List of people from Buffalo, New York


List of people from Buffalo, New York

Many Buffalonians have found fame and fortune in their careers.

Artists

*Steve Fiorilla, sculptor and illustrator, lives in Buffalo. He is best known for his Rat Fink art and grotesque MTV logo.
*Robert Longo, this multi-media artist, a Buffalo State College BFA and friends, including Cindy Sherman, founded what became Hallwalls
*Spain Rodriguez, underground cartoonist, born in Buffalo
*Joseph Piccillo, painter, professor at Buffalo State College acknowledged in The Red Book
*Cindy Sherman, photographer who attended Buffalo State College and revolutionized the art of self-portraiture

Authors and journalists

*Charles Baxter did his graduate work at the University at Buffalo
*Gary Barwin did his graduate work at the University at Buffalo
*Wolf Blitzer, CNN reporter

*Robert Creeley, poet and author
*John Barth
*Mary Bishop, former technical director of Flashpoints, an investigative news program on KPFAfm, now working with high profile political prisoners at Prison Radio
*William Wells Brown, the nation's first African-American novelist and historian, lived in Buffalo in the 1840s and was active in the Underground Railroad
*Taylor Caldwell, novelist and author
*J. M. Coetzee, Nobel laureate
*Leslie Fiedler
*F. Scott Fitzgerald
*Ira Flatow, journalist
*David Gitin, poet
*Terry Gross,NPR interviewer and co-executive producer
*Anna Katharine Green, America's first writer of detective fiction, spent her adult life in Buffalo
*A. R. Gurney, playwright and novelist
*Paul Horgan
*Elbert Hubbard
*Steven Kellner, poet and author
*John Kessel, science fiction author
*Nancy Kress, Hugo and Nebula award winning science fiction author, was born in Buffalo
*Mabel Dodge Luhan was born and raised in Buffalo
*Ishmael Reed, poet, essayist and novelist, grew up in Buffalo
*Jeffrey Rodack, GLOBE magazine Executive Editor and celebrity journalist lived in Buffalo until he was 9
*Tim Russert, NBC journalist
*Ruben Santiago-Hudson, playwright and actor
*Mark Twain lived in Buffalo as a part-owner and managing editor of "The Buffalo Express" from 1869 to 1871 . While not technically a Buffalonian, he's remembered by his readers for his time in Buffalo due to his stories "A Day at Niagara Falls" and "The Diaries of Adam and Eve," the latter being a humorous play set in the nearby town of Eden.
*Mark Weber, Christian author and journalist
*Lanford Wilson, Playwright based "Hot L Baltimore" on the Hotel Lafayette, where he stayed as an artist in residence at Studio Arena Theater in Buffalo

Buffalo has also long been a popular setting for [http://www.buffaloresearch.com/fiction.html fiction and short stories] of all kinds.

Composers and musicians

*Harold Arlen
*Breakerbox
*Jim Calire
*Michael Christie, conductor and music director of the Phoenix Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic and Colorado Music Festival
*Cannibal Corpse
*Jim Cialfi, lead singer and guitarist, traveled with Yes and Asia.
*Cute is What We Aim For
*Lance Diamond
*Ani DiFranco
*DJ Noodles
*Byron Norfolk
*Fab Pro, Notorious Gangster Rap record label
*Morton Feldman
*Fifty Amp Fuse
*Lukas Foss the composer/conductor/pianist/music professor was the Buffalo Philharmonic music director from 1963-71, during which time he conducted several contemporary music recordings and a live performance with The Greatful Dead [http://www.theblackdog.org/gd-bpo/] .
*The Future, all time legend and super producer, artist and song writer.
*Gamalon
*Girlpope
*Goo Goo Dolls
*Green Jelly
*Jim Hall
*It Dies Today
*Jackdaw, Celtic Rock band
*Rick James
*Mel Lewis
*Killa Tha Kid from Murda Squad
*Gary Mallaber
*Brian McKnight
*Mercury Rev
*Gurf Morlix
*Willie Nile
*Raven (U.S. band)
*Re-Up from Frontlyne
*Paul Santa Maria, (lead guitarist / Bassist / composer with Larry Coryell, many others.)
*Billy Sheehan
*Dr. Lonnie Smith
*Snapcase
*Spyro Gyra
*Joannie Summers
*Three Man
*Grover Washington, Jr.
*Cory Wells
*Patrick Wilson, the drummer from Weezer
*Jack Yellen, lyricist.
*Jordan Gerow, John O'Rourke, and hanna Lipkind from Roaring Sequoia
*Vic Dana, singer with huge hit "Red Roses for a Blue Lady"

