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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

1823 Wayne County is created by combining portions of Seneca and Ontario counties
1838 Eugene K. Felt, member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, is born in Webster, New York in Monroe County.
2011 77 year old Joseph Naso is arrested in Reno, Nevada in connection with "The Alphabet Murders" that took place in California. He was suspected to also be responsible for the "The Alphabet Murders" that took place in Rochester while he was living here at the time. He was convicted of the California murders, but his DNA didn't match the Rochester crime scenes. The Rochester murders remain unsolved.

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.