Geneva1939 Jan 20 Charles Ives "Concord" Sonata is given its premiere in New York City. Jan 25 Boxer Joe Louis knocks out John Henry Lewis in New York City. Feb 22 22,000 American Nazis rally in Madison Square Garden. Feb 24 Tammany Hall district leader James H. Hines is convicted of taking bribes from the Dutch Schulz gang. The prosecution is conducted by New York District AttorneyThomas E. Dewey. Feb 28 A contractor admits he erased "Made in Germany" from machines sold to the City of New York. ** Broadway dancer-choreographer-director Tommy Tune is born in Wichita Falls, Texas. March Recovered from tuberculosis, trumpeter L Carter Big Band at New York City's Savoy Ballroom. Mar 3 John Ford's Stagecoach premieres at Radio City Music Hall. Mar 11 Trolley service in Elmira is discontinued. Mar 25 A New York City anti-Nazi march draws 20,000 people. Mar 30 Hitler's nephew William, living in New York City, calls his uncle a "menace". Apr 1 Actress Ali Macgraw is born in Pound Ridge. Apr 29 The Bronx-Whitestone Bridge, linking the Bronx with Long Island, opens to traffic. Apr 30 The New York World's Fair opens in Long Island's Flushing Meadows. Roosevelt opens the fair from the Court of Peace, by pushing a button that starts a reaction utilizing the light from the star Arcturus. 22 foreign countries, not including Germany, exhibit. The event is televised and broadcast from New York City's Empire State Building. May Louis Bacon leaves Benny Carter's Big Band to sail to Europe and join Willie Lewis and his orchestra. ** Office space is provided for the City Health Department in the basement of Batavia's City Hall. May 2 Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig breaks his streak of 2,130 consecutive games, never plays again. May 4 The New York World's Fair's one-millionth visitor enters. May 16 Rochester begins the first food-stamp plan, to get surplus food stocks to the needy. May 20 Regular transatlantic air service begins as the Pan American Airways' Yankee Clipper, takes off for Europe from Port Washington Jun 1 A Douglas DC-4 flies 40 passengers from Chicago to New York, inaugurating service between the two cities. Jun 10 England's King George and Queen Elizabeth visit the World's Fair. Jun 12 The Baseball Hall of Fame Museum opens in Cooperstown. The first players chosen for membership are Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Babe Ruth, and Honus Wagner. Jun 28 Pan-American Airways' Dixie Clipper lands in Lisbon with 22 people aboard from Port Washington, Long Island, inaugurating transatlantic passenger air service with a flight lasting 23 hours and 52 minutes. ** Joe Louis defeats Tony Galento in New York City. Jul 4 Lou Gehrig says goodbye to 61,808 of his fans at Yankee Stadium as he retires from baseball because of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, which will be nicknamed after him. Jul 10 Pan Am's Yankee Clipper establishes regular transatlantic passenger service when it lands in London. Jul 14 State Senator C. Tracey Stagg is found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the woods near his Ithaca home. A note blames poor health and work pressures. Jul 25 Rookie pitcher Atley Donald leads the Yankees to a 5-1 victory over the St. Louis Browns, in his 12th straight victory - an American League record for a rookie starting pitcher. Jul 27 Switzerland's Bank of Basle announces it will open a branch in New York City. Aug 9 Yankees third baseman Red Rolfe scores the beginning run of a 18-game scoring streak. He will score 30 runs altogether in that time. ** New York television station W2XBS is the first television station to telecast a tennis tournament, from Rye. Aug 12 90,000 people in New York City march in an American Federation of Labor (AFL) parade. Aug 26 W2XBS televises the first baseball games in a double-header between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. Aug 27 Baseball player Carl Michael Yastrzemski is born in Southampton. ** The World's Fair sets an one-day attendance record of 306,480. Sep 5 Prices soar on the New York Stock Exchange. Sep 17 Alice Marble and Bobby Riggs win the U. S. tennis championships at Forest Hills. Sep 28 1,000 delegates to the Women's Christian Temperance League (WCTU) convention being held in Rochester, travel by 52 buses fifteen miles west to Churchville, to honor the 100th birthday of founder Frances Willard, born there. Oct 8 The Yankees win the World Series, against the Cincinnati Reds, seven games to four. Oct 15 New York City mayor Fiorello LaGuardia dedicates North Beach Airport, since named after him. Oct 20 Frank Capra's film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington premieres at Radio City Music Hall. Oct 21 The Advisory Committee of Uranium meets in New York City to consider the possibility of making an atomic bomb. Oct 31 The New York World's Fair closes. Nov 1 Rockefeller Center, designed by Corbett, Harrison and MacMurray; Hoat, Godley and Fouilhouz; and Reinhard and Hofmeister, opens. Nov 8 Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse's dramatization of Life with Father opens with Lindsay playing the title role, runs for seven years. ** Admiral Richard Byrd's snow cruiser, on its way to Boston for an Antarctic expedition, breaks down on Route 20 at the Texaco Town truck stop. It's repaired three days later and continues on. Nov 29 Bund leader Fritz Kuhn is found guilty of larceny, in New York City. Dec 5 Fritz Kuhn is sentenced to two to five years in prison. City The dismantling of the Sixth Avenue elevated line begins. ** President Roosevelt steps in to settle the dispute over the building of a bridge between lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, denying federal funds for the project. The bridge project becomes a tunnel project, 1949's Brooklyn Battery Tunnel. ** The Museum of Modern Art moves to its present location. ** Berenice Abbott finishes working on the photographic document of the city that will be published as Changing New York. ** Louis Zabar opens a delicatessen at 2245 Broadway. ** Morocco-born Sheik Daoud Ahmed Faisal and his wife, Bermuda-born Sayedah (Mother) Khadijah Faisal found Brooklyn Heights' Islamic Mission of America mosque. ** 8,000,000 vehicles use the George Washington Bridge this year. ** William Zorach sculpts Builders of the Future for the World's Fair. ** Leo Durocher becomes manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers. ** Lou Gehrig is elected to the Hall of Fame. ** The Group Theater produces William Saroyan's Time of Your Life. ** George F. Kaufman and Moss Hart's The Man Who Came to Dinner, Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes and Philip Barry's The Philadelphia Story, premiere on Braodway. ** Dorothy Schiff becomes owner and publisher of the New York Post . ** A Princeton-Columbia baseball game is the first televised college sports event. ** The Straw Hat Revue opens at th Ambassador Theater. It stars unknowns Danny Kaye, Jerome Robbins, Alfred Drake and Imogene Coca. State Future Hammondsport mayor C. Arthur Niver and his wife Julia move there. ** The approximate date Italian immigrant Augustino Iacovelli begins selling spiedies, a shish-kabob variation, in Binghamton. ** The children of Orator F. and Cora Talmadge Woodward donate a library to the village of Le Roy. ** Samuel I. Newhouse buys New York's Syracuse Journal. Batavia Businessman Fred B. Parker serves as commissioner of New York State exhibits at the New York World's Fair. ** The Clippers baseball team contends in the Class D Pennsylvania, Ontario and New York (PONY) League. Rochester The city's Italian Cultural Club is formed, open to all those speaking the language. David Minor Eagles Byte Historical Research Rochester, New York 716 264-0423