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New York History Timeline

1500s - 1600s
  • (1524) Giovanni da Varrazano of France, sailed into New York Harbor
  • (1609) Henry Hudson explored Hudson River; Samuel de Champlain exlored northeastern New York
  • (1621) Dutch West Indian Company established New Netherland
  • (1626) Dutch purchased Manhattan Island from local Indians
  • (1664) English conquered New Netherland, changed name to New York
  • (1673) Anglo-Dutch war occurred; Dutch captured New Amsterdam
  • (1674) English recaptured New Amsterdam; English and Dutch arrived at peace agreement; New Amsterdam named New York City
1700s
  • (1702) Yellow fever epidemic killed over 500
  • (1765) Conference held in New York City regarding Stamp Act
  • (1774) Colonists disguised as Indians dumped load of tea into harbor
  • (1775) American Revolution began; Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold took Fort Ticonderoga; New York City shelled by British man-of-war
  • (1776) New York declared independence from England; Nathan Hale hung for spying; Declaration of Independence endorsed; fire in New York City destroyed 1,000 homes
  • (1777) First constitution adopted; George Clinton elected governor
  • (1783) Battle of Saratoga occurred; British troops left New York City; Revolutionary War ended
  • (1785) New York City named nation's capitol
  • (1788) New York became 11th state
  • (1789) George Washington inaugurated as first U. S. president in New York City
  • (1792) New York Stock Exchange founded
  • (1795) Yellow fever epidemic killed 732
  • (1796) Coffee House Slip Fire destroyed about 50 buildings near Murray Wharf
  • (1797) Albany named state capitol
  • (1798) Great epidemic killled 2,086
1800s
  • (1802) West Point Military Academy opened
  • (1812-15) War of 1812 occurred
  • (1825) Erie Canal completed
  • (1827) Slavery abolished in New York
  • (1831) New York's first railroad opened
  • (1835) Fire in NYC financial district destroyed more than 600 buildings
  • (1871) Explosion on Staten Island Ferry Westfield II killed 125
  • (1876) Stage fire at Brooklyn Theater killed 276
  • (1883) Brooklyn Bridge opened
  • (1886) Statue of Liberty dedicated
  • (1888) Great Blizzard of '88 paralyzed eastern seaboard
  • (1896) Nine-day heatwave in NYC killed 420
1900s
  • (1901) President William McKinley assassinated in Buffalo; Theodore Roosevelt elected president of U.S.
  • (1904) Steamship General Slocum caught fire, killed over 1,000 passengers
  • (1905) New York Giants won World Series
  • (1918) Great Influenza Pandemic killed 851
  • (1920) Wall Street bombing killed 40
  • (1927) New York Yankees won World Series
  • (1928) New York Yankees won World Series
  • (1929) New York Stock Exchanged crashed; Great Depression began
  • (1932) Lake Placid hosted Olympic Winter Games
  • (1933) New York Giants won World Series
  • (1935) Race riots in Harlem killed 3, injured 125
  • (1936) New York Yankees won World Series
  • (1937) New York Yankees won World Series
  • (1938) New England Hurricane struck Long Island, 10 killed
  • (1939) New York Yankees won World Series
  • (1939) World's Fair opened in New York City; North Beach Airport (LaGuardia) dedicated; New York Yankees won World Series
  • (1941) New York Yankees won World Series
  • (1943) Race riots in Harlem, several looters killed, 500 injured; New York Yankees won World Series
  • (1945) B-25 bomber crashed into Empire State Building, killed 13
  • (1947) New York Yankees won World Series
  • (1948) New York International Airport (JFK) opened
  • (1949) New York Yankees won World Series
  • (1950) New York Yankees won World Series
  • (1952) United Nations Headquarters completed in New York City; New York Yankees won World Series
  • (1953) New York Yankees won World Series
  • (1954) New York Giants won World Series
  • (1955) Brooklyn Dodgers won World Series
  • (1957) New York Giants move to San Francisco, Brooklyn Dodgers move to Los Angeles
  • (1958) New York Yankees won World Series
  • (1958) New York Yankees won World Series
  • (1959) St. Lawrence Seaway opened
  • (1960) Fire on USS Constellation killed 50, injured 323, $75 million damages
  • (1961) New York Yankees won World Series
  • (1962) New York Yankees won World Series
  • (1963) Brush fires on Staten Island destroyed 100 homes
  • (1964) Race riots in Harlem, one person killed, 100 injured; World Fair opened in New York City
  • (1965) Black nationalist leader, Malcom X, assassinated; Great Northeast Blackout (power outage)
  • (1966) Fire killed 12 members of NYC Fire Dept
  • (1969) New York Mets won World Series
  • (1973) 40 workers killed in LNG tank explosion
  • (1975) Bomb exploded in TWA baggage claim area at LaGuardia, killed 11, injured 74
  • (1977) Major blackout occurred, 9 million people without power for 25 hours; New York Yankees won World Series
  • (1978) New York Yankees won World Series
  • (1980) Ex-Beatle, John Lennon, murdered in front of home
  • (1986) New York Mets won World Series
  • (1993) Terrorist attack killed six, injured over 1000 at World Trade Center
  • (1996) TWA Flight 800 crashed, killed 230; New York Yankees won World Series
  • (1998) New York Yankees won World Series
  • (1999) New York Yankees won World Series
2000s
  • (2000) New York Yankees won World Series; former first lady Hillary Clinton elected to U.S. Senate
  • (2001) 9/11 - Terrorists hijacked, then crashed two planes into World Trade Center, nearly 3,000 killed, with billions in property loss. Later in the year, American Airlines plane crash in New York City kills 260
  • (2003) Power outage across eastern U.S. and Canada; Staten Island ferry crash kills 10, injures 43
  • (2005) Strike by workers shut down New York City transit system
  • (2006) Yankees pitcher, Cory Lidle and flight instructor, killed in airplane crash; first beam of the new Freedom Tower placed
  • (2007) Senator Hillary Clinton entered presidential race
  • (2008) Governor Eliot Spitzer resigned after being linked to prostitution ring
  • (2008) Investment bank, Lehman Brothers, filed for bankruptcy
  • (2009) US Airways plane with 155 people on board crash-landed in Hundson River after striking bird on takeoff, all aboard were safe
  • (2009) Bernard Madoff sentenced to 150 years in prison for masterminding massive fraud robbing investors of $65 billion
  • (2010) Car bomb found parked in Times Square, New York City
  • (2010) Blizzards struck New York, forced cancellation of flights, disrupted road and rail traffic
  • (2011) Protests held at Wall Street
  • (2011) Protesters moved to Times Square, over 70 arrested
  • (2011) Russian arms dealer, Viktor Bout, convicted of conspiracy to kill Americans, provide missiles and material support to terrorist organization

