2015 - Winter Storm Juno pounds Long Island with up to 30" of snow 2014 - Record-breaking rain floods Long Island overnight with 13 inches of rain (an entire summer's worth) 2013 - Hurricane Andrea drops record-breaking 5 inches of rain in 24 hours on Long Island - Snowstorm Nemo blankets Long Island with a record-breaking 3 feet of snow 2012 - Hurricane Sandy brings Long Island to its knees with rain, wind, power outages, flooding, and gasoline shortages - Warmest Winter on record for Long Island 2011 - Hurricane Irene hits Long Island - Long Island shaken by strongest earthquake on East Coast in 67 years; epicenter in Virginia - Father's Day robbery at a Medford pharmacy leaves 4 people shot dead ("Medford Massacre") - Nassau County Police Officer Geoffrey Breitkopf was shot and killed in the line-of-duty - Nassau County Police Officer Michael Califano was killed while conducting a routine traffic stop on the Long Island Expressway when the driver of a flatbed truck slammed into his parked police cruiser 2010 - Long Island shaken by 3.9-magnitude earthquake... - Long Island's last Roy Rogers restaurant closes in Shirley 2009 - "Brangelina" sightings on North Shore, as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are living on Long Island while Jolie films CIA espionage thriller "Salt" - IMAC (Inter-Media Art Center) in Huntington closes - Nassau County homeowners pay second-highest property taxes in America - Suffolk County homeowners pay eleventh-highest property taxes in America 2008 - Frank Mundus, legendary shark hunter and famed Montauk fisherman, dies of a heart attack at age 82 - Long Island gas prices hit historic highs - "Montauk Monster", unidentified creature which allegedly washed ashore dead on a beach in Montauk, creates buzz - Pat Benatar inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame - Tanger Outlets At The Arches opens in Deer Park 2007 - American Home Mortgage files for bankruptcy - Long Island twins, Jim and Bill Germanakos, win big on "The Biggest Loser" - Miss New York Pageant held in Huntington at the Dix Hills Center for the Performing Arts 2006 - First annual Long Island Comedy Festival - Guitar legend Leslie West is inducted into Long Island Music Hall of Fame 2005 - Children's Museum of the East End (CMEE) opens in Bridgehampton - Sayville resident, Tom Westman, is million winner on "Survivor" reality TV show - Southampton College closes, and moves its undergraduate programs to Long Island University's C. Post campus in Old Brookville 2004 - First annual Long Island 2-Day Breast Cancer Walk (LI2DAY) was held - Long Island Mac Arthur Airport unveils million expansion, funded by Southwest Airlines 2003 - Long Island grinds to a halt during the Northeast Blackout of 2003 2002 - Cradle of Aviation Museum opens - LIRR introduces new M-7 electric train cars - Sarah Hughes of Great Neck captures the gold medal for ladies figure skating at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah - Tiger Woods wins U. Open at "Bethpage Black" (the Black Course at Bethpage State Park) - Wlffer Estate Vineyard releases Long Island's first 0 bottle of wine 2001 - "9-11" - Never Forget - "Lizzie" Grubman backs her SUV into a crowd outside a nightclub in the Hamptons, injuring 16 people, after being asked by security guards to remove her Mercedes from a fire lane - Long Island's first Krispy Kreme doughnut shop opens in East Meadow - The Long Island Lizards, Long Island's own Major League Lacrosse (MLL) team, was formed 2000 - American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport opens - Atlantis Marine World opens in Riverhead - Long Island Ducks played their opening baseball game in Central Islip 1999 - Blue Point Brewing Company (Long Island's first microbrewery) established in Patchogue - LIRR bar car service ends - Suffolk County gets a new Area Code (631) 1998 - Bay Shore based Entenmann's celebrates its 100th anniversary by baking the largest crumb cake in the world - Goodwill Games held on Long Island - Long Island's last Drive-In Movie Theatre (Westbury Drive-In) closes - Peapod begins grocery deliveries on Long Island - Tornado strikes Lake Ronkonkoma and Selden 1997 - Long Island's first dinosaur fossil discovered by Glenn Magee of Roanoke Landing 1996 - Culinary Academy of Long Island opens - Malibu Nightclub in Lido Beach closes - TWA Flight 800 explodes in mid-air off the coast of East Moriches 1995 - Fires raged through the Pine Barrens for 13 days, charring more than 6,800 acres of forest - First annual July 4th Fireworks Celebration held at Jones Beach - Roosevelt Raceway Flea Market closes - The last military airplane built on Long Island, an E-2C Hawkeye advance warning and control