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The following is a timeline of the history of Savannah, Georgia, United States.

18th century

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  • 1733
    • Savannah founded in British Colony of Georgia by James Oglethorpe.
    • Ellis, Johnson, Percival, and St. James Squares laid out per Oglethorpe Plan.
  • 1734 - Solomon's Lodge (Masonic lodge) founded.
  • 1735 - Congregation Mickve Israel formed.
  • 1739 - Creek leader Tomochichi buried in Percival Square.
  • 1740 - Bethesda Orphanage founded near town.
  • 1750
    • Christ Church built.
    • Savannah Female Asylum founded.
  • 1754
  • 1755
    • January 1: Georgia legislature convenes.
    • Independent Presbyterian Church founded.
  • 1775
    • January: Provincial Congress held.
    • June: Committee of Safety organized at the liberty pole.
  • 1778
    • December 29: Battle of Savannah; British in power.
    • Georgia state capital relocated from Savannah to Augusta.
  • 1779 - Town Hall built.
  • 1782
    • British occupation ends.
    • Georgia state capital relocated to Savannah from Augusta.
  • 1786
    • Georgia state capital relocated again from Savannah to Augusta.
    • Chatham Artillery established.
  • 1788
    • Town becomes part of the U.S. state of Georgia.
    • African Baptist Church, and Chatham Academy established.
  • 1789 - Savannah chartered as a city.
  • 1790 - John Houstoun becomes mayor.
  • 1796 - November 26: Fire.

19th century

  • 1800 - Population: 5,146.
  • 1802 - Savannah Volunteer Guards established.
  • 1809 - Savannah Society Library founded.
  • 1810 - Population: 5,315.
  • 1812 - Hibernian Society organized.
  • 1817 - Savannah Steamboat Company in business.
  • 1818 - Savannah theatre established.
  • 1819
    • May: Steamboat Savannah travels to Liverpool, England.
    • May: U.S. president Monroe visits town.
    • William Scarbrough House (residence) built.
  • 1820 - January: Fire.
  • 1824 - Savannah Fire Company formed.
  • 1825 - March: Lafayette visits town.
  • 1830 - Population: 7,303.
  • 1831 - Savannah–Ogeechee Canal constructed.
  • 1833 - First Baptist Church built.
  • 1834 - Oglethorpe Barracks built (approximate date).
  • 1837 - Central Railroad begins operating.
  • 1839 - Georgia Historical Society organized.
  • 1840 - Population: 11,214.
  • 1842 - Convent of St. Vincent de Paul founded.
  • 1844 - Savannah Institution for Savings instituted.
  • 1846 - Bonaventure Cemetery established near town.
  • 1847 - Fort Pulaski built near town.
  • 1848 - Population: 13,573.
  • 1850
    • Daily Morning News begins publication.
    • Custom House built.
  • 1853
    • Forsyth Place (park) laid out.
    • Catholic Diocese of Savannah and Laurel Grove Cemetery established.
    • St. John's Church consecrated.
  • 1854
    • Yellow fever outbreak.
    • Augusta and Savannah Railroad in operation (approximate date).
  • 1855 - Young Men's Literary Association organized.
  • 1858 - Old Harbor Light erected.
  • 1859 - First African Baptist Church rebuilt.
  • 1860 - Central of Georgia Depot built.
  • 1861
    • Port blockaded by U.S. government.
    • Green House (residence) built.
  • 1864 - December 22: Savannah taken by Union forces.
  • 1867 - Beach Institute established.
  • 1868 - Mercer House (residence) built (approximate date).
  • 1870 - McCarthy's Business College established.
  • 1871 - Abend Zeitung newspaper begins publication.
  • 1873 - First Bryan Baptist Church rebuilt.
  • 1874 - Youth's Historical Society founded.
  • 1875
    • Colored Tribune newspaper begins publication.
    • Savannah Rifle Association established.
  • 1876 - Cathedral of St. John the Baptist dedicated.
  • 1878 - Congregation Mickve Israel synagogue built.
  • 1879 - City boundaries expanded.
  • 1880
    • Confederate memorial built in Forsyth Park.
    • Population: 30,709.
  • 1882 - Ford Dramatic Association incorporated.
  • 1883 - City boundaries expanded.
  • 1886 - Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences opens.
  • 1887 - Tybee-Savannah railway built.
  • 1890 – Population: 43,189.
  • 1891 - Georgia Industrial College established.
  • 1893 - August: Sea Islands hurricane.

20th century

  • 1900
    • Population: 54,244.
    • Great Dane Trailers founded as the Savannah Blowpipe Company
  • 1901 - City boundaries expanded.
  • 1902 - Benedictine College founded.
  • 1906 - City Hall rebuilt.
  • 1908 - Savannah, Augusta and Northern Railway in operation (approximate date).
  • 1910 - Population: 65,064.
  • 1912 - Girl Guides of America founded.
  • 1919 - April: Savannah Centennial Pageant performed.
  • 1920 – Population: 83,252.
  • 1925 - Savannah Economic Development Authority established.
  • 1926 - Municipal Stadium built.
  • 1929
    • Savannah Municipal Airport begins operating.
    • Savannah Technical College established.
  • 1935
    • Armstrong Junior College founded.
    • Union Bag and Paper opens mill.
  • 1942 - U.S. Army Chatham Field (airfield) active.
  • 1950 - Little Theatre of Savannah founded.
  • 1951 - Palm Drive-In movie theatre opens.
  • 1953 - Talmadge Memorial Bridge built to Hutchinson Island (Georgia).
  • 1954 - Council–manager form of government adopted.
  • 1955 - Historic Savannah Foundation organized.
  • 1956 - Juliette Gordon Low house museum opens.
  • 1960
    • Travis Field airport terminal built.
    • Population: 147,537.
  • 1967 - Grumman Aircraft Engineering Co. opens Savannah office.
  • 1968 - Abercorn Plaza shopping centre in business.
  • 1969 - Oglethorpe Mall in business.
  • 1970
    • John Rousakis becomes mayor.
    • Population: 118,349.
  • 1974 - Savannah Civic Center opens.
  • 1976 - Abercorn Cinema opens.
  • 1977 - City Records Committee established.
  • 1978 - Savannah College of Art and Design founded.
  • 1979 - September: Hurricane David.
  • 1981 - Coastal State Prison built.
  • 1986 - Chatham Area Transit established.
  • 1988 - Savannah Music Festival founded.
  • 1990
    • Savannah Mall (the city's second shopping mall) in business.
    • Talmadge Memorial Bridge rebuilt.
  • 1991
    • Vietnam Veterans Memorial built in Emmet Park.
    • Lady & Sons restaurant in business.
  • 1994
    • Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport terminal built.
    • Bestseller book about Savannah Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil published.
  • 1998 - Savannah Dance Theatre established.
  • 1999

21st century

  • 2000 - Lucas Theatre renovated.
  • 2002 - Islamic Center of Savannah established.
  • 2004 - Otis Johnson becomes mayor.
  • 2005
    • Abercorn Walk shopping centre in business.
    • Savannah-Chatham Metro Police established.
  • 2009 - The Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra is established.
  • 2010 - Population: 136,286.
  • 2012 - Edna Jackson becomes mayor.
  • 2012 - Savannah Law School established.

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