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1609        Aug 28, Henry Hudson discovered Delaware Bay.
    (AP, 8/28/97)

1637        Nov 20, Peter Minuit & 1st Dutch and Swedish immigrants to Delaware sailed from Sweden. Peter later purchased Manhattan Island for 60 guilders.
    (MC, 11/20/01)

1638        Mar 29, The first permanent white settlement was established in Delaware. Swedish Lutherans who came to Delaware were the first to build log cabins in America. The first English colonists did not know how to build houses from logs but those who lived in the forests of Scandinavia, Germany and Switzerland did. German pioneers who settled in Pennsylvania built the first log cabins there in the early 1700s. The Scotch-Irish immigrants who settled in the Appalachian highlands after 1720 made the widest use of log cabins and by the time of the American Revolution, log cabins were the mainstay among settlers all along the western frontier.
    (HNQ, 9/15/99)(AP, 3/29/08)

1639        Jun 10, The 1st American log cabin at Fort Christina (Wilmington, Delaware).
    (MC, 6/10/02)

1655        Sep 26, Peter Stuyvesant recaptured Dutch Ft. Casimir from Swedish in Delaware.
    (MC, 9/26/01)

1669        Dec 20, The 1st American jury trial was held in Delaware. Marcus Jacobson was condemned for insurrection and sentenced to flogging, branding & slavery.
    (MC, 12/20/01)

1682        Aug 24, Duke James of York gave Delaware to William Penn.
    (MC, 8/24/02)

1682        Oct 26, William Penn accepted the area around the Delaware River from Duke of York.
    (MC, 10/26/01)

1728        Oct 7, Caesar Rodney (d.1784), Delaware, judge and signer (Declaration of Independence), was born in Dover, Delaware. He led opposition to British laws for many years while serving in the provincial assembly. He was elected to the Continental Congresses of 1774 and 1775. In 1777, he commanded the Delaware militia, and the next year he was elected president of the state for a three-year term. Rodney on horseback represents Delaware, the first of the original 13 states to ratify the Constitution, on a new .25-cent piece.
    (HNQ, 2/24/99)(MC, 10/7/01)

1776        Jun 15, Delaware declared independence from both England and Pennsylvania with whom it had shared a royal governor.
    (WSJ, 5/30/00, p.A24)

1776        Caesar Rodney rode 80 miles from Dover to Philadelphia to vote for the Declaration of Independence. In 1998 the ride was commemorated by the US mint on the back of a new quarter.
    (SFC, 1/5/99, p.A2)

1784            Jun 29, Caesar Rodney (b.1728), US judge, Delaware representative as a signer of the Declaration of Independence, died. He was later depicted on the Delaware state quarter
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caesar_Rodney)

1787        Aug 22, Inventor John Fitch demonstrated his steamboat on the Delaware River to delegates of the Continental Congress.
    (AP, 8/22/99)

1787        Dec 7, Delaware became the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
    (AP, 12/7/97)

1787        John Dickinson served as Delaware’s delegate to the Constitutional Convention.
    (SFC, 11/2/02, p.D2)

1797        May 12, George Washington addressed the Delaware chiefs and stated: “It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and to humbly implore his protection and favor."
    (WSJ, 6/26/01, p.A23)

1802        Eleuthere Irenee du Pont de Nemours (d.1834), a French immigrant, set up a saltpeter mill in Wilmington, Del., on the banks of the Brandywine River. In 8 years it grew to become America's largest black-powder plant as it supplied gunpowder to the US for the War of 1812.
    (WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R46)(SFC, 9/17/01, p.B2)

1818        The Epistles of John were published by the American Bible Society in the language of the Delaware Indians.
    (WSJ, 8/7/98, p.W13)

1824         Jun 10, Caesar Augustus Rodney (v.1772), US Attorney General (1807-1811) and nephew of US Judge Caesar Rodney (1728-1784), died in Buenos Aires. He served as a US Senator from Delaware (1822-1823).
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caesar_A._Rodney) 

