Thursday, September 21, 2017

Dates in Bridgeport History

January 1 1874 Gustave "First in Flight" Whitehead was born.

January 2 1958 The Connecticut Turnpike officially opened

January 3 1993 An article in the Connecticut Post informs the public of the Golden Hill Paugussett Nation land claims in Bridgeport and Trumbull.

January 4 1830 Charles Stratton, better known as Tom Thumb, was born in Bridgeport.

January 5 1948 Central High alumnus James Shannon leaves Governor 's office.

January 6 1996 Blizzard hits Bridgeport, 17 inches of snow recorded.

January 7 1948 Congress Junior High School burns down.

January 8 1919 Baseball Hall of Famer James O’Rourke Died

January 8 1649 Joseph Middlebrook along with 8 others settled in the Pequonnock (Bridgeport) district of Fairfield and was granted by the town of Fairfield one home lots consisting of 2 1/2 acres

January 10 1958 Congragation B'nai Israel dedicates its second Park Avenue Temple.

January 11 1943 Future Staff Sergeant William D Carson, casualty of the Vietnam War. was born in Bridgeport. As a member of the Army, SSG Carson served our country until December 25th, 1966 in South Vietnam.

January 12 1906 The Mohegan Springs Bottling Plant was destroyed by fire with a $35,000 loss

January 13 1957 The Wham-O Company developed the first plastic Frisbee. The most popular theory as to how this flying disc came to be dates back to the 1920s when Yale students invented a game of catch by tossing around metal pie tins from the Frisbee Baking Company in nearby Bridgeport, Connecticut.

January 14 1840 The Lexington, a paddlewheeler, sank just south of BPT

January 15 1872 Mr. Ferry, of Connecticut, presented a memorial of citizens of Bridgeport, Connecticut, to the United States Senate praying that the influence of the Government may be exerted to induce all the great powers to enter into treaties of arbitration for the settlement of international disputes; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

January 16 1810 The warden and burgesses met and established by-laws for the community, one of which restrained swine from going at large with borough limits.

January 16 1882 Bridgeport Public Library located at 440 Main Street opens its doors to the residents of the city.

January 17 1917 John Curtis, Medal of Honor Winner dies.

January 18 1894 Civil War General William Henry Noble died.

January 21 1777 Captain Thaddeus Bennett dies in the Revolutionary War.

January 22 1958 Igor Sikorsky received Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Citizen's Award.

January 23 1866 Cars commenced to travel over the tracks of the Bridgeport Horse Railroad.

January 24 1964 Future Cinncinatti Reds pitcher, Ron Dibble, is born in Bridgeport.

January 25 1986 Former University of Bridgeport player Manute Bol has 15 blocked shots for the Washington Bullets.

January 27 1777 Captain Thaddeus Bennett, of Bridgeport, dies in the Revolutionary War.

January 30 1945 Col. Henry Mucci of Bridgeport and Army Rangers raid a Japanese prisoner of war camp and frees prisoners.

January 31 1927 The Drag, Mae West's play about gay men, opened in Bridgeport Connecticut.

February 2 2002 Dick Alexander, who was the area's first black radio announcer when his career began decades ago at WICC in Bridgeport, died

February 5 1892 A federal building is erected on the corner of Broad and Cannon St. on the site of the old St. John's Church and opened to the public.

February 7 1883 George W. Hills first published the Daily Post in East Bridgeport in 1883.

February 9 1928 Walt Kelly's cartoon appears in "The Spectator", the student newspaper at Harding.

February 10 1863 Tom Thumb and Lavinia Warren married

February 11 1840 The Housatonic Railroad opened with the first train travelling from Bridgeport to New Milford.

February 12 1902 Major League Baseball player Kiddo Davis born in Bridgeport.

February 15 1795 Harvey Hubble was born in Bridgeport

February 16 1946 1st commercially designed helicopter tested in Bridgeport

February 20 1934 The Bizzard of 1934 struck Bridgeport.

February 21 1947 Edwin Land demonstrated an instant camera and associated film. Called the Land Camera, it was in commercial sale less than two years later.

February 22 1815 Parade in Bridgeport celebrating peace between Britain and America. There was also a ball later in the evening at Knapp's Hotel.

