Baltimore in History

Historical Events

  • 1632-06-20 Britain grants 2nd Lord Baltimore rights to Chesapeake Bay area
  • 1633-06-20 Charter for Maryland is given to Lord Cecil Baltimore
  • 1634-03-25 Under charter granted to Lord Baltimore and led by his brother Leonard Calvert first settlers found Catholic colony of Maryland
  • 1648-01-24 Lord Baltimore's representative Margaret Brent ejected from the Maryland Council after requesting right to vote
  • 1729-07-30 City of Baltimore founded
  • 1796-12-18 1st US newspaper to appear on Sunday (Baltimore Monitor)
  • 1800-01-05 1st Swedenborgian temple in US holds 1st service, Baltimore
  • 1808-04-08 The Roman Catholic Diocese of Baltimore was promoted to an archdiocese, with the founding of the dioceses of New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Bardstown (now Louisville) by Pope Pius VII.
  • 1809-11-22 Peregrine Williamson of Baltimore patents a steel pen
  • 1814-09-12 Battle of North Point fought near Baltimore during War of 1812
  • 1816-06-11 Gas Light Co of Baltimore founded
  • 1817-02-05 1st US gas co incorporated, Baltimore (coal gas for street lights)
  • 1817-02-17 1st US city lit by gas (Baltimore)
  • 1821-05-31 Cathedral of Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary, 1st US Catholic cathedral, is dedicated in Baltimore
  • 1827-02-28 1st commercial railroad in US, Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) chartered
  • 1828-07-04 Construction begins on B & O (Baltimore-Ohio) 1st US passenger RR
  • 1829-12-21 1st stone arch railroad bridge in US dedicated, Baltimore
  • 1830-01-07 1st US Railroad Station opens (Baltimore)
  • 1830-05-20 1st railroad timetable published in newspaper (Baltimore American)
  • 1830-05-24 1st passenger rail service in US (Baltimore & Elliots Mill, Maryland)
  • 1830-08-28 1st locomotive in US, "Tom Thumb", runs from Baltimore to Ellicotts Mill
  • 1832-05-21 1st Democratic National Convention (Baltimore)
  • 1840-02-01 Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, 1st in US, incorporated
  • 1844-05-25 1st telegraphed news dispatch is published in Baltimore Patriot

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1849-10-03 American author Edgar Allan Poe is found delirious in a gutter in Baltimore, Maryland under mysterious circumstances; it is the last time he is seen in public before his death.

  • 1851-06-15 Jacob Fussell, Baltimore dairyman, sets up 1st ice-cream factory
  • 1861-04-19 Baltimore riots-4 soldiers, 9 civilians killed
  • 1863-07-01 -2] Battle at Baltimore: Crump's Crossroads Virginia
  • 1864-02-21 1st US Catholic parish church for blacks dedicated, Baltimore
  • 1869-10-21 1st shipment of fresh oysters comes overland from Baltimore
  • 1870-10-25 Pimlico Race Course opens in Baltimore
  • 1885-08-10 Leo Daft opens America's 1st commercially operated electric streetcar in Baltimore
  • 1887-10-21 Detroit clinches best-of-15 touring World Championship with its 8th victory in Game 11 this afternoon in Baltimore, 13-3
  • 1891-07-08 61°F, highest temp for July 1891, in Baltimore & Phila
  • 1891-12-19 1st Negro Catholic priest ordained in US, Charles Uncles, Baltimore
  • 1892-02-02 Bottle cap with cork seal patented by William Painter (Baltimore)
  • 1892-08-13 US black newspaper "Afro-American" begins publishing from Baltimore
  • 1898-04-22 Baltimore James Hughes no-hits Boston Braves 8-0
  • 1899-09-15 5th US Golf Open: Willie Smith shoots a 315 at Baltimore CC MD
  • 1900-03-08 NL decides to go with 8 teams They exclude Baltimore, Cleveland, Louisville & Washington (in 1953 Boston Braves move to Milwaukee)
  • 1903-01-09 Frank Farrell and Bill Devery purchase the American League's Baltimore baseball franchise for $18,000 and move it to NYC (later the NY Yankees)
  • 1904-02-07 Baltimore catches fire (1500 buildings destroyed in 80 blocks)
  • 1915-03-08 1st US navy minelayer, Baltimore, commissioned
  • 1916-02-11 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents its 1st concert

