1679 Jul 10, The British crown
claimed New Hampshire as a royal colony.
1679 Sep 18, New Hampshire
became a county Massachusetts Bay Colony.
1719 In New Hampshire the first
potato in America was planted in Londonderry Common Field.
(SFC, 1/29/00, p.E3)
1725 Feb 20, New Hampshire
militiamen partook in the first recorded scalping of Indians by
whites in North America. 10 sleeping Indians were scalped by whites
for scalp bounty.
(HN, 2/20/99)(MC, 2/20/02)
1754 Jun 19, The Albany
Congress opened. New York colonial Gov. George Clinton called for
the meeting to discuss better relations with Indian tribes and
common defensive measures against the French. The attendees included
Indians and representatives from Connecticut, Maryland,
Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode
Island. Benjamin Franklin attended and presented his Plan of Union,
which was adopted by the conference. The meeting ended on July 11.
1761 The town of Killington was
chartered in New Hampshire.
(ST, 3/2/04, p.A1)
1769 Dec 13, Dartmouth College,
in Hanover, New Hampshire, received its charter.
(AP, 12/13/97)(SFC, 2/11/99, p.A3)
1774 Dec 13, Some 400 colonists
attacked Ft. William & Mary, NH.
1775-1782 New Hampshire was the only one of the
original 13 colonies not invaded by the British during the
1776 Jan 5, Assembly of New
Hampshire adopted its 1st state constitution.
1779 Nov 12, A group of 20
slaves who had fought in the war submitted a petition to the New
Hampshire General Assembly, while the war was still being fought.
Lawmakers decided the time was not right. 6 of the slaves were later
freed. In 2013 a state Senate committee recommended that the state
posthumously emancipate 14 of the slaves who died in bondage. On
June 7, 2013, they were granted posthumous emancipation when Gov.
Maggie Hassan signed a largely symbolic bill that supporters hope
will encourage future generations to pursue social justice.
(SFC, 3/7/13, p.A5)(AP, 6/7/13)
1782 Jan 18, Daniel Webster
(1782-1852, aka Black Dan) American political leader, Senator and
orator, lawyer, statesman, administrator and diplomat, was born in
Salisbury, N.H. In 1830 he proclaimed "Liberty and Union, now and
forever, one and inseparable!"
(HFA, '96, p.22)(AHD, p.1452)(WSJ, 9/30/97,
1791 Mar 21, Captain Hopley
Yeaton (1740-1812) of New Hampshire became the first commissioned
officer of the US Revenue Cutter Service.
1791 A New Hampshire law called
for convicted adulterers to be paraded on the gallows for an hour
and then be publicly whipped no exceeding 39 stripes before being
sent to prison and fined £100. By 2014 the penalty had been reduced
to a fine of $1,200 as legislators proposed a repeal of the law.
(Econ, 4/19/14, p.24)
1804 Mar 12, Judge John
Pickering, a federal district judge in New Hampshire, was the first
American official impeached and then found guilty by the Senate.
Pickering, a Federalist, was impeached as unfit based on charges
related to his habitual drunkenness and bizarre handling of cases.
He was adjudged guilty and removed from office in spite of evidence
establishing that he was insane and hence not culpable of high
crimes or misdemeanors. Impeached during the same period, Chief
Justice Samuel Chase was acquitted by the Senate on March 1, 1805,
ending the Republican campaign against the Federalist bench and
discouraging subsequent administrations from using impeachment to
remove politically obnoxious judges.
1804 Nov 23, The 14th president
of the United States, Franklin Pierce, was born in Hillsboro, N.H.
1818 Nov 5, Benjamin Butler
(d.1893), later Union Civil War general, was born in New Hampshire.
1830 Sarah Josepha Hale of
Newport, N.H., published a collection of poems "Poems for Our
Children," that included "Mary Had a Little Lamb."
(SFC, 8/24/98, p.B6)
1831 Joseph Foster began
building reed organs and melodeons. In 1845 he moved from Winchester
to Keene and was joined by his brother Ephraim. The firm became
known as "J&E Foster." They worked together until Joseph died in
(SFC, 2/18/98, Z1 p.3)
1833 Apr 9,
The nation's first tax-supported public library was founded in
1835 Aug 10, Mob of whites and
oxen pulled a black school to a swamp outside of Canaan, NH.
1846 Nov 4, Benjamin F. Palmer
of Meredith N.H. received a patent on an artificial human leg.
(SFEC, 3/29/98, Z1 p.8)
1847 The North Conway railroad
depot was established.
1850 Apr 20, Daniel Chester
French (d.1931), sculptor of the Concord Minuteman, was born at
Exeter, New Hampshire. He had his estate in Stockbridge, Mass. His
work also included the Lincoln Memorial. His Chesterwood estate
became a museum with an annual 6-month summer season. [Ph.
(HN, 4/20/98)(WSJ, 5/4/99, p.A20)
1852 It took 49 ballots to
nominate Franklin Pierce of New Hampshire, for the presidency.
