Virginia

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1500

By 5,000 years ago more permanent settlements emerged, and farming began by 900 AD. By 1500, the Algonquian peoples had founded towns such as Werowocomoco in the Tidewater region, which they referred to as "Tsenacommacah" add something


1570

After 1570, the Algonquians consolidated under Chief Powhatan in response to threats from these other groups on their trade network add something


1583

In 1583, Queen Elizabeth I of England granted Walter Raleigh a charter to plant a colony north of Spanish Florida add something


1584

In 1584, Raleigh sent an expedition to the Atlantic coast of North America add something


1606

The London Company was incorporated as a joint stock company by the proprietary Charter of 1606, which granted land rights to this area add something


1607

In 1607 the London Company established the Colony of Virginia as the first permanent New World English colony add something

 

In 1607, the native Tidewater population was between 13,000 and 14,000 add something

 

Named for King James I, it was founded in May 1607 by Christopher Newport add something


1609

Life in the colony was perilous, and many died during the Starving Time in 1609 and the Anglo-Powhatan Wars, including the Indian massacre of 1622, which fostered the colonists' negative view of all tribes add something


1610

Each September, Bay Days celebrates the Chesapeake Bay as well as Hampton's 400-year history since 1610, and Isle of Wight County holds a County Fair on the second week of September as well add something


1619

African workers were first imported to Jamestown in 1619 initially under the rules of indentured servitude add something

 

Founded in 1619, the Virginia General Assembly is still in existence as the oldest legislature in the Western Hemisphere add something

 

In 1619, colonists took greater control with an elected legislature called the House of Burgesses add something


1624

By 1624, only 3,400 of the 6,000 early settlers had survived add something

 

With the bankruptcy of the London Company in 1624, the settlement was taken into royal authority as an English crown colony add something


1661

Slavery first appears in Virginia statutes in 1661 and 1662, when a law made it hereditary based on the mother's status add something


1677

Rebels, largely from the colony's frontier, were opposed to the conciliatory policy towards native tribes, and one result of the rebellion was the signing at Middle Plantation of the Treaty of 1677, which made the signatory tribes tributary states and was part of a pattern of appropriating tribal land by force and treaty add something


1693

Middle Plantation saw the founding of The College of William & Mary in 1693 and was renamed Williamsburg as it became the colonial capital in 1699 add something


1747

In 1747, a group of Virginian speculators formed the Ohio Company, with the backing of the British crown, to start English settlement and trade in the Ohio Country west of the Appalachian Mountains add something


1773

Virginians began to coordinate their actions with other colonies in 1773, and sent delegates to the Continental Congress the following year add something


1774

After the House of Burgesses was dissolved by the royal governor in 1774, Virginia's revolutionary leaders continued to govern via the Virginia Conventions add something


1776

While the seal was designed in 1776, and the flag was first used in the 1830s, both were made official in 1930 add something

 

On May 15, 1776, the Convention declared Virginia's independence from the British Empire and adopted George Mason's Virginia Declaration of Rights, which was included in a new constitution add something


1781

In 1781, the combined action of Continental and French land and naval forces trapped the British army on the Virginia Peninsula, where troops under George Washington and Comte de Rochambeau defeated British General Cornwallis in the Siege of Yorktown add something

 

John Graves Simcoe - Simcoe was released in 1781, and rejoined his unit in Virginia

 

Anthony Wayne - This work was largely completed by May 1781, but it delayed his departure to Virginia, where he had been sent to assist the Marquis de Lafayette against British forces operating there

 

His surrender on October 19, 1781 led to peace negotiations in Paris and secured the independence of the colonies add something


1787

James Madison drafted the Virginia Plan in 1787 and the Bill of Rights in 1789 add something


1788

Virginia ratified the Constitution on June 25, 1788 add something


1789

While the state's Jewish population is small, organized Jewish sites date to 1789 with Congregation Beth Ahabah add something

 

