Geneva1934 Jan 1 Columbia defeats Stanford in the Rose Bowl. Jan 7 Russia's first ambassador to the U. S. arrives in New York City. Jan 19 Robert Moses becomes New York City's first city-wide parks commissioner. Feb 1 A New York City art gallery holds a retrospective of painter Georgia O'Keefe. Feb 6 New York City taxi drivers walk off the job. Feb 11 Pianist Vladimir Horowitz makes his debut with the New York Philharmonic. Feb 16 Due to January's devaluation of the dollar $100,000 worth of gold arrives in New York City. ** A rally in New York City's Madison Square Garden turns into a free-for-all between Communists and Socialists. Feb 20 A snowstorm hits the northeastern U. S., causing more than thirty deaths. ** Virgil Thomson's opera Four Saints in Three Acts opens in New York City, with its librettist Gertrude Stein in the audience. Feb 22 Frank Capra's It Happened One Night opens at Radio City Music Hall. March Batavia businesswoman Mary Sweetland moves her Main Street restaurant further along the street, renames it the Berry Patch. Mar 6 New York City's cab drivers return to work, having won a wage increase. Mar 17 5,000 blacks riot in New York City over the Scottsboro Boys trial. Mar 27 Dance Theatre of Harlem founder Arthur Mitchell is born in New York City. Mar 29 U. S. philanthropist and arts patron Otto Hermann Kahn dies in New York City. Apr 7 A pro-Nazi rally in a Queens stadium erupts in a number of small skirmishes when anti-Nazi protestors gather outside the arena. May 17 20,000 people attend a pro-Nazi rally at Madison Square Garden. May 22 Pianist Peter Nero is born in New York City. May 31 President Franklin D. Roosevelt reviews a U. S. fleet of 81 warships and 185 planes, in New York City harbor. Jun 13 Max Baer knocks out Carnera, in New York City, to become the new heavyweight boxing champion. Jun 24 Fats Waller records Somebody Stole My Gal, Dinah, 12th Street Rag and Blue Because of You. Jul 9 American Airlines inaugurates sleeper service between New York and Chicago. Aug 13 15,000 tons of rock plunge into the gorge below Niagara Falls. Sep 1 Colonel Roscoe Turner flies from New York to Los Angeles in ten hours, two minutes and 51 seconds, beating his old record. Sep 4 A New York City court sentences John Smiuske to six months in jail for burning a satirical portrait of President Roosevelt. Sep 8 Ku Klux Klan members in Westchester County pledge support for Naziism. Sep 15 A New York City gas station attendant is paid with a five dollar gold certificate that turns out to be from the Lindbergh ransom. He jots down the license plate number. Sep 20 Bruno Hauptmann is arrested for receiving the Lindbergh ransom. October Con artist Charles Ponzi is deported to Italy. ** Cleveland Still, first tenor with The Dubs, is born in New York City. Oct 1 The New York Stock Exchange registers with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Oct 8 Baritone Doc Green of The Drifters is born in New York City. Oct 13 New York City police sink 1,155 slot machines in Long Island Sound. Oct 25 A Union Pacific train makes a record-setting transcontinental run, New York to Los Angeles, in 57 hours. Oct 28 The FERA arranges to buy Long Island potatoes to feed the needy. Nov 1 Union Pacific's new diesel cuts 14-and-a-half hours off the Los Angeles to New York run. Nov 4 New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art opens a new show on industrial art. Nov 9 Astronomer-author Carl Edward Sagan is born in New York City. Nov 21 Cole Porter's Anything Goes opens on Broadway. Dec 20 The New York Philharmonic premieres Philip James' Bret Harte Overture. City Robert Moses begins construction of Orchard Beach in the Bronx. ** The women's Zionist organization Hadassah forms Youth Aliyah to rescue German children. ** 70 trains a day are now crossing the Spuyten Duyvil Bridge. ** Salvador Dali has a show at a local gallery. ** Giants pitcher Carl Hubbell strikes out five batters in succession during an All-Star Game. State Ted Zornow, Sr. purchases his in-law's Pittsford produce business and converts it into a bean and grain processing mill. ** The U. S. Veretans' Facilty opens in Batavia. Rochester The city celebrates its centennial. Among the guests is Joseph Leech, mayor of Rochester, England. ** Architect Claude Bragdon edits and writes the introduction to Louis Sullivan's Kindergarten Chatss. 