Pennsylvania timeline

  • William Penn Is Born

    William Penn, English reformer and founder of Pennsylvania, was born on October 14, 1644, in London, England. Persecuted in England for his Quaker... Read more

  • George Washington Begins To Build Fort Necessity

    On June 4, 1754, twenty-two-year-old Colonel George Washington and his small military force were busy constructing Fort Necessity, east of what is... Read more

  • Battle of Brandywine

    September 11 began with a heavy fog, which provided cover for the British troops. Washington received contradictory reports about the British troop... Read more

  • Battle of the Clouds

    The Battle of the Clouds (also known as the Battle of Warren, Battle of Whitehorse Tavern, or the Battle of Goshen) was an engagement of the... Read more

  • Battle of Paoli

    The Battle of Paoli (also known as the Battle of Paoli Tavern or the Paoli Massacre) was a battle in the Philadelphia campaign of the American... Read more

  • Lancaster, Pennsylvania is the Capital of the United States for One Day

    Lancaster was named after Lancashire, England, and its symbol is the red rose, from the House of Lancaster. In the period from the 1760's through... Read more

  • Battle of Germantown

    A thick fog clouded the battlefield throughout the day. The vanguard of Sullivan's column, on Germantown Road, launched the battle when they... Read more

  • Battle of White Marsh

    The Battle of White Marsh was a battle of the Philadelphia campaign of the American Revolutionary War fought December 5–8, 1777, in the area... Read more

  • Battle of Barren Hill

    On May 20, the British launched their attack. The militia scattered at the sight of the British troops, not offering any resistance and failing to... Read more

  • Pennsylvania Ratifies the US Constitution and is the 2nd State Admitted to the Union

    In the Name of the People of Pennsylvania Be it Known unto all Men that We the Delegates of the People of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in... Read more

  • Great Train Wreck of 1856

    At the Wissahickon station another train, the Aramingo, engineered by William Vanstavoren, waited for the excursion to pass on the single track... Read more

  • Battle of Hanover

    Description: Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart’s cavalry, which was riding north to get around the Union army, attacked a Union cavalry regiment, driving... Read more

  • Skirmish of Sporting Hill

    The Skirmish of Sporting Hill was a relatively small skirmish during the Gettysburg Campaign of the American Civil War, taking place on June 30,... Read more

  • Battle of Carlisle

    The Battle of Carlisle was a relatively small, but strategically important skirmish during the Gettysburg Campaign of the American Civil War,... Read more

  • Battle of Hunterstown

    The Battle of Hunterstown was a minor cavalry engagement in Adams County, Pennsylvania, on July 2, 1863, during the Gettysburg Campaign of the... Read more

  • Battle of Fairfield

    The Battle of Fairfield was a cavalry engagement during the Gettysburg Campaign of the American Civil War. It was fought July 3, 1863, near... Read more

  • Fight at Monterey Pass

    The Fight at Monterey Pass (or Gap) was an American Civil War military engagement beginning the evening of July 4, 1863, during the Retreat from... Read more

  • Avondale Mine Disaster

    The Avondale Mine Disaster was a massive fire in the Avondale Colliery in Plymouth, Pennsylvania, United States on September 6, 1869. It caused the... Read more

  • Mud Run Disaster

    The full length of the lead engine telescoped into the rear car and drove it two thirds of its length into the next car; which was in turn pushed... Read more

  • Lattimer Massacre

    The shooting continued for at least a minute and a half, though some eyewitnesses claimed it may have been three minutes or more. Perhaps as many... Read more

  • Empire Mine Explosion

    Seventy men were entombed Friday in the Empire Mine of Snowdon, Gould & Co., one fourth of a mile below town, as the result of an explosion of gas,... Read more

  • Anthracite Coal Strike Ended

    A national emergency was averted in 1902 when Roosevelt found a compromise to the Anthracite coal strike that threatened the heating supplies of... Read more

  • Connellsville Train Wreck

    The most appalling disaster in the history of the Pittsburg Division of the Baltimore & Ohio railroad occurred at Laurel run, two miles west of... Read more

  • Rhoads Opera House Fire

    On January 13, 1908 the Boyertown Opera House in the Rhoads Building on Philadelphia Ave. was the scene of a tragic fire. A kerosene lantern was... Read more

  • Austin Pennsylvania Flood

    Sept. 30, 1911 ushered in the Potter County primary election. Early in the morning, two false fire alarms rattled the town. The Saturday shopping... Read more