(WSJ, 2/11/03, p.A10)
1853-1857 Franklin Pierce, 14th President of the
US, acquired land from Mexico and supported the nation’s 1st trade
agreement with Japan. Jefferson Davis served as his secretary of
(A&IP, ESM, p.96b, photo)(WSJ, 2/11/03,
1856 St. Paul’s prep school was
founded in Concord, New Hampshire. In 2003 headmaster Bishop Craig
Anderson was paid an annual salary of $524,000.
(WSJ, 8/25/03, p.A1)
1864 May 19, Nathaniel
Hawthorne (b.1804), US writer (Scarlet Letter), died in Plymouth,
1869 Oct 8, Franklin Pierce
(64), the 14th president (1853-1857) of the United States, died in
(AP, 10/8/97)(MC, 10/8/01)
1874 Jun 21, The Schooner
America, designed by George Steers, was sold at auction for $5000 to
former Union Gen. Benjamin Butler, who transferred it from Annapolis
to Portsmouth, NH, where he sailed it till he died. By 1942 the hull
of the schooner became unsalvageable and it was burned. The rudder
was saved and put on display at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut.
(AH, 2/03, p.29,31)
1872 Oct 11, Harlan Fiske
Stone, Supreme Court (1925-41) Chief Justice (41-46), was born in
1872 In New Hampshire workers
digging fence post hole, for businessman and naturalist Seneca Ladd
(d.1892), discovered a lump of clay that contained a 4x2½-inch
egg-shaped stone with a variety of carved features. It came to be
known as the “Mystery Stone." Ladd’s daughter donated the stone to
the New Hampshire Historical Society in 1927.
(SFC, 7/24/06, p.E3)
1875 Oct 4, Josie Langmaid (17)
disappeared while walking to Pembroke Academy, the local Pembroke
high school. Her body was found that night and her head was found
the next day. Joseph LaPage, an itinerant woodcutter, was eventually
convicted of the crime and executed.
(WSJ, 5/22/01, p.A8)
1893 Jan 11, Benjamin Butler
(b.1818), former Union general, lawyer and governor of Massachusetts
(1883-1884), died in New Hampshire.
1902 Mar 30, Roberta Brooke
Russell (d.2007) was born in Portsmouth, NH. In 1953 she married
millionaire Vincent Astor (d.1959) and became a major philanthropist
following his death.
(SFC, 8/14/07, p.B5)
1902 In New Hampshire the Mount
Washington Resort was built. This was the site of the 1944 Bretton
Woods Conference that created the Intl’ Monetary Fund. In 2009 Omni
Resorts took over management of the historical landmark.
(SSFC, 1/29/12, p.N5)
1902 In Buffalo, NY, the U.S.
Hame Co. was formed as the result of a consolidation of two 19th
century hame and saddlery manufacturers, the United Hame Co. of
Buffalo, NY, and the Consolidated Hame Co. of Andover, New
Hampshire. In 1917 it changed its name to USHCO and started making
chassis for Ford and Chevrolet trucks.
(www.coachbuilt.com/bui/u/us_body/us_body.htm)(SFC, 8/15/07, p.G7)
1905 Jul 1, John Hay (b.1838),
American statesman, diplomat, author, journalist, died in New
Hampshire. He served as Lincoln's secretary from 1861 until 1864. In
2013 John Taliaferro authored “All the Great Prizes: The Life of
John Hay, from Lincoln to Roosevelt."
1905 Sep. 5, The Treaty of
Portsmouth, ending the Russo-Japanese War, was signed in New
1907 The MacDowell Colony was
founded in Peterborough, New Hampshire, to nurture the arts by
providing creative individuals with an inspiring environment. It was
founded in honor of composer Edward MacDowell (d.1908).
1911 Jul 4, 106º F (41º C) at
Nashua, New Hampshire (state record).
1923 Nov 18, Alan Shepard, the
first American astronaut in space, was born in East Derry, NH.
(HN, 11/18/98)(MC, 11/18/01)
1934 Apr 12, In New Hampshire a
weather station on Mount Washington recorded a record wind gust of
231 mph before the anemometer broke.
(SSFC, 4/12/09, p.C10)
1938 Mar 3, A world record for
the indoor mile run was set at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH this
day. Glenn Cunningham made the distance in 4 minutes, 4.4 seconds.
(HC, Internet, 3/3/98)
1939 Jul 13, Howard Long was
hanged at the New Hampshire State Prison for the sex-killing of
10-year-old Mark Neville Jensen of Alton.
1941 Jul 29, David Warner,
actor (Star Trek VI, Time Bandits), was born in Manchester, NH.
1942 John Irving, author, was
born in Exeter. In 1978 he authored his novel "The World According
to Garp," which was made into a 1982 film.
(SSFC, 7/8/01, DB p.66)
1943 Jul 12, The US submarine
Pampanito was christened in New Hampshire. In 1982 the sub opened to
the public at Pier 45 in San Francisco.