1829        Oct 17, Delaware River and Chesapeake Bay Canal formally opened. The Chesapeake-Delaware Canal was 14 miles long.
    (NG, Sept., 1939, p.379)(MC, 10/17/01)

1834        Eleuthere Irenee du Pont de Nemours, founder of a large gun powder operation, died. The company was re-charted as a partnership and then the French and original stockholders were all bought out buy the family. General Henry du Pont, the 2nd son of E.I. du Pont led the company till his death in 1899.
    (WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R46)

1861        Jan 3, Delaware rejected a proposal that it join the South in seceding.
    (HN, 1/3/99)

1861        Jun 5, Federal marshals seized arms and gunpowder at Du Pont works in Delaware.
    (MC, 6/5/02)

1891        Delaware State University was established as the State College for Colored Students. In 2006 it had about 3,690 students. The 400-acre campus is in the northern section of Dover, across the street from the racetrack.
    (AP, 9/21/07)

1893        Jan 17, A state record temperature of 17F, -27C, was recorded in Millsboro, Delaware.
    (MC, 1/17/02)

1899        Delaware enacted a corporation law modeled on one in New Jersey. Delaware gradually gained market share and grew to dominate the market in business formation.
    (Econ, 11/23/13, p.67)

1903        Jun 22, George White, a black resident of Delaware, was lynched.
    (MC, 6/22/02)

1903        Du Pont established the Experimental Station for research in Wilmington.
    (WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R46)

1907        Dec 7, The first Christmas Seals to help the fight against tuberculosis were sold, in Wilmington, Del. [Some sources say Dec. 9].
    (AP, 12/7/07)

1907        Dec 9, US Christmas seals went on sale for the first time, at the Wilmington, Del., post office. Proceeds went to fight tuberculosis. The fists US Christmas seals were issued by the Red Cross in a program founded by a Delaware woman to support a TB sanitarium [see Dec 7].
    (AP, 12/9/97)(SFC, 12/23/98, Z1 p.3)

1912        Oct 26, By an executive order Delaware was represented by the first star and Delaware wais represented by the top stripe of the American flag. Delaware was the first of the 13 colonies to ratify the Constitution, on Dec. 7, 1787. It was thus assigned the top of the 13 stripes and the first of the then 48 stars by an executive order signed by President William Howard Taft. Each subsequent stripe was then assigned to the colonies in the order in which they ratified the Constitution. The first 13 stars (from left to right) also represent the order in which the colonies ratified, and are then followed by the rest of the states in the order in which they were admitted into the Union.
    (HNQ, 1/6/00)

1912        Louisa d’Andelot du Pont Copeland spearheaded the founding of the Delaware Art Museum.
    (WSJ, 7/10/00, p.A32)

1912        Du Pont was forced to give up a big piece of its explosives business due to government trust busting but kept its military line and became the chief supplier to the Allies in WW I. The Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington tracked the business history of the du Ponts.
    (WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R46)(WSJ, 2/25/99, p.A1)

1913        Feb 3, Ratification of the 16th Amendment to the Constitution, providing for a federal income tax, was completed as Delaware became the 36th state to ratify the 1909 resolution. The new income tax laws included an exemption on life insurance to help widows and orphans. The 1st $3,000 was exempted. The top rate on incomes over $500,000 was 6%.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sixteenth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution)(AP, 2/3/00)(SSFC, 7/28/02, p.A3)(WSJ, 6/4/03, p.B1)

1929        Louis R. Redding (d.1998 at 96) became the state’s first black lawyer and for 2 decades was the state’s only black lawyer.
    (SFC, 10/3/98, p.A21)

1939        Oct 24, Nylon stockings, made from nylon developed by DuPont Chemical, were sold publicly for the first time, in Wilmington, Del.
    (AP, 10/24/97)(SSFC, 1/26/14, DB p.42)

1951        Louis Redding worked on a suit filed on behalf of black schoolchildren in Delaware who had not been allowed to enroll in white public schools. A court ruled in favor of the suit in 1952 but the state appealed and the suit became part of Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court suit of 1954.
    (SFC, 10/3/98, p.A21)

