Historical Date Timeline
1801 Thomas Jefferson becomes the third President of U.S.
1809 James Madison becomes the President of the U.S.
1810 Britannia was first made in America in about 1810
1812 War 1812-1814 between Britain and United States of America
1817 James Madison becomes President of the U.S.
1825 John Quincy Adams becomes President of the U.S.
1829 Andrew Jackson becomes President of the U.S.
1831 Samuel Francis Smith wrote "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" (America)
1833 Formation of the Whig Party, Lincoln was a Whig Congressman
1836 Patent numbering system began on July 13, 1836
1836 Cairns & Brother first introduce the New Yorker
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) publishes book “Nature”
1837 Martin Van Buren becomes the President of the U.S.
Hall, Elton & Co. organized
1839 First known appearance of “OK” in print, Boston’s Morning Post 3/23
1840 Elkington & Co., Ltd. (Birmingham) began electroplating
Reed & Barton founded
1841 Alexander Bain creates and patents the first electric clock , January 11th
William Henry Harrison becomes President of the U.S.
John Tyler becomes President of the U.S.
1842 First surgical use of ether anesthesia
1843 Crowles & Company began electroplating
1845 James Polk becomes President of the U.S.
Florida and Texas join the Union
The U.S. Naval Academy opened on October 10th
1846 Mexican-American war begins April 25, ends February 1848
Mead & Son began electroplating
1847 Roger Brothers began electroplating flatware
1848 Reed & Barton began electroplating
Wisconsin joins the Union
1849 Henry David Thoreau publishes “Civil Disobedience”
Zachary Taylor becomes President of the U.S.
1850 Millard Fillmore becomes President of the U.S.
1850 California joins the Union
1850s The British sterling standard was adopted by Gorham, Tiffany, and others
1850 - 1910 was the period of great silver presentation pieces
1851 Herman Melville publishes “Moby Dick”
1852 Meriden Britannia Company formed
Harriet Beecher Stowe publishes "Uncle Tom's Cabin"
1853 Franklin Pierce becomes President of the U.S.
The Crystal Palace Exhibition in New York, 1st US international fair
Tiffany & Co., Inc. began electroplating
1855 Meriden Britannia Co. began electroplating Nickel Silver
1857 James Buchanan becomes President of the U.S.
1858 Molding of screw threads into glass
Double valve pouring lip appears on water pitchers
1859 Glass became an important component of many center pieces
America’s first oil well drilled in Titusville, Pennsylvania
London’s Big Ben rings for the first time
Minnesota joins the Union
1859 Charles Darwin publishes "On the Origin of Species"
1860 April 3, inaugural run of the Pony Express
1861 Abraham Lincoln becomes President of the U.S.
Civil War begins
Kansas joins the Union
Congress passes first income tax (Revenue Act), 3%
Gorham dropped coin standard, adopted sterling standard
1862 1847 Rogers Bros." trademark introduced by Meriden
Louis Pasteur & Claude Bernard complete the 1st Pasteurization Test (April 20)
1863 Abraham Lincoln delivers Gettysburg Address on November 19
Jules Verne break-out novel: Five Weeks in a Balloon
First Congressional Medals of Honor awarded to six Union Volunteers
U.S. Post Office began free home-delivery service
Thanksgiving Day becomes a national holiday
Homan Manufacturing began electroplating
West Virginia joins the Union
1864 "In God We Trust" 1st appears on our coins, the two
Nevada joins the Union
1865 Andrew Johnson becomes President of the U.S.
Gorham began electroplating
Civil War ends
Animal heads, legs, feet often used as supports 1865-1870
1866 Japan began trade with the west
John Styth Pemberton invented Coca-Cola on May 8
American Soc. for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Chartered April 10
Completion of first transatlantic cable to connect Europe and America
1867 Nebraska joins the Union
Wilcox Silver Plate Company began electroplating
Invention of the typewriter by Christopher Sholes, QWERTY keyboard
1868 Admiral Perry arrives in Japan
1st Traffic Light, a revolving gas lantern with red & green lights, London
1869 Ulysses S. Grant becomes President of the U.S.
Transcontinental railroad completed May 10
First Periodic Table developed by Dmitri Mendeleev
The Inauguration of the Suez Canal November 17, 1869
The Stuyvesant became New York City’s 1st apartment building
First toothpick-manufacturing machine was developed by Charles Forster
1870 Watchmakers & Jewelers Guild 1870-1892
2 Doves on a hand or "US Guild"
Atlantic City in New Jersey opens nation’s first beach board walk
1871 The Great Chicago Fire, 300 people killed, 100,000 people left homeless
Barnum’s 1st 3-ring circus, J. Bailey became a partner 10 years later
1872 A machine manufacturing toothpicks was patented on February 20
Luther Crowell given a patent for a paper bag manufacturing machine
1873 Derby Silver Company organized
San Francisco launched and operated the first cable car, August 2
1874 Grand Opening of America’s First Zoo in Philadelphia on July 1st
1875 First Kentucky Derby on May 17th
1876 Colorado joins the Union
The first major baseball league was established; the National League
Battle of the Little Bighorn, (aka Custer's Last Stand) June 25 and June 26
Adventures of Tom Sawyer published by Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain)
1877 Thomas Edison invention: the first phonograph
Rutherford B. Hayes becomes President of the U.S.