(SFC, 9/24/03, p.A23)
1944 Jul 1, Delegates from 44
countries began meeting at Bretton Woods, N.H., where they agreed to
establish the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. The US
hosted an international conference at Bretton Woods, N.H., to deal
with international monetary and financial problems. The talks
resulted in the creation of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)
and the World Bank in 1945. The agreement was a gold exchange
standard and only the US was required to convert its currency into
gold at a fixed rate, and only foreign central banks were allowed
the privilege of redemption. In 1983 Michael Moffitt authored “The
World’s Money: Int’l. Banking from Bretton Woods to the Brink of
Insolvency." In 1997 Catherine Caufield wrote "Masters of Illusion:
The World Bank and the Poverty of Nations."
(SFC, 1/13/98, p.A4)(WSJ, 10/15/98, p.A22)(AP,
7/1/04)(WM, 1983, p.13)
1945 May 16, The Nazi submarine
U-234 surrendered to US forces at Portsmouth, NH. It had been bound
for Tokyo with 10 containers of uranium oxide. The atomic material
ended up in the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
(SFC, 9/1/03, p.B4)(www.uboat.net/)
1946 Blair Clark (d.2000 at 82)
founded the New Hampshire Sunday News. In 1968 he served as campaign
manager for presidential candidate Eugene McCarthy.
(SFC, 6/9/00, p.D5)
1946-1977 PCBs were released into the Hudson River
by 2 General Electric plants and were buried in sediment along 197
miles that was later declared a Superfund site. The EPA expected GE
to dredge some 35 miles at a cost of some $1 billion. GE fought the
cleanup law and was also involved in Superfund sites at Hoboken NJ
and Milford NH. Cleanup of the Hudson River began in 2009 at an
estimated cost of $750 million, to be paid by GE. The sludge was
scheduled to be buried in West Texas.
(SFC, 11/29/00, p.A10)(SFC, 5/16/09, p.A5)(SFC,
1950 Cedar Waters Village, a
Christian nudist resort in Nottingham, N.H., was founded.
(WSJ, 8/11/97, p.A1)
1952 Republican Dwight
Eisenhower won the New Hampshire primary over Robert Taft 50.2 to
38.6%. Democrat Estes Kefauver won over Harry Truman 54.6 to 43.9%.
(SSFC, 1/25/04, p.A19)
1953-1955 Hugh Gregg (d.2003 at 85), moderate
Republican, served as New Hampshire governor.
(SFC, 9/25/03, p.A23)
1956 Democrat Estes Kefauver
won the New Hampshire primary over Adlai Stevenson 84.6 to 14.8%.
(SSFC, 1/25/04, p.A19)
1956 John McCarthy (1927-2011),
computer science pioneer, led the first conference on “artificial
intelligence" at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire. He coined the
term to attract funding for the conference.
1960 Republican Richard Nixon
won the New Hampshire primary over Nelson Rockefeller 89.3 to 3.8%.
Democrat John Kennedy won over Paul Fisher 85.2 to 13.5%.
(SSFC, 1/25/04, p.A19)
1961 Sep 19-20, Betty (d.2004)
and Bernard Hill returned home to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, from a
trip in Canada and seemed to have lost memory of 2 hours of the
drive. Under hypnosis 3 years later they recounted being kidnapped
and examined by aliens. Their story led to the 1966 book
“Interrupted Journey" by John G. Fuller.
1962 Sep 3, Edward E. Cummings,
aka E.E. Cummings (b.1894), US poet, died in New Hampshire. In 1958
Charles Norman authored “E.E. Cummings: The Magic Maker." In 1980
Richard S. Kennedy authored a biography of Cummings “Dreams in the
Mirror." In 2014 Susan Cheever authored “E.E. Cumming: A Life."
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._E._Cummings)(SSFC, 3/9/14, p.F7)
1964 May 1, The 1st BASIC
program ran on a computer at Dartmouth.
1964 Republican Henry Lodge won
the New Hampshire primary over Barry Goldwater 35.5 to 22.3%. Nelson
Rockefeller took 21% and Richard Nixon took 16.8%.
(SSFC, 1/25/04, p.A19)
1968 Mar 12, President Lyndon
Johnson won the New Hampshire Democratic primary, but a strong
second-place showing by anti-war Senator Eugene McCarthy of
Minnesota played a role in Johnson's decision not to seek
re-election. Johnson won over Eugene McCarthy 49.6 to 41.9%.
Republican Richard Nixon won the New Hampshire primary over Nelson
Rockefeller 77.6 to 10.8%.
(SSFC, 1/25/04, p.A19)(AP, 3/12/08)
1969 In Fremont Austin Wiggin
led his 3 daughters, named The Shaggs, to record "Philosophy of the
World." The recording became an underground legend and in 1999 RCA
Victor released a CD version. Writer Irwin Chusid devoted a chapter
to the group in his 1999 book "Songs in the Key of Z."
