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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

1897 The Orange County Agricultural Society purchases land at theĀ Campbell tract in Middletown. After erecting buildings on the property, the Orange County Fair would take place on this spot into the future.
1912 The 121st Cavalry Troop F (earlier Troop H, the 'Rochester Cavalry') of the New York National Guard, musters in to service. It was headquartered at the Culver Road Armory in Rochester.
2005 The first annual Tora-Con, an anime convention hosted by RIT, features guests Rukis Croax, Luke Morgan, and Yuko "Aido" Ota.
2011 The first day of the two day seventh annual Tora-Con, an anime convention hosted at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The event featured special guests Chris Cason, Richard Epcar, Geek Comedy Tour, Brina Palencia, Chris Rager, Ellyn Stern, Uncle Yo.

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.