Virginia in History (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 227


Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1863-04-30 -5/1] Battle of Snyder's Bluff, Virginia (part of the Vicksburg Campaign of the American Civil War): General Sherman beaten by Confederate forces

  • 1863-06-13 Second Battle of Winchester, Virginia
  • 1863-06-13 Skirmish at Berryville, Virginia
  • 1863-06-14 Battle of 2nd Winchester, Virginia
  • 1863-06-17 Battle at Middleburg, Virginia
  • 1863-06-17 Battle of Aldie, Confederates fail to drive back Union in Virginia
  • 1863-06-19 Battle at Middleburg Virginia (100+ casualties)
  • 1863-06-21 Battle at Upperville, Virginia, 389 casualities
  • 1863-06-27 Skirmish at Fairfax Courthouse, Virginia
  • 1863-07-01 -2] Battle at Baltimore: Crump's Crossroads Virginia
  • 1863-07-24 Battle at Battle Mountain, Virginia
  • 1863-07-25 Skirmish at Barbee's Crossroads, Virginia
  • 1863-09-01 6th Ohio Cavalry ambush at Barbees Crossroads Virginia
  • 1863-10-09 Battle of Brady Station, Virginia (Culpeper Court House, Bristoe Station)
  • 1863-10-14 Battle at Bristoe Station, Virginia (about 2000 casualties)
  • 1863-10-14 Skirmish at Catlett's Station, Virginia (Bristoe Campaign)
  • 1863-10-19 Battle of Buckland Mills, Virginia
  • 1863-11-07 Battles of Rappahannock Station & Kelly's Ford, Virginia
  • 1864-01-27 Civil War skirmish at Kelly's Ford, Virginia
  • 1864-02-06 -7] Skirmish at Barnett's Ford Virginia
  • 1864-02-28 -Mar 3rd] Skirmish at Albemarle County Virginia (Burton's Ford)
  • 1864-05-04 -16] actions at Drewry's Bluff, Virginia
  • 1864-05-06 Battle of Port Walthall Junction, fought in Virginia begins (Battle of Port Walthall Junction), Union victory (US Civil War)

BattleBattle of Interest

1864-05-06 Battle of Wilderness, fought in Virginia, Confederate General longstreet seriously injured (Overland Campaign), inconclusive result (US Civil War)

Confederate General James Longstreet
Confederate General
James Longstreet
  • 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 Battle of Drewry's Bluff, fought in Chesterfield County, Virginia (Peninsula Campaign), Confederate victory (US Civil War)
  • 1864-05-12 Battle of Spotsylvania, fought near Courthouse, Virginia (Overland Campaign), inconclusive result (US Civil War)
  • 1864-05-12 Battle of Todd's Tavern, cavalry battle fought near Todds Tavern, Virginia (Sheridan's Raid), inconclusive result (US Civil War)
  • 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 Battle of Bethesda Church [Totopotomoy Creek], cavalry battle fought in Hanover County, Virginia, inconclusive result (US Civil War)
  • 1864-06-11 The Battle of Trevilian Station, the bloodiest and largest all-cavalry battle of the American Civil War, begins in Louisa County, Virginia
  • 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 Battle at Deep Bottom Run, Virginia, 3rd and last day
  • 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 Confederate attackers
  • 1864-10-28 Second Battle at Fair Oaks, Virginia, ends with 1554 casualties
  • 1864-12-15 Raid on Stoneman: Abingdon & Glade Springs, Virginia
  • 1865-02-05 Battle of Hatcher's Run, Virginia (Armstrong's Mill, Dabney's Mill)
  • 1865-03-30 -4] Battle at 5 Forks, Virginia
  • 1865-04-01 Battle of 5 Forks Virginia, signalling end of Lee's army
  • 1865-04-02 Battle of Petersburg ends as the Army of Northern Virginia is forced to retreat under heavy fire from a general Union offensive

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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
  • 1865-04-06 Battle of Sayler's Creek, fought near Farmville, Virginia (Appomattox Campaign), 1/4 of Lee's army cut off, Union victory (US Civil War)
  • 1865-04-06 Battle of High Bridge, fought near Farmville, Virginia (Appomattox Campaign), inconclusive result (US Civil War)
  • 1869-07-06 Black candidate for lieutenant governor of Virginia, Dr J. H. Harris defeated
  • 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 the 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
  • 1918-02-09 US Army chaplain school organizes at Ft Monroe, Virginia
  • 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
  • 1930-01-23 George Washington Birthplace National Monument, Virginia established

Film release premierFilm Premier

1931-01-30 "City Lights", American silent romantic comedy film directed by Charlie Chaplin, starring himself and Virginia Cherrill, premieres at Los Angeles Theater

Comedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian/Actor/Filmaker
Charlie Chaplin
  • 1932-02-27 Explosion in coal mine Boissevain, Virginia, USA leaves 38 dead
  • 1941-02-10 1st highway post office makes 1st trip, Washington, D.C. to Harrisonburg, Virginia
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1957-10-16 Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip visits Williamsburg Virginia

Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip
Duke of Edinburgh
Prince Philip
  • 1960-01-18 Capital Airlines Flight 20 crashes in Virginia, killing all 50 people on-board
  • 1961-02-16 1st all-solid-propellant rocket put in orbit, Wallops Island, Virginia
  • 1961-10-08 US Constellation crashes at Richmond Virginia, 74 die

Music releaseTheater Premiere

1962-10-13 Edward Albee's play "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" opens on Broadway featuring actress Uta Hagen

Playwright Edward Albee
Playwright
Edward Albee
  • 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)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1973-08-01 Struggling ABA club Virginia Squires trades star forward Julius Erving to New York Nets for George Carter and cash

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 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Hometown favourite Virginia Wade beats Betty Stove of the Netherlands 4-6, 6-3, 6-1

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, West 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

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 215

  • 1919-10-18 Camilla Williams, Danville, Virginia, operatic soprano, (d. 2012)
  • 1921-05-09 Daniel Berrigan, American Jesuit priest and peace activist (Vietnam War), born in Virginia, Minnesota (d. 2016)
  • 1921-05-12 Joe (born Otis W.) Maphis, Suffolk, Virginia, American country music guitarist
  • 1922-09-24 Theresa Merritt [Hines], American singer and actress (The Wiz, That's My Mama), born in Newport News, Virginia (d. 1998)
  • 1923-07-10 Earl Hamner Jr., American creator and narrator of TV show "The Waltons", born in Schuyler, Virginia (d. 2016)
  • 1923-09-23 Samuel V. Wilson, American ex-director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and former Army lieutenant general, born in Rice, Virginia (d. 2017)
  • 1925-09-16 Charlie Byrd, American jazz and bossa nova guitarist (Desfinado), born in Suffolk, Virginia (d. 1999)
  • 1925-11-10 Richard Burton, Welsh stage and screen actor (Cleopatra, Virginia Woolf), born in Pontrhydyfen, South Wales (d. 1984)
  • 1926-09-09 Jake Carey, American actor (Rock Rock Rock!, Go, Johnny, Go!), born in Pulaski, Virginia (d. 1997)
  • 1927-02-25 Ralph Stanley, Amerian bluegrass musician, born in Dickenson County, Virginia (d. 2016)
  • 1927-03-05 John "Jack" Cassidy, American singer and actor (Oscar-He & She, The Eiger Sanction), born in Richmond Hill, Virginia (d. 1976)
  • 1927-07-10 William Smithers, American actor (Witness, Peyton Place, Attack!), born in Richmond, Virginia

Person of interestGeorge C. Scott

1927-10-18 George C. Scott, American actor and director (Patton, Dr. Strangelove), born in Wise, Virginia (d. 1999)

  • 1928-03-08 Judy Johnson, singer (Your Show of Shows), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1928-03-09 Keely Smith [Dorothy Keely], American jazz and popular music singer (Mrs Louie Prima), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 2017)

Person of interestEdward Albee

1928-03-12 Edward Albee, American playwright (Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf?), born in Virginia (d. 2016)

Playwright Edward Albee
Playwright
Edward Albee

Person of interestEarl Lloyd

1928-04-03 Earl Lloyd, 1st African American basketball player in the NBA, born in Alexandria, Virginia (d. 2015)

Basketball Player Earl Lloyd
Basketball Player
Earl Lloyd

Person of interestJune Carter Cash

1929-06-23 June Carter Cash, American country singer (Johnny Cash Show), born in Maces Spring, Virginia (d. 2003)

Country Singer June Carter Cash
Country Singer
June Carter Cash
  • 1929-08-24 Willie Winfield, American doo-woop singer (Harptones), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1930-08-18 Liviu Librescu, Israeli professor, killed in the Virginia Tech massacre
  • 1930-08-31 Owen B Pickett, American politician (Rep-D-Virginia 1987-2001), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 2010)
  • 1930-09-17 David Huddleston, American actor (Big Lebowski), born in Vinton, Virginia (d. 2016)
  • 1931-01-17 Douglas Wilder, American politician, Governor of Virginia (1990-94), 1st African American Governor since Reconstruction, born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1931-03-02 Tom Wolfe, journalist and author (Right Stuff), born in Richmond, Virginia

Person of interestPatsy Cline

1932-09-08 Patsy Cline, American country singer (Crazy), born in Winchester, Virginia (d. 1963)

Country Music Singer Patsy Cline
Country Music Singer
Patsy Cline
  • 1932-10-20 Roosevelt Brown, Virginia, NFL hall of fame tackle (NY Giants)
  • 1933-04-15 Roy Clark, Meherrin, Virginia, US country singer (Hee Haw, The Tonight Show)

Person of interestShirley MacLaine

1934-04-24 Shirley MacLaine, American actress and mystic (Irma la Douce), born in Richmond, Virginia