(WSJ, 3/2/99, p.A17)
1972 Mar 7, Republican Richard
Nixon won the New Hampshire primary over Paul McCloskey 67.6 to
19.8%. Democrat Edmund Muskie won over George McGovern 46.4 to
(SSFC, 1/25/04, p.A19)(http://tinyurl.com/5dndxk)
1972 J.D. Salinger (53) began a
months-long courtship of Joyce Maynard (18) that culminated in her
leaving Yale Univ. and moving to his farm in New Hampshire. In 1998
Maynard published "At Home in the World," that included an account
of her relationship with Salinger.
(SFEC, 9/6/98, BR p.5)
1972 Dartmouth College in New
Hampshire, chartered in 1769, began admitting women.
1973-1979 Meldrim Thomson (d.2001 at 89),
Republican, served as governor.
(SFC, 4/20/01, p.D5)
1976 Feb 24, Republican Gerald
Ford won the New Hampshire primary over Ronald Reagan 50.1 to 48.6%.
Democrat Jimmie Carter won over Mo Udall and Birch Bayh 28.7 to 23
1976 Massachusetts moved its
primary from late April to early March. New Hampshire reacted by
moving the due date to February and then to late January.
(SSFC, 1/25/04, p.D6)
1977 Apr 20, The US Supreme
Court, in Wooley v. Maynard, said car owners could refuse to display
state mottoes on license plates. The Court ruled that "Live Free or
Die" may be covered on NH license plates.
1980 Feb 26, Republican Ronald
Reagan won the New Hampshire primary over George H.W. Bush and
Howard Baker 49.8 to 22.8 to 12.9%. Democrat Jimmie Carter won over
Ted Kennedy, Jerry Brown and Birch Bayh 47.2 to 37.4 to 9.6%.
1981 Sep 13, William Loeb
(b.1905), publisher of Manchester Union Leader, NH, died at 75.
1984 Feb 28, New Hampshire held
its presidential primary. Ronald Reagan won with 86.1% of the total
vote. Gary Hart won the Democratic tally over Walter Mondale and
1985 Dec 7, Retired Supreme
Court Justice Potter Stewart died in Hanover, N.H., at age 70.
1988 Jan 28, Public Service of
New Hampshire filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. This was the first
American utility since the Depression to go bankrupt, mostly because
of unexpected costs of a nuclear plant.
(www.nu.com/aboutnu/psnh.asp)(Econ, 6/2/07, SR
1988 Feb 16, Vice President
George Bush and Massachusetts Gov. Michael S. Dukakis scored big
victories in the New Hampshire Republican and Democratic
presidential primaries. Bush won the New Hampshire primary over Bob
Dole, Jack Kemp, Pete du Pont and Pat Robertson 37.7 to 28.5 to 12.8
to 10.1 to 9.4%. Dukakis won over Dick Gephardt and Paul Simon 35.9
to 19.9 to 17.2%.
(AP, 2/16/98)(SSFC, 1/25/04, p.A19)
1988 Nov 17, President-elect
Bush announced his choice of New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu to be
White House chief of staff. Sununu had earlier said "In Iowa they
grow corn, in New Hampshire, we grow presidents."
(AP, 11/17/98)(SSFC, 1/25/04, p.D1)
1990 Mar 1, The controversial
Seabrook, N.H. nuclear power plant won federal permission to go on
line after two decades of protests and legal struggles.
1990 May 1, In Hampton, NH,
William Flynn (16) and a friend shot and killed Gregory Smart
(b.1965), the husband of Pamela Smart (23) with whom Flynn was
having an affair. Flynn was sentenced 28 years to life. Smart had
enlisted Flynn to kill her husband and was sentenced to life in
prison. On June 4, 2015 Flynn was released from prison. Patrick
Randall, who had held a knife to Gregg Smart’s throat, was also
released on parole.
1991 Mar 22, High school
instructor Pamela Smart, accused of manipulating her student-lover
into killing her husband, was convicted in Exeter, New Hampshire, of
murder-conspiracy. She was sentenced to life in prison.
(AP, 3/22/01)(SSFC, 7/13/14, p.A10)
1992 Feb 18, Republican Pres.
George H.W. Bush won the New Hampshire primary over Pat Buchanon,
58.6 to 41.4%. Democrat Paul Tsongas won over Bill Clinton, Bob
Kerrey, Tom Harkin and Jerry Brown 38 to 28.3 to 12.7 to 11.6 to
(SFEM,11/2/97, p.12)(AP, 2/18/02)(SSFC, 1/25/04,
1994 Robert H. Bates
(1911-2007, mountaineer and former teacher at New Hampshire’s
Phillips Exeter Academy (1939-1976), authored his autobiography “The
Love of Mountains Is Best."
(WSJ, 9/29/07, p.A6)
1994 In Hudson a raid on an
armored car left 2 men dead. Five men were caught after an 18 month
search and in 1997 were convicted of 55 crimes in 4 states.
1996 Feb 20, Republican Pat
Buchanon won the New Hampshire primary over Bob Dole, Lamar
Alexander and Steve Forbes 30.8 to 29.7 to 25.6 to 13.8%.
