This Day In New York History

There are a lot places to find information on New York history. Plenty of organizations do a great job telling in depth stories about specific battles, famous people, and even small town tales. All of that history comes with important dates in our past.

This page is an evolving attempt to try and capture the important dates in the Empire State’s past. The database includes historic events, births, and deaths that took place on this day in history. Each one in some way directly relates to Upstate.

This database is a work in progress and is updated regularly with historic dates. Some will be wide reaching and recognizable across Upstate. Others will be noteworthy only to those who live right in the region.

Regardless of the relation, all of the dates and events included in this database have had an impact in some way to the history of Upstate New York.

Today’s Events

1817 The town of Ogden, New York, Monroe County is officially formed, though at the time, it was still part of Genesee County.
1817 The town of Ogden in Monroe County is officially formed, though at the time, it was still part of Genesee County.
1827 The Third Presbyterian Church of Rochester is officially formed, becoming the first officially organized religious group in Rochester located east of the Genesee River.
1922 George Selden, attorney and inventor often credited for creating the first two-stage automobile engine, dies in Rochester.
1922 George B. Seldon, patent lawyer and inventor to hold patent for automobile, dies in Rochester.
1943 Geoffrey Deuel, actor best known for playing Billy the Kid in the movie Chisum, is born in Lockport, New York, Niagara County.

Looking for more? You’ll find a whole bunch of Upstate history in the facts section.


Whether it’s the closing an iconic restaurant, the birth of a well known Upstater, or a news event that made waves, it’s an important piece of our past. It may seem inconsequential, but preserving the past is an integral part of our local storytelling.

If you have a piece of history related to New York that you feel should be included, please submit using this contact form.