This Week in New York History: June 5-11 | WETM

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ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – This week in New York history features the assassination of Robert Kennedy, the New York Yankees retiring Mickey Mantle Number, and the birthday of former First Lady Barbara Bush. All information courtesy of the New York State Museum History Department.

Robert F. Kennedy (Photo by Bettmann Archive/Getty Images)

June 5

  • 1968: New York Senator Robert Kennedy is assassinated.

June 6

  • 1946: The Basketball Association of America is formed in New York.

June 7

  • 1905: James Braddock, the Irish-born boxer known as “Cinderella Man”, is born in New York.
  • 1939: Macy’s department store workers strike in Herald Square, New York.
The exterior of a Macy’s department store is seen at the Landmark Mall on January 5, 2017 in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo credit Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images)

June 8

  • 1786: In New York, commercial ice cream is made for the first time.
  • 1925: Former First Lady of the United States Barbara Bush is born in New York.
  • 1969: The New York Yankees retire Mickey Mantle’s number (7).
  • 2001: Marc Chagall’s painting “Study for “Sur Vitebsk” is stolen from the Jewish Museum in New York. The 8×10 painting was valued at around $1 million. A group called the International Committee for Art and Peace later announced that it would return the painting after the Israelis and Palestinians reached peace.
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Barbara Bush

June 9

  • 1909: Alice Huyler Ramsey, a 22-year-old housewife and mother from Hackensack, New Jersey, becomes the first woman to drive across the United States. With three companions, none of whom could drive a car, in fifty-nine days she drove a Maxwell automobile the 3,800 miles from Manhattan to San Francisco, California.
  • 1942: New York Senator Neil Breslin is born in Albany.
Mickey coat
Mickey’s coat (Getty Images)

June 10

  • 1822: John Jacob Astor III, businessman and philanthropist, is born in New York.
  • 1915: The first screening of a 3D film in front of a paying audience takes place at the Astor Theater in New York.
  • 1959: 54th Governor of New York, Eliot Spitzer, is born in the Bronx.

June 11

  • 1785: The first Catholic Church in New York is incorporated and becomes St. Peter’s.
  • 1825: The first cornerstone is laid for Fort Hamilton in New York.


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