Today in NYSE History

Historical Events

  • 1884-07-03 Dow Jones publishes its 1st stock index, the Dow Jones Transportation Average
  • 1896-05-26 Dow Jones begins an index of 12 industrial stocks (closing is 40.94)
  • 1896-10-08 Dow Jones starts reporting an average of selected industrial stocks
  • 1906-01-12 1st time Dow Jones closes above 100 (100.26)
  • 1914-12-12 The largest one-day percentage drop in the history of Dow Jones Industrial Average, down 24.39%.
  • 1929-09-03 Dow Jones Industrial Average reaches all time high of 381.17, to be shortly followed by the Crash of 1929.
  • 1929-10-24 "Black Thursday", start of stock market crash, Dow Jones down 12.8%
  • 1929-10-28 Dow Jones plummets 38.33 pts (13%) to 260.64
  • 1932-07-08 Depression low point of Dow Jones Industrial Average, 41.22
  • 1954-11-23 For the first time, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above the peak it reached just before the 1929 crash.
  • 1956-03-12 Dow Jones closes above 500 for 1st time (500.24)
  • 1966-02-09 Dow-Jones Index hits record 995 points
  • 1967-12-07 "How Now, Dow Jones" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 220 performances
  • 1968-06-15 "How Now, Dow Jones" closes at Lunt Fontanne NYC after 220 performances
  • 1972-11-11 Dow Jones Index moves above 1,000 for 1st time
  • 1972-11-14 Dow Jones closes above 1,000 for 1st time (1003.16)
  • 1974-12-09 Dow Jones index hits 570.01
  • 1982-08-18 1st time NYSE tops 100 M figure, 132.69 M shares traded
  • 1982-08-18 NYSE sets trading record of 132,690,000 shares traded
  • 1983-02-24 Dow Jones closes above 1100 mark for 1st time
  • 1983-04-26 Dow Jones Industrial Avg breaks 1,200 for 1st time
  • 1985-02-13 Dow Jones closes at 1297.92 (record high) after topping 1300 earlier
  • 1985-05-20 Dow Jones industrial avg closes above 1300 for 1st time
  • 1985-12-05 Dow Jones Industrial Average rose above 1,500 level for 1st time
  • 1985-12-11 Dow Jones closes above 1,500 for 1st time (1,511.70)
  • 1986-06-09 Dow Jones-index hits record 45.71 points
  • 1986-09-11 Dow Jones Industrial Avg suffered biggest 1-day decline ever, plummeting 86.61 points to 1,792.89. 237.57 million shares traded
  • 1986-12-02 Dow-Jones index hits record 1,955.57
  • 1987-01-08 Dow Jones closes above 2,000 for 1st time (2,002.25)
  • 1987-01-23 Dow Jones rises 64 points then drops 110 points (44.15 pt loss)
  • 1987-02-05 Dow Jones avg closes above 2,200 for 1st time
  • 1987-04-04 Dow Jones up 69.89 points, ending at record 2,390.34 pts
  • 1987-04-21 Dow Jones Average soared 664.7; 2nd biggest one-day gain in history
  • 1987-07-17 Dow Jones closes above 2,500 (2,510.04) for 1st time
  • 1987-08-17 Dow Jones Industrial Avg closes above 2,700 for 1st time (2,700.57)
  • 1987-08-25 Dow Jones industrial stock avg reaches record 2722.42
  • 1987-09-22 Dow-Jones index rises record 75.23 points
  • 1987-10-16 Dow Jones for 1st time falls more than 100 pts (108.35)
  • 1987-10-19 "Black Monday" Dow Jones down 508.32 points (22%), 4½ times previous record
  • 1987-10-20 Dow-Jones increases 102.27 pts/608,120,000 shares traded (record)
  • 1987-10-26 Dow Jones down 156.83 points
  • 1987-11-03 On Wall Street, after 5 consecutive gains, Dow Jones down 50.56
  • 1988-01-08 Dow Jones down 140.58 points
  • 1989-05-19 Dow Jones Avg passes 2,500 mark for 1st time, closes at 2,501.1
  • 1989-10-13 Dow Jones down 190.58 points
  • 1990-01-02 Dow Jones hits record 2,800 (2,810.15)
  • 1990-05-14 Dow Jones average hits a record 2,821.53
  • 1990-05-15 Dow Jones avg hits a record 2,822.45
  • 1990-05-17 Dow Jones avg hits a record 2,831.71