Richard Mentor Johnson - Hatfield, "Vice Presidents " Kentucky was part of Virginia until made a state in 1792


1790

In 1790, both Virginia and Maryland ceded territory to form the new District of Columbia, though the Virginian area was retroceded in 1846 add something


1792

Virginia is called "Mother of States" because of its role in being carved into states such as Kentucky, which became the 15th state in 1792, and for the numbers of American pioneers born in Virginia add something


1794

Alexander Hamilton - Strong opposition to the whiskey tax by cottage producers in remote, rural regions erupted into the Whiskey Rebellion in 1794; in Western Pennsylvania and western Virginia, whiskey was the basic export product and was fundamental to the local economy


1800

The execution of Gabriel Prosser in 1800, Nat Turner's slave rebellion in 1831 and John Brown's Raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859 marked the growing social discontent over slavery and its role in the plantation economy add something


1809

Robert E. Lee - In 1809, Harry Lee was put in debtors prison; soon after his release the following year, Harry and Anne Lee and their five children moved to a small house on Cameron Street in Alexandria, Virginia, both because there were terrific local schools there and because several members of her extended family lived nearby


1812

Sam Houston - War of 1812 - His earlier life included migration to Tennessee from Virginia, time spent with the Cherokee Nation , military service in the War of 1812, and successful participation in Tennessee politics


1820

Nat Turner - Before the Nat Turner Revolt, there was a small but ineffectual antislavery movement in Virginia, largely on account of economic trends that made slavery less profitable in the Old South in the 1820s and fears among whites of the rising number of blacks, especially in the Tidewater and Piedmont regions


1831

Robert E. Lee - In 1831, it became apparent the existing plan to build what became known as Fort Pulaski would have to be revamped, and Lee was transferred to Fort Monroe at the tip of the Virginia Peninsula

 

Nat Turner - On February 11, 1831, an annular solar eclipse was seen in Virginia


1844

John Taylor of Caroline - Taylor County, West Virginia was formed in 1844 and named in Senator Taylor's honor


1855

John Wilkes Booth - At age 17, Booth made his stage debut on August 14, 1855, in the supporting role of the Earl of Richmond, Virginia in "Richard III" at Baltimore's Charles Street Theatre


1859

Robert E. Lee - John Brown led a band of 21 abolitionists who seized the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia, in October 1859, hoping to incite a slave rebellion


1861

After the 1861 Wheeling Convention, 48 counties in the northwest separated to form a new state of West Virginia, which chose to remain loyal to the Union add something

 

Robert E. Lee - When Virginia declared its secession from the Union in April 1861, Lee chose to follow his home state, despite his personal desire for the Union to stay intact and despite the fact that President Abraham Lincoln had offered Lee command of a Union Army

 

Virginia voted to secede from the United States on April 17, 1861, after the Battle of Fort Sumter and Abraham Lincoln's call for volunteers add something

 

J.E.B. Stuart - Stuart was promoted to captain on April 22, 1861, but resigned from the U.S. Army on May 3, 1861, to join the Confederate States Army, following the secession of Virginia

 

J.E.B. Stuart - Stuart was commissioned as a lieutenant colonel of Virginia Infantry in the Confederate Army on May 10, 1861

 

George B. McClellan - After the defeat of the Union forces at Bull Run on July 21, 1861, Lincoln summoned McClellan from West Virginia, where McClellan had given the North the only actions thus far having a semblance of military victories


1862

Virginian general Robert E. Lee took command of the Army of Northern Virginia in 1862, and led invasions into Union territory, ultimately becoming commander of all Confederate forces add something

 

A. P. Hill - Maryland Campaign - Hill and Jackson argued as well several times during the Northern Virginia Campaign and the 1862 Maryland Campaign

 

J.E.B. Stuart - Peninsula Campaign - In 1862, the Union Army of the Potomac began its Peninsula Campaign against Richmond, Virginia , Virginia, and Stuart's cavalry brigade assisted Gen. Joseph E. Johnston's army as it withdrew up the Virginia Peninsula in the face of superior numbers