(AP, 2/20/01)(SSFC, 1/25/04, p.A19)
1997 Jun 30, In Canterbury
Center a 21 year-old man was beaten to death with a baseball bat in
a fight that sent 8 to the hospital.
1997 Aug 19, A New Hampshire
man, Carl Drega (67) of Colebrook, killed 2 state troopers, Scott
Philips (32) and Les Lord (45), a local judge and a newspaper editor
in Colebrook. The shooting spree ended with his death near the
Canadian border in Vermont. The issue was believed to be a grudge
over a tax case.
(WSJ, 8/20/97, p.A1)(SFC,11/3/97, p.A3)(AP,
8/19/98)(SFEC, 10/18/98, Par p.9)
1997 Aug 24, Officer Jeremy
Charron, 24, was shot and killed Gordon Perry (22) and Kevin Paul
(18) in Epsom, New Hampshire. Both captured suspects were on
probation. Paul later received a 16- to 50-year prison sentence.
Perry was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
1997 Aug 31, In Manchester a
young father was shot and killed at a traffic light by a 29-year-old
man who had argued with him earlier.
1997 Sep 13, In Salem 3 young
men on crystal Methedrine beat up and fatally stabbed 2 teenage
1997 The state high court ruled
that school funding relied unfairly on local property taxes.
(SFC, 10/16/99, p.A6)
1998 Jan 8-9, The US Northeast
and Canada were hit with a severe ice storm and at least 16 people
were reported killed. Millions of people were left without power in
upper New York, Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire.
(SFC, 1/9/98, p.A3)(SFC, 1/10/98, p.A8)
1998 Apr 5, Ray Piecuch, a
cowboy poet from New Hampshire, completed his yearlong 3,500 mile
ride across country on his horse, Bo, with a champagne celebration
at Baker Beach.
(SFC, 4/6/98, p.A26)
1998 Sep 18-20, In Lincoln, the
23rd annual New Hampshire Highland Games and Scottish Heritage Week
(WSJ, 9/28/98, p.A26)
1999 Apr 29, The Legislature
approved and the Gov. signed a statewide property tax to support a
$825 million school spending plan.
(SFC, 4/29/99, p.A3)
1999 Jun 7, Gov. Jeanne Shaheen
signed a bill honoring Martin Luther King. New Hampshire was the
last state to put King's name on the January holiday celebrated as
Civil Rights Day.
(SFC, 6/8/99, p.A3)
1999 Oct 15, A new property tax
to fund schools was ruled unconstitutional.
(SFC, 10/16/99, p.A6)
1999 Oct 15, In Nashua Liam
Youens shot and killed Amy Boyer and then himself. He had tracked
Boyer using Internet sources.
(SFC, 11/30/99, p.A12)
2000 Feb 1, Republican John
McCain won the New Hampshire primary over George W. Bush, Steve
Forbes and Alan Keyes 49.5 to 31 to 12.9 to 6.5%. Democrat Al Gore
won over Bill Bradley 52.1 to 47.8%.
(SFC, 2/2/00, p.A1,19)(AP, 2/1/01)(SSFC, 1/25/04,
2000 May 18, The state senate
approved a bill to ban capital punishment. The last state execution
was in 1939. Gov. Jeanne Shaheen vetoed the bill the next day.
(SFC, 5/19/00, p.A3)
2000 Jul 12, The New Hampshire
House of Representatives voted to impeach Chief Justice David A.
Brock for perpetuating misconduct and a culture of secrecy. It the
first such action against an official in the state since 1790. He
was later acquitted in a state Senate trial.
(SFC, 7/13/00, p.A3)(AP, 7/12/01)
2000 Oct 10, The New Hampshire
Senate found Chief Justice David Brock not guilty on 4 charges and
sent him, chastened but unbowed, back to his bench.
(SFC, 10/11/00, p.A3)
2000 Nov 7, George Bush won New
Hampshire by 1.27%.
(Econ, 7/3/04, p.27)
2001 Jan 8, Rookie Republican
legislator Tom Alciere resigned after posting a message on the
Internet: "There is nothing wrong with slaughtering a cop. Just
throw the carcass into the Dumpster with the rest of the garbage."
(SSFC, 12/30/01, p.D2)
2001 Jan 27, In New Hampshire 2
Dartmouth professors, Half and Susanne Zantop, were found slain.
James Parker 16) and Robert Tulloch (17), suspects in the murder,
were arrested in Indiana Feb 19. Parker pleaded guilty in 2001 and
agreed to testify against Tulloch. Parker pleaded guilty to being an
accomplice to second-degree murder and is serving a sentence of 25
years to life. Tuloch pleaded guilty in 2002 to murder and
conspiracy and is serving a sentence of life without parole.
(SFC, 2/20/01, p.A1)(SFC, 12/8/01, p.A7)(SFC,
4/2/02, p.A4)(AP, 1/27/06)
2002 Feb 15, The bishop of the
Diocese of Dorchester, NH, named 14 priests implicated in the sexual
abuse of children from 1963-1987.