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New York Cities, Counties & Area Codes

City County Area Code
Albany Albany 518
Wellsville Allegany 585
Bronx Bronx 718
Binghamton Broome 607
Olean Cattaraugus 716
Auburn Cayuga 315
Jamestown Chautauqua 716
Elmira Chemung 607
Norwich Chenango 607
Plattsburgh Clinton 518
Hudson Columbia 518
Cortland Cortland 607
Walton Delaware 607
Poughkeepsie Dutchess 845
Buffalo Erie 716
Lake Placid Essex 518
Malone Franklin 518
Gloversville Fulton 518
Batavia Genesee 585
Catskill Greene 518
Indian Lake Hamilton 518
Ilion Herkimer 315
Watertown Jefferson 315
Brooklyn Kings 718
Lowville Lewis 315
Dansville Livingston 585
Oneida Madison 315
Rochester Monroe 585
Amsterdam Montgomery 518
Valley Stream Nassau 516
New York City New York 212
Niagara Falls Niagara 716
Utica Oneida 315
Syracuse Onondaga 315
Canandaigua Ontario 585
Middletown Orange 845
Albion Orleans 585
Oswego Oswego 315
Oneonta Otsego 607
Mahopac Putnam 845
Ridgewood Queens 718
Elmhurst Queens 718
Flushing Queens 718
Jamaica Queens 718
Corona Queens 718
Astoria Queens 718
Troy Rensselaer 518
Staten Island Richmond 718
Spring Valley Rockland 845
Potsdam Saint Lawrence 315
Clifton Park Saratoga 518
Schenectady Schenectady 518
Cobleskill Schoharie 518
Watkins Glen Schuyler 607
Seneca Falls Seneca 315
Corning Steuben 607
Huntington Station Suffolk 631
Monticello Sullivan 845
Owego Tioga 607
Ithaca Tompkins 607
Kingston Ulster 845
Queensbury Warren 518
Hudson Falls Washington 518
Newark Wayne 315
Yonkers Westchester 914
Attica Wyoming 585
Penn Yan Yates 315
This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.