 

Robert E. Lee - Peninsula Campaign - In the spring of 1862, as part of the Peninsula Campaign, the Union Army of the Potomac under General George B. McClellan advanced upon Richmond, Virginia from Fort Monroe, eventually reaching the eastern edges of the Confederate capital along the Chickahominy River

 

George B. McClellan - Peninsula Campaign - McClellan's Peninsula Campaign in 1862 ended in failure, with retreats from attacks by General Robert E. Lee's smaller Army of Northern Virginia and an unfulfilled plan to seize the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia

 

Nathaniel P. Banks - Peninsula Campaign - When Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan entered upon his Peninsula Campaign in spring 1862, the important duty of keeping the Confederate forces of Stonewall Jackson in the Shenandoah Valley from reinforcing the defenses of Richmond, Virginia fell to the two divisions commanded by Banks

 

George B. McClellan - On March 11, 1862, Lincoln removed McClellan as general-in-chief, leaving him in command of only the Army of the Potomac, ostensibly so that McClellan would be free to devote all his attention to the move on Richmond, Virginia

 

Robert E. Lee - Battle of Seven Pines - Following the wounding of Gen. Joseph E. Johnston at the Battle of Seven Pines, on June 1, 1862, Lee assumed command of the Army of Northern Virginia, his first opportunity to lead an army in the field


1863

John C. Breckinridge - American Civil War - Following the outbreak of the American Civil War, he served in the Confederate States Army as a general and commander of Confederate forces prior to the 1863 Siege of Port Hudson, Louisiana, and of the young Virginia Military Institute cadets, at the 1864 Battle of New Market in New Market, Virginia

 

Robert E. Lee - Hooker's advance to attack Lee in May, 1863, near Chancellorsville, Virginia, was defeated by Lee and Stonewall Jackson's daring plan to divide the army and attack Hooker's flank


1864

A. P. Hill - !Third_Battle_of_Petersburg, Virginia - His command of the corps in 1864–65 was interrupted on multiple occasions by illness, from which he did not return until just before the end of the war, when he was killed during the Union Army offensive at the Third Battle of Petersburg, Virginia

 

Robert E. Lee - In 1864 the new Union general-in-chief, Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, sought to use his large advantages in manpower and material resources to destroy Lee's army by attrition, pinning Lee against his capital of Richmond, Virginia

 

A. P. Hill - Other than a brief visit to Richmond, Virginia in January 1864, Hill remained with his corps in its winter encampments near Orange Court House

 

Robert E. Lee - The Siege of Petersburg, Virginia lasted from June 1864 until March 1865, with Lee's outnumbered and poorly supplied army shrinking daily because of desertions by disheartened Confederates

 

Boston Corbett - Captured by Confederate Colonel John S. Mosby's men at Culpeper, Virginia on June 24, 1864, Corbett was held prisoner at Andersonville prison for five months, when he was exchanged

 

John C. Breckinridge - After the death of John Hunt Morgan on September 4, 1864, Breckinridge again took command of the Department of East Tennessee and West Virginia


1865

Booker T. Washington - His family gained freedom in 1865 as the Civil War ended, and his mother took them to West Virginia to join her husband

 

After the capture of Richmond in April 1865, the state capital was briefly moved to Lynchburg, while the Confederate leadership fled to Danville add something

 

John C. Breckinridge - Breckinridge ordered Campbell to organize the flight of the Confederate cabinet from Richmond, Virginia when that city fell to Union forces in early April 1865

 

A. P. Hill - Hill was ill several times that winter; in March 1865, his health had deteriorated to the point where he had to recuperate in Richmond, Virginia until April 1, 1865

 

A. P. Hill - Hill once said he had no desire to live to see the collapse of the Confederacy, and on April 2, 1865 , he was killed by a Union soldier, Corporal John W. Mauck of the 138th Pennsylvania, as he rode to the front of the Petersburg, Virginia lines, accompanied by a lone staff officer

