn.
March 24, 1900
News  1901 - May 17 – The U.S. stock market crashes.
May 17, 1901
News  1902 - January 8 – A train collision in the New York Central Railroad's Park Avenue Tunnel kills 17, injures 38, and leads to increased demand for electric trains and led to the banning of Steam locomotives in the state.
January 8, 1902
News  1902 - June 15 – The New York Central railroad inaugurates the 20th Century Limited passenger train between Chicago and New York City.
June 15 1902
1903 - NYC - Crayons were invented by Edwin Binney and Harold Smith, who owned a paint company in New York City, NY, USA. Binney and Smith invented the modern-day crayon by combining paraffin wax with pigments (colorants).
These inexpensive art supplies were an instant success since they were first marketed as Crayola...Read MORE...

News  1903 - March 2 – In New York City, the Martha Washington Hotel, the first hotel exclusively for women, opens.
March 2, 1903
Two Men Travel from San Francisco to New York - Have Reached Syracuse.

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News  1903 - October 9 - New York City was deluged with 11.17 inches of rain in 24 hours to establish a state record.
October 9, 1903
1903 - December 19 - Williamsburg suspension bridge opens between Brooklyn & Manhattan
News  1904 - June 15 – A fire aboard the steamboat General Slocum in New York City's East River kills 1,021.
June 15, 1904
News  1904 - October 27 – The first underground line of the New York City Subway opens.
October 27, 1904
News  1904 - December 31 – In New York City, the first New Year's Eve celebration is held in Times Square.
"In 1904, the New York Times moved from the City Hall are to the triangular piece of land at the...Read MORE...

Manhattan, a borough of the city of New York. It comprises Manhattan, Governor's, Bedloe's, Ellis,...Read MORE...

Parkinson's in Whitehall Street Destroyed and Several Persons Burned.

An aged scrubwoman was...

1909 - March 30 - Queensboro Bridge opens, linking Manhattan & Queens
News  1910 - Saved by a Strong Clothesline
Five-Story Fall Didn’t Feaze [sic] Him
Seven-Year-Old, Emulating Feats of Firemen, Drops Through...

News  1911 - March 25 – A fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City kills 146.
March 25, 1911
News  1913 - February 1 – New York City's Grand Central Terminal, having been rebuilt, reopens as the world's largest railroad station.
February 1, 1913
News  1913 - April 24 – The Woolworth Building opens in New York City. Designed by Cass Gilbert, it is the tallest building in the world at this date and for more than a decade after.
April 24, 1913
News  1914 - August 1 - New York Stock Exchange closed due to war in Europe, where nearly all stock exchanges are already closed.
August 1, 1914
1914 - Carrier Pigeon is Bridal Messenger
NEW YORK, Nov. 3 - Ever since a Belgian rabbit escaped from one of the rooms on the fifth floor of...Read MORE...

News  1914 - December 12 – The New York Stock Exchange re-opens, having been closed since August 1 except for bond trading.
December 12, 1914
News  1920 - January 9 – Thousands of onlookers watch as "The Human Fly" George Polley climbs the Woolworth Building in New York City. He reaches the 30th floor before being arrested.
January 9, 1920
News  1924 - November 27 – In New York City the first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is held
November 27, 1924
News  1926 - February 1 – Land on Broadway and Wall Street in New York City is sold at a record $7 per sq inch.
February 1, 1926
Youngster Wind Gold Medal for Refusing to Sell Liquor

NEW YORK. March 25 - Satisfaction of the...

1929 - October 24–29 – Wall Street Crash of 1929: Three multi-digit percentage drops wipe out more than $30 billion from the New York Stock Exchange (10 times greater than the annual budget of the federal government).
In the 1920s, the stock market was rapidly growing. Many investors hoped to quickly get...Read MORE...

News  1930 - February 26 - 1st red & green traffic lights installed (Manhattan NYC)
February 26, 1930
1931 - May 1 - The Empire State Building Opens
President Herbert Hoover pressed a button in Washington, D.C., and on came the lights in the...Read MORE...

News  1932 - November 16 – New York City's Palace Theatre fully converts to a cinema, which is considered the final death knell of vaudeville as a popular entertainment in the United States.
November 16, 1932
News  1932 - December 27 - Radio City Music Hall opens in New York City.
December 27, 1932
News  1933 - March 15 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average rises from 53.84 to 62.10. The day's gain of 15.34%, achieved during the depths of the Great Depression, remains to date as the largest 1-day percentage gain for the index.
March 15, 1933
1934 - Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade established in New York City
News  1935 - March 19 – Harlem Riot of 1935: A race riot breaks out in Harlem (New York City) after a rumor circulates that a teenage Puerto Rican shoplifter in the S. H. Kress & Co. department store has been brutally beaten.
March 19, 1935
News  1936 - July 11 - Triborough Bridge linking Manhattan, Bronx & Queens opens
July 11, 1936
...New York City Drenched.
New York city's 7,000,000 inhabitants, who barely escaped the worst of...Read MORE...

1939 - April 30 - World's Fair opens in New York City

April 30, 1939
1940 - November 18 - George Matesky, New York City's Mad Bomber places his first bomb at a Manhattan office building used by Consolidated Edison.
News  1943 - March 31 – Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! opens on Broadway
March 31, 1943
...In New York City, sidewalks were virtually deserted. Wind whipping sheets of rain around the...Read MORE...

News  July 28, 1945: A U.S. bomber flying through thick fog at about 200 mph crashed into the 79th floor of New York's Empire State Building, killing 14 people

The Old Farmer's Almanac
July 28, 1945
News  1945 - October 29 - At Gimbels Department Store in New York City, the first ballpoint pens go on sale at $12.50 each.
October 29, 1945
1946 - New York City is chosen as the site of the United Nations

News  1946 - December 20 - Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life, featuring James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Henry Travers, and Thomas Mitchell, is released in New York.
December 20, 1946
News  1947 - December 26-27 - New York City received a record 26.4 inches of snow in 24 hours, with as much as 32 inches reported in the suburbs.
The heavy snow brought traffic to a standstill, and snow removal cost eight million dollars....Read MORE...

1951 - January 10 - UN headquarters opens in Manhattan NY
News  1952 - February 5 - The first “Don’t Walk” sign was installed in New York City. The installation of this sign was inspired by the growing number of deaths resulting from pedestrian accidents.
February 5, 1952
1953 - November - Residents of New York City suffered through ten days of smog resulting in 200 deaths.

The Weather Channel
1964 - April 22 - World's Fair opens in New York City

April 22, 1964
1972 - Hurricane Agnes
June 22
1:00 p.m. EDT (18:00 UTC) – Tropical Storm Agnes makes landfall near New York City, New...Read MORE...

News  1973 - April 4 – The World Trade Center officially opens in New York City with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

April 4, 1973
News  1977 - July 13 - Lightning struck a key electrical transmission line in Westchester County of southeastern New York State plunging New York City into darkness.
July 13, 1977
1993 - World Trade Center bombing

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