(SFC, 2/16/02, p.A7)
2002 Mar 5, Joyce and Pete
Cottrell of New Hampshire began to walk the trans-continental
American Discovery Trail. They left the Atlantic coast at Cape
Henlopen, Del., and arrived at the Pacific Ocean at Point Reyes,
Ca., Aug 19, 2003.
(SFC, 8/20/03, p.A2)
2002 Mar 29, The Trust for
Public Land purchased 171,500 acres from Int’l. Paper and sold
25,000 to the Nature Conservancy. The rest was to be resold to Lyme
Timber for sustainable logging.
(SFC, 4/2/02, p.A4)
2002 Apr 4, Two teen-agers were
sentenced to long prison terms in the stabbing deaths of Dartmouth
College professors Half and Susanne Zantop. Robert Tulloch pleaded
guilty to murder and received the mandatory sentence of life without
parole; James Parker was sentenced to 25 years to life as an
accomplice to murder.
2002 Sep 2, In New Hampshire 7
people were killed when their small plane crashed near Swanzey.
(SFC, 9/3/02, p.A10)
2002 Nov 5, Chuck McGee,
director of the New Hampshire Republican Party, jammed Democratic
phone banks on election day as Rep. John Sununu beat Dem. Gov.
Jeanne Shaheen. McGee pleaded guilty in 2004. In 2007 an appeals
judge reversed McGee’s conviction.
(SFC, 7/29/04, p.A3)(WSJ, 3/22/07, p.A1)
2003 May 3, The New Hampshire
granite symbol called the "Old Man of the Mountain," 1,200 feet
above I-93 (65 miles north of Concord), collapsed overnight into
(SSFC, 5/4/03, p.A4)
2003 Jun 7, In a national
first, New Hampshire Episcopalians elected the Reverend V. Gene
Robinson, an openly gay man, as their next bishop.
2003 Jul 4, Manuel Gehring (44)
shot and killed his 2 children, Philip (11) and Sarah (14),
following a dispute with his wife in Concord, NH. He was later
arrested in Gilroy, Ca. He confessed to police that he shot and
killed his 2 children in New Hampshire and buried them in the
Midwest. In 2005 authorities found the bodies of the 2 children
buried off I-80 in Ohio. Gehring committed suicide in his jail cell
on February 19, 2004 at the Merrimack County Jail in Boscawen, New
(SFC, 8/1/03, p.A3)(SSFC, 12/4/05,
2003 Aug 5, US Episcopal
leaders approved New Hampshire bishop-elect Rev. Gene Robinson as
the church's first openly gay bishop.
(SFC, 8/6/03, p.A1)
2003 Nov 7, The New Hampshire
Supreme Court ruled that a lesbian affair did not constitute
adultery under state law.
(SFC, 11/8/03, p.A2)
2004 Feb 4, New Hampshire Gov.
Craig Benson (49) began serving on a jury in a child-assault case in
(USAT, 2/4/04, p.13A)
2004 Mar 2, Residents of
Killington, Vermont, voted to join New Hampshire due to a dispute
over property taxes.
(ST, 3/2/04, p.A5)(AP, 3/2/04)
2004 Mar 7, An investiture
ceremony was held in Concord, N.H., for V. Gene Robinson, the
Episcopal Church's first openly gay bishop.
2004 Nov 2, John Lynch (D) was
elected governor of New Hampshire.
(SFC, 11/4/04, p.A18)
2005 Jun 23, In Kelo vs. London
a divided US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that local governments may
seize people's homes and businesses against their will for private
development. In 2006 a group petitioned for signatures in Weare, New
Hampshire, to seize the home of Justice David Souter in order to
build an inn called the Lost Liberty Hotel. In 2009 Jeff Benedict
authored “Little Pink House," the story of Susette Kelo’s battle in
New London, Connecticut, against eminent domain.
(AP, 6/23/05)(WSJ, 6/24/05, p.A1)(Econ, 8/20/05,
p.21)(SSFC, 1/22/06, p.A6)(WSJ, 1/26/08, p.A13)
2006 Jan 18, The US Supreme
Court ruled unanimously that a lower court was wrong to strike down
New Hampshire abortion restrictions, but steered clear of a major
ruling on the volatile issue.
2006 May 14, Maine's governor
declared a state of emergency in the southern most county, and the
governors of Massachusetts and New Hampshire also declared states of
emergency as a 3-day deluge turned streets into rivers across
New England, flooding homes up to their door knobs, forcing dozens
of schools to close because the buses couldn't get through, and
threatening dams and communities as rivers rise.
2006 Jun, A fax informed Donald
Hall (77), former poet laureate of New Hampshire, that he would be
the next poet laureate of the US.
2006 Oct 29, In the northeast
US thousands of homes and businesses had no electricity as a storm
system blasted the region with winds gusting to more than 50 mph,
knocking over trees and a construction crane. The storm was blamed
for at least two deaths.