plane, flies out of Northrop Grumman's Calverton facility - The Celebrity founded on Long Island by Dominick Miserandino 1994 - Grumman acquired by Northrop, and the Northrop Grumman Corporation was born - HOV (High-Occupancy Vehicle) Lanes open on the Long Island Expressway (LIE) - Tanger Outlet Center opens in Riverhead 1993 - Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger Wedding in East Hampton - Colin Ferguson kills 6 and injures 19 during the "Long Island Railroad Massacre" - First Annual Long Island Fall Festival held in Huntington - Long Island Children's Museum opens - The Hain Celestial Group, a natural, specialty and snack food company, is founded in Melville 1992 - 1st Annual East Hampton Sand Castle Contest is held - East Meadow mom Joy Mangano markets her "Miracle Mop" on QVC - Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) founded - "Long Island Lolita" Amy Fisher shoots Mary Jo in the face after having affair with her husband Joey Buttafuoco 1991 - 106th Rescue Wing of the Air National Guard performs rescue during the "Perfect Storm" - Bay Street Theatre founded on Long Wharf in Sag Harbor - First Long Island Pride Parade held in Huntington - Splish Splash Water Park opens in Riverhead 1990 - Avianca Flight 52 crashes after running out of fuel in Cove Neck 1988 - Dolan DNA Learning Center (DNALC) is established - Roosevelt Raceway closes 1986 - Debbie Gibson lands record deal with Atlantic Records - John Mc Enroe weds Tatum O'Neil in Oyster Bay - Long Island's first bison ranch (Tuccio's North Quarter Farm) established in Riverhead - Long Island's first skydiving dropzone (Skydive Long Island) opens in East Moriches - Ronald Mc Donald House of Long Island opens in New Hyde Park 1985 - First Corporate Challenge Race is run at Jones Beach - Hurricane Gloria hits Long Island - Progressive School of Long Island (PSOLI) founded in Merrick 1984 - Long Island Flag Football League (LIFFL) is created by George Higgins 1983 - First Christmas Tree lights up EAB Plaza (now Rex Corp Plaza) - First Oyster Festival held in Oyster Bay - IMAC (Inter-Media Art Center) opens in Huntington - New York Islanders win their fourth consecutive Stanley Cup after sweeping the Edmonton Oilers four games 1982 - Seacrest Diner Horror as 80 people inside are robbed and terrorized by 5 gun-wielding thugs - New York Islanders win their third and third straight Stanley Cup after dominating the Vancouver Canucks 1981 - New York Islanders win their second Stanley Cup with a victory over the Minnesota North Stars 1980 - Friends of the Arts (FOTA) held the first annual Beethoven Festival at the Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay - New York Islanders win their first Stanley Cup by beating the Philadelphia Flyers - Zahn's Airport closes 1979 - East Side Comedy Club opens in Huntington - Harry Chapin helps found the Long Island Philharmonic - Long Island's largest vineyard (Pindar Vineyards) founded - Malibu Nightclub opens in Lido Beach 1978 - Calverton National Cemetery, the nation's largest national cemetery, established on Long Island - Long Island Convention & Visitors Bureau and Sports Commission (LICVB&SC) is founded - The Barefoot Contessa opens in Westhampton Beach - Tollbooths close on the Southern State Parkway 1977 - Book Revue opens in Huntington Village - First "Around Long Island Regatta" Sailboat Race held - First "Great Cow Harbor 10K Run" - Long Island Pine Barrens Society (LIPBS) founded, to raise awareness of the Pine Barren's importance - Right turns on red lights legalized for Nassau and Suffolk County drivers - Roosevelt Raceway Flea Market opens in Westbury - "The Amityville Horror - A True Story", best-selling book written by Jay Anson, was published 1976 - George Foreman and Joe Frazier fight at Nassau Coliseum 1975 - Lollipop Farm closes 1974 - 55 MPH speed limit set on Long Island highways - Long Island faces severe gas shortage - Long Island High School for the Arts (formerly the Cultural Arts Center) opens - Slaying of family in spooky Long Island house inspired 'The Amityville Horror' - Woodbury Common opens 1973 - First "Long Island Marathon" held on Long Island - Last official game of the International Roller Derby League (IRDL) played at the Long Island Arena in Commack - Long Island's first commercial vineyard (Hargrave Vineyard) founded in Cutchogue; today known as Castello di Borghese Vineyard & Winery - New Community Cinema (renamed Cinema Arts Centre in 2000) established in Huntington by film buffs Vic Skolnick and Charlotte Sky - Secretariat wins Triple Crown at Belmont Park in Elmont - Sunrise Mall opens in Massapequa 1972 - Jerry Seinfeld graduates from Massapequa High School ("I'm from Massapequa.
