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New York is a state in the Northeastern region of the United States. It is the nation's third most populous state. New York is bordered by New Jersey and Pennsylvania to the south, and by Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont to the east...
Timeline of Events
1674
2.19.1674
England and the Netherlands sign the Treaty of Westminster, ending the Third Anglo-Dutch War. A provision of the agreement transfers the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam to England, and it is renamed New York.
1683
11.1.1683
The British crown colony of New York is subdivided into 12 counties.
1776
8.27.1776
The Battle of Long Island: in what is now Brooklyn, New York, British forces under General William Howe defeat Americans under General George Washington.
1777
1.16.1777
Vermont declares its independence from New York.
8.16.1777
American Revolutionary War: The Americans led by General John Stark rout British and Brunswick troops under Friedrich Baum at the Battle of Bennington in Walloomsac, New York.
1778
11.11.1778
Cherry Valley Massacre: Loyalists and Seneca Indian forces attack a fort and village in eastern New York during the American Revolutionary War, killing more than forty civilians and soldiers.
1788
7.26.1788
New York ratifies the United States Constitution and becomes the 11th state of the United States.
1799
3.29.1799
New York passes a law aimed at gradually abolishing slavery in the state.
1802
7.4.1802
1845
9.23.1845
The Knickerbockers Baseball Club, the first baseball team to play under the modern rules, is founded in New York.
1865
4.27.1865
The New York State Senate creates Cornell University as the state's land grant institution.
1869
5.15.1869
Woman's suffrage: in New York, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton form the National Woman's Suffrage Association.
1871
11.17.1871
The National Rifle Association is granted a charter by the state of New York.
1891
12.31.1891
A new immigration depot is opened on Ellis Island, New York.
1901
4.25.1901
New York becomes the first U.S. state to require automobile license plates. thumb
1904
12.31.1904
The first New Year's Eve celebration is held in Times Square (then known as Longacre Square) in New York, New York.
1909
3.23.1909
Theodore Roosevelt leaves New York for a post-presidency safari in Africa. The trip is sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution and National Geographic Society.
1913
5.14.1913
New York Governor William Sulzer approves the charter for the Rockefeller Foundation, which begins operations with a $100 million donation from John D. Rockefeller.
1927
5.8.1927
Attempting to make the first non-stop transatlantic flight from Paris to New York, French war heroes Charles Nungesser and Francois Coli disappeared after taking off aboard ''The White Bird'' biplane.
5.20.1927
At 07:52 Charles Lindbergh takes off from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, New York, on the world's first solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean. He touched down at Le Bourget Field in Paris at 22:22 the next day.
8.7.1927
The Peace Bridge opens between Fort Erie, Ontario and Buffalo, New York.
1931
10.1.1931
The George Washington Bridge linking New Jersey and New York opens.
1935
6.13.1935
In one of the biggest upsets in championship boxing, the 10 to 1 underdog James J. Braddock defeats Max Baer in Long Island City, New York, and becomes the heavyweight champion of the world.
11.6.1935
Edwin Armstrong presents his paper "A Method of Reducing Disturbances in Radio Signaling by a System of Frequency Modulation" to the New York section of the Institute of Radio Engineers.
1938
9.21.1938
The Great Hurricane of 1938 makes landfall on Long Island in New York. The death toll is estimated at 500-700 people.
1948
7.31.1948
At Idlewild Field in New York, New York International Airport (later renamed John F. Kennedy International Airport) is dedicated.
1953
6.19.1953
Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are executed at Sing Sing, in New York.
1955
6.7.1955
Lux Radio Theater signs off the air permanently. The show launched in New York in 1934, and featured radio adaptations of Broadway shows and popular films.
1957
7.16.1957
United States Marine major John Glenn flies a F8U Crusader supersonic jet from California to New York in 3 hours, 23 minutes and 8 seconds, setting a new transcontinental speed record.
1958
11.10.1958
The Hope Diamond is donated to the Smithsonian Institution by New York diamond merchant Harry Winston.
1961
3.30.1961
The Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs is signed at New York.
1962
3.1.1962
American Airlines Flight 1 crashes on take off in New York.
1965
10.4.1965
Becoming the first Pope to ever visit the United States of America and the Western hemisphere, Pope Paul VI arrives in New York.
1966
10.17.1966
A fire at a building in New York, New York kills 12 firefighters, the New York City Fire Department's deadliest day until the September 11, 2001 attacks.
1970
9.6.1970
Two passenger jets bound from Europe to New York are simultaneously hijacked by Palestinian terrorist members of PFLP and taken to Dawson's Field in Jordan.
1971
9.13.1971
State police and National Guardsmen storm New York's Attica Prison to end a prison revolt.
1974
9.1.1974
The ''SR-71 Blackbird'' sets (and holds) the record for flying from New York to London in the time of 1 hour, 54 minutes and 56.4 seconds.
1975
2.13.1975
A fire breaks out in the World Trade Center in New York City, New York.
6.24.1975
An Eastern Air Lines Boeing 727 crashes at John F. Kennedy Airport, New York. 113 people die.
1980
10.29.1980
Mark David Chapman, John Lennon's murderer, leaves for New York from his home in Hawaii.