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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

1876 Patsy Dougherty, the first MLB player to hit two home runs in a single World Series game, is born in Andover, New York
1898 The Great Lakes Schooner St. Peter wrecks during an early winter storm off of Pultneyville. The St. Peter was headed for Toledo, Ohio with 607 tons of chestnut coal. Of the 6 people on board, only Captain John Griffin survived by clinging to a mast until being rescued by the U.S. Lifesaving Service
1992 The Museum of Science & Technology, opens to the public in its new location inside the former Syracuse Armory building. It features new hands-on exhibits and the Silverman Planetarium which at the time is the only public planetarium in Central New York.
2015 Abby Wambach, two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA Women's World Cup champion from Rochester, announces her retirement from professional soccer.
2017 Pittsford-born musician and singer-songwriter Teddy Geiger announces on Instagram that she is beginning a gender transition.

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.