Chesapeake in History

Historical Events

  • 1632-06-20 Britain grants 2nd Lord Baltimore rights to Chesapeake Bay area
  • 1781-09-05 French fleet of 24 ships under Comte de Grasse defeat British under Admiral Graves at Battle of the Chesapeake [Battle of the Virginia Capes] in American Revolutionary War
  • 1829-10-17 Delaware River & Chesapeake Bay Canal formally opens
  • 1964-04-15 Chesapeake Bay Bridge opens (world's longest)
  • 1964-05-21 1st nuclear-powered lighthouse begins operations (Chesapeake Bay)

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestPerson of Interest

1580-01-06 John Smith, English explorer (Chesapeake Bay, New England) and leader of the Virginia Colony (Jamestown), born in Lincolnshire, England (d. 1861)

Explorer John Smith
Explorer
John Smith

Famous Deaths


Person of interestPerson of Interest

1631-06-21 John Smith, English explorer (Chesapeake Bay, New England) and leader of the Virginia Colony (Jamestown), dies at 51

Explorer John Smith
Explorer
John Smith