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1922-06-14 US President Warren G. Harding is 1st US president to use radio, dedicates the Francis Scott Key memorial in Baltimore

29th US President Warren G. Harding
29th US President
Warren G. Harding

Sport awardGolf Major

1928-10-06 11th PGA Championship: Leo Diegel at Five Farms CC Baltimore

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Leo Diegel
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Leo Diegel
  • 1947-10-27 WMAR TV channel 2 in Baltimore, MD (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1948-03-11 WBAL TV channel 11 in Baltimore, MD (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1948-11-02 WJZ TV channel 13 in Baltimore, MD (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-01-02 NBA Baltimore Bullets begin a 32 game road losing streak
  • 1953-03-01 WJZ-AM in NYC becomes WABC; WJZ-TV in Baltimore final transmission
  • 1953-03-16 AL rejects Bill Veeck's request to move St Louis Browns to Baltimore
  • 1953-10-07 Bill Veeck tells Browns stockholders he faces bankruptcy unless they drop their suit to block his move to Baltimore, they comply
  • 1953-10-29 A Baltimore group purchases St Louis Browns
  • 1953-11-17 St Louis Browns officially become the Baltimore Baseball Club Inc
  • 1954-03-14 NBA Baltimore Bullets end a 32 game road losing streak
  • 1954-09-27 School integration begins in Washington, D.C. & Baltimore Md public schools
  • 1955-11-07 Supreme Court of Baltimore bans segregation in public recreational areas
  • 1957-08-05 WJZ-TV in Baltimore MD begins radio transmissions
  • 1959-08-14 26th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Baltimore 29, All-Stars 0 (70,000)
  • 1960-08-12 27th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Baltimore 32, All-Stars 7 (70,000)
  • 1963-09-19 Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. is founded at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland.
  • 1966-05-08 Only HR ever hit out of Baltimore's Memorial Park (Frank Robinson)
  • 1967-03-01 WMET (now WHSW) TV channel 24 in Baltimore, MD (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 1967-10-27 4 people from Baltimore pour blood on selective service records
  • 1969-01-14 19th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 123-112 at Baltimore
  • 1969-09-28 Minnesota vs Baltimore, gains 530 yards passing!
  • 1969-10-06 WMPB TV channel 67 in Baltimore, MD (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1971-04-11 WBFF TV channel 45 in Baltimore, MD (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1971-07-30 38th NFL Chicago All Star Game: Baltimore 24, All Stars 17 (52,289)
  • 1971-10-13 1st World Series night game (Pittsburgh 4-Baltimore 3)
  • 1973-10-11 Oakland beats Baltimore 3 games to 2 to win AL pennant
  • 1974-06-02 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Baltimore Golf Classic
  • 1975-01-24 "Hot l Baltimore" situation comedy premieres on ABC TV
  • 1976-06-15 Yankees trade May, Martinez, Pagan, MacGregor & Demsey to Baltimore for Holtzman, Alexander, Grant Jackson, Elrod Henrick & Jim Freeman
  • 1977-04-30 Billy Graham beats Bruno Sammartino in Baltimore, to become WWF champ
  • 1977-05-15 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Greater Baltimore Golf Classic
  • 1977-09-18 Brooks Robinson Night in Baltimore
  • 1978-05-14 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Greater Baltimore Golf Classic
  • 1979-07-22 Pat Meyers wins LPGA Greater Baltimore Golf Classic
  • 1980-07-20 Pat Bradley wins LPGA Greater Baltimore Golf Classic
  • 1980-11-12 Baltimore's Steve Stone wins AL Cy Young Award
  • 1982-10-03 Milwaukee whips Baltimore 10-2 to win AL East championship