1935 Feb 12 Talullah Bankhead opens in New York, in a revival of Somerset Maugham's Rain. Feb 21 Playwright Leonard Melfi is born in Binghamton. Mar 18 Riots break out in West Harlem after a young black boy is caught shoplifting and is released. Untrue rumors spread out of control and before order is restored one person is dead and over a hundred are injured. Apr 8 Newspaper publisher Adolph Simon Ochs dies. Jun 17 Songwriter-folksinger Margaret (Peggy) Seeger is born in New York City. Jul 2 The Rip Van Winkle Bridge over the Hudson River opens. Aug 26 Politician Geraldine Anne Ferraro is born in Newburgh. Sep 13 New York State's Civilian Conservation Corps camp in Long Island's Stony Brook State Park (SP-55) opens. Oct 12 Batavia's Dellinger Theatre burns down. Oct 23 New York City mobster Lucky Luciano has rival Dutch Schultz rubbed out, in Newark, New Jersey. Another Luciano victim, Marty Krompier, survives a Manhattan attack with four bullets in him. Nov 12 Greta Peltz shoots and kills her lover Fritz Gebhardt in their New York City apartment. She claims he tried to force her to perform an unnatural act and is acquitted. Dec 1 Producer-director-comedian Woody Allen is born in New York City. Dec 30 Baseball player Sanford ("Sandy")Koufax is born in Brooklyn. City Naturalist Roy Chapman Andrews is named director of the American Museum of Natural History, serving until 1942. ** The London Terrace apartment complex is foreclosed. ** Pace Institute is incorporated. ** Babe Ruth leaves the Yankees to play for the Boston Braves. ** Max Baer loses the world's heavyweight championship to James J. Braddock in Long Island City. ** Alfred Lunt and Lynne Fontanne's The Taming of the Shrew, Billy Rose's Jumbo, George Abbott's productions of Boy Meets Girl andThree Men on a Horse and Cole Porter's musical Jubilee. , all premiere. ** The Wall Street investment firm of Morgan Stanley is founded. ** Norwegian soprano Kirsten Flagstad makes her U. S. debut at the Metropolitan Opera. ** Photographer Berenice Abbott obtains a grant from the Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), to produce a photographic record of the city. State John Bridger builds a diner at the intersection of routes 20 and 63, next to a new ESSO gas station run by a Mr. Ayers. The facility will become the Texaco Town truck stop. The local school burns down and an asbestos building is moved to the site as a temporary substitute. ** Mormons in the Palmyra area stage the first Hill Cumorah Pageant. ** The movie The Farmer Takes a Wife is filmed on the Erie Canal. Rochester The federal government assumes the cost of the lower basin at the Port of Rochester. 1936 Jan 1 The Civilian Conservation Corps camp in Stony Brook State Park closes, after three-and-a-half months of operation. Jan 29 Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, George Herman "Babe" Ruth, Christopher "Christy" Mathewson, and Walter Perry Johnson are the first inductees elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown. Apr 22 John Torrio, public enemy number two, is captured in New York City. Apr 25 The Socialist Labor Party convention meets in New York City. Apr 28 The Socialist Laborites adjourn, having nominated Massachusetts' J. W. Aiken and New York's Emil F. Teichert. Apr 29 Conductor Arturo Toscanini gives his farewell performance in Carnegie Hall. May 5 The Prohibition Party meets in Niagara Falls May 7 The Prohibition Party adjourns, having nominated New York's Dr. D. Leigh Colvin and Tennessee's Sergeant Alvin C. York. May 15 Playwright Paul Zindel is born on Staten Island. May 24 Yankees batter Tony Lazzeri drives in eleven runs in one game (including two grand