Jan 5 in NYC History
Sugar Hill crosses over into the charts;
Birth of scheduled shipping revolutionizes trade.
Posted: Jan 5, 2013 | 1:47 AM
by Jared Goldstein
1818: The sailing ship James Monroe sets off from New York for Liverpool at exactly 10 a.m., marking the beginning of international shipping run on a set schedule – a revolutionary idea in its day.
This is just part of the South Street Seaport's rich and innovative heritage that I touch on in my Seaport Tours, which is the official tour of both the South Street Seaport Museum and the South Street Seaport Mall.
1877: Clergyman Henry Sloane Coffin born. He died in 1954.
1925: Lou Carnesecca, champion basketball coach for St. John's University (1989 NIT and 1985 NCAA Final Four), and the New York Nets' 1972 ABA Finals, born in NYC.
1931: Alvin Ailey Jr., choreographer and dancer; founded Ailey American Dance Theater, born. He died in 1989.
1942: Charlie Rose, Broadcast journalist, turns 71.
1946: Diane Keaton, Actress, turns 67.
1953: George Tenet, Former CIA director, turns 60.
1957: Jackie Robinson, who integrated the Major
Leagues in 1947, announced his retirement from baseball weeks after the Dodgers trade him to the cross-town rival Giants for $35,000 and a pitcher.
1970: Soap opera "All My Children" premiered on ABC-TV.
1973: Bruce Springsteen's debut album, "Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.," released.
1980: The Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" becomes hip-hop's first Top 40 hit. We see the Sugar Hill projects during my Harlem tours.
1993: Reggie "Mr. October" Jackson becomes a Baseball Hall of Famer.