Virginia in History (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 188 of 188

  • 1864-02-28 -Mar 3rd] Skirmish at Albemarle County Virginia (Burton's Ford)
  • 1864-05-04 -16] actions at Drewry's Bluff, Virginia
  • 1864-05-07 Skirmish at Port Walthall Junction Virginia (Drewry's Bluff)
  • 1864-05-08 Actions at Stony Creek/Nottoway bridge Virginia (Drewry's Bluff)
  • 1864-05-09 -20] Skirmish at Ware Bottom Church, Virginia
  • 1864-05-10 Battles at Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia
  • 1864-05-10 Skirmish at Ny River, Virginia
  • 1864-05-12 US Civil War Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia
  • 1864-05-15 Battle of New Market, Virginia
  • 1864-05-16 Last battles at Drewry's Bluff, Virginia (6,666 casualties)
  • 1864-05-20 Battle at Ware Bottom Church, Virginia, 1,400 killed or injured
  • 1864-05-26 -30] Skirmish along the Totopotomoy Creek, Virginia
  • 1864-05-27 Skirmish at Salem Church (Haw's Shop), Virginia
  • 1864-05-30 Cavalry fight at Battle of Bethesda Church/Totopotomoy Creek Virginia during US Civil War
  • 1864-06-17 640m long ponton bridge over James River Virginia finished
  • 1864-07-20 Battle at Stephenson's Depot Virginia: 200 killed or injured
  • 1864-07-28 2nd day of battle at Deep Bottom Run, Virginia
  • 1864-07-29 3rd & last day of Battle at Deep Bottom Run, Virginia
  • 1864-08-14 2nd day of battle at Deep Bottom Run Virginia: Federal assault
  • 1864-08-16 Federal assault on 4th day of battle at Deep Bottom Run, Virginia
  • 1864-08-18 6th day of battle at Deep Bottom Run, Virginia: Confederate assault
  • 1864-08-19 2nd day of battle at Globe Tavern, Virginia
  • 1864-08-21 Battle at Globe Tavern, Virginia, ends after 2500 casualties
  • 1864-09-16 Battle of Coggin's Point, Virginia (Hampton-Rosser Cattle Raid)
  • 1864-09-18 Battle of Martinsburg, Virginia
  • 1864-09-19 3rd Battle of Winchester, Virginia (Opequon, 3rd Winchester)
  • 1864-09-29 Battle of Chaffin's Farm and New Market Heights in Henrico County, Virginia
  • 1864-10-13 Battle at Darbytown Road Virginia (337 casualties)
  • 1864-10-19 Battle of Cedar Creek, Virginia, Union beats back Conf attackers
  • 1864-10-28 Second Battle at Fair Oaks, Virginia, ends with 1554 casualties
  • 1865-03-30 -4] Battle at 5 Forks Virginia
  • 1865-04-01 Battle of 5 Forks Virginia, signalling end of Lee's army

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1865-04-02 US Civil War: Confederate President Jefferson Davis flees Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia

President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis
President of the Confederate States of America
Jefferson Davis
  • 1865-04-03 Battle at Namozine Church, Virginia (Appomattox Campaign)
  • 1865-04-03 Union forces occupy Confederate capital of Richmond & Petersberg, Virginia
  • 1869-12-10 The first American chapter of Kappa Sigma is founded at the University of Virginia.
  • 1870-01-27 After accepting 15th amendment, Virginia is readmitted to Union
  • 1883-11-03 Race riots in Danville Virginia (4 blacks killed)
  • 1888-02-02 Frank Sprague opens the first successful U.S. electric street railway system, the Richmond Union Passenger Railway, in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1897-09-21 NY Sun runs famous "Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus" editorial
  • 1922-02-21 Airship "Rome" explodes at Hampton Roads, Virginia; 34 die
  • 1926-11-27 Restoration of Williamsburg, Virginia, begins
  • 1928-11-12 British steamer "Vestris" capsizes & sinks off Virginia, kills 110
  • 1932-02-27 Explosion in coal mine Boissevain, Virginia, USA (38 dead)
  • 1941-12-22 1942 NFL Draft: Bill Dudley from University of Virginia first pick by Pittsburgh Steelers
  • 1942-01-06 Bob Feller, enlists in Navy & reports for duty to Norfolk Virginia
  • 1954-07-15 110°F (43°C) at Balcony Falls, Virginia (state record)
  • 1955-08-15 Hurricane Connie dissipates after killing 43 in NC, SC, Virginia & Maryland
  • 1957-10-16 Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip visits Williamsburg Virginia
  • 1960-01-18 Capital Airlines Flight 20 crashes in Virginia, killing all 50 people on-board
  • 1961-10-08 US Constellation crashes at Richmond Virginia, 74 die
  • 1962-10-13 "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" opens on Broadway, with Uta Hagen
  • 1963-04-28 17th Tony Awards: "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" win
  • 1969-08-20 69 cm rainfall in Nelson County, Virginia (state record)