  • 1990-05-21 Dow Jones avg hits a record 2,844.68
  • 1990-05-22 Dow Jones avg hits a record 2,852.23
  • 1990-05-23 Dow Jones avg hits a record 2,856.26
  • 1990-05-29 Dow Jones average hits a record 2,870.49
  • 1990-05-30 Dow Jones average hits a record 2,878.56
  • 1990-06-01 Dow Jones Avg hits a record high of 2,900.97
  • 1991-04-17 Dow Jones closes above 3,000 for 1st time (3,004.46)
  • 1991-11-15 Dow Jones avg drops 120.31 points (5th largest dive)
  • 1991-12-31 Dow Jones closes at record high 3168.83
  • 1993-05-19 Dow Jones closes above 3,500 for 1st time (3,500.03)
  • 1993-08-19 Dow Jones hits record high of 3612.13
  • 1993-08-23 NY Dow Jones index reaches record high of 3,638.96 points
  • 1993-10-29 Dow Jones index reaches record 3687.86
  • 1993-11-02 Dow Jones hits record 3697.64
  • 1993-12-02 Dow-Jones hits record 3702.11
  • 1993-12-08 Dow-Jones hits record 3734.53
  • 1993-12-10 Dow Jones hits record 3740.67
  • 1993-12-13 Dow Jones hits record 3764.43
  • 1993-12-27 Dow-Jones hits record 3792.93
  • 1993-12-28 Dow-Jones hits record 3793.49
  • 1994-01-06 Dow-Jones hits record 3803.88
  • 1994-01-21 Dow Jones passes 3900 (record 3,914.20)
  • 1994-01-24 Dow Jones closes above 3,900 for 1st time (3,914.48)
  • 1994-01-31 Dow Jones hits a record 3,978.36
  • 1995-02-15 Dow-Jones closes at record 3986.17
  • 1995-02-23 Dow Jones closes above 4,000 for 1st time (4,003.33)
  • 1995-02-24 Dow-Jones hits record 4011.74
  • 1995-03-10 Dow-Jones hits record 4035.64
  • 1995-03-16 Dow-Jones hits record 4069.15
  • 1995-03-20 Dow-Jones hits 4083.68 (record)
  • 1995-04-24 Dow Jones Index hits record 4303.98
  • 1995-05-12 Dow Jones for 5th straight day of the week sets a new record (4430.59)
  • 1995-11-21 Dow Jones closes above 5,000 for 1st time
  • 1996-05-10 Excel Communications, Inc. becomes the youngest company ever to join the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), trading under the symbol (ECI).
  • 1996-10-14 Dow Jones closes over 6,000 for 1st time (6,010)
  • 1997-06-23 Dow Jones drops 192.25 pts
  • 1997-08-15 Dow Jones drops 247.37 pts
  • 1997-10-23 Dow Jones drops 186.88 pts
  • 1997-10-27 Dow Jones crashes record 554 pts to 7161
  • 1999-03-29 The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes at 10006.78 - above the 10,000 mark for the first time ever.
  • 1999-05-03 The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 11,000 for the first time in its history at 11,014.70.
  • 2007-10-09 The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes at an all-time high.
  • 2008-09-29 Following the bankruptcies of Lehman Brothers and Washington Mutual, The Dow Jones Industrial Average falls 777.68 points, the largest single-day point loss in its history.
  • 2008-11-20 After critical failures in the US financial system began to build up after mid-September, the Dow Jones Industrial Average reaches its lowest level since 1997.
  • 2010-05-06 The second largest intraday point swing in Dow Jones Industrial Average history occurs.
  • 2013-03-05 The Dow Jones surpasses its 2007 pre-financial crisis levels for the first time
  • 2013-05-07 The Dow Jones Industrial average and S&P 500 set record highs

Famous Birthdays

  • 1851-11-06 Charles Dow, American journalist and economist (co-founded Dow Jones/1st editor of Wall St Journal) (d. 1902)
  • 1929-01-23 Patriarch Filaret (Mykhailo Denysenko) of Ukrainian Orthodox Church - Kyiv Patriarchate
  • 1960-07-22 Denyse Julien, Rouyn Quebec, badminton player (Olympics-9-92, 96)

Famous Deaths

  • 1902-12-04 Charles Dow, American journalist (Dow Jones & Company - Wall Street Journal) (b. 1851)