Entertainers and actors

Buffalo has a thriving theater and music scene that has spawned several national acts worth noting. Historical musicians of note include Jazz saxophonists Grover Washington Jr. Don Menza, seminal 1940s harmonic group The Modernaires, all graduates of Lafayette High School (the city's oldest public high school), singer-songwriter Willie Nile, and songwriters Harold Arlen and Jack Yellen. (Arlen's career was recently commemorated in Buffalo's twenties-era theater, [http://www.sheas.org/ Shea's Buffalo Theater] ), and Nino Tempo & April Stevens.

Popular modern musicians from Buffalo include funk singer Rick James, Three Dog Night founding member Cory Wells, keyboardist [http://theband.hiof.no/band_members/stan_szelest.html Stan Szelest] - [http://www.martyangelo.com/raven.htm Stan and the Ravens] , bassist Billy Sheehan (with Mr. Big, Talas and currently Steve Vai), folk singer/songwriter Ani DiFranco, Lucinda Williams' producer and bandleader Gurf Morlix (now a country star in his own right), 90s new jack swing group Joe Public, "American Idol" finalist and recording artist John Stevens, The Goo Goo Dolls (colloquially known as "The Goos"), singer/songwriter Teddy Geiger was born and raised in Buffalo until the age of eight, 10,000 Maniacs (Natalie Merchant is from nearby Jamestown). Spyro Gyra started here and included many natives in its original lineup. Jazz composer Morton Feldman lived and taught here in the latter part of his career. The Last Conservative a band from Lancaster (town), New York, they are a national band.

Other artists include the jamband moe., as well as: Cannibal Corpse, hardcore scenesters Snapcase, Every Time I Die, The Leftovers, Three Man, One Foot In Heaven, Tina Marie Williams, Relevant Worship, Elektromat, Sons of Thunder,It Dies Todayas well as local jazz great Barney Blair Perry SR.who is an acoustic guitar master, who has recorded several hits for the hit funk group the blackbyrds as well as going solo in 1978. his hits include "walking in rhythm" and "hot day today" as well as the Blair "Night Life" LP in 78.among many others.

Musical theater director and choreographer Michael Bennett is also from here. His most famous work, "A Chorus Line" features the locally infamous line, "To commit suicide in Buffalo is redundant."William Christie, founder of the classical musical ensemble Les Arts Florissants, is from Buffalo.Another Buffalonian, Vincent Gallo, cast a eye on the city and its sports obsession in his film "Buffalo 66."Patrick Gallo, a graduate of Lafayette High School is an actor who has been on NYPD Blue and a lead in the Broadway show Mamma Mia! as well as many other successful artistic endeavors as a filmmaker. The Filmmakers page: [http://www.youtube.com/chubstock]

Buffalonian, Joe Dinki, Executive Producer and Reality TV show creator (Cover Shot on TLC) was born on Buffalo's East Side and attended Bishop Timon High School.

Indie rock band Mercury Rev formed here and many of its founding members were born and raised here.

Artist, musician and film score composer Paul Santa Maria was born in Buffalo and moved to Florida where he currently resides. He is the composer of over 700 music beds for the PBS KidVision team (which has won multiple Emmy awards)and two feature films. [http://www.paulsantamaria.com]

Rhyson Hall, a college radio chart topping Hip hop artist, was born and raised in Buffalo.