Massapequa is an Indian name that means 'by the mall'.") - Long Island Expressway (LIE) completed to Riverhead - Long Island Iced Tea invented by Oak Beach Inn (OBI) bartender named Robert C.
Y., sentenced Joey Buttafuoco to six months in jail for the statutory rape of 16-year-old Amy Fisher, who shot and wounded Buttafuoco's wife, Mary Jo.
Sergei Federov - Red Wings star with 16-year-old sweetheart, tennis player Anna Kournikova.
(ucpn) incorporates 1947 - Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) founded in Upton - Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree hails from Deer Park - Webb Institute moves to Glen Cove 1946 - Robert Moses creates Long Island State Park Police - William Levitt builds prototype homes in Carle Place 1945 - Long Islanders celebrate the end of World War II - Zahn's Airport opens 1943 - U. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) opens at Kings Point 1942 - Long Island Mac Arthur Airport opens in Ronkonkoma 1941 - Richard "Bull" Smith Monument unveiled in Smithtown 1940 - Earthquakes shake up Long Island - Roosevelt Raceway opens in Westbury - Zorn's opens in Bethpage 1939 - Pan Am begins transatlantic flights from Manhasset Bay in Port Washington 1938 - Long Island's first Drive-In Movie Theatre opens in Valley Stream - The "Long Island Express" Category 3 Hurricane devastates Long Island 1936 - Long Island National Cemetery established in Farmingdale 1935 - Hofstra University founded 1934 - Meadowbrook State Parkway opens 1931 - Pilgrim State Hospital, world's largest psychiatric hospital (at the time), opens in Brentwood 1930 - Long Island's only all-boys Catholic school, Chaminade High School, is founded in Mineola 1929 - Jones Beach State Park opens 1927 - Charles A. Louis" from Roosevelt Field, making the first solo transatlantic flight in history 1926 - Family Service League founded in Huntington - Gurney's Inn opens - Institute of Philosophy opens in Lloyd Harbor - Long Island Association (LIA) founded as the Long Island Chamber of Commerce - Long Island University (LIU) establishes its first residential campus in Brooklyn (Brooklyn Campus) - Louise Eldridge is elected mayor of Saddle Rock, becoming the first female mayor in New York State, and one of the first in the nation - Sayville Opera House closes 1925 - Asharoken becomes an Incorporated Village - Nassau Country Police Department established - Water skis invented in Huntington by inventor Fred Waller 1924 - Long Island's first radio station, WGBB in Freeport, begins broadcasting 1923 - Patchogue Theatre opens 1922 - Walker Cup played for the first time in Southampton 1920 - Heckscher Museum of Art opens in Huntington 1919 - First Nassau County Girl Scout Troop forms in Lynbrook - Oheka Castle is built by financier and philanthropist hu 1917 - Boy Scouts form in Nassau County 1912 - Finnegan's Restaurant & Tap Room opens in Huntington 1909 - Long Island's first Airport (Mineola Flying Field) opens 1908 - Fire Island State Park (now Robert Moses State Park) becomes Long Island's first state park 1905 - Belmont Park Race Track opens in Elmont - Entenmann's Bakery moves to Bay Shore (from Brooklyn) - Long Island's first reported traffic jam 1904 - First Vanderbilt Cup Race held 1901 - Sayville Opera House opens 1900 - Long Island's first automobile race held along Merrick Avenue by the Automobile Club of America 1896 - James Foulis wins first U. Open played at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club 1891 - Nation's first Golf Club opens at Shinnecock Hills 1884 - Earthquake rocks Amityville 1883 - Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery opens - P. Barnum founds the Bridgeport & Port Jefferson Steamboat Company 1881 - The telephone comes to Long Island 1879 - Fishers Island becomes part of Suffolk County - St.
Paul's School built in Garden City 1868 - Huntington Station LIRR Station opens 1853 - Hicks Nurseries opens for business in Westbury 1844 - LIRR stretches to Greenport 1839 - Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Co.
