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History of Wilmington, Delaware, USA

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Wilmington, Delaware, USA

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Wilmington is built on the site of Fort Christina and the settlement Kristinehamn, the first Swedish settlement in North America.

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  • 1638 - Swedes begin settlement in what is now Willmington, Delaware

    The World Almanac of the U.S.A, by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse, 1996

  • 1698 - Among Delaware's many historic churches is Old Swedes Church and Hendrickson House Museum, in Wilmington, which has been in use since its completion in 1698.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ delaware.html

  • 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.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ delaware.html

  • News 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 ...Read MORE...


  • 1854 - Wilmington
    Wilmington, a city and port of entry of New Castle county, Delaware, is situated on Christiana creek, immediately above its junction with the...Read MORE...


  • News 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...Read MORE...


  • News 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, ...Read MORE...


  • 1879 - December 13 - 1st federal fish hatching steamer lauched (Wilmington Delaware)

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  • News 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,...Read MORE...


  • 1887 - Steel-hulled racing yacht built in Wilmington, The Volunteer, won America's Cup

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ detimeln.htm

  • News 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...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Wilmington
    Wilmington, a port of entry, the capital of New Castle co., Del., is situated on the Delaware River, and on Brandy wine and Christiana Creeks, which...Read MORE...


  • Wilmington, Delaware, USA
    Market Street looking North from Fourth Street Shopping District, Wilmington, Del.
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  • Wilmington, Delaware, USA
    Court House
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  • News 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...Read MORE...


  • 1907 - December 9 - 1st Christmas Seals sold (Wilmington Del post office)

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  • News 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 ...Read MORE...


  • Wilmington, Delaware, USA
    Hotel Rodney, Market St., Wilmington, Del.
    Postcard
  • News 1939 - October 24 – Nylon stockings go on sale for the first time anywhere in Wilmington, Delaware.

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    October 24, 1939

  • 1940 - September 29 - 1st US merchant ship "Booker T. Washington" commanded by a black captain (Hugh Mulzac), launched at Wilmington Delaware

    historyorb.com

  • 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...Read MORE...




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Market Street looking North from Fourth Street Shopping District, Wilmington, Del.
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Hotel Rodney, Market St., Wilmington, Del.
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  • 1638 - Swedes begin settlement in what is now Willmington, Delaware

    The World Almanac of the U.S.A, by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse, 1996
  • 1698 - Among Delaware's many historic churches is Old Swedes Church and Hendrickson House Museum, in Wilmington, which has been in use since its completion in 1698.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ delaware.html
  • 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.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ delaware.html
  • News  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 ... Read MORE...

  • 1854 - Wilmington
    Wilmington, a city and port of entry of New Castle county, Delaware, is situated on Christiana creek, immediately above its junction with the... Read MORE...

  • News  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... Read MORE...

  • News  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, ... Read MORE...

  • 1879 - December 13 - 1st federal fish hatching steamer lauched (Wilmington Delaware)

    historyorb.com
  • News  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,... Read MORE...

  • 1887 - Steel-hulled racing yacht built in Wilmington, The Volunteer, won America's Cup

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ detimeln.htm
  • News  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... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Wilmington
    Wilmington, a port of entry, the capital of New Castle co., Del., is situated on the Delaware River, and on Brandy wine and Christiana Creeks, which... Read MORE...

  • News  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... Read MORE...

  • 1907 - December 9 - 1st Christmas Seals sold (Wilmington Del post office)

    historyorb.com
  • News  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 ... Read MORE...

  • News  1939 - October 24 – Nylon stockings go on sale for the first time anywhere in Wilmington, Delaware.

    www.wikipedia.org
    October 24, 1939
  • 1940 - September 29 - 1st US merchant ship "Booker T. Washington" commanded by a black captain (Hugh Mulzac), launched at Wilmington Delaware

    historyorb.com
  • 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... Read MORE...

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