General Spade is the first Buffalo-born Hip Hop artist to have a hip hop track played on "The edge" rock radio station with his song "Welcome To Buffalo."

Lucille Ball hailed from nearby Jamestown.

Dick Shawn was born in Buffalo.

Howdy Doody host Buffalo Bob Smith was a Buffalo native.

Ron Silver attended University at Buffalo, The State University of New York.

Sorrell Booke - actor best known for role as Boss Hogg on The Dukes of Hazzard, born in Buffalo on January 4, 1930.

Kyle Chandler, who starred on "Early Edition," was born in Buffalo, NY on September 16, 1965.

Andrew Dan-Jumbo, the carpenter from TLC's While You Were Out lives in Buffalo and has a business there.

Aretha Franklin lived briefly in Buffalo in her childhood.

Jesse L. Martin, currently starring in TV's "Law & Order," is a Buffalo native and graduate of the Buffalo Academy For The Visual And Performing Arts. Noted TV writers Tom Fontana ("Oz") and David Milch ("NYPD Blue") also hail from here.

Diane English, creator of Murphy Brown is a Buffalo native.

Edward Summer, producer of Conan the Barbarian and founder of The Buffalo International Film Festival was born in the city.

Tom Calderone program Director of WBNY and worked at WGR and did a television show with BCMK. SIgned on the Edge in Buffalo. EVP at MTV and now President of Vh1.

Calypso/Gospel artist Oral Roberts lives here.

Gospel artist Nathan Salter recorded his live CD/DVD, "Breakthrough In His Presence" at Greater Refuge Temple on Jefferson Ave. here in 2006.

Actress Katharine Cornell, for whom a theater is named at her alma mater, the University of Buffalo, was born in Berlin but raised here.

R&B singer Brian McKnight was raised in Buffalo and began his career in his father's Seventh-day Adventist Church on Buffalo's East Side.

Hip Hop producer Ill Tone born and raised in Buffalo NY and started his career there

Holy Hip Hop Artist D Brown was born and raised in Buffalo NY and is a graduate of Hutch-Tech high school
Gary Mallaber, drummer for Raven (U.S. band), The Steve Miller Band, also recorded with Van Morrison, Eddie Money and Bruce Springsteen, was born in Buffalo.

Joe Dinki reality show creator of the series Cover Shot (TLC) grew up on Buffalo's Eastside.

Silky voiced Raleigh morning show radio personality Mike Maniscalco grew up and spent his early radio career in Buffalo. He is also the pre- and postgame radio host for the Carolina Hurricanes.

Producers Bob and Harvey Weinstein were raised in Buffalo and attended the University of Buffalo. They are the co-chairmen of The Weinstein Company, which launched in 2005. Prior to forming The Weinstein Company, the Weinsteins founded and ran Miramax Films, one of the most successful film companies in history. During the Weinsteins’ tenure, Miramax films were nominated for 249 Oscars and won 60, including three for Best Picture. In addition to The Producers, the Weinsteins have produced several award-winning shows on Broadway, in the West End and around the world, including The Real Thing, 2000 Tony Award winner for Best Revival of a Play; the Broadway revival of Gypsy; the London and New York productions of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; the revival of Wonderful Town; Baz Luhrmann’s production of La Bohème; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels; and All Shook Up.

Amanda Blake and John Schuck were graduates of nearby [http://www.amherstschools.org/HighSchool.cfm Amherst High School] .

Singer Brian McKnight has an older brother Claude McKnight. One of the founding members of the Gospel Sextet "Take 6" along with Brothers Mark and Joe Kibble attended the Seventh Day Adventist Church on Buffalo's East Side.