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1973-07-31 ABA Virginia Squires trade Julius Erving to NY Nets

NBA Legend Julius Erving
NBA Legend
Julius Erving
  • 1973-10-27 Alabama sets offensive record (828 yds), beats Virginia Tech 77-6
  • 1974-01-20 7th ABA All-Star Game: East 128 beats West 112 at Virginia
  • 1974-12-01 Boeing 727 crashes in Upperville Virginia, 92 died
  • 1977-03-08 Henry L Marsh III elected mayor of Richmond, Virginia

Sport awardTennis Open

1977-07-01 84th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Virginia Wade beats B Stove (46 63 61)

Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Virginia Wade
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Virginia Wade
  • 1978-04-27 Cooling tower collaspes at a coal-fired power plant at Willow Island, W Virginia, kills 51
  • 1978-09-09 Kylene Barker (Virginia), crowned 51st Miss America 1979
  • 1980-01-21 Les Henson, Virginia Tech, makes 89' 3" basketball field goal
  • 1981-12-28 1st American test-tube baby, Elizabeth Jordan Carr is born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1982-03-24 US sub Jacksonville collides with a Turkish freighter near Virginia
  • 1982-12-24 Chaminade, with a student body of only 850 students, beats #1 ranked Virginia 77-72 in a Honolulu holiday basketball classic
  • 1983-10-01 Denise Wallace, 18, of Virginia, crowned Miss Teen of America
  • 1985-01-22 -30°F (-34°C), Mountain Lake Bio Station, Virginia (state record)
  • 1985-04-30 1985 NFL Draft: Bruce Smith from Virginia Tech first pick by Buffalo Bills
  • 1986-01-11 1st African American Lieutenant Governor since reconstruction sworn in - Douglas Wilder of Virginia
  • 1989-11-08 Douglas Wilder elected 1st African American Governor of Virginia and any state since reconstruction
  • 1990-01-13 1st elected African American Governor inaugurated (Douglas Wilder-Virginia)
  • 1991-03-31 10th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Virginia 70-67
  • 1993-01-25 Five people were shot outside CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia resulting in two murders.
  • 1995-05-27 In Culpeper, Virginia, actor Christopher Reeve is paralyzed from the neck down after falling from his horse in a riding competition.
  • 1995-07-15 Northern Virginia begins using new area code 540
  • 2001-04-21 2001 NFL Draft: Michael Vick from Virginia Tech first pick by Atlanta Falcons
  • 2001-06-21 A federal grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia, indicts 13 Saudis and a Lebanese in the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 American servicemen.
  • 2006-05-03 Zacarias Moussaoui is sentenced to life in prison in Alexandria, Virginia.
  • 2007-04-16 Virginia Tech massacre: The deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. The gunman, Seung-Hui Cho, kills 32 people and injures 23 others before committing suicide.
  • 2007-09-17 AOL, once the largest ISP in the U.S., officially announces plans to refocus the company as an advertising business and to relocate its corporate headquarters from Dulles, Virginia to New York, New York.
  • 2011-08-23 5.8 earthquake occurrs in Mineral, Virginia felt as far north as Ontario and as far south as Atlanta, Georgia
  • 2012-04-06 US F-18 Hornet crashes into side of apartment building in Virginia with no fatalities
  • 2012-06-30 Mid-Atlantic storms in the United States kill 13 and leave millions without power in Ohio, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.
  • 2015-04-05 Rolling Stone Magazine retracts its "Rape on Campus" story about a gang rape at the University of Virginia after being discredited
  • 2015-08-26 WDBJ TV reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward are fatally shot live on TV by an ex-colleague in Moneta, Virginia
  • 2016-06-20 Rome elects its first female Mayor Virginia Raggi (Five Star Movement) and its youngest at 37

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2016-07-22 Hillary Clinton announces Virginia Senator Tim Kaine as her Vice Presidential running mate

Politician and US First Lady Hillary Clinton
Politician and US First Lady
Hillary Clinton

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 157 of 157

  • 1945-11-27 James Avery, Pughsville, Virginia, actor (Fresh Prince of Bell Air), (d. 2013)
  • 1946-02-09 Jim Webb, United States Senator from Virginia
  • 1946-06-03 Eddie Holman, American singer (Hey There Lonely Girl), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1946-08-01 Frederick C Boucher, (Rep-D-Virginia, 1983- )
  • 1946-10-27 Leslie Byrne, (Rep-D-Virginia)
  • 1947-04-30 Robert Scott, (Rep-D-Virginia)
  • 1948-02-21 Larry Ragland, comedian (Keep on Truckin'), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1951-09-18 Dee Dee Ramone [Douglas Colvin], rock bassist (Ramones), born in Fort Lee, Virginia (d. 2002)
  • 1952-02-18 Juice Newton, [Judy Cohen], Virginia, vocalist (Angel of the Morning)
  • 1952-09-22 Robert W Goodlatte, (Rep-R-Virginia)
  • 1953-07-14 Bebe Buell [Beverle Lorence], Portsmouth, Virginia, American model/singer (Nov 1974 Playmate of the Month)
  • 1954-03-23 Moses Malone, NBA center (Atlanta Hawks, Milw Bucks, Philadelphia '76ers), born in Petersburg, Virginia, (d. 2015)
  • 1954-08-07 Caroline Aaron, actress (Crimes & Misdemeanors), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1955-01-22 John Wesley Shipp, Norfolk, Virginia, American actor (Dawson's Creek, One Life to Live)
  • 1955-03-01 Jimmy Fortune, singer (Statler Bros-Class of '57), born in Newport News, Virginia
  • 1957-01-21 Geena [Virginia] Davis, Wareham Mass, actress (Beetlejuice, Fly)
  • 1957-07-20 Donna Dixon, Virginia, actress and wife of actor Dan Aykroyd (Couch Trip, Bossom Buddies)
  • 1958-02-03 Joe Frank Edwards Jr, Cmdr USN/astronaut (STS 89), born in Richmond, Virginia

