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

1800 The First Baptist Church of Macedon (Wayne County) is organized at the home of Lemuel Spear
1813 The second of two engagements at Sacket's Harbor during the War of 1812. The British attempt to take the town by way of water and are defeated by U.S. forces and townspeople.
1959 President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs a bill into federal law specifically allowing Abelard Reynolds School No. 42 in the city of Rochester to acquire a set of chapel bells from London, England - duty-free. The bells arrived shortly afterward aboard the Queen Mary.
1997 The first Starbucks location in the Rochester area opens on Mt. Hope Avenue. That location was torn down, and rebuilt during the College Town renovations, though it was moved a few hundred feet from the original location.
2006 The Empire State Carousel at the Farmer's Museum in Cooperstown first opens to the public after twenty years of production.

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.