"Rosebud" Butt - Long Island's first Hockey Game, between the Islanders and the Rangers, played at Nassau Coliseum - New York Islanders hockey team born on Long Island 1971 - Adelphi University and Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) launch nation's first commuter classroom program, called "Adelphi-on-Wheels" 1970 - African American Museum of Nassau County (AAM) opens in Hempstead - Long Island celebrates the first "Earth Day", a celebration of the environmental preservation movement - Old Bethpage Village Restoration opens - West Hempstead residents win nation's first million dollar lottery 1969 - Long Island's first pet hotel, the Willow Pet Hotel, opens in Deer Park - "Love Story" filmed at Old Westbury Gardens - Nassau Country Museum of Art established in Roslyn Heights - Smith Haven Mall opens in Lake Grove 1968 - Bill Hoest creates "The Lockhorns" cartoon (originally entitled "The Lockhorns of Levittown") - Dowling College established - New York Jets Training Camp moves to Hofstra University in Hempstead - Rock group Iron Butterfly records "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" at Ultra Sonic Studios in Hempstead - Ronzoni Spaghetti Sauce Factory opens in Hicksville - Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts opens in Wheatley Heights 1967 - DDT was legally banned in Suffolk County - Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) founded on Long Island, with naturalist Dennis Puleston serving as the founding chair 1966 - Suffolk County bans pesticide DDT voluntarily 1965 - New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) opens Old Westbury Campus - SUNY College at Old Westbury founded 1964 - Madeline Kahn graduates from Hofstra University - Robert Moses Causeway opens 1963 - All American Drive-In opens on Merrick Road in Massapequa - Ellio's Frozen Pizza founded in Great Neck - Southampton College founded 1962 - First shopping mall in Suffolk County, Walt Whitman Mall, opens on Route 110 in Huntington Station 1961 - First Dairy Barn opens in Massapequa 1960 - First commercial flights begin at Mac Arthur Airport - Hurricane Donna's fury hits Long Island - LIRR launches bar car service - Long Island Lutheran Junior/Senior High School (Lu Hi) opens in Brookville - Suffolk County Community College opens - Suffolk County Police Department founded 1959 - Long Island Ducks (minor league ice hockey team) hits the ice, and plays until 1973 1958 - The world's first video game ("Tennis-for-Two") invented by physicist William A.
Higinbotham at Brookhaven National Laboratory 1957 - Diocese of Rockville Centre created by Pope Pius XII to serve Long Island's growing number of Catholics 1956 - Green Acres Mall opens in Valley Stream - Manhasset Shopping Center (now Americana Manhasset) opens - Mid-Island Shopping Plaza (now Broadway Mall) first opens in Hicksville - Westbury Music Fair opens 1955 - Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) holds "End of Steam" ceremony in Hicksville, retiring it's last steam locomotives - Molloy College opens in Rockville Centre 1954 - Captree Bridge opens, connecting the mainland with Captree Island and Ocean Parkway; first causeway bridge on Long Island - Long Island University (LIU) opens its C. Post Campus in Brookville - Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC) established on Plum Island by the U. Department of Agriculture 1953 - Publishers Clearing House founded in Port Washington - Westbury Drive-In opens 1952 - Jones Beach Amphitheater opens 1951 - Frank Mundus creates "Monster Fishing" in Montauk - Roosevelt Airfield (nicknamed "the cradle of American aviation") closes 1950 - Lollipop Farm opens in Syosset 1949 - Riverhead Raceway built - Walt Whitman Birthplace Association (WWBA) established to preserve his birthplace 1948 - United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County, Inc.
founded by the Jones Brothers 1838 - Poet Walt Whitman founds weekly newspaper "The Long Islander" in Huntington 1834 - The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) Company was established 1827 - Long Island's first milk delivery service begins 1794 - Long Island's first Post Offices open 1791 - Long Island's first newspaper, the "Long Island Herald", is published 1789 - Sag Harbor named New York State's first Port of Entry 1783 - Long Island liberated from British Occupation at the end of the Revolutionary War 1776 - Patriot Nathan Hale lands in Huntington Bay 1773 - Nation's first Paper Mill opens in Roslyn 1683 - Suffolk County formed 1672 - Original Milleridge Inn building constructed in Jericho 1658 - Nation's First Cattle Ranch (Deep Hollow Ranch) established in Montauk 1657 - Long Island's first recorded shipwreck occurred when the Dutch vessel "Prince Maurice" ran aground on Fire Island 1653 - Huntington was purchased from the Matinecock Indians by a group of English settlers 1639 - First English Settlement in New York on Long Island by Lion Gardiner (Gardiners Island) 1614 - Dutch explorer Adrian Block explores Long Island Sound 20,000 B.
Celebrities Accused/Convicted of Statutory Rape From ( Woody Allen - In the book, "What Falls Away," Mia Farrow described her shock at first discovering Allen had taken pornographic photos of her adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn and then that he was having an affair with the 17-year-old.
(Allen and Soon-Yi were married in late 1997.) Sonny Bono - Singer-politician.
In 1963, 28-year-old Bono met, and married, 16-year-old Cherilyn La Pierre, better known as Cher.