R. Wallace and Sons began electroplating
1st national strike in America the “Great Uprising”, railroad workers
1878 The world's first successful oil tanker was the
First telephone book issued, New Haven Connecticut
1879 Figural napkin rings introduced, popularity peaked 1886
Echo Farms Dairy introduced milk bottles in New York
1880 Pairpoint Manufacturing Company (1880-1929)
Union General Lewis Wallace publishes Ben-Hur (November 12)
1881 James Garfield becomes President of the U.S.
Chester Arthur becomes President of the U.S.
Shootout at the O.K. Corral, October 26, Wyatt Earp and the Clantons
1882 Holmes & Edwards Silver Company organized
1883 Metropolitan Opera House in New York opens October 22
Brooklyn Bridge opens May 24th
Mount Krakatoa erupts
1885 Adventures of Huckleberry Finn published by Samuel Clemens
First Issue of Good Housekeeping Magazine, May 2
1885 Grover Clevland becomes President of the U.S.
Butler's finish first appeared.
1887 Susanna Salter becomes nation’s first female mayor, Argonia Kansas
1889 Birthdays: Charlie Chaplin April 16; Adolf Hitler April
N. Dakota, S. Dakota, Montana, and Washington join
First electric drill invented by Arthur J. Arnot and William Blanch Brain
The twenty-four-sheet highway billboard is introduced
Benjamin Harrison becomes President of the U.S.
1890 Idaho and Wyoming join the Union
First Army Navy Football Game November 29
1890s Souvenir spoon collecting became popular.
1891 US Import Law, County of origin now indicated
1892 Barbour Silver Company organized
Jeweler's Crown Guild 1892-1900
The Pledge of Allegiance was written by Francis Bellamy
The first virus is discovered: Tobacco mosaic virus (TMV)
Crowned superimposed with words "Crown" & "Guild"
1893 Grover Cleveland becomes President of the U.S.
Poole Silver Company founded
Edvard Munch paints “The Scream”
1894 Forbes Silver Company organized
1895 German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen discovered x-rays
1896 Utah joins the Union
First Sears & Roebuck catalog
Meriden Britannia ceased using term "quadruple/triple" plate.
1897 Joseph John Thompson announces discovery of the electron
William McKinley becomes President of the U.S.
Irish Author Bram Stoker’s publishes Dracula
1898 Spanish-American War
International Silver Co. incorporated 1898.
1898 Meriden Britannia Company became part of INSCO.
1899 Introduction of Liberty's Celtic revival
First Hague Conference outlines the laws of war and war crimes
Alphonse Gabriel "Al" Capone” is born
1900 Casey Jones, Illinois Central Railroad Engineer, becomes legend
1901 Theodore Roosevelt becomes President of the U.S.
Karl Landsteiner discovers there are human blood types
Annie Edson Taylor was first person to barrel ride over Niagara Falls
1902 First US Automat (waiter-less restaurant) opens in Philadelphia
1903 First Silent Movie, The Great Train Robbery (1903): Prod.by Thomas Edison
First westerns, Kit Carson and the Pioneers are shot
Ex-cavalryman, Frank Hanaway, becomes the movies first stuntman
Wright brothers' first successful flying machine, December 17
1904 "Peter Pan: The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up" opens in London
1906 U.S. stamping act of 1906
Great San Francisco Earthquake April 18th, 5:12 AM
1907 Oklahoma joins the Union
Union Station in Washington, D.C. opens
Swift and Company began mass producing wrapped stick butter
Foundation stone of Washington National Cathedral laid on Sept. 29th
1908 Take Me Out To the Ball Game written by Jack Norworth
Robert Baden-Powell founded the Boy Scouts
1909 Lincoln one-cent coin made its initial appearance
William H. Taft becomes President of the U.S.
