Timeline of Portsmouth, Virginia facts for kids
Prior to 20th century
|History of Virginia|
- 1752 - Portsmouth founded by politician William Crawford; named after Portsmouth, England.
- 1779 - Portsmouth sacked by British forces during the American Revolutionary War.
- 1812 - Dismal Swamp Canal opens.
- 1821 - Fire.
- 1822 - Norfolk-Portsmouth steam ferry begins operating.
- 1824 - October 25: Lafayette visits Portsmouth.
- 1836 - Town of Portsmouth incorporated.
- 1837 - Portsmouth & Roanoke Railroad begins operating.
- 1840 - Population: 6,477.
- 1846 - Norfolk County Courthouse built.
- 1850 - Population: 8,626.
- 1855 - Yellow fever outbreak.
- 1858 - City of Portsmouth incorporated as an independent city (separated from Norfolk County).
- 1865 - Zion Baptist Church founded.
- 1867 - Virginia Baptist State Convention organized during a meeting in Portsmouth.
- 1870 - Population: 10,590.
- 1900 - Lyceum Theatre in business.
- 1910 - Population: 33,190.
- 1914 - Portsmouth Public Library opens.
- 1922 - Chevra Thilim Synagogue built.
- 1939 - Lyric Theatre in business.
- 1949 - Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum established.
- 1950 - Population: 80,039.
- 1952 - Downtown Tunnel opens.
- 1955 - Portsmouth Historical Association founded.
- 1957 - WAVY-TV begins broadcasting.
- 1960 - Population: 114,773.
- 1963 - Public Library's "Local History Room" established.
- 1966 - Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and Museum established.
- 1974 - Richard Joseph Davis becomes mayor.
- 1981 - Portsmouth Times newspaper begins publication.
- 1984 - James W. Holley, III becomes mayor.
- 1993 - Bobby Scott becomes U.S. representative for Virginia's 3rd congressional district.
- 1998 - Museum of Military History established.
- 2001 - Randy Forbes becomes U.S. representative for Virginia's 4th congressional district.
- 2010 - Population: 95,535.
- 2017 - John L. Rowe, Jr. becomes mayor.
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