December 8, 1683
Governor Dongan divided New York City into six wards, each headed by an elected alderman.
December 5, 1782
Martin Van Buren, 8th president of the United States, was born in Columbia County, N.Y.
December 11, 1867
Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt took control of the New York Central Railroad and began consolidation of the state's first major rail network.
December 31, 1904
The tradition of clebrating New Year's Eve in Times square was begun.
December 11, 1930
The Bank of the United States in New York City with 80 branches and 400,000 depositors closed as the Depression deepened.
December 27, 1932
Radio City Music Hall opened, combining live and motion picture entertainment.
December 22, 1971
Governor Nelson Rockefeller called a special session of the legislature to deal with the state’s financial crisis. The New York City Convention and Visitors Bureau helped with the problem by starting its “New York: The Big Apple” campaign which increased revenues from tourism.
New York State raised the legal drinking age to 19.