 

Robert E. Lee - However, his forces were soon surrounded and he surrendered them to Grant on April 9, 1865, at Appomattox Court House, Virginia

 

Nathaniel P. Banks - They finally surrendered June 1865, two months after Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox Court House in Virginia

 

Robert E. Lee - He accepted an offer to serve as the president of Washington College in Lexington, Virginia, and served from October 1865 until his death

 

Robert E. Lee - On October 2, 1865, the same day that Lee was inaugurated as president of Washington College in Lexington, Virginia, he signed his Amnesty Oath, thereby complying fully with the provision of Johnson's proclamation


1867

A. P. Hill - In February 1867, the body was transferred to the Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia


1869

George Henry Thomas - After the end of the Civil War, Thomas commanded the Department of the Cumberland in Kentucky and Tennessee, and at times West Virginia and parts of Georgia, Mississippi and Alabama, through 1869


1870

Virginia was formally restored to the United States in 1870, due to the work of the Committee of Nine add something


1876

Booker T. Washington - In 1876, Washington returned to live in Malden, West Virginia, teaching Sunday School at African Zion Baptist Church; he married his first wife, Fannie Smith, at the church in 1881


1880

Virginian James Albert Bonsack invented the tobacco cigarette rolling machine in 1880 leading to new industrial scale production centered on Richmond add something

 

A. P. Hill - During the late 1880s, several former Confederates raised funds for a monument to Hill in Richmond, Virginia

 

J.E.B. Stuart - She worked from 1880 to 1898 as principal of the Virginia Female Institute in Staunton, Virginia, Virginia, a position for which Robert E. Lee had recommended her before his death ten years earlier


1884

J.E.B. Stuart - In 1884 the town of Taylorsville, Virginia, was renamed Stuart


1886

In 1886, railroad magnate Collis Potter Huntington founded Newport News Shipbuilding, which was responsible for building six major World War I-era battleships for the U.S. Navy from 1907 to 1923 add something


1888

Edward Sapir - In 1888, when he was four years old, the family moved to Liverpool , England, and in 1890 to the United States, to Richmond, Virginia , Virginia


1891

Booker T. Washington - Washington was instrumental in having West Virginia State University, founded in 1891, located in the Kanawha Valley of West Virginia


1897

The largest earthquake, at an estimated 5,9 magnitude, was in 1897 near Blacksburg add something


1898

J.E.B. Stuart - Upon the death of her daughter Virginia, from complications in childbirth in 1898, Flora resigned from the Institute and moved to Norfolk, Virginia, Virginia, where she helped Virginia's widower, Robert Page Waller, in raising her grandchildren


1902

It passed segregationist Jim Crow laws and in 1902 rewrote the Constitution of Virginia to include a poll tax and other voter registration measures that effectively disfranchised most African Americans and many poor European Americans add something


1907

J.E.B. Stuart - A statue of General J.E.B. Stuart by sculptor Frederick, Maryland Moynihan was dedicated on Richmond, Virginia 's famed Monument Avenue at Stuart Circle in 1907


1908

Billy Mitchell - In 1908, when a young Signal Corps officer, Mitchell observed Orville Wright's flying demonstration at Fort Myer, Virginia


1916

Leslie Groves - A funeral service was held in the chapel at Fort Myer, Virginia, after which Groves was interred in Arlington National Cemetery next to his brother Allen, who had died of pneumonia in 1916


1918

Hugh John Casey - He was stationed at Camp A. A. Humphreys, Virginia, first as an instructor and from September 1918 as a company commander with the 219th Engineers, part of the 19th Division

 

Leslie Groves - After the traditional month's leave following graduation from West Point, Groves reported to Camp A. A. Humphreys, Virginia, in December 1918, where he was promoted to first lieutenant on 1 May 1919


