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New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
...On April 24, 1638, a company of five-hundred English Puritans led by the Reverend John Davenport and Theophilus Eaton, a wealthy London merchant, sailed into the harbor. They soon discovered that the Quinnipiacks and other local tribes were much distressed by raiding bands of Pequots and Mohawks from surrounding areas. It was for this reason that Momauguin, the sachem of the Quinnipiacks, and other tribe members agreed to sell the tribe's land to the Puritans. In return, the settlers pledged to protect the natives and to allow them the use of the lands on the east side of the harbor.

New Haven's founders not only hoped to create a Christian utopia, they also saw in New Haven's spacious harbor an opportunity to establish a commercial empire that would control Long Island Sound and possibly the coastline as far south as Delaware Bay...



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  • 1638 - New Haven Founded as a Colony
    In 1638, English Puritans established the New Haven Colony, which soon included what are now the towns of New Haven, Branford, Guilford, Milford, and ...Read MORE...


  • 1643 - New Haven Colony is organized as a state including the towns of New Haven, Milford, Guilford, Branford, Stamford and Southold, Long Island. It is an independent colony without a royal charter, organized by the Congregational Church.

    www.bethany-ct.com/ historicalSociety/ bhs-facts.htm

  • 1673 - New Haven and Milford dispute the ownership of the Three Brothers, a clump of three chestnut trees on the Milford-New Haven boundary and now located in northern Bethany at the Naugatuck-Prospect-Bethany boundary point.
    “The area in dispute was supposed to be haunted by evil spirits. The quarrel was carried to the Governor of the Colony of Connecticut for adjustment, ...Read MORE...


  • 1675 - Center of New Haven is fortified against Indian attack during King Phillip’s War (1675-76); a log palisade is built but the town is not attacked. This war resulted in the extermination of Indian tribal life in Southern New England.

    www.bethany-ct.com/ historicalSociety/ bhs-facts.htm

  • News 1682 - A major tornado ripped through southwestern Connecticut, passing through Stratford, Milford, and New Haven, and then into Long Island Sound.

    WeatherForYou.com
    June 20, 1682

  • 1717 - New Haven State House and Yale
    1717 - New Haven State House erected on the Green.
    New Haven's first State House was built in 1717 on the Green near the corner of Elm and College...Read MORE...


  • 1755 - First Newspaper in Connecticut
    Connecticut Gazette of New Haven, the Colony's first newspaper, printed by James Parker at New Haven.

    The first newspaper known to be published in ...Read MORE...


  • 1763 - Brick State House erected on New Haven Green.
    In 1763, a new brick State House with courtrooms and a town hall on the lower floor and rooms for the General Assembly on the upper floor was erected ...Read MORE...


  • 1767 - Thomas and Samuel Green launch newspaper which after many changes becomes New Haven Journal-Courier
    Thomas [Green] was a prolific Connecticut printer, publishing or helping to publish about four hundred items in his lifetime. He helped edit and...Read MORE...


  • 1779 - British troops under General Tryon raid New Haven
    On July 5, the British arrive off New Haven. Troops under Brigadier General George Garth come ashore and commence the destruction of public property...Read MORE...


  • 1784 - New Haven Incorporated as a City
    New Haven was incorporated as a city in 1784, and Roger Sherman, one of the signers of the Constitution and author of the "Connecticut Compromise",...Read MORE...


  • 1792 - New Haven Bank established
    In 1792, New Haven Bank was established with capital of $400,000.

    The Edinburgh Encyclopaedia, Volume 3
    Author Sir David Brewster
    Publisher J. & ...Read MORE...


  • News 1812 - Apple trees at New Haven CT did not blossom until the first of June, the latest such occurrence during the period beginning in 1794.

    WeatherForYou.com
    June 1, 1812

  • 1812 - Columbian Register First Published in New Haven
    Joseph Barber starts Columbian Register at New Haven. In 1911 combined with New Haven Register and continues as Register to present.

    Joseph Barber ...Read MORE...


  • 1819 - New Haven
    New-Haven, the seat of justice of the county, and semi-capital of the State, is situated at the head of the bay of the same name, upon Long-Island...Read MORE...


  • 1821 - Captain John Davis of New Haven becomes first man to set foot on the Antarctic Continent.
    The first recorded landing on the Antarctic continent took place on February 7, 1821. Men from the American sealer Cecilia, under Captain John Davis, ...Read MORE...