1957        Oct 10, President Dwight D. Eisenhower apologized to Komla Agbeli Gbdemah, the finance minister of Ghana, after the official had been refused service in a Dover, Del., restaurant.
    (AP, 10/10/97)

1972        Nov 7, Delaware elected Joseph Biden (b.1942) as one of its US Senators. Biden was re-elected in 1978, 1984, 1990, 1996 and 2002.
    (SSFC, 8/24/08, p.A15)

1974-1981    Irving Shapiro (d.2001 at 85) led the Du Pont Co. (DuPont).
    (SFC, 9/17/01, p.B2)

1987        Sep 23, Delaware Sen. Joseph Biden withdrew from the Democratic presidential race following questions about his use of borrowed quotations and the portrayal of his academic record.
    (AP, 9/23/97)

1989        A tanker ran aground near Claymont, Del., spilling 300,000 gallons of heating oil into the Delaware River.
    (AP, 11/28/04)

1992        Mar 14, Steven Brian Pennell (34), serial killer, was executed. This was the 1st execution in Delaware in 45 years.
    (www.francesfarmersrevenge.com/stuff/serialkillers/pennell.htm)

1992        Apr 10, Dwayne Weeks and Arthur Govan broke into the Wilmington apartment of Weeks’ estranged wife, Gwendolyn, and shot her and her boyfriend, Craig Williams, to death. Weeks was convicted and executed in 2000.
    (SFC, 11/18/00, p.A2)

1992        Oct 28, The US Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was enacted. It banned betting on sports with exemptions to Delaware, Nevada, Oregon and Montana.
    (Econ, 9/26/09, p.42)(http://tinyurl.com/yenf89a)

1994        Nov 18, Cabell "Cab" Calloway III (b.1907), American jazz singer and bandleader, died in Hockessin, Del., at age 86.
    (AP, 11/18/99)

1996        Jun 27, Anne Marie Fahey (30), the secretary of Gov. Thomas Carper, disappeared from Wilmington after dining at a Philadelphia restaurant with Thomas Capano. Capano, a prominent lawyer who had dated Fahey, was later accused of her murder based on testimony from his two brothers, who had helped him dispose the body. In 1998 Capano admitted that he disposed Fahey’s body but insisted that her death was an accident. In 1998 Capano testified that Fahey was shot accidentally by former mistress Deborah MacIntyre, who denied the charge. Capano was convicted by a jury on Jan 17, 1999. On Mar 16, 1999, Capano was sentenced to death.
    (SFEC,12/14/97, p.A4)(SFEC, 10/5/98, p.A5)(SFC, 10/27/98, p.A2)(SFC, 12/22/98, p.A2)(SFC, 1/18/99, p.A2)(SFC, 3/17/99, p.A2)

1998        Mar 9, In a case pitting former high school sweethearts against each other, Brian Peterson pleaded guilty in Wilmington, Del., to manslaughter in the death of his newborn son in a Newark, N.J., motel and agreed to testify against the mother, Amy Grossberg. A month later, Grossberg also pleaded guilty to manslaughter; she ended up serving nearly two years of a 2 1/2-year sentence; Peterson served 1 1/2 years of a two-year sentence.
    (AP, 3/9/08)

1998        Apr 22, Amy Grossberg, a young woman charged along with her high school sweetheart with murdering their newborn at a Delaware motel, pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Amy Grossberg ended up serving nearly two years of a 2 1/2-year sentence; Brian Peterson served 1 1/2 years of a two-year sentence. Peterson had received a lesser sentence of two years because he'd cooperated with authorities.
    (AP, 4/22/03)(AP, 4/22/08)

1998        Jul 9, Former high school sweethearts Amy Grossberg and Brian Peterson were sentenced in Wilmington, Del., to prison for killing their newborn son at a motel. Grossberg received 2 1/2 years; Peterson, who cooperated with prosecutors, got two years. Grossberg ended up serving nearly two years; Peterson, 1 1/2 years.
    (AP, 7/9/08)