1920

Richard E. Byrd - He was the brother of Virginia Governor and U.S. Senator Harry F. Byrd, a dominant figure in Virginia Democratic Party between the 1920s and 1960s; their father served as Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates for a time

 

Billy Mitchell - To counter Mitchell, the Navy had sunk the old battleship near Tangier Island, Virginia, on November 1, 1920, using its own airplanes


1923

J.E.B. Stuart - She died in Norfolk, Virginia on May 10, 1923, after striking her head in a fall on a city sidewalk


1925

Edgar Cayce - In 1925 Cayce reported that his voice had instructed him to move to Virginia Beach, Virginia, Virginia


1926

In 1926, Dr. W.A.R. Goodwin, rector of Williamsburg's Bruton Parish Church, began restoration of colonial-era buildings in the historic district with financial backing of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Though their project, like others in the state, had to contend with the Great Depression and World War II, work continued as Colonial Williamsburg became a major tourist attraction add something

 

Billy Mitchell - In 1926, Mitchell made his home with his wife Elizabeth at the Boxwood Farm in Middleburg, Virginia, which remained his primary residence until his death


1929

Edgar Cayce - In 1929 the Cayce hospital was established in Virginia Beach, Virginia, sponsored by a wealthy recipient of the trance readings, Morton Blumenthal

 

Pedro del Valle - In 1929, he returned to the United States and attended the Field Officers Course at the Marine Corps School in MCB Quantico, Virginia


1930

George S. Patton - In the late 1930s, Patton was assigned command of Fort Myer, Virginia


1932

Because of the 1932 Byrd Road Act, the state government controls most of Virginia's roads, instead of a local county authority as is usual in other states add something


1935

Shenandoah was established in 1935 and encompasses the scenic Skyline Drive add something

 

The Old Time Fiddlers' Convention in Galax, begun in 1935, is one of the oldest and largest such events worldwide add something


1937

John L. Lewis - Lewis retired to his family home, the Lee-Fendall House in Alexandria, Virginia, where he had lived since 1937


1940

In 1940, Virginia made "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny" the state song, but it was retired in 1997 and reclassified as the state song emeritus add something


1948

The Barter Theatre, designated the State Theatre of Virginia, in Abingdon won the first Regional Theatre Tony Award in 1948, while the Signature Theatre in Arlington won it in 2009 add something


1951

John McCain - In 1951, the family settled in Northern Virginia, and McCain attended &Episcopal_High_School_(Alexandria,_Virginia), a private preparatory boarding school in Alexandria,_Virginia


1952

The state went Republican in 13 out of 14 presidential elections from 1952 to 2004, including 10 in a row from 1968 to 2004 add something


1955

Chesty Puller - Puller retired from the Marine Corps in 1955, spending the rest of his life in Virginia


1956

Jerry Falwell - He graduated from Brookville High School in Lynchburg, Virginia, Va., and from Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri , Missouri in 1956

 

Jerry Falwell - In 1956, at age 22, Falwell founded the Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Virginia, where he served as pastor

 

Booker T. Washington - On April 5, 1956, the hundredth anniversary of Washington's birth, the house where he was born in Franklin County, Virginia, was designated as the Booker T. Washington National Monument


1957

Richard K. Sutherland - After the death of Josephine on 30 December 1957, he married Virginia Shaw Root in 1962


1958

But, in 1958, under the policy of "massive resistance" led by the influential segregationist Senator Harry F. Byrd and his Byrd Organization, the Commonwealth prohibited desegregated local schools from receiving state funding add something

 

Richard E. Byrd - In 1958 the Richard Byrd library, part of the Fairfax County Public Library system opened in Springfield, Virginia , Virginia


1960

The civil rights movement gained many participants in the 1960s add something

 

Though agriculture has declined significantly since 1960 when there were twice as many farms, it remains the largest single industry in Virginia add something

 

Pat Robertson - In 1960, Robertson established the Christian Broadcasting Network in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Virginia


1964

In 1964 the United States Supreme Court ordered Prince Edward County and others to integrate schools add something