Benny Goodman is born
1912 April 14, 11:40 p.m. R.M.S.TITANIC strikes an iceberg
Discontinuance of "Quadruple Plate" references
New Mexico and Arizona join the Union
Electric blanket was invented in 1912 by physician Sidney I. Russell
Massachusetts enacted the country's first minimum-wage law
Juliette Low founded Girl Scouts
1913 Woodrow Wilson becomes President of the U.S.
Ford Motor introduces first moving assembly line for
the Model T
First known published crossword puzzle, December 21
Sixteenth Amendment ratified, Income Taxes
1914 World War I begins 1914-1919 (US enters war in 1917)
Panama Canal complex of locks opens for shipping
The death of the last passenger pigeon, once a common bird species 09/01
1915 British passenger ship Lusitania is torpedoed by a German submarine
1916 President Wilson created the National Park Service August 25, 1916
1917 Pacifist Jeannette Rankin became first woman elected to the U.S. Congress
Father Flangan founds a home for orphans, this soon evolved in to Boys Town
1918 Passage of the Standard Time Act establishing time zones in U.S.
120,000 Americans were killed or wounded in the Meuse-Argonne campaign
1919 Eighteenth Amendment to US Constitution, January 16 - Prohibition
World Series: Chicago White Soxs threw series, Reds Win
1920 First Game of the newly formed National Negro Baseball League
Babe Ruth becomes baseballs first bona fide celebrity
Charles Ponzi synonymous with financial scams, begins his scam in Boston
Nineteenth Amendment is ratified giving women the right to vote
1921 Warren Harding becomes President of the U.S.
Sept. 7th, Margaret Gorman a petite 16 year old is crowned the first Miss USA
Barbour Silver Co. half circle trademark 1st used
1922 Emily Post releases her 692-page book Etiquette, it comes a best seller
The first 3-D feature film Power of Love" is released
1923 Calvin Coolidge becomes President of the U.S.
Bubble Gum invented by Walter E. Diemer
Calvin Coolidge was the first President to light a national Christmas tree
1924 Johnny Weissmuller wins 3 gold metals in the Paris Olympics, becomes Tarzan
1925 Harold Grays comic strip "Little Orphan Annie" makes it debut
The debut of the first air conditioned theater Rivoli Theater ion Broadway
The Novel The Great Gatsby is published buy auther F. Scott Fitzgerald
1926 Oneida Community Limited began producing silver plated holloware
Quaker Silver Co., Inc. (1926-1959)
Renames his WSM Barn Dance show the "The Grand Ole Opry"
August 23, "the world's greatest lover" Rudolph Valentino died of Pleurisy
1927 Reed and Barton year marks available 1928-1957
Charles Lindbergh flies non-stop New York-Paris in Spirit of St. Louis
The first talkie feature length film 'The Jazz Singer' - October 6th
Musical "Show Boat" opens at Ziegfeld Theater in New York
The Holland Tunnel between New York and New Jersey opens
First animated film with successful sound track Steamboat Willie, Mickey Mouse
1929 Martin Luther King, Jr. was born January 15, 1929
Herbert Hoover becomes President of the U.S.
First year for Oscars
Black Tuesday, Greatest Stock Market Crash in History
St. Valentine's Day Massacre, Capone's attempt to kill George (Bugs) Moran
1930 Bobby Jones first person to win the Grand Slam of Golf
1931 “The Star –Spangled Banner” was named America’s National Anthem
1932 Hattie Caraway first woman elected to the US Senate
1933 Franklin D. Roosevelt becomes President of the U.S.
The Tennessee Valley Authority federally owned corporation created
The New Deal a series of economic programs enacted in the U.S.
Franklin D. Roosevelt initiates the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)
May 4, Roosevelt spoke: "the only thing we have to fear is fear itelf".
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation - Glass–Steagall Act
1934 Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, were killed in Louisiana on May 23
First National Soap Box Derby in the United States, Dayton, Ohio
Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is created
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is created
1935 National Labor Relations Act enacted protecting the rights workers
1936 Henry Phillips, invented Phillips head screws
First issue of Life Magazine is published
How to Win Friends and Influence People published by Dale Carnegie
"Jesse" Owens wins four gold medals in the Summer Olympics in Berlin
1937 Crash of the Hindenburg in Lakehurst, May 6, 7:23 P.M.
1939 Food stamps program introduced May 16
Film "Wuthering Heights" By Sam Goldwyn released
Lou Gehrig, Pride of the Yankees, played his last game
April 30th, 1st US President to appear of television, Franklin D. Rossevelt
Debut of FM radio, July 18, W2XMN began first commercial broadcast
World War II begins 1939-1945
1940 American Retiree Ida Mae Fuller received the first Social Security check
1941 7:55 A.M., December 7th, Japanese warplanes attack Pearl Harbor
1944 The Servicemen's Readjustment Act, call the GI Bill passed
1946 It's a Wonderful Life an American Christmas drama film