February 27 1976 Downtown Caberet Theatre's official opening with VAUDEVILLE TROUPE

March 1 1850 The Rev. William Jennings was installed as minister at the new Black Rock Congregational Church.

March 3 1920 Two time U.S. Open winning golfer Julius Boros is born in Bridgeport

March 3 1982 Bridgeport Fire Captain Francis D. Federici died in line of duty.

March 4 1983 Major League Baseball player Kiddo Davis died in Bridgeport.

March 4 1938 Angus MacLise was born in Bridgeport. He would go on to become the first drummer for the classic rock band, The Velvet Underground.

March 7 1948 Central High alumnus James Shannon takes over as governor of Connecticut when the governor dies in office.

March 10 1860 Abraham Lincoln spoke to a large crowd in Washington Hall in Bridgeport.

March 10 1970 Bridgeport Fireman Robert Siksay died in line of duty

March 10 1860 Abraham Lincoln ate his first fried oyster dinner at the home of Frederick Wood in Bridgeport.

March 11 1988 Blizzard of 1888 hits Bridgeport creating drifts of up to 14 feet.

March 13 1865 Bridgeport's William Henry Noble is brevetted Brigadier General in the Union Army.

March 15 2002 Creighton eliminated Florida in the 1st round of the 2002 NCAA Tournament when Bridgeport's Terrell Taylor fit a game winning 3 point shot giving Creighton an 83-82 victory. Taylor was 8 of 10 from the 3 point line in the second half.

March 17 2004 John Mayer plays at the Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport

March 18 1999 Bridgeport Firefighter Walter J. Flyntz died in line of duty

March 19 2003 Mayor Ganim was convicted on multiple federal charges.

March 20 1979 Bridgeport's Romanesque-style railroad station, vacant since the 1975 construction of the new station,was destroyed by fire.

March 21 1983 Bridgeport Fire Captain Albert McGovern died in line of duty

March 22 2003 Central High School wins wins State Basketball Boys Championship.

March 22 1969 Dedication of Bridgeport Courthouse

March 28 1949 The movie, The Red Pony, starring Robert Mitchuum opens in the US.

April 1 1854 A new jail was erected on Broad Street.

April 3 1876 PT Barnum's official term as mayor ended.

April 4 1897 Christian Science had its beginning in Bridgeport when a group of 10 people met in the home of George M. Cleland at 67 Seeley Street, and decided to begin having Christian Science meetings.

April 5 1875 P.T. Barnum was elected mayor of Bridgeport.

April 6 1947 John Ratzenberger (Cliff Claven) is born in Black Rock.

April 7 1891 P.T. Barnum died

April 8 1795 The American Telegraphe newspaper begins publication in Bridgeport.

April 9, 2002 Quote from President George W. Bush while he was in Bridgeport: "And so, in my State of the -- my State of the Union -- or state -- my speech to the nation, whatever you want to call it, speech to the nation -- I asked Americans to give 4,000 years -- 4,000 hours over the next -- the rest of your life."

April 10 1865 A great celebration was held in Bridgeport celebrating the fall of Richmond and the surrender of Lee's army.

April 12 1841 Isaac Sherman, the first Mayor of Bridgeport is named postmaster.

April 13 1944 Executive Order 9435 signed, Authorizing the Secretary of the Navy To Take Possession of and To Operate the Plants and Facilities of Jenkins Brothers, Inc., at Bridgeport, Connecticut

April 14 2003 Aerosmith plays at the Harboryard Arena.

April 15 1869 E.E. Hubell, George E. Wheaton, John Knowles, and H.R. Parrott are elected as the first police comissioners of Bridgeport.

April 18 1889 Bridgeport was enlarged as the borough of West Stratford was taken in.

April 19 1957 The movie, Heaven Knows Mr. Allison, starring Robert Mitchuum opens in the US.

April 19 1973 Bridgeport Fireman William Keogh died in line of fire

April 20 1861 A great war meeting was held in Bridgeport. Mayor Sterling presided.

April 22, 1876 Jim O’Rourke got the first hit in the first game in the National League

April 23 1987 L'Ambiance tragedy, where a partially-completed apartment complex collapsed in 1987, killing 28 construction workers.

April 26 1872 James "Orator" o'Rourke first entered the major leagues with the Middleton Mansfields.