  • 1827 - "New" State House erected in New Haven; Ithiel Town, architect.
    Along with Hartford, New Haven became co-capital of Connecticut in 1701. General Assembly meetings alternated between the two cities. When sitting in ...Read MORE...


  • January 5, 1835 - It was a record cold morning in the eastern U.S. The mercury at the Yale Campus in New Haven CT plunged to 23 degrees below zero, and reached 40 below in the Berkshire Hills of Connecticut.

    WeatherForYou.com

  • 1839 - Railroad completed between New Haven and Hartford.
    The Hartford and New Haven Railroad, New Haven's first railroad was opened in New Haven to North Haven in November, 1838. An old newspaper gives an...Read MORE...


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    The Gothic Church
    American Scenery,
    by N.P. Willis, Illustrated by William Henry Bartlett, 1840
  • New Haven, Connecticut, USA
    Yale College
    American Scenery,
    by N.P. Willis, Illustrated by William Henry Bartlett, 1840
  • News 1860 - The Late Boiler Explosion - Body Recovered - Serious Affray.
    New-Haven, Saturday, Nov. 3

    The boy, HENRY RICE, who was killed by the steam-boiler explosion at DANN & BROTHERS' coach factory, yesterday, was...Read MORE...


  • News 1861 - The Excitement In New Haven, Conn.
    NEW HAVEN, Conn., April 11. - The excitement here is intense. The streets are crowded with people who are clamoring after extras. The national flag...Read MORE...


  • News 1869 - Fish Hooks
    Fish-hooks are made now almost entirely at New Haven, Conn. They are made entirely by machinery, a piece of wire going into a machine and coming out...Read MORE...


  • News 1871 - In New Haven, if the people neglect to clean the snow off their pavements, the city does it for them at the rate of two dollars each.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    June 17, 1871

  • New Haven, Connecticut, USA
    New Haven and Vicinity
    Picturesque America... Oliver Bell Bunce, William Cullen Bryant
    New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1872-1874.
  • 1878 - First telephone exchange in world opened in New Haven.
    The first commercial telephone exchange system in the world was opened in New Haven, in January, 1878, and has been in continuous operation ever...Read MORE...


  • News 1882 - SILVERWARE FACTORY BURNED. LARGE FIRE IN CONNECTICUT - LOSS, $150,000.
    NEW-HAVEN, Sept. 26 - The factory of Maltby, Stevens, Curtis & Co., manufacturers of hollow-ware and German silver spoons, in Shelton, was destroyed...Read MORE...


  • 1883 - November 27 - Fire engines were called out in New York City and New Haven, CT, as a result of the afterglow of the sunset due to vivid red ash from the Krakatoa Volcano explosion in August.

    The Weather Channel

  • News 1885 - Men of Brains - Some of the Distinguished American Inventors
    Charles Goodyear, inventor and patentee of the simple mixture of rubber and sulphur, the basis of the present great rubber industries throughout the...Read MORE...


  • News 1886 - AN EXPLOSION OF GAS.
    NEW-HAVEN, Conn., Jan. 27. - People living in the lower part of the city were alarmed at noon to-day by what seemed like an earthquake shook preceded ...Read MORE...


  • New Haven, Connecticut, USA
    City Hall
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    Jct. Elm and Broadway
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    The Edw. Malley Co.
    The Metropolitan Store of Connecticut
  • News 1891 - FIRE ON A BIG STEAMER. Thirteen Hundred Persons Narrowly Escape Death on a Sound Steamer.
    New Haven, Conn., July 31. - When the steamer Elm City, with 1,300 excursionists on board, was midway between New York and Bridgeport last evening,...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - First hamburger, served at Louie's Lunch in New Haven

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

  • News 1896 - LIVES LOST IN RAGING FLAMES. THREE MEN SACRIFICED BY A DANGEROUS EXPERIMENT WITH GAS.
    TWO EXPLOSIONS ENSUE.

    ONE WORKMAN KILLED INSTANTLY AND TWO SUBSEQUENTLY PERISH IN THE FIRE.

    MUCH PROPERTY DAMAGE.

    New Haven, Conn., Jan. 21. ...Read MORE...


  • 1898 - New Haven - The City of Elms by Frederick Hull Cogswell
    The main incidents in the history of New Haven have a flavor of romance. Even the original settlement, usually a prosy affair, was brought about by...Read MORE...