1999        Jan 4, The US mint began distributing a new series of commemorative state quarters. The first one from Delaware marked the 1776 ride of Caesar Rodney from Dover to Philadelphia to vote for the Declaration of Independence. Rep. Michael Castle of Delaware dreamed up the program in 1996.
    (SFC, 1/5/99, p.A2)(WSJ, 12/29/03, p.A4)

1999        Aug 5, Gov. Thomas Carper declared a drought emergency and mandatory water restrictions for two-thirds of the state.
    (SFC, 8/6/99, p.D6)

2001        Jan 3, In Delaware a fire at an Oak Orchard rural home killed 11 Wright-Shelton family members including 7 children.
    (SFC, 1/4/01, p.C12)(AP, 1/3/02)

2002        Nov, Delaware’s 2002 Pumpkin’ Chunkin’ contest was won by the 2nd Amendment team from Michigan.
    (DC, 2/9/03)

2003        Dec 13, William Roth Jr. (82), former Delaware Senator, died. He was 1st elected to Congress in 1966 and served 5 terms as a senator. He helped created the popular Roth retirement account. His wrote the book "The Power to Destroy" (1999), a look at the IRS.
    (SFC, 12/15/03, p.A2)

2004        Feb 6, Delaware Agriculture Secretary Michael Scuse said that the bird flu strain, identified as H7, is different from the one that has swept Asia, and isn't a threat to human health. The state has ordered the slaughter of some 12,000 chickens.
    (AP, 2/8/04)

2004        Nov 2, Ruth Ann Miller (D) was elected governor of Delaware.
    (SFC, 11/4/04, p.A18)

2004        Nov 26, A Cyprus-registered tanker spilled 30,000 gallons of crude oil into the Delaware River between Philadelphia and southern New Jersey, creating a 20-mile-long slick that killed dozens of birds and threatened other wildlife.
    (AP, 11/28/04)

2005        Apr 7, In Delaware police arrested Allison L. Norman (22) after he killed 2 people and wounded 4 others during a rampage.
    (SFC, 4/8/05, p.A3)

2005        Oct 15, Marcia and Ken Powers, a husband-and-wife team, reached the Pacific Ocean on after a 4,900-mile cross-country hike, becoming the first to backpack the transcontinental American Discovery Trail in one continuous trek. They had started Feb. 27 at Cape Henlopen in Delaware.
    (AP, 10/16/05)

2007        Jan 31, Delaware Sen. Joe Biden formally launched his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.
    (AP, 1/31/08)

2007        Mar 16, In Wilmington, Del., Rachel L. Holt (35), who had pleaded guilty to second-degree rape, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for having sex with a 13-year-old student.
    (AP, 3/18/07)

2007        Apr 13, In Delaware a special committee of the board of directors of Computer Associates accused founder and former chairman Charles Wang of directing and participating in fraudulent accounting during the 1980s and 1990s, which the US government had described as totaling $2.2 billion.
    (WSJ, 4/14/07, p.A1)

2007        Jul 10, Delaware Gov. Ruth Ann Minner signed a law abolishing the state’s 2-year state of limitations on personal injury lawsuits for victims of child sex abuse.
    (SFC, 7/13/07, p.A3)

2007        Jul 12, Robert Quill (52) of Florida filed a federal lawsuit alleging sexual abuse by Rev. Francis G. DeLuca, who worked for the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, Delaware, for 35 years. The suit alleged that church officials knew DeLuca was abusing boys as early as 1958.
    (SFC, 7/13/07, p.A3)

2007        Sep 21, One student was mortally wounded, another injured, at Delaware State University, and the campus was locked down as police searched for a gunman. On Sep 24 police arrested Loyer Braden (18), a DSU freshman on charges of attempted murder. He was later indicted on a second-degree murder charge.
    (SFC, 9/25/07, p.A6)(AP, 9/21/08)

2008        Aug 23, Democrats coalesced around Barack Obama's selection of Delaware Senator Joe Biden (b.1942) as his running mate while Republicans quickly seized on the Delaware senator's past criticism of the presidential candidate's inexperience.
    (AP, 8/23/08)