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1959-02-04 Lawrence Taylor, Williamsburg Virginia, NFL's greatest linebacker (NY Giants)

Hall of Fame American Football Player Lawrence Taylor
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Lawrence Taylor
  • 1959-07-07 Billy Campbell [William Oliver], Charlottesville, Virginia, American actor (Once and Again, Dracula)
  • 1959-09-11 Robert Wrenn, Nike golfer (1987 Buick Open), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1960-02-27 Stoney Jackson, actor (White Shadow, Insiders), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1960-11-28 Deneice Lewis, model, born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • 1963-06-13 Bettina Bunge, Switz, tennis player (Virginia Slims of California 1983)
  • 1964-03-01 Clinton Gregory, Martinsville, Virginia, American country and bluegrass singer-songwriter (Play, Ruby, Play)
  • 1964-03-17 Rob Lowe, actor (St Elmo's Fire, Hotel NH, Class), born in Charlottesville, Virginia
  • 1964-07-23 Greg Best, Equestrian athlete (Olympic-silver-88, 92), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • 1967-01-30 Bill Leverty, guitarist (Firehouse-Love of a Lifetime), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1967-03-24 Kathy Rinaldi-Stunkel, Fla, tennis player (Virginia Slims of Ark 1987)
  • 1968-12-09 Michael Foster, drummer (Firehouse-Love of a Lifetime), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1969-01-20 Andre Romal Cason, Virginia Beach VA, 100m runner
  • 1969-06-24 Melissa Gurney, California, tennis player (Virginia Slims of SD, 1986)
  • 1970-10-25 Audra Wilks, Miss USA-Virginia (1997, Miss Photogenic)
  • 1970-10-26 Randall Evans, 100m/200m runner, born in Franklin, Virginia
  • 1970-12-23 Shannon Noelle DePuy, Miss Virg-America (1991-top 10), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • 1971-02-16 Mike Hubbard, catcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • 1971-09-08 David Arquette, American actor, director and producer (Scream, Kiss & Tell), born in Winchester, Virginia
  • 1972-01-11 Amber Medlin, Virginia Beach Virginia, Miss America-Virginia (1996)
  • 1972-08-16 Michael Thornberry, Virginia Beach Va, team handball circle (Oly-1996)
  • 1972-10-18 Angie Marzetta, Norfolk Virginia, female outfielder (Silver Bullets)

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1973-04-05 Pharrell Williams, American music producer (The Neptunes), born in Virginia Beach, Virginia

  • 1973-07-03 Patrick Wilson, American actor ( Angels in America), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1973-10-09 Brandon Pollard, soccer defender (Olympics-gold-96), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1974-06-30 Michelle Kang, Fredericksburg Virginia, Miss America-Virginia (1997)
  • 1974-09-23 Doris Glenn Easterly, diver (Olympics-96), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1975-01-24 Danielle Connors, Miss Virginia USA (1996)
  • 1976-01-21 Lynn Thomas, playmate (May 1997), born in Newport News, Virginia
  • 1978-05-21 Kandy Marshall, Miss Virginia Teen USA (1996)
  • 1979-05-01 Kimberly Grigsby, Miss Virginia Teen USA (1997)
  • 1981-08-20 Lauri Illy, Virginia Beach Va, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics-96)
  • 1981-12-28 Elizabeth Jordan Carr, 1st American test tube baby, born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1982-12-20 David Wright, American baseball player (New York Mets), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1984-01-18 Seung-Hui Cho, shooter at Virginia Tech

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1989-05-05 Chris Brown, American R&B singer, born in Tappahannock, Virginia

Singer Chris Brown
Chris Brown
  • 1994-08-07 Jack Antonio, son of Virginia Madisen & Antonio Sabatto Jr
  • 1998-02-16 Mr Jefferson, Virginia, 1st cloned calf
  • 2014-11-08 Peter Mondavi, Napa Valley winemaker (Charles Krug), born in Virginia, Minnesota (d. 2016)

Famous Weddings

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Famous Deaths

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