Avenue Events in History

2012 Event - More than 700 writers, academics and others send a letter to protest the planned spending of $300 million on the Fifth Avenue Branch of the New York Public Library

2004 Event - Tony Awards, Avenue Q, I Am My Own Wife, Henry IV revival and Assassins revival won major awards

1992 Event - Part of Cruger Avenue in Bronx renamed Regis Philbin Avenue

1986 Event - John Lennon releases "Menlove Avenue" album

1986 Death - Harry Ritz, actor (3 Musketeers, On the Avenue), dies at 79

1976 Event - "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" closes at Mark Hellinger New York City after 7 performances

1976 Event - "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" opens at Mark Hellinger New York City for 7 performances

1971 Event - Neil Simons "prisoner of Second Avenue," premieres in New York City

1965 Event - Ground breaking for "Dragon Gateway" at Grant Avenue

1959 Death - Kathryn Adams, actress (Meet the Chump, 5th Avenue Girl), dies

1949 Event - "Along Fifth Avenue" closes at Broadhurst Theater New York City after 180 performances

1949 Event - "Along 5th Avenue" opens at Broadhurst Theater New York City for 180 performances

1948 Event - Laurence Olivier's "Hamlet" opens at Park Avenue Cinema

1948 Birthday - Eddy Grant, Guyana, reggae performer, Electric Avenue

1947 Event - "Park Avenue" closes at Shubert Theater New York City after 72 performances

1946 Event - "Park Avenue" opens at Shubert Theater New York City for 72 performances

1945 Birthday - David Dukes, actor, Beacon Hill, 79 Park Avenue, Winds of War

1942 Birthday - John Pleshette, New York City, actor, Richard-Knots Landing, 7th Avenue

1928 Birthday - Albert Salmi, born in Brooklyn, New York, actor, Daniel Boone, 79 Park Avenue

1924 Birthday - Robert Webber, born in Santa Ana California, actor, 79 Park Avenue

1922 Event - 1st Thom McAn shoe store opens, on Third Avenue New York City

1916 Event - 2nd Ave and Bronx Terrace renamed Bronx Blvd; Seward Pl renamed Sycamore Ave; Herald Ave renamed Dickinson Ave; Monroe and Selwyn Avenue named

1911 Event - New York Public Library building at 5th Avenue dedicated by President Taft

1904 Event - Woman arrested for smoking a cigarette in a car on 5th Avenue, New York City

1887 Birthday - Walter Connolly, born in Cincinnati, Ohio, actor, Good Earth, 5th Avenue Girl

1832 Event - 1st streetcar (horse-drawn) (John Mason) debuts in New York City; fare 12 cents rode on 4th Avenue between Prince and 14th Streets

1824 Event - New York City's Fifth Avenue opens for business