April 27 2004 Elton John played at the Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport

April 28 2004 Elton John played at the Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport

April 29 2003 Cher played at the Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport

April 30 1995 Bridgeport Jai Alai fronton had its last night.

May 1 1902 The first prototype gasoline-powered Locomobile is completed at the company's factory in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

May 5 2003 LL Cool J and Lil Kim play at the Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport

May 6 1891 Adriana Caselotti voice of Disney's Snow White is born in Bridgeport

May 10 1924 Mrs. Warren Harding helps lay cornerstone for Warren Harding High School.

May 11 2000 Pope John Paul II named Bishop Edward M. Egan of Bridgeport, Conn., the new head of the New York archdiocese.

May 12 1909 Pope John Paul II named Bishop Edward M. Egan of Bridgeport, Conn., the new head of the New York archdiocese. Edwin Herbert Land was born in Bridgeport. Among other things, he invented inexpensive filters for polarizing light, instant polaroid photography, and his retinex theory of color vision. At one time, he was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's richest scientist.

May 14 1906 15 tons of powder exploded and Remington woods caught fire.

May 16 1917 Bridgeport based Bassick Company is formed by the consolidation of the Burns and Bassick Company, the Universal Carter Company of New Jersey, and the M.B. Schenck Company of Connecticut.

May 17 1970 Chris Smith UCONN all time leading basketball scorer is born.

May 21 1807 The Bridgeport Bank opens with a capital stock of 200,000 in a house on Water Street.

May 21 1998 Bluefish plays the first baseball game at Harbor Yard

May 22 1955 Police in Bridgeport, Conn. cancel a scheduled dance headlined by Fats Domino, because, authorities say, "rock and roll dances might be featured." They justify their action noting "a recent near riot at the New Haven Arena," where rock and roll dances were featured.

May 25 1971 Major League Baseball player Angel Echevarria born in Bridgeport.

May 26 1959 Frisbee becomes a registered trademark of Wham-O Company. It was named for William Russell Frisbie of Bridgeport former owner of Frisbie Pie Company.

May 29 1997 The owners of the Bridgeport Bluefish reveals the name of their new minor league baseball team at a press conference.

June 1 1976 Bridgeport Jai Alai's opening night.

June 2 1831 P.T. Barnum's circus first began tour of the U.S.

June 4 1836 CHARTER DAY!!! Bridgeport was officially incorporated as a city.

June 5 1771 James Beardsley , who became a wealthy cattle baron, was born.

June 8 1877 Fire at hat factory on Crecent Avenue killed 11 people.

June 11 1821 Bridgeport holds its first Town meeting with General Enoch Foote presiding.

June 12 1886 Bridgeport based Western Union Company gains control of telegraph line from New York to Boston.

June 13 1695 Rev. Charles Chauncey was ordaineed as first pastor of the "First Church of Christ in Stratfield."

June 14 1942 The first bazooka, a rocket gun, was produced in Bridgeport, CT.

June 14 1952 Bridgeport born Julius Boros wins US Open.

June 14 1987 Lakers with Bridgeport's Wes Matthews win NBA Championship.

June 15 1930 Bridgeport Harbor Lighthouse Keeper Daniel F. McCoart rescued three persons whose boat had lost its rudder in a rough sea. The keeper towed the vessel into Bridgeport Harbor.

June 16 1936 Opening of Barnum Museum.

June 16 1878 Neal Ball's historic first Triple Play in Major League Basball

June 18 1891 Jacob Scheele became the last person hanged in the Bridgeport Jail.

June 19, 1909 A statue is unveiled in Beardsley Park dedicated to James. W. Beardsley.

June 21, 1979 Angus MacLise died. Angus was born in Bridgeport on March 4, 1938 and was the first drummer for the classic rock band The Velvet Underground.

June 22 1988 Lakers with Bridgeport's Wes Matthews win their second straight championship.

June 23 1963 Julius Boros wins US Open again

June 28 1905 St. Vincent's Medical Center formally opens following a call for a new Catholic hospital.

June 29 1978 Actor Bob Crane was bludgeoned to death in Scottsdale, Arizona, in a murder case that was never officially solved.

June 30 1853 General Assembly, stated that "from and after the first day of October next, the Supreme court of Errors, the Superior court and the County court in the county of Fairfield," should be held in Bridgeport.