  • 1936-03-12 Lloyd Dobbins, newscaster (NBC News Overnight), born in Newport News, Virginia
  • 1936-03-17 Robert Daniel, republican Congressman for Virginia (1972-1983), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 2012)
  • 1937-03-30 Warren Beatty, actor (Bonnie & Clyde, Shampoo, Dick Tracy), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1937-04-07 Charlie Thomas, singer (Drifters), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • 1937-12-16 Joyce Bulifant, American actress (Marie- The Mary Tyler Moore Show), born in Newport News, Virginia

Person of interestMax Robinson

1939-05-01 Max Robinson, 1st African American network TV anchor (ABC), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1988)

1st African-American Network TV Anchor Max Robinson
1st African-American Network TV Anchor
Max Robinson
  • 1939-09-29 Tommy Boyce, American songwriter (Boyce & Hart, Monkees), born in Charlottesville, Virginia (d. 1994)

Person of interestFran Tarkenton

1940-02-03 Fran Tarkenton, NFL quarterback (NY Giants, Minnesota Vikings), born in Richmond, Virginia

NFL Quarterback Fran Tarkenton
NFL Quarterback
Fran Tarkenton
  • 1940-04-18 Ira von Furstenberg, [Virginia Caroline] Princess (Monaco), born in Rome, Italy
  • 1942-01-11 Clarence Clemons, American rock saxophonist (Bruce Springsteen's E Sreet Band), born in Norfolk County, Virginia (d. 2011)

Person of interestTammy Wynette

1942-05-05 Tammy Wynette [Virginia Pugh], American country singer (Stand by your Man), born in Itawamba County, Mississippi (d. 1998)

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette

Person of interestArthur Ashe

1943-07-10 Arthur Ashe, American tennis player (3 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1993)

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • 1945-05-16 James Moran, (Rep-D-Virginia)
  • 1945-06-05 Don Reid, American country singer (Statler Bros-Flowers on the Wall), born in Staunton, Virginia
  • 1945-07-09 Lewis F. Payne Jr., American politician (Rep-D-Virginia), born in Amherst, Virginia
  • 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, American politician (Rep-D-Virginia), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 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], American vocalist (Angel of the Morning), born in Virginia
  • 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)
  • 1953-11-27 Stephen "Steve" Bannon, American advisor to Trump, chair of Breitbart News, born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1954-05-08 Stephen Furst, American actor (Animal House, St. Elsewhere), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 2017)
  • 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
  • 1955-03-23 Moses Malone, NBA center (Atlanta Hawks, Milw Bucks, Philadelphia '76ers), born in Petersburg, Virginia, (d. 2015)
  • 1955-11-07 René Marie, American jazz singer (Sound of Red), born in Warrenton, Virginia
  • 1956-01-21 Geena Davis, American actress (Beetlejuice, Fly), born in Wareham, Massachusetts
  • 1956-04-16 David M Brown, Cmdr USN/astronaut, born in Arlington, Virginia
  • 1957-01-07 Katie Couric, [Katherine], TV news host (Today), born in Arlington, Virginia
  • 1957-07-20 Donna Dixon, American actress, former beauty queen, and wife of actor Dan Aykroyd (Couch Trip, Bossom Buddies), born in Alexandria, Virginia
  • 1958-02-03 Joe Frank Edwards Jr, Cmdr USN/astronaut (STS 89), born in Richmond, Virginia

Person of interestLawrence Taylor

1959-02-04 Lawrence Taylor, American NFL player who is considered the greatest linebacker in history (NY Giants), born in Williamsburg, Virginia

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, American professional golfer, sportscaster and course designer, 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, German tennis player (Virginia Slims of California 1983), born in Adliswil, Switzerland
  • 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
  • 1964-05-11 Bobby Witt, pitcher (Texas Rangers), born in Arlington, Virginia
  • 1964-07-23 Greg Best, Equestrian athlete (Olympic silver 1988, 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)
  • 1968-08-22 Rich Lowry, American magazine editor and columnist, born in Arlington Country, Virginia
  • 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)
  • 1969-07-31 David Cash [David Tyler Cash], American professional wrestler, born in Waynesboro, Virginia
  • 1970-09-05 Liam Lynch, American musician (Sifl and Olly), born in Petersburg, Virginia
  • 1970-10-05 Thomas Randolph, NFL cornerback (NY Giants), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 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 Bream [DePuy], American Journalist (Fox News) Miss Virginia (1991), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • 1971-02-16 Mike Hubbard, MBA catcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Lynchburg, Virginia

Person of interestMissy Elliott

1971-07-01 Missy Elliott, American rapper (Supa Dupa Fly, Under Construction), born in Portsmouth, 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)
  • 1972-02-17 Stephen Robinson, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Arlington, Virginia
  • 1972-08-16 Michael Thornberry, Virginia Beach Va, team handball circle (Olympics 1996)
  • 1972-10-18 Angie Marzetta, Norfolk Virginia, female outfielder (Silver Bullets)

Person of interestPharrell Williams

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 (Olympic gold 1996), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1974-06-30 Michelle Kang, Fredericksburg Virginia, Miss America-Virginia (1997)

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