2008        Oct 2, US vice presidential candidates held their only debate prior to elections. Alaska’s Gov. Sarah Palin often spoke in generalities. Delaware Sen. Joe Biden was generally focused and forceful, and seemed to take painstaking care not to appear disrespectful in the least.
    (AP, 10/3/08)

2008        Nov 24, Delaware’s Gov. Ruth Ann Miner named Edward Kaufman, a former aide to Sen. Joe Biden, to fill the Senate seat Biden was leaving for the vice presidency.
    (SFC, 11/25/08, p.A14)

2009        Jan 20, Jack Markell (b.1960) began serving as governor of Delaware. He made education reform a centerpiece of his tenure.
    (Econ, 3/16/13, SR p.8)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Markell)

2009        Jul 21, In Delaware creditors charged in a court filing that racetrack operator Magna Entertainment Corp fraudulently transferred more than $125 million to companies controlled by Canadian billionaire Frank Stronach before filing for bankruptcy.
    (Reuters, 7/22/09)

2009        Ben Yagoda (b.1954), professor of journalism at the University of Delaware, authored “Memoir: A History."
    (SFC, 12/29/09, p.E1)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Yagoda)

2010        Feb 22, A Delaware grand jury returned an indictment on pediatrician Dr. Earl Bradley of Lewes with 471 counts of sexual crimes against 103 children.
    (SFC, 2/23/10, p.A6)

2010        Mar 29, US Federal officials awarded Tennessee and Delaware $600 million in grants to improve failing schools as part of Pres. Obama’s $4 billion fund for education innovation and reform. Delaware won as much as $107 million. Tennessee could get $502 million.
    (AP, 3/29/10)(SFC, 3/30/10, p.A9)

2010        Dec 1, A Delaware jury awarded $30 million in damages to John Vai, who claimed he was sexually abused by former priest Francis DeLuca (80) in the 1960s. DeLuca was defrocked in 2008 after serving a short prison sentence for repeatedly molesting his grandnephew (18). The Wilmington diocese, facing more than 100 priest-abuse lawsuits, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last year.
    (SFC, 12/2/10, p.A13)(http://tinyurl.com/2cqrfcl)

2010        Dec 31, The body of John Wheeler III (66), a national defense consultant, was found in a load of trash at a landfill in Wilmington, Delaware. He was last seen alive a day earlier in Wilmington.
    (http://tinyurl.com/2c6hzrd)(SFC, 1/5/11, p.A4)

2011        Jun 23, Early Bradley (58), a former Delaware pediatrician, was found guilty of abusing scores of young patients, most of whom were toddlers.
    (SFC, 6/24/11, p.A8)

2011        Aug 26, Former Delaware pediatrician Earl Bradley (58) was sentenced 14 life sentences without parole for committing horrific acts of sexual abuse against scores of young patients over more than a decade.
    (AP, 8/26/11)

2013        Feb 4, Donald Byrd, US jazz trumpeter, died in Delaware. He had joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers in 1955 after moving to NYC from Detroit. He and Pepper Adams made their Blue Note label debut with their “Off to the Races" album in 1959.
    (SFC, 2/12/13, p.C4)

2013        Feb 11, In Delaware a gunman battling over child custody opened fire in a courtroom in Wilmington leaving two women dead before fatally shooting himself.
    (SFC, 2/12/13, p.A50)

2013        Mar 26, The Delaware state Senate approved a bill repealing the state’s death penalty in a 11-10 vote.
    (SFC, 3/27/13, p.A6)

2013        May 7, Delaware’s state senate voted 12-9 to allow same-sex marriage. Within an hour Gov. Jack Markell signed it into law making Delaware the 11th US state to support same-sex marriage.
    (AP, 5/8/13)

2014        Jun 2, Delaware closed an I-495 bypass bridge in Wilmington after finding tilting in support columns. On June 9 crews began work to remove some 50,000 tons of dirt, dumped by a contractor, that was believed to be the cause.
    (SFC, 6/6/14, p.A6)(SFC, 6/8/14, p.A6)

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