Virginia in History (Part 3)

Historical Events

Events 201 - 300 of 317

  • 1864-06-22 Battle of Ream's Station, Virginia (Wilson's Raid)
  • 1864-07-19 Third Battle of Winchester, Virginia (Stephenson's Depot) [->JUL 20]
  • 1864-07-20 Battle at Stephenson's Depot, Virginia: 200 killed or injured
  • 1864-07-23 Battle of Woodstock, Virginia
  • 1864-07-27 Battle of Darbytown, Virginia (Deep Bottom, Newmarket Road) (Strawberry Plains)
  • 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)
  • 1864-09-22 Battle of Fisher's Hill, Virginia - General Early Retreats to Brown's Gap

  • 1864-09-22 Sheridan sets up camp in Harrisonburg, Virginia
  • 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)
  • 1865-03-02 Conferate General Early's army is defeated at the battle of Waynesboro, Virginia, during American Civil War
  • 1865-03-29 -Apr 9th], Appomattox campaign, Virginia, 7582 killed
  • 1865-03-29 Battle of Lewis's Farm [alt. Quaker Road, Gravelly Run], in Dinwiddie County, Virginia begins (Union victory)
  • 1865-03-30 -4] Battle at 5 Forks, Virginia
  • 1865-03-31 Battle of Boydton, Virginia (White Oaks Roads, Dinwiddie C H)
  • 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
  • 1865-04-05 Battle at Amelia Springs, Jetersville Virginia (Appomattox Campaign)
  • 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)
  • 1865-04-07 Battle of Farmville, Virginia
  • 1865-04-26 Battle of Fort Tobacco, Virginia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1866-04-02 US President Andrew Johnson ends civil war in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee & Virginia

17th US President Andrew Johnson
17th US President
Andrew Johnson
  • 1867-04-24 Black demonstrators stage ride-ins on Richmond, Virginia streetcars
  • 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
  • 1889-04-03 Savings Bank of Order of True Reformers opens in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1897-09-21 NY Sun runs famous "Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus" editorial
  • 1907-04-26 Jamestown, Virginia Tercentenary Exposition opens
  • 1910-11-14 1st airplane flight from deck of a ship, Norfolk, Virginia
  • 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
  • 1931-05-27 1st full scale wind tunnel for testing airplane at Langley Field, Virginia
  • 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
  • 1947-07-29 Gas leak explodes in a beauty parlor, 10 women die in Harrisonburg, Virginia
  • 1954-07-15 110°F (43°C) at Balcony Falls, Virginia (state record)

Victory in BattleRaising the Flag on Iwo Jima

1954-11-10 "Marine Corps War Memorial" unveiled in Arlington County, Virginia, dedicated to US Marine Corps who died in defense of US since 1775 (inspired by 1945 Iwo Jima photo of servicemen raising US flag)
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  • 1955-08-15 Hurricane Connie dissipates after killing 43 in NC, SC, Virginia & Maryland
  • 1956-08-05 WCYB TV channel 5 in Bristol-Kingsport, Virginia (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1957-04-26 Jamestown, Virginia 350th Anniversary Festival opens
  • 1957-04-29 1st military nuclear power plant dedicated at Fort Belvoir, Virginia

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
  • 1961-11-08 Imperial Airlines Flight 201/8, a Lockheed Constellation aircraft, crashes near Richmond, Virginia, 77 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
  • 1977-06-25 Roy C Sullivan of Virginia is struck by lightning for 7th time!

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
  • 1981-03-12 Walter R T Witschey installs world's largest sundial in Richmond, Virginia
  • 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
  • 1983-07-05 Woman gives birth to baby 84 days after brain death (Roanoke, Virginia)
  • 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 NFL Draft: Virginia Tech defensive end Bruce Smith 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.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1995-05-27 Actor Christopher Reeve is paralyzed from the neck down after falling from his horse in a riding competition in Culpeper, Virginia

  • 1995-07-15 Northern Virginia begins using new area code 540

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 330


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
  • 1940-03-27 Janis Martin, American rockabilly and country singer, born in Sutherlin, Virginia (d. 2007)
  • 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)
  • 1942-04-03 Wayne Newton, American singer and entertainer (Daddy, Don't You Walk So Fast), born in Norfolk, Virginia