July 1 1997 Actor Robert Mitchum died.

July 3 1959 Future St. Loius Cardinal, Kurt Kepshire, is born in Bridgeport

July 4 1863 Williams Hicks performs heroic acts at Gettysburg which would later win him the Medal of Honor.

July 4 1893 The bronze statue of PT Barnum is unveiled in Seaside Park.

July 5 1810 P.T. Barnum is born in Bethel. His father was names Philo and his grandfather Ephraim was a captain in the Revolutionary War.

July 7 1886 Medal of Honor Winner John MacKenzie was born.

July 9 1819 Elias Howe was born.

July 12 1911 The Federal Express of the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad, carrying the St. Louis Cardinals to Boston, plunges down an 18-foot embankment outside Bridgeport, CT, killing 14 passengers. The team's Pullmans were originally just behind the baggage coaches near the front. When noise prevented the players from sleeping, manager Bresnahan requested the car be changed. The day coach that replaced the players' car was crushed and splintered. The players help remove bodies and rescue the injured, then board a special train to Boston, where the day's game is postponed. The railroad pays each player $25 for his rescue work and for lost belongings.

July 13 1878 Professor C.F. Ritchel of Bridgeport appears on the cover of Harper's weekly demonstrating his new flying machine.

July 13 1969 Blind Faith, with Eric Clapton, appear in a concert at Kennedy Stadium.

July 14 1893 The Bridgeport Traction Company was formed from the Bridgeport Horse railway company, The Bridgeport Railway company and the East End Railway Company.

July 15 1883 Tom Thumb died.

July 19 1909 Cornelius “Neal” Ball completes Major League baseball’s very first Unassisted Triple Play.

July 21 1903 Roy Neuberger, future founder of the Neuberger Museum of Art is born in Bridgeport.

July 22 1918 Due to World War I, the Eastern League of baseball gets shut down, leaving the Bridgeport Giants in second place.

July 23 1862 William Noble of Bridgeport is commissioned as Colonel of the 17th Regiment of Connecticut Volunteers.

July 24 1917 Bridgeport holds World War I parade.

July 25 1936 The audience at the Park Theater in Bridgeport, Connecticut applauded the closing night performance of Macbeth directed by Orsen Welles.

July 26 1883 Elias Howe's Bridgeport factory burns down.

July 27 1979 Bridgeport Lieutenant Nicholas Soltis died in line of duty

July 28 1771 Lt. David Sherman and Captain John Burr were both struck and killed by lightning while worshipping at a meeting house.

July 29 1905 11 inches of rain in 16 hours broke dam at Beardsley Park causing a flood

August 1 1968 The Doors perform in a concert at Kennedy Stadium.

August 4 1930 The first baseball night game in Bridgeport is played at Newfield Park as the Bridgeport Bears took on the Springfield Ponies.

August 5 1862 John Curtis performed heroic acts at Battle of Baton Rouge which would later earn him a Medal of Honor.

August 6 1917 Robert Mitchum is born in Bridgeport.

August 6 1953 The Diocese of Bridgeport was established

August 7 1956 Bridgeport, Connecticut: Mechanics and Farmers Savings Bank opens first drive-up window

August 8 1849 The new Black Rock meeting house was dedicated,

August 9 1867 The Remington Corporation's global headquarters was created

August 10 1930 A small sailboat capsized near the Harbor Lighthouse station with two boys on board. One of the boys couldn't swim and was held up by the other boy until Keeper McCoart arrived and saved both boys from the water.

August 11 1896 Harvey Hubbell of Bridgeport, CT received a patent for the pull-chain, electric-light socket!

August 12 1943 Actress Deborah Walley, who was Photoplays Most Popular Actress of 1961 (Gidget) is born.

August 14 1901 Gustave Whitehead achieves first motorized flight.

August 15 1887 The city signed its first street lighting contract at fifty cents a lamp. By 1890 there were 108 street lamps.

August 16 1813 Future Civil War general William Henry Noble is born in Bridgeport.

August 17 1876 The Soldiers and Sailor's Monument at Seaside park was dedicated.

August 20 1824 General Lafayette visited the Borough of Bridgeport and stayed at Knapp's Hotel.

