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Norfolk, Virginia, USA

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Where is Norfolk, Virginia, USA? 

Norfolk is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Norfolk is located at the core of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area, named for the large natural harbor of the same name located at the mouth of Chesapeake Bay. The city is bordered to the west by the Elizabeth River and to the north by the Chesapeake Bay. It also shares land borders with the independent cities of Chesapeake to its south and Virginia Beach to its east.Wikipedia

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Norfolk, Virginia, USA - Ocean View, near Norfolk, Va. Showing Casino Grounds and Leap the Dips.
Norfolk, Virginia, USA

Ocean View, near Norfolk, Va. Showing Casino Grounds and Leap the Dips.
Norfolk, Virginia, USA - Granby Street, Looking South, Norfolk, Va.
Norfolk, Virginia, USA

Granby Street, Looking South, Norfolk, Va.
Norfolk, Virginia, USA - Hotel Fairfax, Norfolk, Virginia
Norfolk, Virginia, USA

Hotel Fairfax, Norfolk, Virginia

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1749 - Storm alters Virginia shoreline
A hurricane destroys Fort George, site of present Fort Monroe, Va., and creates Willoughby Spit in...Read MORE...

1861 - April 20 - Battle of Norfolk, VA
News  1868 - Two large ships are loading at Norfolk, Va., for Liverpool, being the first instance of direct trade since the war.

St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
April 18, 1868
Historic Postcards of Norfolk, VA

Historic Postcards of Norfolk, VA (
News  1888 - On the 26th the peanut trust, with headquarters at Norfolk, Va., and controlling ninety per cent of the country's product, was dissolved.

St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
November 3, 1888
News  1889 - A rain-storm on the 6th at Norfolk, Va., submerged the lower portion of the city, causing a loss of $500,000 to business men.

St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
April 13, 1889
1892 - December 26-28 - An Atlantic coast storm produced a record 18.6 inches of snow at Norfolk, VA, including 17.7 inches in 24 hours.

The Weather Channel
News  1902 - NORFOLK'S DISASTROUS FIRE - Virginia Town Suffered $500,000 Loss in Destruction of Main Hotel and Business Block
NORFOLK, Va., Jan. 31 — The Atlantic Hotel, the Columbia Office Building, which adjoined the...Read MORE...

News  1905 - NUMBER OF DEAD MAY BE NEAR A HUNDRED. Twelve Bodies Recovered and 75 or 80 Persons Missing in Virginia Wreck.
Norfolk, Va., Aug 18 - So far only twelve known dead have been taken from the wreck of the Atlantic ...Read MORE...

Norfolk, an independent city and principal seaport of Virginia, is situated on the right or N. bank ...Read MORE...

Spark From a Locomotive Started Disastrous Conflagration
Burning Oil Covers Acres of...

News  1910 - November 14 - 1st airplane flight from deck of a ship, Norfolk, Va
November 14, 1910
News  1926 - 18 Firemen Injured Blaze Destroys Norfolk Warehouse Filled With Berry Crates.
[By Associated Press]

Norfolk, Va., Jan. 31. - Eighteen firemen were injured, none very...Read MORE...

NORFOLK, Va., June 8. - (AP) - Norfolk spent last night fighting a three million dollar waterfront...Read MORE...

1933 - The Chesapeake-Potomac hurricane moved over Norfolk VA and Washington D.C.
A tide seven feet above normal flooded businesses in Norfolk, and damage in Maryland was estimated...Read MORE...

1939 to 1940 - Aline Black and Melvin Austin go to court to secure equal pay for Black teachers in Norfolk, Virginia. resources/ state-history-timeline/ virginia.html
1950 - April 2 - WTAR TV channel 3 in Norfolk, VA (CBS) begins broadcasting
News  1981 - December 28 - Elizabeth Jordan Carr born in Norfolk. She was the 1st American test tube baby. resources/ state-history-timeline/ virginia.html
December 28, 1981
2010 - 11 pirates indicted in Norfolk for attacks on U.S. Navy ships near Somalia resources/ state-history-timeline/ virginia.html

Ancestors Who Were Born Here

flag   Harold Eugene BLANKENSHIP (August 26, 1919, Norfolk, Virginia, USA - February 11, 2006, Decatur, Georgia, USA)

flag   Elizabeth BURTON (1658, Norfolk, Virginia, USA - 1702, Arundel, Maryland, USA)

flag   George M. CHANDLER (1836, Norfolk, Virginia, USA - 10 March 1857, Norfolk, Virginia, USA)

flag   William H DAVIS (1831, Norfolk, Virginia, USA - 22 October 1856, Norfolk, Virginia, USA)

flag   Mary F. HAYNES (1811, Norfolk, Virginia, USA - 1 March 1856, Norfolk, Virginia, USA)

flag   Cornelius HOWARD (1637, Norfolk, Virginia, USA - 15 October 1680, Annapolis, Maryland, USA)

flag   Johnnie HOWELL (26 October 1887, Norfolk, Virginia, USA - 22 September 1929, Sebring, Florida, USA)

flag   Peter MALBONE (10 February 1666, Norfolk, Virginia, USA - 26 May 1738, Norfolk, Virginia, USA)

flag   William NEWTON (7 December 1726, Norfolk, Virginia, USA - 1782, , Virginia, USA)

World War II Soldier flag   Robert Drake SCULL (22 May 1924, Norfolk, Virginia, USA - 3 November 1968, Norfolk, Virginia, USA) gravestone

flag   N. C. WHITEHEAD (1791, Norfolk, Virginia, USA - 21 July 1856, Norfolk, Virginia, USA)

flag   Georgianna WIDGEON (1831, Norfolk, Virginia, USA - 26 May 1871, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA (North Amherst) (South Amherst))

flag   Elizabeth WILLOUGHBY (1635, Norfolk, Virginia, USA - April 1672, Westmoreland, Virginia, USA)

Ancestors Who Died Here

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