2007 Mar 14, John Sununu, US
senator from New Hampshire, became the 1st Republican to say that
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales should resign over the firing of 8
(Econ, 3/17/07, p.31)
2007 May 31, New Hampshire Gov.
John Lynch signed a bill allowing civil unions for gays
couples effective next year.
2007 Jul 2, Michael Woodbury
(31), released May 4 from the Maine State Prison after serving five
years for robbery and theft, killed three men during a botched
robbery in Conway, NH. In August he pleaded guilty and was given a
mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.
2007 Oct 4, US marshals posing
as supporters arrested convicted tax-evaders Ed and Elaine Brown at
their rural, fortress-like home in New Hampshire. They had engaged
in a 9-month standoff with authorities. They were convicted in
January of scheming to avoid federal income taxes by hiding $1.9
million of income between 1996 and 2003 and were sentenced in April.
In 2010 Brown (67) was sentenced 37 years in prison.
(AP, 10/5/07)(SFC, 1/12/10, p.A4)
2007 Nov 21, New Hampshire set
its presidential primary to Jan 8, claiming its traditional spot as
the nation’s first primary.
(SFC, 11/22/07, p.A4)
2007 Nov 30, Leeland Eisenberg
(46) of Somersworth, NH, carrying what appeared to be a bomb, took
hostages at a Clinton campaign office in Rochester, NH, before
surrendering after a 6-hour standoff. Eisenberg, one of over 500
recipients of payments in a 2003 settlement over clergy sexual
abuse, said he wanted help getting psychiatric care.
(WSJ, 12/1/07, p.A1)(SSFC, 12/2/07, p.A21)
2008 Jan 1, In New Hampshire
Dozens of gay and lesbian couples entered into civil unions in the
early moments of New Year's Day as a new state law legalized the
2008 Jan 8, In New Hampshire
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (39%) led Barack Obama (36%) and John
McCain (37%) led Mit Romney (32%), reviving their sagging campaigns.
2008 Jul 18, New Hampshire
decided to accept an offer from Venezuela of free heating oil for
the state’s poor.
(WSJ, 7/19/08, p.A2)
2008 Dec 13, In New Hampshire
370,000 customers still had no electricity following a huge ice
storm. Utility crews worked through a night of hand-numbing cold in
the Northeast but they still had a long way to go before restoring
power to all of the more than 1 million homes and businesses blacked
out by the storm. Most of the outages were in New Hampshire,
Massachusetts, Maine and New York.
2009 Apr 12, In New Hampshire a
massive fire destroyed or damaged about 40 summer cottages at the
146-year-old Alton Bay Christian Conference Center.
2009 Jun 3, New Hampshire
became the sixth state to legalize gay marriage in a move that
reflects the state's changing demographics from reliably Republican
and conservative to younger and more liberal.
2009 Oct 4, In New Hampshire
Kimberly Cates (42) was killed and her daughter, Jaimie (11) was
gravely wounded following a machete attack by Steven Spader during a
home invasion by 4 teenagers. Steven Spader (17) and Christopher
Gribble (19) both of Brookline, N.H., were charged with first-degree
murder. In 2010 Spader was found guilty of murder and other charges
and sentenced to life in prison.
2010 Jan 1, About 15 New
Hampshire gay couples braved the cold to exchange vows outside the
Statehouse in Concord, as the state joined Connecticut, Iowa,
Massachusetts and Vermont in allowing gay marriage.
(SFC, 1/1/10, p.A5)
2010 Jan 27, J.D. Salinger
(b.1919), author of “Cather in the Rye" (1951), died at his home in
Cornish, New Hampshire. In 2013 David Shields and Shane Salerno
authored “Salinger," a biography.
(SFC, 1/29/10, p.A1)(SSFC, 9/8/13, p.F1)
2010 Feb 26, An unceasing
winter storm unleashed multiple dangers across the Northeast,
blasting the coast with hurricane-force winds that fanned a New
Hampshire hotel fire, flooding parts of Maine, dropping 2 feet of
snow on parts of New York, and cutting power to more than a million
homes and businesses.
2010 New Hampshire boasted the
highest beer sales per person in the US with an average of 32.7
gallons of beer sold per legal-age drinking person. Cross-border
(SFC, 6/25/11, p.D2)
2011 Jul 25, In New Hampshire
Celina Cass (11) disappeared from her house in West Stewartstown, a
mile from the Canadian border. Divers found her body on August 1
near a hydroelectric dam that spans the Connecticut River between
Stewartstown and and Canaan, Vt.
(AP, 7/27/11)(AP, 8/1/11)
2011 Nov 4, Texas mother
Julianne McCrery (42) pleaded guilty to killing her 6-year-old son
in New Hampshire and disposing of his body in rural Maine. A
prosecutor said the woman smothered her son with motel room pillows
and the child struggled against her for "about three minutes" before
he died. On Jan 13, 2012, McCrery was sentenced to 45 years in
(AP, 11/4/11)(AP, 1/13/12)
2012 Jan 10, Former
Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney won the New Hampshire primary
claiming 39.4% of the vote. Ron Paul took a strong second with
22.8%. Jon Huntsman, Obama's former ambassador to China, came in
third with 16.8%. Newt Gingrich finished fourth with 9.4% and Rick
Santorum fifth with 9.3%.