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1983-04-10 Baltimore's Eddie Murray hits his 1,000 career hit

MLB First Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB First Baseman
Eddie Murray
  • 1985-07-14 Last USFL game-Baltimore Stars defeats Oakland Invaders, 28-24
  • 1986-05-14 Pride of Baltimore lost at sea.
  • 1987-05-11 1st heart-lung transplant take place in Baltimore
  • 1988-07-29 Baltimore trades Mike Boddicker to the Red Sox for Brady Anderson & Curt Schilling
  • 1990-01-10 "Les Miserables" opens at Mechanic Theatre, Baltimore
  • 1991-10-01 Howard Stern adds Baltimore to his radio network (WJFK-AM)
  • 1993-07-13 64th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 9-3 at Camden Yards, Baltimore
  • 1994-12-31 1st snowless December in Baltimore Maryland
  • 1995-07-28 Art Modell's rep begins secrets talks to move team to Baltimore
  • 1996-07-14 NY Yanks sweep complete season series in Baltimore for 1st time

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2016-02-03 US President Barack Obama visits his first US mosque - the Islamic Society of Baltimore mosque in Maryland

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama

Famous Birthdays


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1731-11-09 Benjamin Banneker, African American mathematician and surveyor of Washington D.C., born in Ellicott's Mills, Maryland (d. 1806

Mathematician, Astronomer and Almanac Author Benjamin Banneker
Mathematician, Astronomer and Almanac Author
Benjamin Banneker
  • 1797-12-03 Francis P Kenrick, Irish/US archbishop of Baltimore
  • 1814-08-23 James Roosevelt Bayley, first Bishop of Newark, New Jersey, and the eighth Archbishop of Baltimore (d. 1877)
  • 1834-07-23 James "Cardinal" Gibbons, archbishop of Baltimore

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1878-09-20 Upton Beall Sinclair, US writer (Jungle), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1968)

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1880-09-12 Henry Louis Mencken, American newspaperman/critic (Prejudices), born in Baltimore, Maryland

Journalist and Critic H. L. Mencken
Journalist and Critic
H. L. Mencken
  • 1884-07-12 Joseph Crehan, actor (Charlie Chan-Meeting at Midnight), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1887-02-07 Eubie Blake, US ragtime composer/pianist (Memories of You) (d. 1983), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1892-05-28 Minna Gombell, actress (Bad Girl, Thin Man, Hello Sister), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1895-02-06 George Herman (Babe) Ruth, baseball great (NY Yankees), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1905-01-19 Anne Schumacher Hummert, Baltimore US, leading creator of daytime radio serials during the 1930s and 1940s

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1908-07-02 Thurgood Marshall, 1st African American Supreme Court justice (1967-91), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1993)

First Black Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall
First Black Supreme Court Justice
Thurgood Marshall
  • 1921-03-16 Anne Truitt (born Anne Dean), Baltimore USA, American artist
  • 1922-07-27 Lillian Hayman, American actress (Leslie Uggams Show), born in Baltimore,Maryland (d. 1994)
  • 1922-12-02 Leo V Gordon, actor (Circus Boy, Enos, Winds of War), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1924-08-03 Leon Uris, novelist (Exodus, QB VII, Battle Cry), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1926-06-09 Mona Freeman, American actress (Black Beauty, Dear Wife, Heiress), born in Baltimore, (d. 2014)
  • 1926-06-27 Frank O'Hara, American writer and poet, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1966)
  • 1926-10-24 Y A Tittle, AAFC/NFL QB (Baltimore, SF, NY Giants, MVP 1963)
  • 1927-04-03 Wesley Brown, 1st African American US Naval Academy graduate, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2012)
  • 1928-04-06 Will Gaines, American-British tap dancer, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2014)
  • 1930-05-11 William Carey, American businessman and philanthropist (W.P. Carey & Co. LLC) (d. 2012), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1932-11-26 Alan Stout, American composer, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1933-09-25 Erik Darling, folk singer (Rooftop Singers), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2008)
  • 1934-12-19 Al Kaline, baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (Detroit Tigers), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1935-01-28 Nicholas Pryor, American actor (The Hunger Games), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1937-01-31 Philip Glass, minimal composer (Einstein on the Beach), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1937-12-30 Paul Stookey, singer and musician (Peter, Paul, & Mary), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1940-05-06 Murray Sidlin, American conductor (National Symphony 1973-77), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1940-12-21 Frank Zappa, rocker (Mothers of Invention, Catholic Girls), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1941-09-19 "Mama" Cass Elliot, rock vocalist (Mamas & The Papas), born in Baltimore Maryland,
  • 1942-04-06 Barry Levinson, director (Rainman), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1945-10-19 Harris Glenn Divine, Baltimore MD

