Chesapeake in History

Historical Events

  • 1632-06-20 Britain grants 2nd Lord Baltimore rights to Chesapeake Bay area

Victory in Battle

1781-09-05 American Revolutionary War: French fleet of 24 ships under Comte de Grasse defeat British forces under Admiral Graves at the Battle of the Chesapeake [Battle of the Virginia Capes] and trap Cornwallis

  • 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

John Smith

1580-01-06 John Smith, English explorer (Chesapeake Bay, New England) and leader of the Virginia Colony (Jamestown), born in Lincolnshire, England (d. 1631)

  • 1968-12-29 Darren Perry, American NFL free safety (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Chesapeake, Virginia
  • 1981-03-09 Clay Rapada, American baseball player, born in Chesapeake, Virginia
  • 1982-11-13 Michael Copon, American actor (Power Rangers Time Force), born in Chesapeake, Virginia

Famous Deaths

John Smith

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