New Hampshire in History

Historical Events

  • 1679-09-18 New Hampshire becomes a county in Massachusetts Bay Colony
  • 1725-02-20 10 sleeping Indians scalped by whites in New Hampshire for £100 a scalp bounty
  • 1749-01-03 Benning Wentworth issues the first of the New Hampshire Grants, leading to the establishment of Vermont.
  • 1760-01-28 Pownal, Vermont created by Benning Wentworth as one of the New Hampshire Grants.
  • 1769-12-13 Dartmouth College in New Hampshire received its charter
  • 1774-12-13 First incident of American Revolution - 400 attack Ft William and Mary, New Hampshire
  • 1774-12-14 Portsmouth, New Hampshire militiamen successfully attacked arsenal of Ft William & Mary
  • 1776-01-05 Assembly of New Hampshire adopts its 1st state constitution

AgreementConstitution of the United States

1788-06-21 US Constitution comes into effect when New Hampshire is the 9th state to ratify it

  • 1805-06-21 Great Stone Face, or the Profile found in New Hampshire
  • 1911-07-04 106°F (41°C) at Nashua, New Hampshire (state record)

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1924-05-11 Pulitzer Prize awarded to Robert Frost (New Hampshire)

  • 1925-01-28 -46°F (-43°C), Pittsburgh, New Hampshire (state record)
  • 1991-08-19 Janel Bishop, 17, of New Hampshire, crowned 9th Miss Teen USA
  • 2003-05-03 New Hampshire's famous Old Man of the Mountain collapses.

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2007-11-30 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign office hostage crisis: Leeland Eisenberg entered the campaign office of Hillary Clinton in Rochester, New Hampshire with a device suspected of being a bomb and held three people hostage for 5 hours.

Politician and US First Lady Hillary Clinton
Politician and US First Lady
Hillary Clinton
  • 2008-01-01 A New Hampshire law legalizing civil unions for same-sex couples comes into effect.
  • 2015-12-19 Third Democratic presidential candidates debate, broadcast by ABC, held in Goffstown, New Hampshire
  • 2016-02-04 Fifth Democratic presidential candidates debate, broadcast on MSNBC, held in Durham, New Hampshire
  • 2016-02-06 Eighth Republican presidential candidates debate hosted by ABC, held in Goffstown, New Hampshire

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2016-02-09 US primary elections: New Hampshire Primary, In Republican race Donald Trump wins (35%), John Kasich 2nd (16%), and Bernie Sanders (60%) defeats Hillary Clinton (38%) in Democratic race

US Senator Bernie Sanders
US Senator
Bernie Sanders
Politician and US First Lady Hillary Clinton
Politician and US First Lady
Hillary Clinton
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

Famous Birthdays

  • 1713-06-16 Meshech Weare, Governor of New Hampshire (d. 1786)

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1782-01-18 Daniel Webster, US Secretary of State (1841-43, 1850-52), politician and lawyer, born in Salisbury, New Hampshire (d. 1852)

American Statesman Daniel Webster
American Statesman
Daniel Webster

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1804-11-23 Franklin Pierce, 14th US President (Democrat: 1853-57), born in Hillsborough, New Hampshire (d. 1869)

14th US President Franklin Pierce
14th US President
Franklin Pierce
  • 1811-08-20 Gilman Marston, American Brigadier General (Union volunteers) and politician (R-NH), born in Orford, New Hampshire (d. 1890)
  • 1813-01-18 Joseph Glidden, American inventor of 1st commercial usable barbed wire, born in Charlestown, New Hampshire (d. 1906)
  • 1819-10-16 Austin F. Pike, American politician from New Hampshire (d. 1886)

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1821-07-16 Mary Baker Eddy, American founder of Christian Science (Science & Health), born in Bow, New Hampshire (d. 1910)

Christian Science Founder Mary Baker Eddy
Christian Science Founder
Mary Baker Eddy

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1861-05-16 H. H. Holmes [Herman Webster Mudgett], 1st known American serial killer, born in Gilmanton, New Hampshire (d. 1896)