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 Rick Boucher, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia), born in Abingdon, Virginia
  • 1946-10-27 Leslie Byrne, American politician (Rep-D-Virginia), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1947-02-09 Major Harris, American R&B singer (Love Won't Let Me Wait), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 2012)
  • 1947-04-30 Robert Scott, (Rep-D-Virginia)
  • 1947-07-12 Richard C. McCarty, American professor of psychology, born in Portsmouth, Virginia
  • 1947-07-23 Spencer Christian, American TV weatherman (Good Morning America), born in Newport News, Virginia
  • 1948-02-21 Larry Ragland, comedian (Keep on Truckin'), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1949-07-12 Rick Hendrick, American NASCAR team owner and car dealer, born in Palmer Springs, Virginia
  • 1950-08-02 Kathryn Harrold, American actress (MacGruder & Loud), born in Tazewell, Virginia
  • 1950-08-29 Mark McHale, WLAF offensive line coach (Amsterdam Admirals), born in Winchester, Virginia
  • 1951-09-18 Dee Dee Ramone [Douglas Colvin], rock bassist (Ramones), born in Fort Lee, Virginia (d. 2002)
  • 1952-01-02 Ricky Van Shelton, American country singer (Wild-Eyed Dream), born in Danville, Virginia
  • 1952-02-18 Juice Newton, [Judy Cohen], American vocalist (Angel of the Morning), born in Virginia
  • 1952-07-16 Stewart Copeland, American drummer (The Police-Roxanne), born in Alexandria, 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)
  • 1954-06-10 Richard "Rich" Hall, American comedian, writer, and musician (Saturday Night Live, Fridays, Not Necessarily the News), born in Alexandria, Virginia
  • 1954-07-04 Jim Beattie, American baseball pitcher (NY Yankees), born in Hampton, Virginia
  • 1954-08-07 Caroline Aaron, actress (Crimes & Misdemeanors), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1954-09-11 Reed Birney, American actor (Greatest Man in the World), born in Alexandria, Virginia
  • 1955-01-22 John Wesley Shipp, Norfolk, Virginia, American actor (Dawson's Creek, One Life to Live)
  • 1955-01-30 Curtis Strange, American golfer (US Open 1988-89), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 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
  • 1956-04-27 Bryan Harvey, American musician (House of Freaks), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 2006)
  • 1956-09-12 Ricky Rudd, American race car driver, born in Norfolk County, 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
  • 1957-11-02 Carter Beauford, American drummer (Dave Matthews Band), born in Charlottesville, 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
  • 1959-11-10 MacKenzie Phillips, American actress (Julie-1 Day at a Time), born in Alexandria, Virginia
  • 1960-02-27 Stoney Jackson, actor (White Shadow, Insiders), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1960-08-18 Sonny Skinner, American professional golfer, born in Portsmouth, Virginia
  • 1960-11-28 Deneice Lewis, model, born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • 1961-09-06 Scott Travis, American musician (Judas Priest), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1962-06-26 Jerome Kersey, American NBA forward (Golden State Warriors, Sea Supersonics), born in Clarksville, Virginia (d. 2015)
  • 1963-04-04 Anthony Clark, American actor and comedian (Boyd Pritchett-Boston Common), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • 1963-06-13 Bettina Bunge, German tennis player (Virginia Slims of California 1983), born in Adliswil, Switzerland
  • 1963-10-31 Dermot Mulroney, American actor (Samantha, Sunset, Long Gone), born in Alexandria, Virginia
  • 1964-01-02 Pernell Whitaker, American boxer (Olympic gold 1984, 4-weight world champion), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 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
  • 1964-06-25 Dell Curry, American NBA guard (Charlotte Hornets), born in Harrisonburg, Virginia
  • 1964-07-23 Greg Best, American equestrian athlete (Olympic silver 1988, 92), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • 1965-03-29 William Oefelein, American astronaut (STS-116 Space Shuttle), born in Fort Belvoir, 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)
  • 1967-04-24 Leslie M. Marx, American fencer (Olympics 1996), born in Fort Belvoir, Virginia
  • 1968-08-22 Rich Lowry, American magazine editor and columnist, born in Arlington Country, Virginia
  • 1968-10-27 Antoinette Lucas, American field hockey midfielder (Olympics 1996), born in Crozier, Virginia
  • 1968-12-09 Michael Foster, drummer (Firehouse-Love of a Lifetime), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1969-01-13 Andre Cason, US runner (world record 50 indoor), born in Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • 1969-01-18 Jesse L. Martin, American actor and singer (Rent, The Flash), born in Rocky Mount, 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
  • 1971-03-13 Robert Lanham, American author and satirist (The Hipster Handbook), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1971-06-25 Michael Tucker, American baseball outfielder (KC Royals), born in South Boston, Virginia

Person of interestMissy Elliott

1971-07-01 Missy Elliott, American rapper (Supa Dupa Fly, Under Construction), born in Portsmouth, Virginia

  • 1971-07-23 Dalvin DeGrate, American singer, born in Hampton, Virginia
  • 1971-07-25 Billy Wagner, American MLB pitcher (Houston Astros), born in Tannersville, 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)
  • 1972-02-13 Charlie Garner, NFL running back (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Falls Church, Virginia
  • 1972-02-17 Stephen Robinson, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Arlington, Virginia
  • 1972-08-16 Michael Thornberry, American team handball circle (Olympics 1996), born in Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • 1972-10-18 Angie Marzetta, Norfolk Virginia, female outfielder (Silver Bullets)
  • 1972-12-19 Waverly Jackson, American NFL player (Carolina Panthers), born in South Hill, Virginia
  • 1972-12-28 Jim Kitts, US NFL running back (Frankfurt Galaxy, Miami Dolphins), born in Portsmouth, Virginia

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
  • 1973-08-23 James Roe, wide receiver (Baltimore Ravens), born in Richmond, Virginia

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