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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

1924 In Chamonix, France during the first Winter Olympics, Charles Jewtraw (born in Clinton County, New York) becomes the first American to win a gold medal in the Winter Olympics. Jewtraw won the 500-meter speed-skating event.
1997 The Bristol IMAX Omnitheater, located at MOST Syracuse opens to the public. It is currently the only domed film IMAX theater in New York State.
2016 Christa Development Corp and Morgan Management purchase the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Rochester to begin a $16 million renovation project including guest rooms, a rooftop garden, and a Starbucks.
2018 Xerox announces that it will vacate its Xerox Tower property in downtown Rochester, and move the operations from that building to their Webster based complex.

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.