Wilmington is built on the site of Fort Christina and the settlement Kristinehamn, the first Swedish settlement in North America. (1638)
Beginning in 1664 British colonization began; after a series of wars between the Dutch and English, the area stabilized under British rule, with strong influences from the Quaker communities under the auspices of Proprietor William Penn. A borough charter was granted in 1739 by King George II, which changed the name of the settlement from Willington, after Thomas Willing, to Wilmington, presumably after Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington.wikipedia
1802 - Eleuthère Irénée du Pont, a French immigrant, built the state's first gunpowder mill on Brandywine Creek near Wilmington in 1802. The Du Pont Company would eventually become the largest chemical company in the United States.
1847 - EXPLOSION AT WILMINGTON, DEL. Correspondence of the Pennsylvanian. Gazette Office, April 14, 1847. We regret to inform you of the terrible and heart-rending scene which occurred on the Brandywine, about 6 o'clock this morning.
About 5,000 pounds of powder, in the packing house and press room, at one of the Messrs. Du...Read MORE...
1855 - POWDER MILL EXPLOSION AT WILMINGTON, DEL. - SIX PERSONS KILLED AND FIVE WOUNDED. Philadelphia, Friday, Aug. 3. Three of Gareshe's powder mills, near Wilmington, Del., exploded this morning, about 8 o'clock, with most disastrous consequences, six persons having been killed and five wounded.
Wilmington, Friday, Aug. 3. The drying house of Gareshe's powder works at Eden Park, ...Read MORE...
1856 - Tornado AT WILMINGTON, DEL. Considerable damage was done by the heavy wind. One half of the roof was blown off the public school house in Washington street, and other buildings partly unroofed. The roof on the southern side of Asbury M. E. Church, some twelve feet in breadth, was stripped off from the...Read MORE...
1879 - December 13 - 1st federal fish hatching steamer lauched (Wilmington Delaware)
1886 - A TERRIBLE COLLISION ON THE WILMINGTON & NORTHWESTERN RAILROAD. Wilmington, Del., January 10. - Friday night's snow storm caused the most serious block on the railroad track here that has occurred for years, suspending travel for hours. About 7:45 yesterday morning the Wilmington & Northwestern train, which leaves for Reading, Pa., at eight o'clock, collided...Read MORE...
1887 - Steel-hulled racing yacht built in Wilmington, The Volunteer, won America's Cup
1890 - Dupont Powder Works Explosion PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 7. - The shock of the explosion at Wilmington this afternoon was plainly felt in many sections of this city. To those indoors it resembled the rumbling of distant thunder or the moving of heavy furniture, and the rattling window frames caused many people to rush to their doors...Read MORE...
1907 - WHOLE FAMILY ASPHYXIATED. MAN, WIFE AND CHILD FOUND DEAD IN WILMINGTON, DEL. Wilmington, Del., Feb. 12. - MICHAEL RYAN, aged 35 years; his wife, MAMIE, aged 25, and their infant, MARY A., aged 4 months, who lived at 233 Connell street, were asphyxiated by illuminating gas. Policeman BECK, who forced an entrance into the house found the victims lying on a bed in the...Read MORE...
1907 - December 9 - 1st Christmas Seals sold (Wilmington Del post office)
1925 - THEATER RIGGING LOFT COLLAPSES; 12 INJURED. SEVERAL MEMBERS OF CHORUS HURT WHEN PIECES OF MASONRY, SCENERY AND LIGHTS BEGIN TO FALL WITH ROAR LIKE AN EXPLOSION PANIC AMONG AUDIENCE PROBABLY AVERTED WHEN MEMBER OF CAST APPEARS ON STAGE AND BEGINS TO SING.
Wilmington, Del., Dec. 11. - (AP) - The roof of the rigging loft of the Playhouse here collapsed tonight during the second scene of a performance of "The Song of the Flame." More than a dozen members...Read MORE...
1939 - October 24 – Nylon stockings go on sale for the first time anywhere in Wilmington, Delaware.
www.wikipedia.org October 24, 1939 Added: 3/16/2014 10:56:56 AM - 1 Updated: 7/1/2014 1:35:28 PM - 1
1940 - September 29 - 1st US merchant ship "Booker T. Washington" commanded by a black captain (Hugh Mulzac), launched at Wilmington Delaware
1957 - July 17 - On a warm and sunny day at Wilmington, DE, with a high of 86 degrees, a dust devil suddenly appeared. It tore most the roof off one house, and stripped shingles from a neighboring house. A TV aerial was toppled, and clothes were blown off clothes lines. The Weather Channel Added: 6/3/2014 8:41:59 AM - 1 Updated: -
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