2012 Feb 10, In New Hampshire
Hunter Mack (14) shot himself in the face at the Walpole Elementary
School cafeteria filled with dozens of students eating lunch. Mack,
was hospitalized after the shooting. A relationship issue was
2012 Mar 15, In New Hampshire a
federal judge declared a mistrial in the case of Beatrice
Munyenyezi, a Rwanda woman who became a citizen in 2003. She was
accused of lying to obtain her citizenship by denying her role in
the 1994 Rwanda genocide.
(SFC, 3/16/12, p.A8)
2012 Apr 16, Jim Yong Kim, a
Korean-American physician and head of Dartmouth College, NH, was
appointed to head the World Bank. Challenger and Nigerian Finance
Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala congratulated Kim, but called for
changes to the US-dominated selection process.
(AFP, 4/16/12)(Econ, 4/21/12, p.87)
2012 Oct 9, In New Hampshire
Seth Mazzaglia raped and murdered college student Elizabeth Marriott
(19) of Westborough, Mass. Kathryn McDonough, his girlfriend, had
lured Marriott to their apartment as a sexual offering to her
boyfriend. The couple packed Marriott’s body into a suitcase, drove
to Portsmouth, and threw it into the Piscataqua River. Her body has
never been found.
2012 Nov 19, Warren Rudman
(1930), former Republican senator from New Hampshire (1980-1992),
died in Washington, DC.
(SFC, 11/21/12, p.A8)
2012 Nov 28, In New Hampshire
David Kwiatkowski, a traveling medical technician, was indicted on
14 new charges. He is believed to have infected at least 39 people
with hepatitis C through his use of stolen hospital drugs and
(SFC, 11/30/12, p.A8)
2013 Jan 28, In New Hampshire
Catherine Houghton (70) of Novato, Ca., was stabbed to death in the
lobby of the Hampton Inn in Littleton. Rodney Hill (37) was later
charged with 2nd degree murder. He said he attacked her because he
thought she was the devil.
(SFC, 5/30/13, p.D3)
2013 Jul 15, In New
Hampshire Beatrice Munyenyezi (43), a Rwanda woman who became a
citizen in 2003, was sentenced to 10 years in prison. She was
convicted of lying to obtain US citizenship by denying her role as a
roadblock commander in the 1994 Rwanda genocide.
(SFC, 7/16/13, p.A4)
2013 Aug 11, In New Hampshire
software engineer Muni Savyon (54) shot and killed his son Joshua
(9) and then killed himself with a handgun during a supervised
visitation at a YWCA office in Manchester.
(SFC, 8/12/13, p.A4)
2013 Aug 14, In New Hampshire
David Kwiatkowski, a traveling hospital technician, pleaded guilty
to 14 charges of drug theft and tampering, along with two similar
counts in Kansas. He was accused of infecting patients in multiple
states with hepatitis C through tainted syringes. On Dec 2 he was
sentenced to 39 years in prison.
(SFC, 8/15/13, p.A6)(SFC, 12/3/13, p.A8)
2014 Jun 29, In Lancaster, New
Hampshire, the Porcupine Freedom Festival came to an end. It was
organized by the Free State project which aims to bring some 20,000
freedom-loving libertarians and anarchists to the state.
(Econ, 7/5/14, p.27)
2014 Jul 28, Nathaniel Kibby
(34) of New Hampshire was arrested and charged with kidnapping
15-year-old Abigail "Abby" Hernandez more than nine months ago
sometime after she left Kennett High School in Conway.
2014 Aug 14, New Hampshire
Governor Maggie Hassan declared a state of emergency in response to
44 reported overdoses linked to people smoking or ingesting
"Smacked," a synthetic marijuana-like product sold in convenience
stores as potpourri.
2014 Aug 14, In New Hampshire
Seth Mazzaglia (31) was sentenced to life in prison for the Oct 9,
2012, rape and murder of college student Elizabeth Marriott (19) of
Westborough, Mass. Kathryn McDonough, his former girlfriend and key
witness, had testified that she had lured Marriott to their
apartment as a sexual offering to her then boyfriend.
(SFC, 8/15/14, p.A6)
2014 Oct 19, In New Hampshire
Keene State College students cleaned up from a chaotic weekend after
violent parties near the city’s annual pumpkin festival led to
property damage and dozens of arrests.
(SFC, 10/20/14, p.A5)
2014 Dec 6, Ralph Baer, video
game pioneer, died at his home in Manchester, New Hampshire. He
created both the precursor to "Pong" and the electronic memory game
"Simon" and had led the team that developed the Magnavox Odyssey,
the first home video game console.
2014 Dec 22, In New Hampshire,
Jesus Gonzalo Palazuelos Soto, a member of the Sinaloa drug cartel,
was sentenced to nine years in prison. He had pleaded guilty to
conspiracy to distribute and possess cocaine.