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1945-11-17 Elvin Hayes, American NBA star (San Diego, Houston, Baltimore), born in Rayville, Louisiana

NBA Forward Elvin Hayes
NBA Forward
Elvin Hayes
  • 1946-03-14 Wes Unseld, NBA all-star (Baltimore Bullets, MVP 1969)
  • 1947-05-14 Tamara Dobson, actress (Amazons, Cleopatra Jones), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1949-08-15 Beverly Burns, American pilot and 1st woman to captain a Boeing 747, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1951-04-15 Marsha S Ivins, astronaut (STS 32, 46, 62, 81), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1952-01-27 Brian Gottfried, tennis star (Wimbledon Doubles 1976), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1952-02-03 Fred Lynn, baseball outfielder (Boston, California, Baltimore), born in Chicago, Illinois

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1952-07-17 David Hasselhoff, American actor (Night Rider, Mitch-Baywatch), born in Baltimore, Maryland

  • 1956-02-06 Linda Grovenor, actress (Die Laughing, Wheels of Fire), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1957-07-24 Dorothy Mays, playmate (Jul, 1979), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1959-07-31 Mike Bielecki, pitcher (Atlanta Braves), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1960-10-17 Kevin Clash, puppeteer (Elmo on Sesame Street), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1962-03-05 Elise Burgin, tennis star, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1962-03-05 Robert L Curbeam Jr, astronaut (STS 85, sk: 99), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1965-01-09 Muggsy Bogues, American NBA guard and the shortest player ever to play in the NBA (Washington Bullets, Charlotte Hornets), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1966-11-17 Jeff Nelson, pitcher (NY Yankees), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1967-03-29 Brian Jordan, outfielder (St Louis Cardinals), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1967-12-14 Noelle Beck, actress (Trisha-Loving, Fletch Lives), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1968-11-16 Chris Haney, pitcher (KC Royals), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1969-12-27 Suzanne Paxton, fencer-foil (Olympics-96), born in Baltimore Maryland
  • 1970-06-12 Damon Buford, outfielder (Texas Rangers), born in Baltimore, Maryland

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1971-09-18 Jada Pinkett Smith, American actress (Set it Off, Nutty Professor, Menace II Society), born in Baltimore, Maryland

  • 1976-11-29 Anna Faris, American actress (Mom), born in Baltimore, Maryland

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1985-06-30 Michael Phelps, American swimmer (world record 28 Olympic medals), born in Baltimore, Maryland


Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1997-12-31 "The Fresh Prince" Will Smith (43) weds actress Jada Pinkett (40) in Baltimore, Maryland


Famous Deaths


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1849-10-07 Edgar Allan Poe, American writer, poet and critic (The Pit and the Pendulum) considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre (Murders in the Rue Morgue), dies in Baltimore at 40

  • 1863-07-08 Francis P Kenrick, Irish/US archbishop of Baltimore, dies at 65
  • 1873-12-24 Johns Hopkins, Baltimore philanthropist and businessman (b. 1795)
  • 1877-10-03 James Roosevelt Bayley, first Bishop of Newark, New Jersey, and the eighth Archbishop of Baltimore (b. 1814)