August 23 1894 The first electric trolley was started over the Bridgeport tracks.

August 24 1852 Major League Hall of Famer Jim O'Rourke is born.

August 24 1861 Union Loyalists sack the offices of the pro-peace Bridgeport Weekly Farmer newspaper.

August 25 1913 Walt Kelly, cartoonist, was born in Bridgeport.

August 26 1950 Bridgeport loses in final of Little League World Series to Houston

August 26 1968 Jimi Hendrix performs at Kennedy Stadium.

August 28 1965 Fred Deluca founds his Subway chain in Bridgeport.

August 29 1891 The Post Publishing Company was incorporated. The Post and The Telegram were published.

August 29 1975 Bridgeport Fireman John S. Wilczynski died in line of duty

September 1 1850 P.T. Barnum introduces to America the "Swedish Nightingale", Jenny Lind, the celebrated European soprano.

September 1, 1850 Future Hall of Famer James Henry O’Rourke was born in Bridgeport

September 4 1848 Louis Latimer, son of a former slave and a pioneer in the development of the electric light is born.

September 5 1875 PT Barnum was elected mayor of Bridgeport.

September 7 1825 PT Barnum's father dies leaving his mother with five children of whom Barnum at the age of fifteen was the oldest.

September 14 1776 Edward Borroughs, of Bridgeport, dies in the Revolutionary War.

September 15, 1885 PT Barnum's elephant, Jumbo dies after being struck by a freight train in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada.

September 19 2003 Nadine Domond is inducted into NE Basketball Hall of Fame

September 21 1938 One of the worst hurricanes to ever hit Bridgeport does heavy damage to the Black Rock Yacht Club and the Pleasure Beach Pier.

September 22 1904 When Jim O'Rourke took the field as catcher for the New York Giants, he set a still-unbroken record for oldest player ever to play in the National League

September 23 1713 The Widow Hubbell was voted to be tavern keeper for this year.

September 25 1917 The First Connecticut Ambulance Corps, known as "Bridgeport's Own" is ordered to the Western front of France during World War I.

September 26 2003 Rayovac Corp. buys Bridgeport based Remington Products Co.

September 27 2003 Fleetwood Mac plays at the Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport

September 28 1909 Cartoonist Al Capp is born.

September 29 1777 Lt. Nathan Seeley, of Bridgeport, dies in the Revolutionary War.

October 1 1897 Statue for Henry Bergh, founder of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and commisioned by PT Barnum is unveled at the entrance to Seaside Park.

October 2 1882 Southern New England Telephone Company (SNET) was formed.

October 3 1867 Elias Howe died.

October 3 1836 Isaac Sherman Jr. elected first Mayor of Bridgeport.

October 4 1948 The first Pogo strip appeared in the New York Star.

October 5 1836 First meeting of the court of common council of Bridgeport was held at the high school.

October 6 1866 Brothers Henry and James House, along with several passengers, drive their steam car six miles from Bridgeport to Stratford.

October 7 1933 Bridgeport's Kiddo Davis and NY Giants win World Series. Kiddo bats .368

October 8 1936 The Hindenburg flew over Bridgeport.

October 10 1927 Gustave Whitehead died.

October 12, 1885 First horse-drawn cars put in service by Bridgeport and West Stratford Horse Railroad Company.

October 15 1957 Cornelius “Neal” Ball , who had first unassisted triple play in the Major Leagues, dies and is buried in Bridgeport.

October 16 1943 The US Navy accepted its first helicopter, a Sikorsky YR-4B (HNS-1), at Bridgeport, Connecticut, following a 60 minute acceptance test flight by Lieutenant Commander F. A. Erickson, US Coast Guard.

October 17 1954 Piloting a Sikorsky XH-39, Warrant Officer Billy I. Wester, USA, established a world helicopter altitude record of 24,500 feet at Bridgeport, Conn.

October 18 1918 The first issue of Bridgeport High “The Criterion” is published.

October 22 1982 The movie, First Blood, starring Brian Dennehy opens in the US.

October 20 1894 Holy Ghost Orthodox Church, 1540 East Main St., is founded.

October 24 1908 Bridgeport's Locomobile becomes first Americam made car to win International Auto Race (Vanderbilt)

October 25 1898 Nonpareil Cork Company factory damaged by fire - Driver of fire engine killed responding to alarm.