Marty Angelo, former manager of Buffalo based rock/blues band, Raven (U.S. band), producer, Disco Step-by-Step Television Show, former manager of popular Top 40 band, Rob Grill and The Grass Roots, author of "Once Life Matters: A New Beginning", and prison evangelist.

Sports commentator Don Criqui.

Joey Reynolds, radio personality, worked in Buffalo.

Bill Mazer, American TV/radio personality worked in Buffalo during in his career.

Foster Brooks, actor and comedian, worked in Buffalo early in his career.

Several prominent actors and actresses also hail from the Buffalo area, including:
*Steve Abbott
*Kate Bagley
*Nick Bakay - actor who has appeared on ESPN and NFL Network and has appeared in shows such as That 70's Show, The Simpsons, Seinfeld, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Angry Beavers and Boy Meets World. Also a writer and voice-over actor. Currently works as a supervising producer on CBS hit comedy, The King of Queens.
* [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0323120/ Diane Gaidry] - Who played Simone in Loving Annabelle as well as many other indie films
*Christine Baranski
*Amanda Blake
*David Boreanaz
*William Fichtner
*Rick James
*Jeffrey Jones
*Carol Kelly
*Bill LaMond, - writer, producer (television programs: Hart to Hart, The Fall Guy, Hotel) from Kenmore, N.Y.
*Rachael Lillis-Voice For Several Anime Series
*Wendie Malick
*Nancy Marchand
*Christopher Markus - Emmy-winning screenwriter
* [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0546306/ Tom Mardirosian]
*Greg Mullavy
*Chad Michael Murray
*Chelsea Noble
*Beth Phoenix "The Glamazon"
*William Sadler
*John Schuck
*Scottpatrick J Sellitto Music Supervisor & Consultant for many feature films. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1475224/
*James Whitmore - actor, attended suburban Amherst High School.

Politics and law

The anti-slavery Free Soil Party held its first convention here in 1848.

The Workers World Party was founded here.

The service organization Optimist International started here.

President Millard Fillmore was a long-term resident of Buffalo and he is buried here in Forest Lawn Cemetery with his two wives: Abigail Fillmore, and Caroline Fillmore.

President Grover Cleveland was sheriff of Erie County, mayor of Buffalo, and governor of New York state. He married Buffalo native Frances Folsom Cleveland. He is the only US president to have personally presided over executions, a duty he held as sheriff.

Col. John B. Weber was sheriff of Erie County, one of the youngest colonels of the Civil War, congressman, and first Commissioner of Ellis Island was born in Buffalo.

Henry J. Nowak was a sports hero, and represented Buffalo in the House of Representatives from 1975 to 1993.

Shirley Chisholm lived outside Buffalo in suburban Amherst, NY, in her later years and is buried in Buffalo's Forest Lawn cemetery.

William Joseph Donovan, the founder of the office that became the CIA, was born and raised here.

Jack Kemp was a sports hero and the Republican candidate for the Vice Presidency in the 1996 election. He represented Buffalo in the House of Representatives from 1971 to 1989. Also he spent time as a Buffalo Bills player.

Author and attorney Rami Hanash was born and raised in Buffalo and attended the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Political cartoonist Tom Toles resided here for many years.

Political satirist Mark Russell tapes his PBS specials in the city.

John Roberts, the Chief Justice of the United States, was born here.

The late James Griffin, was born and raised in Buffalo. He was a NY State Senator and past mayor Buffalo

cience and technology

Astronaut Edward Gibson, astronaut support crew, a capcom for the Apollo 12 lunar landing, science-pilot of Skylab 4.

Astronaut James Pawelczyk, STS-90 Neurolab mission aboard space shuttle Columbia.

Astronauts Gregory Jarvis and Ellen S. Baker, while not from the area, graduated from University at Buffalo.

Joseph Dart invented the steam-powered grain elevator here in 1842.

Alfred Southwick invented the electric chair here.

Herman Hollerith, who lent his name to the IBM punch card was born here.

