Ed Koch

Born Dec 12, 1924

Edward Irving "Ed" Koch was an American lawyer, politician, political commentator, movie critic and reality television arbitrator. He served in the United States House of Representatives from 1969 to 1977 and three terms as mayor of New York City, which he led from fiscal insolvency to economic boom from 1978 to 1989. Koch was a lifelong Democrat who described himself as a "liberal with sanity".… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Ed Koch.


1924 Birth Born on December 12, 1924.


1941 16 Years Old He graduated from South Side High School in Newark in 1941.
1943 18 Years Old He was drafted into the United States Army in 1943, where he served as an infantryman with the 104th Infantry Division, landing in Cherbourg, France, in September 1944. … Read More


1945 20 Years Old Koch returned to New York City to attend City College of New York, graduating in 1945, and New York University School of Law, receiving his law degree in 1948.
1949 24 Years Old Koch was a sole practitioner from 1949 to 1964, and a partner with Koch, Lankenau, Schwartz & Kovner from 1965 to 1968. … Read More


1962 37 Years Old In 1962 Koch ran for office for the first time, unsuccessfully opposing incumbent William Passannante, a DeSapio ally, for the Democratic nomination for the State Assembly.
1963 38 Years Old In 1963, Koch defeated DeSapio for the position of Democratic Party leader for the district which included Greenwich Village, and Koch won again in a 1965 rematch.


1967 42 Years Old Koch served on the New York City Council from 1967 to 1969.
1969 44 Years Old 1 More Event
…  He served in the United States House of Representatives from 1969 to 1977 and three terms as mayor of New York City from 1978 to 1990. … Read More
Koch said he began his political career as "just a plain liberal", with positions including opposing the Vietnam War and marching in the South for civil rights. In April 1973, Koch coined the term "Watergate Seven" when, in response to U.S. Senator Lowell P. Weicker, Jr.'s indicating that one of the men in Watergate scandal had been ordered in the spring of 1972 to keep certain senators and representatives under surveillance, posted a sign on the door of his United States Congress office saying, 'These premises were surveilled by the Watergate Seven. … Read More


1976 51 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1976, Koch proposed that the U.S. cut off military aid and supplies to the government of Uruguay which was under a dictatorship.
In 1977, Koch ran in the Democratic primary of the New York City mayoral election against incumbent Abe Beame, Bella Abzug and Mario Cuomo, among others. … Read More
1981 56 Years Old 1 More Event
…  He won re-election in 1981 with 75 percent, the first New York City mayor to win endorsement on both the Democratic and Republican party tickets. … Read More


1985 - 1987 4 More Events
1988 63 Years Old 1 More Event
For one, he became a controversial figure in the 1988 presidential campaign with his public criticism of Democratic candidate Jesse Jackson, who had surprised many political observers by winning key primaries in March and running even with the front runner, Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis. … Read More
1989 64 Years Old In 1989, Koch ran for a fourth term as Mayor but lost the Democratic primary to David Dinkins, who went on to defeat Rudolph Giuliani in the general election.
1993 68 Years Old 1 More Event
He crossed party lines to endorse Rudy Giuliani for mayor in 1993, Michael Bloomberg in 2001, and President George W. Bush in 2004.
1996 - 2000 2 More Events
2004 79 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2004, together with his sister Pat (also Pauline) Koch Thaler, Koch wrote a children's book, Eddie, Harold's Little Brother; the book told the story of Koch's own childhood, when he tried unsuccessfully to emulate his older brother Harold's baseball talents, before realizing that he should instead focus on what he was already good at, which was telling stories and speaking in public.
2006 81 Years Old Koch also endorsed Democrats, including Eliot Spitzer for governor in the 2006 election.
2007 82 Years Old 1 More Event
He resumed his attacks, and had the book re-published, in 2007, after Giuliani announced his candidacy for president.
2008 - 2010 3 More Events
2011 86 Years Old 1 More Event
On March 23, 2011, the New York City Council voted to rename the Queensboro Bridge as the "Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge" in honor of the former mayor. … Read More
2012 87 Years Old In October 2012, Koch told Al Sharpton that after a conversation with U.S. President Obama about his position on Israel he was satisfied, and endorsed his reelection.
Early in 2013, Koch endorsed Christine Quinn in the Democratic primary for that year's mayoral election. … Read More
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