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"Virginia, ver-jin'e-q (Fr. Virginie, veer'zhee'nee'), an Atlantic state of the American Union, one of the original thirteen states, is bounded N.E. by Maryland, E. by Mary land and the Atlantic, S. by North Carolina and Tennessee, and N.W. by Kentucky and West Virginia. From Mary land it is divided, for the most part, by the river Potomac, from Kentucky by the Cumberland Mountains, and from West Virginia by a devious line which follows, in part, the crests of the Blue Ridge and other ridges of the Appalachian system of mountains. Area, 42,450 square miles. The boundary-line with Maryland is not settled, each claiming jurisdiction over all the waters of the Potomac..."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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  • 1607 - May 14 - Jamestown Was Established
    The Virginia Company of England made a daring proposition: sail to the new, mysterious land, which they called Virginia in honor of Elizabeth I, the...Read MORE...

  • 1611 - John Rolfe introduces his tobacco seeds webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ vatimeln.htm

  • 1619 - The first Thanksgiving in North America was held in Virginia in 1619. resources/ state-facts/ virginia.html

  • 1622 - Indian massacre caused the death of 347 colonists, including women and children webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ vatimeln.htm

  • 1676 - Nathaniel Bacon leads Virginia planters in the first conflict over British rule.

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

  • 1776 - Virginian Thomas Jefferson wrote Declaration of Independence; Virginia adopted first constitution; declared its independence webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ vatimeln.htm

  • 1781 - October 19 - The British Surrender at Yorktown
    America declared its independence in 1776, but it took another five years to win freedom from the British. That day came on October 19, 1781, when...Read MORE...

  • 1788 - Virginia became 10th U. S. state webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ vatimeln.htm

  • 1859 - October 16 – John Brown raids the Harpers Ferry Armory in Harper's Ferry, Virginia, in an unsuccessful bid to spark a general slave rebellion.
    Late on the night of October 16, 1859, John Brown and 21 armed followers stole into the town of Harpers Ferry, Virginia, as most of its residents...Read MORE...

  • 1861 - April 20 - American Civil War: Robert E. Lee resigns his commission in the United States Army in order to command the forces of the state of Virginia.
    April 20, 1861

  • 1861 - Virginia seceded from Union on April 17, joined Confederacy; Civil War began; first Confederate officer killed at Fairfax Court House; first battle of Manassas (July 21), battle of Ball's Bluff, battle of Dranesville webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ vatimeln.htm

  • 1862 - On March 9, 1862 at Hampton Roads, Virginia, the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia (formerly the USS Merrimac) met in one of the most famous naval engagements in US history.
    Their battle, the first of its kind between metal armored vessels, changed for all time the nature of naval warfare. resources/ state-facts/ virginia.html

  • 1865 - April 9 - Robert E. Lee surrenders to Ulysees S. Grant at Appomattox Court House.
    Harried mercilessly by Federal troops and continually cut off from turning south, Lee headed west, eventually arriving in Appomattox County on April...Read MORE...

  • 1870 - Virginia re-entered Union
    second floor room in Capitol building collapsed above chamber of House of Delegates, 62 killed, 251 injured; James River flooded, many lives lost, 20 ...Read MORE...

  • February 10, 1899 - The temperature at Monterey plunged to 29 degrees below zero, establishing record for the state of Virginia.

  • February 11, 1899 - A "Great Eastern Blizzard" left a blanket of snow from Georgia to New Hampshire. The state of Virginia took the brunt of the storm, with snowfall totals averaging 30 to 40 inches.

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    Byrd Street (Union) Depot, Richmond, Va.
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  • 1901 - Jim Crow laws passed, segregation created webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ vatimeln.htm

  • News 1908 - September 17 – At Fort Myer, Virginia, U.S.A., Thomas Selfridge becomes the first person to die in an airplane crash. The pilot, Orville Wright, is severely injured in the crash but recovers.
    September 17, 1908

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    Sutherlin Homestead (The Last Capitol of Confederacy.) Danville, Virginia.
  • News 1922 - May 12 – A 20-ton meteorite lands near Blackstone, Virginia, USA.
    May 12, 1922

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    Bruton Parish Church, Oldest Episcopal Church in Constant Use in America, Williamsburg, Va.
  • 1964 - Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel opened webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ vatimeln.htm

  • 1972 - Hurricane Agnes
    June 21
    As Agnes, downgraded to a tropical storm, approaches the Chesapeake Bay, a weak cold front ahead of it dumps one to three inches of rain on...Read MORE...

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