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 interestJohn Smith

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
  • 1981-03-09 Clay Rapada, American baseball player, born in Chesapeake, Virginia

Famous Deaths


Person of interestJohn Smith

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