slams) to set an American League record. The Yankees beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 25-2. May 28 Pare Lorenz' documentary The Plow That Broke the Plains opens in New York. Jun 1 The Queen Mary docks in New York. ** The Supreme Court declares that New York's 1933 Minimum Wage Law for Women is unconstitutional, in Morehead V. New York ex rel. Tipaldo. The law had also covered children. Jun 14 The 17-year locust reappears in the northeast U. S., hitting Long Island especially hard. Jun 18 Lucky Luciano is convicted on 62 counts of compulsory prostitution. Jun 19 Max Schmeling knocks out Joe Louis in the twelfth round, in New York City. Jun 24 The Communist Party meets in New York City. Jun 28 The Communist Party adjourns, having nominated New York's Earl Browder and James W. Ford. 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. Jun 29 Ground is broken on Long Island for New York City's World's Fair. Jul 11 New York City's Triborough Bridge opens, connecting Manhattan, the Bronx and Queens. 20,000 people cross the bridge today. Aug 4 Bass singer Elsberry Hobbs of The Drifters is born in New York City. Aug 5 Dance instructors gather in New York City to reach a consensus on the nature of "swing" music. Aug 18 Joe Louis knocks out Jack Sharkey in New York City. Aug 20 Ballerina Carla Fracci of the America Ballet Theater is born in Italy. Aug 23 One route of Rochester's New York State Railways streetcar lines is discontinued. ** Lead singer of The Drifters Rudy Lewis is born in New York City. Aug 30 Ten more routes of Rochester's New York State Railways streetcar lines are discontinued. September Rochester gets new buses to replace the recently discontinued trolley lines. Sep 12 Fred Perry and Alice Marbel win the Forest Hills tennis championships. Oct 1 Ballet dancer Edward Villella is born in Bayside. Oct 6 The Yankees defeat the Giants, 4 games to 2, to win the World Series. Oct 9 Joe Louis defeats Jorge Brescia in New York City. Oct 25 A melee breaks out over a call during a football game between the Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles. A referee has his shirt torn apart. Nov 4 New York State's Communist Party fails to get enough votes to be legally viable. Dec 9 A show of Dada and Surrealistic art opens in New York City. Dec 12 The Henry Hudson Bridge, over New York City's Harlem River, opens. Dec 13 Football's old Brooklyn Dodgers team beats the St. Louis Terriers 100-0 in an exhibition game, scoring an average two points a minute. Dec 25 Yellow journalism editor Arthur Brisbane, 72, dies in New York City. City Bronx's Orchard Beach is completed. ** Construction of a Queens Midtown Tunnel begins, as well as that for a subway. ** Construction begins on a project to bring Delaware River water to the city for its supply. ** A second tunnel is completed connecting the city to water from the Catskills. ** Robert E. Sherwood wins the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Idiot's Delight. Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne star in the Broadway production. ** Rose Louise Hovick first appears under the name of Gypsy Rose Lee in the Ziegfeld Follies. ** George Balanchine choreographs the number Slaughter on Tenth Avenue for George Abbott's production of Richard Rodgers and Lornz Hart's musical On Your Toes, danced by Ray Bolger. State A referendum is put before Cortland voters, to preserve the Randall Mansion. It fails. ** An expedition from the Rochester Museum, including historian J. Sheldon Fisher, excavates the Wadsworth Mound, from the Hopewell culture, south of Geneseo. ** Batavia's Cary family donates their East Main Street home to th city. After several years the city will find the upkeep to be too expensive and will return it. ** Benjamin O. Davis becomes the fourth black to graduate from West Point. Rochester The Port of Rochester's imports climb back to $1,000,000. ** Downtown's Rundell Memorial Library opens. David Minor Eagles Byte Historical Research Rochester, New York 716 264-0423