October 28 1948 President Truman visited Bridgeport

October 29 1923 Future Silent Screen Star Louise Brooks dances with a troupe at the Majestic Theatre.

October 31 2001 The FBI announced indictment charges against Mayor Joseph Ganim

November 1 1967 Bridgeport Mayor Hugh Curran leads dedication ceremonies, with Jasper's widow Vida McLevy as a guest, in which the old City Hall is renamed McLevy Hall.

November 5 1979 Cartoonist Al Capp died.

November 6 1960 John F. Kennedy visted Bridgeport, campaigning, two days before the presidential elections.

November 7 1933 The Socialist Party of Bridgeport, Connecticut, won a stunning victory in the municipal election, garnering 48 percent of the votes cast in a three-way race and putting Jasper McLevy in the mayor's seat.

November 8 1904 U.S. Patent #774,250 is issued to Harvey Hubbell of Bridgeport for the first detachable electric plug.

November 9 1978 Bridgeport Fireman Nicolas Auriemma died in line of duty

November 11 1986 Bridgeport Fire Lieutenant William M. Hathaway died in line of duty

November 11 1914 Warner Brothers buys the patent for the brassiere.

November 12 1865 The Bridgeport Brass Company was incoporated.

November 13 1865 PT Barnum's New American Museum opens in Bridgeport.

November 14 2003 Kiss and Aerosmith performs at the Harboryard Arena.

November 15 1944 The movie, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, starring Robert Mitchuum opens in the US. November 17 1972 Walter Luckett appears on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

November 19 1962 Jasper McLevy, who served as mayor for 24 years, dies.

November 20, 1887 Nighttime blaze reduced most of the winter quarter of P.T. Barnum's circus.

November 21, 1926 WICC begins broadcasting.

November 22 1970 Elton John concert held at University of Bridgeport.

November 23 2003 John Fabrizi sworn in as Mayor of Bridgeport.

November 26, 1971 Bridgeport Police Lieutenant Harry Lattanzi died in line of duty

November 29 1980 Bridgeport Patolman Gerald DiJoseph died in line of duty

November 29 1945 Sikorsky test pilot Jimmy Viner and Capt. Jackson Beighle, AAF (acting as hoist operator) used a R-5 with a new hydraulic hoist to lift two men from a large barge breaking apart in a storm on Penfield Reef (off of Bridgeport, Conn). This effort, made in heavy rain and sixty mile per hour winds, marked the first use of a helicopter hoist to lift men from peril.

December 2 2002 Bridgeport City Council adopts a resolution authorizing the Mayor of Bridgeport to execute an agreement between the City of Bridgeport and the Golden Hill Tribe of the Paugussett Indian Nation concerning Indian Gaming Casino.

December 6 1982 Kurt Kepshire drafted by St. Louis Cardinals from the Cincinnati Reds in the Rule V draft.

December 8 1842 P.T. Barnum announces the appearance of General Tom Thumb on his museum bills.

December 12 1845 Midnight blaze in George Well's Oyster Saloon burned down half the downtown area. The downtown area moved up from the water to the present day Main Street as a result.

December 17 1967 WEDW TV channel 49 in Bridgeport, CT (PBS) begins broadcasting.

December 19 1859 Congregation B'nai Israel is chartered.

December 20 1898 The First Connecticut Volunteer Artillery which was formed from men from the vicinity of Bridgeport, Connecticut, for the Spanish American War was mustered out of service ten days after the signing of the Treaty of Paris, which ended the war.

December 21 1888 Future Major League Baseball player George Curry is born in Bridgeport.

December 22 1892 James W. Beardsley, who donated 100 acres of land to the city for a park, comes to an untimely end.

December 24 1842 People's Bank originally chartered as the Bridgeport Savings Bank, the institution accepts its first deposit of $24 from Helen Moore. Deposits at the end of the first week of business totaled $97.

December 26 1933 Medal of Honor Winner John Mackenzie died.

December 28 1963 Major League Baseball player Ray Keating died.

December 29 1949 First US television station operating in the UHF spectrum begins regular services in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

December 31 1991 Bridgeport Mayor Joseph P. Ganim negotiates around the clock with unions trying to keep the University of Bridgeport from closing.