  • New Haven, Connecticut, USA
    What to Get a Man for Christmas
    Postal Scale and Letter Opener
    Postal Scale Company, Chapel St., New Haven, Conn.

    The Ladies' Home Journal
    December 1898
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    The Sperry Light, New Haven, Connecticut
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    Old Light House, New Haven, Conn.
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    New Bathing Pavilion, Light House Point, New Haven, Conn.
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    Y.M.C.A. and Y.W.C.A., New Haven, Conn.
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    Old Town Pump, New Haven, Conn.
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    Yale University - The Cloister Society Dormitory New Haven, Connecticut
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    Yale University, Osborn Hall, New Haven, Conn.
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    View in Campus, Yale College, New Haven, Conn.
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    Library and Court House Buildings, New Haven, Connecticut
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    Meadow Street and Armory
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    Elm St. from Church St.
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    Ferry Landing at Light House Point
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    First National Bank
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    Historical Society Building
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    Chapel Street, New Haven, Conn.
  • News 1901 - TROLLEY DEAL IN CONNECTICUT: New Haven Road Purchases the Webster and Worcester System.
    NEW HAVEN, Jan. 12 - The New Haven Road has just purchased through the People's Tramway Company of Danielson, Conn., the Webster and Worcester...Read MORE...


  • News 1903 - Passengers Leave Burning Sleeping Car in Nightclothes.
    Sixteen Men and Four Women Hurried from Temporary Home.

    Woman Injured--Man Nearly Suffocated--Several Lose Valuables.

    New Haven, Conn., May 14...Read MORE...


  • News 1904 - FIRE WORKED DOWN THROUGH A SHAFT
    One of New Haven's Finest Buildings Is Ruined - Firemen Extinguished $150,000 Blaze.

    New Haven, Conn., Jan. 18. - Fire and water completely...Read MORE...


  • New Haven, Connecticut, USA
    Cor. Church and Chapel Sts., 1904
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    Country Club
  • New Haven, Connecticut, USA
    Old Morris House, Morris Cove
  • New Haven, Connecticut, USA
    Skinner School
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    Yacht Club and Harbor View, City Point
  • 1908 - First lollipop-making machine opened for business in New Haven. George Smith named the treat after a popular racehorse.

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

  • New Haven, Connecticut, USA
    Congress Ave., Cor. Lafayette Street, 1908
  • New Haven, Connecticut, USA
    Temple Street
  • New Haven, Connecticut, USA
    The Cloister
  • New Haven, Connecticut, USA
    Congress Square
    General Offices of the Conn. Commercial Travellers Mutual Accident Asso.
  • New Haven, Connecticut, USA
    Judges Cave, West Rock Park
  • New Haven, Connecticut, USA
    Junction of Whaley Ave. and Fountain Street, Westville
  • 1914 - November 21 – In New Haven CT, the new Yale Bowl officially opens; Harvard defeats Yale 36-0 in the first football game held here.

    www.wikipedia.org
    November 21, 1914

  • News 1915 - HISTORIC THEATRE BURNS. Grand Opera House in New Haven Destroyed, with Loss of $80,000.
    NEW HAVEN, April 25.- The Grand Opera House in Crown Street, the oldest playhouse in New Haven, was destroyed by fire early today, and the entire...Read MORE...


  • New Haven, Connecticut, USA
    Church Street North from George Street showing Bijou and Poli's Theatres
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    The Hotel Taft
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    The Shot Tower, Winchester Repeating Arms Co.,
  • 1920 - First Frisbee, Yale students discovered empty pie plates from Mrs. Frisbie Pies in Bridgeport could be sailed across the New Haven Green

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

  • 1920 - University of New Haven founded.
    The University of New Haven (UNH) was founded in 1920 on the campus of Yale University as the New Haven YMCA Junior College, a division of...Read MORE...


  • New Haven, Connecticut, USA
    New Haven Green
  • New Haven, Connecticut, USA
    New Haven High School
  • New Haven, Connecticut, USA
    New Public Library
  • New Haven, Connecticut, USA
    New Haven R.R. Station
  • 1938 - The Great New England Hurricane of 1938
    CAT 3 - September 21, 1938
    The Great New England Hurricane of 1938 was one of the most destructive and powerful storms ever to strike Southern New...Read MORE...


  • 1957 - Oak Street redevelopment
    Ground broken for first building in New Haven's Oak Street redevelopment area.
    Timeline of Connecticut History



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