Researchers Carl Ferdinand Cori and Gerty Cori conducted their Nobel-prize winning work on cancer at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Willis Carrier, known as the father of modern air conditioning, started a large branch of Carrier Corporation here.

Author and astronomer Cliff Stoll grew up here and attended the University at Buffalo.

Researcher Craig Venter was a professor at the University at Buffalo, founder of Celera Genomics, responsible for accelerating the sequencing of the Human Genome.

Other scientists of note include Nobel laureate Herbert Hauptman and Wilson Greatbatch, inventor of the Pacemaker.

ports

Buffalo was the home to Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Warren Spahn, who won the 1957 National League Cy Young Award while pitching for the Milwaukee Braves and amassed 300 wins in his illustrious 25-year career. Another famous former pitcher who hails from here is Orel Hershiser, who won the 1988 NL Cy Young Award, as well as the 1988 World Series MVP Award while pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers.Buffalo's best known athlete was the NBA Hall of Famer Bob Lanier, who attended Bennett High, Fillmore Junior High and nearby St. Bonaventure University. NBA player and Duke star Christian Laettner grew up in nearby Angola and attended Nichols high school in Buffalo. Long time Power Forward for the Portland Trailbazers and as of 2007 with the New Jersey Nets, Clifford Ralph Robinson was born and raised in Buffalo.

Several National Hockey League players have emerged from the Buffalo area over the years. Current and retired NHL players from Buffalo include Aaron Miller of the Kings, Jack Brownschidle, retired Blues player, Nick Foligno of The Senators, Philippe Sauvé of the Bruins, Patrick Kaleta of the Sabres, Brooks Orpik of the Penguins, Lee Stempniak of The Blues, Todd Marchant of the Anaheim Ducks and Kevyn Adams of the Chicago Blackhawks as well as Patrick Kane, first overall pick for the Chicago Blackhawks. Before Patrick Kane the most successful NHL player from Buffalo/Ft Erie area was 15 year NHL veteran and All star Randy Burridge.

In the early 20th century, Buffalo was a boxing mecca, and spawned world champions including light-heavyweight Jimmy Slattery and lightweight [http://www.cyberboxingzone.com/boxing/goodrich.htm] Jimmy Goodrich. Professional wrestling legends Dick "THE DESTROYER" Beyer, Mark Lewin, Donn Lewin and Don Curtis were from Buffalo, NY. They held various world singles and tag team championship titles in the USA and Japan. Dick Wipperman Western Ny Boxing Hall Of Famer also hailed from Buffalo. Modern wrestling star and ex NFL Player Lex Luger Larry Pfohl was born here.

Buffalo was one of the leading cities to host wrestling events including the once defunct and revived Extreme Championship Wrestling.

"Baby" Joe Mesi, the Ex-world famous boxer, grew up in Tonawanda, a suburb of Buffalo.

Jackie "The Irish Imp" Donovan, famous boxer in the 1920s and 1930s, holds the record for the most Golden Gloves championships. He is in the boxing hall of fame was born and lived in south Buffalo.Citation needed|date=September 2008

Former tennis player Jimmy Arias who reached the nº5 spot in the world in 1984 was born in Buffalo.

Basketball player Clifford Robinson attended Riverside High School.

Former Olympic swimmer Roy Saari was born in Buffalo, New York.

The first overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, by the Portland Trail Blazers, Greg Oden, was born in Buffalo, New York. As was Patrick Kane, the first overall pick in the 2007 NHL Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks

Amateur golfer, businessman, and Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame inductee Ward Wettlaufer lived in Buffalo and East Aurora into his 70s.

Hall of Famer Basketball player and coach, Al Cervi, grew up in Buffalo.

San Diego Padres Strength & Conditioning Coach, Jim Malone, grew up in Buffalo.

