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1500s - 1600s
  • (1519) Spanish explorer Alonso de Pineda reached the mouth of Mississippi River
  • (1541-42) Hernando de Soto explored region, discovered Mississippi River
  • (1682) Robert Cavalier, Sieur de La Salle, claimed Mississippi watershed for France; named area for King Louis XIV
  • (1714) Juchereau de St. Denis founded first permanent settlement in Louisiana
  • (1718) Jean Baptiste le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville, founded New Orleans
  • (1719) Black slaves imported into Louisiana
  • (1722) Hurricane destroyed most of New Orleans
  • (1723) New Orleans became capital of Louisiana
  • (1729) Natchez Indians massacred 250 settlers at Fort Rosalie
  • (1762) King Louis XV gave Charles II of Spain all land west of Mississippi
  • (1768) Louisiana colonists of Louisiana rebelled against Spanish rule
  • (1769) Spain regained control of Louisiana
  • (1788) Most of New Orleans destroyed by fire
  • (1800) Spain ceded Louisiana back to France
  • (1803) U. S. purchased Louisiana Territory
  • (1812) Louisiana became 18th state
  • (1815) British defeated by Andrew Jackson in Battle of New Orleans
  • (1832) Yellow fever and choloera epidemic killed more than 5,000 in New Orleans
  • (1837) New Orleans held first Mardi Gras parade
  • (1849) Baton Rouge became capital of Louisiana
  • (1853) Yellow fever epidemic killed more than 11,000 in New Orleans
  • (1861) Louisiana seceded from Union; joined the Confederacy
  • (1862) New Orleans captured by Union troops; salt mine discovered at Avery Island
  • (1866) Race riot in New Orleans killed 38 people, wounded 146
  • (1868) Louisiana readmitted to Union; state lottery established
  • (1870) Robert E. Lee beat Natchez in steamboat race
  • (1873) Colfax riot occurred, more than 100 African American men killed
  • (1874) Severe flooding occurred throughout the state
  • (1879) New state constitution adopted; mouth of Mississippi River deepened to allow large ocean vessels to reach New Orleans
  • (1884) World's Fair held in New Orleans
  • (1891) Mob in New Orleans lynched 11 Italians charged in murder of Police Chief Hennessy
  • (1892) Knights of Labor held general strike in New Orleans
  • (1893) Hurricane killed over 2,000 in Louisiana and Mississippi
  • (1901) First oil flow discovered at Jennings
  • (1915) Hurricane struck New Orleans, killed 275 people, caused $13 million in damages
  • (1916) Natural gas field discovered near Monroe
  • (1921) New state constitution adopted
  • (1927) Floods devastated 1,300,000 acres, 300,000 left homeless
  • (1928) Huey P. Long elected governor
  • (1932) Huey P. Long became U S Senator; new capitol completed in Baton Rouge
  • (1934) Outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow gunned down by law enforcement officers and posse near Gibsland
  • (1935) Huey Long assassinated on steps of state capitol
  • (1939) Political scandals forced resignation of Governor Richard Leche
  • (1947) First offshore oil well in Louisiana established
  • (1956) Longest over-water bridge in world - Lake Pontchartrain Causeway opened
  • (1957) Hundreds of people in Cameron Parish killed during Hurricane Audrey
  • (1958) Segregation on city buses abolished in New Orleans
  • (1960) Two public schools in Orleans Parish desegregated
  • (1965) Hurricane Betsy devestated southern Louisiana; over 60 deaths occurred
  • (1966) National Football League awarded franchise to New Orleans Saints
  • (1969) Hurricane Camille struck, killed 250 people
  • (1973) Lindy Boggs became first congresswoman in Louisiana
  • (1975) Super Dome in New Orleans completed
  • (1983) Edwin Edwards became first three-term governor
  • (1985) Governor Edwards indicted on federal racketeering charges
  • (1986) Governor Edwards acquitted of all charges
  • (1987) Pope John Paul II visited New Orleans; Cuban detainees at detention center in Oakdale staged eight-day seize, held 26 people hostage
  • (1988) Republican National Convention held in New Orleans
  • (1989) Former grand wizard of Ku Klux Klan, David Duke, elected to state legislature
  • (1991) State legislature approved riverboat gambling
  • (1992) Hurricane Andrew killed 11, caused $1 billion in damages
  • (1998) Major flooding throughout southern part of state from Tropical Storm Francis
  • (2005) Hurricane Katrina struck southeastern Louisiana, damaged levees flooded New Orleans, more than 1,500 people killed, over two million homeless; Hurricane Rita caused major flooding in New Orleans
  • (2008) Threat of Hurricane Gustav foreced 1.9 million people to evacuate southern Louisiana, with 200,000 being residents of New Orleans, largest evacuation in the history of Louisiana, 800,000 people left without power, property damages of $8 billion; Louisiana had highest per capita murder rate of all US states for 20th cosecutive year
  • (2010) New Orleans Saints won Super Bowl; 11 people killed, 17 injured in explosion of British Petroleum (BP) off-shore oil rig in Gulf of Mexico; massive oil spill occurred; over 65 miles of Louisiana coastline oiled
  • (2011) BP sued Transocean, the owner of the oil rig that exploded in Gulf in 2010, for $40 billion in damages
  • (2012) BP reached $7.8 billion settlement with largest group of plaintiffs over 2010 oil rig spill

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