Serial Killer H. H. Holmes
Serial Killer
H. H. Holmes
  • 1878-08-28 George Hoyt Whipple, Ashland New Hampshire, American physician and biomedical researcher (Nobel-1934)
  • 1907-07-28 Earl Tupper, American-born Costa Rican inventor and businessman (Tupperware), born in Berlin, New Hampshire (d. 1983)
  • 1925-06-25 Ziggy Talent, singer (Vaughn Monroe Show), born in Manchester, New Hampshire
  • 1930-03-07 James Broderick, Charlestown, New Hampshire, American actor (Dog Day Afternoon, Family)
  • 1938-08-06 Peter Bonerz, actor (Jerry-Bob Newhart Show, 9 to 5), born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
  • 1940-10-09 Gordon J. Humphrey, US Senator (R) New Hampshire (1979-90), born in Bristol, Connecticut
  • 1941-07-29 David Warner, actor (Star Trek VI, Time Bandits), born in Manchester, New Hampshire
  • 1941-12-09 Beau Bridges, actor (Hotel New Hampshire, 5th Musketeer), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1942-10-04 Christopher Stone, actor (Dave-Dallas, Interns), born in Manchester, New Hampshire
  • 1943-10-18 Russ Giguere, rock guitarist/vocalist (Association), born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
  • 1945-09-19 Jane Blalock, LPGA golfer (1972 Colgate-Dinah Shore, born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
  • 1948-09-24 Gordon Clapp, actor (Greg Medavoy-NYPD Blue), born in North Conway, New Hampshire
  • 1949-04-14 John Shea, actor (Honeymoon, New Life, Lois & Clark), born in North Conway, New Hampshire
  • 1952-09-09 Lee M Morin, cmdr USN/astronaut, born in Manchester, New Hampshire
  • 1952-11-25 John Lynch, American politician current governor of New Hampshire
  • 1957-03-23 Amanda Plummer, American actress (Hotel New Hampshire, Dollmaker), born in NYC, New York
  • 1957-05-01 Dick Swett, (Rep-D-New Hampshire)
  • 1960-11-30 Bob Tewksbury, pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in Concord, New Hampshire
  • 1961-01-19 Paul McCrane, actor (Hotel New Hampshire, We're Fighting Back)

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1964-06-22 Dan Brown, American author of thriller fiction (The Da Vinci Code), born in Exeter, New Hampshire

Author Dan Brown
Author
Dan Brown
  • 1969-01-27 Phil Plantier, outfielder (SD Padres, Red Sox, A's), born in Manchester, New Hampshire
  • 1973-09-23 Michelle Tolson, Miss America-NH (1997), born in Manchester, New Hampshire
  • 1974-10-31 Julie Minta Gleneck, Miss New Hampshire USA (1996)
  • 1975-04-27 Chris Carpenter, American baseball player (Toronto Blue Jays, St. Louis Cardinals), born in Exeter, New Hampshire
  • 1975-11-12 Gretchen Durgin, Miss USA-New Hampshire (1997)
  • 1977-02-10 Stephanie Ann Foisy, Miss America-NH (1996), born in Concord, New Hampshire
  • 1978-04-21 Melissa Coish, Miss New Hampshire Teen USA (1996)
  • 1980-05-05 Bonnie Lynn Gagnon, Miss New Hampshire Teen USA (1997)
  • 1982-04-01 Sam Huntington, Peterborough, New Hampshire, American actor (Jungle 2 Jungle, Being Human)
  • 1984-04-10 Mandy Moore, American singer (Candy) and actress (Rebecca Pearson-This Is Us), born in Nashua, New Hampshire

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1818-09-29 Inventor Samuel Morse (27) weds Lucretia Walker in Concord, New Hampshire

Inventor Samuel Morse
Inventor
Samuel Morse

HeartWedding of Interest

1834-11-19 US President Franklin Pierce (30) weds Jane Pierce (28) in Amherst, New Hampshire

14th US President Franklin Pierce
14th US President
Franklin Pierce

HeartWedding of Interest

1843-12-10 Author and religious leader Mary Baker Eddy (22) weds building contractor George Washington Glover (32) in Tilton, New Hampshire

Christian Science Founder Mary Baker Eddy
Christian Science Founder
Mary Baker Eddy

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1867-10-24 US Admiral George Dewey (29) weds daughter of New Hampshire's war governor Susan Goodwin

Admiral George Dewey
Admiral
George Dewey
  • 2006-08-12 "Syfy" actor Sam Huntington (24) weds actress Rachel Klein in Hancock, New Hampshire

Famous Deaths

  • 1786-01-14 Meshech Weare, Governor of New Hampshire (b. 1713)
  • 1886-10-08 Austin F. Pike, American politician from New Hampshire (b. 1819)

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1963-01-29 Robert Frost, American poet (New Hampshire, 4 Pulitzers), dies at 88