Other residents

Noted twentieth-century architect Gordon Bunshaft was born here, attending the same high school (Lafayette) as famed science-fiction cover artist Kelly Freas, Fran Striker, the creator of the radio serial "The Lone Ranger", and Bruce Shanks, Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist for the "Buffalo Evening News".

Architect Louise Blanchard Bethune opened her own practice in Buffalo in 1881, making her the nation's first professional woman architect.

Bocce's Pizza Worker Steven M Schmitt, Employee of the month seven times during his tenure at Bocce's.

Painter Charles E. Burchfield spent his career in the Buffalo area.

William G. Fargo, mayor of Buffalo in 1862-63 and 1864-65, and Henry Wells, founded American Express, followed in 1851 by the famous Wells, Fargo & Company, which established of a line of overland mail and passenger coaches before the construction of the Pacific railways. It included the well-remembered Pony Express, which carried letters and messages between Missouri and California in a week's time before the construction of telegraph lines. The company also assisted commerce throughout the early American west through its network of savings banks.

Jerry Frankel winner of the 1985 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions

Jeff Hannon, America's first radiologist began his career in Buffalo.

Yippie pie thrower Aron Kay attended Schools 86 and 66 while living in North Buffalo in the late 50's-early 60's.

Isaac Klein was a well-known author of rabbinic law. He served as rabbi of the Temple Emanu-El in Buffalo (1953-1968) and Temple Shaarey Zedek, Buffalo (created from the merger of Emanu-El with Temple Beth David in 1968), 1968-1972.

Sister Karen Klimczak was a well known nun who worked with the city's poor and recently imprisoned. She was murdered in April, 2006.

Don Majkowski quarterback for the Green Bay packers in the early 1980s, was born in Depew, New York.

John Neumann, America's first bishop saint, had an early mission here.

Anthropologists Marvin Opler and Morris Opler were born here. Marvin Opler later taught at the University at Buffalo.

Seneca leader Red Jacket lived on the Buffalo Creek reservation and is buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

In 1910, Cornelia Bentley Sage was appointed the director of the Albright Art Gallery, making her the nation's first female director of a major art gallery.

Mary Burnett Talbert, civil rights activist, suffragist, co-founder of the Niagara Movement, and the first woman to win the Spingarn Medal, the highest honor awarded by the NAACP, spent her adult life in Buffalo.

Buffalo companies

Present:
* Delaware North Companies
* M&T Bank
* Moog, Inc
* Rich Products Corporation
* Righteous Babe Records (Ani DiFranco's label)
* New Era Cap Company
* McGard LLC.(world famous wheel locks)
* Labatt Blue (US headquarters)

Past:
* Bell Aircraft Corporation
* Birge Wallpaper Company
* Buffalo Electric Carriage
* Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company
* Kittinger Furniture
* Larkin Soap Company
* Pierce-Arrow
* Thomas Motor Company

Infamous Buffalo people and events

* Buffalo resident and convicted murderer William Kemmler was the first person to be executed in the electric chair.
* David Hampton conducted a swindle in the 1980s by convincing others that he was Sidney Poitier's son.
* Timothy McVeigh was born in Buffalo. McVeigh was convicted of being one of the key conspirators in the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building terrorist attack in Oklahoma City, in 1995.
* John Wayne Bobbitt was born in Buffalo.
* O. J. Simpson, Buffalo's most famous sports alumnus, went on trial for double-murder and was found not guilty.
* James Charles Kopp shot Dr. Barnett Slepian in Buffalo.
* A year after 9/11, the FBI broke up the Lackawanna Six.
* While not in Buffalo, Howard Carmack became known as the Buffalo Spammer.
* Ralph Bucky Phillips, an escaped convict from Erie County Correctional Facility, was the subject of the longest manhunt in New York State history.
* President William McKinley was assassinated in Buffalo, NY by Leon Czolgoz. Theodore Roosevelt was then inaugurated in Buffalo.
* Lucchese crime family associate Jimmy Burke died in Buffalo's Roswell Park Cancer Institute while being treated for lung cancer. The character Jimmy Conway, played by Robert De Niro, in the movie Goodfellas is based on Burke.
*Stefano Magaddino, head of the Buffalo Mafia.

Other events and items of interest

* 1836 - New Buffalo Township, Michigan named after Buffalo.
* August 22, 1843 - Henry Highland Garnet gives speech here at the National Negro Convention
* Spaulding's Penny Post operated here from 1847 to 1850.
* May 31, 1866 - The Fenian raids into Canada are launched from here.
* 1875 - Approximate start of Gilded Age, additional European immigration
* 1889 - International Industrial Fair held here.
* October 19, 1896 - One of the world's first exclusively movie theater, Edison's Vitascope Theater opened in the Ellicott Square Building in Buffalo, New York.
* November 16, 1896 - First transmission of electrical power between two cities was sent from Niagara Falls to industries in Buffalo, New York. (See War of Currents.)
* 1899 - Boston Red Sox founded here, moves to Boston in 1901
* 1901 - President William McKinley is assassinated in Buffalo by Leon Frank Czolgosz at the Pan-American Exposition
* 1908 - A made-in-Buffalo Thomas Flyer wins the 1908 New York to Paris Race, the first and only around-the-world automobile race ever held. The vehicle is on exhibit at the National Automobile Museum in Reno, NV.
* 1950's exodus to the suburban areas starts. See also white flight, rust belt, desegregation busing, urban sprawl
* 1954 - Larkin Warehouse fire was the first fire in Buffalo's history to go to a general alarm
* 1961 - Avery Sandberg and colleagues publish first report of a man with a 47,XYY karyotype.
* June 27, 1967 - A race riot here, 200 arrests
* 1969 - Raven (U.S. band) turns down recording contract from Beatle, George Harrison and Apple Records and instead signs with Columbia Records.
* June 12, 1972 - American Airlines Flight 96 averts near-disaster after its cargo hatch bursts open
* March 24, 1973 - Lou Reed is bitten by a fan during a concert here
* 1975 - Disco Step-by-Step Television Show begins production.
* 1977 - 29 perish in the Blizzard of 1977
* 1981 - Scheduled fight with Sugar Ray Leonard cancelled when it is discovered he has a detached retina.
* 1983 - North Division Street explosion here kills five firefighters and two civilians and destroys millions in property.
* May 30, 1993 - Transit Valley offers Grant Fuhr membership after earlier denial because of his race.
* 1993 - Operation Rescue conducts clinic protests here
* 1999 - The Columbus Destroyers an Arena Football League team, are founded here.
* 2003 - Buffalo is one of the few cities that largely escapes the 2003 North America blackout that crippled much of the nation.
* 2004 - Steve Kurtz arrested by the FBI in May due to apparent misunderstanding
* 2005 - Uranium metalworkers at a Bethlehem plant are found to have symptoms similar to Gulf War Syndrome
* 2006 - Kingdom Bound Christian music festival celebrates its 20th anniversary; festival takes place at Six Flags Darien Lake amusement park
*2006 - October Storm kills 12 and injures dozens,as power is lost for more than a week in some neighborhoods.Cleanup of debris takes months
* Attica State Prison, near Buffalo, houses Mark David Chapman, John Lennon's assassin.

External links

* http://ah.bfn.org/h/histindex.html
* http://buffalo.indymedia.org/
* [http://besteverbuffalo.com Best Ever Buffalo] / Show your Buffalo Pride

See also

* Buffalo, New York
*
* Forest Lawn Cemetery (Buffalo) for names of prominent deceased residents
* [http://buffaloclassmates.com/forum/ Buffalo high schools Alumni reunion page]

1950 - 1960's Singer Joanie Sommers was born in Buffaloand Jesse White the Maytag Repairman (the first one) the character actor who was also Cagy Calhoun in the Private Secretary TV Show with Ann Sothern was born here.


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