 

It achieved the moral force and support to gain passage of national legislation with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 add something


1965

Though the black population was reduced by the Great Migration to northern industrial cities in the first half of the 20th century, since 1965 there has been a reverse migration of blacks returning south add something

 

Sugar Ray Robinson - Robinson's second no-contest bout came in September, 1965 in Norfolk, Virginia, Virginia in a match with an opponent who turned out to be an impostor


1966

Richard K. Sutherland - His funeral was held at the Fort Myer, Virginia chapel on 29 June 1966 and he is buried at Arlington National Cemetery along with other family members


1967

Jerry Falwell - He founded Lynchburg, Virginia Christian Academy in 1967, Liberty University in 1971, and cofounded the Moral Majority in 1979


1968

In contrast, the state gave Donald Trump the smallest percentage of Virginian votes for any Republican Party presidential nominee since Richard Nixon in 1968 add something


1969

From 1969 to 1971, state legislators under Governor Mills Godwin rewrote the constitution, after goals such as the repeal of Jim Crow laws had been achieved add something

 

J.E.B. Stuart - The flag remained with the Stuart family until 1969 when it was given to Stuart Hall, Staunton, Virginia, by a granddaughter of the Confederate general


1970

Up until the 1970s, Virginia was a racially divided one-party state dominated by the Byrd Organization add something


1971

Since 1971, the government has functioned under the seventh Constitution of Virginia, which provides for a strong legislature and a unified judicial system add something

 

Jerry Falwell - In 1971, Jerry Falwell founded Liberty University, a Christian liberal arts university in Lynchburg, Virginia


1973

James L. Jones - From July 1973 until June 1974, he was a student at the Amphibious Warfare School, Marine Corps University, MCB Quantico, Virginia


1976

Elmo Zumwalt - For Zumwalt, not pleased with the choice, this was reason enough to challenge Virginia Senator Harry Byrd in the 1976 Senate election in Virginia

 

Elmo Zumwalt - In 1976, he unsuccessfully ran as a Democratic candidate for the United States Senate from Virginia, being defeated by incumbent senator Harry F. Byrd, Jr.


1977

Pat Robertson - Later in 1977 he purchased a local Leased access cable TV channel in the Hampton Roads area and called it CBN. Originally he went door-to-door in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Hampton Roads, and other surrounding areas asking Christians to buy cable boxes so that they could receive his new channel

 

Pat Robertson - Robertson founded CBN University in 1977 on CBN's Virginia Beach, Virginia campus


1980

Jerry Falwell - One month before Election Day in 1980, Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan traveled to Lynchburg, Virginia, to speak at Jerry Falwell's Liberty Baptist College, where he advocated the restoration of classroom prayer in public schools


1981

English was passed as the Commonwealth's official language by statutes in 1981 and again in 1996, though the status is not mandated by the Constitution of Virginia add something

 

Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden - He attended the 1981 National Scout Jamboree in Virginia, United_States, and was awarded the Bronze Wolf, the only distinction of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, awarded by the World Scout Committee for exceptional services to world Scouting, in 1982

 

Anthony Zinni - In 1981, he was assigned as an operations and tactics instructor at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College at Quantico, Virginia


1982

Since the resumption of capital punishment in Virginia in 1982, 107 people have been executed, the second highest number in the nation add something


1984

Patricia Cornwell - In 1984, she took a job at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Virginia


1988

Elevation adjusted to North American Vertical Datum of 1988 add something


1989

In 1989, Douglas Wilder became the first African American elected as governor in the United States add something


1990

Aside from Virginia, the top birth state for Virginians is New York, having overtaken North Carolina in the 1990s, with the Northeast accounting for the largest number of migrants into the state by region add something

 

However, since the early 1990s, Gypsy moth infestations have eroded the dominance of oak forests add something

 

Jimmy Dean - A Virginia resident since 1990, Dean was inducted into the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame in 1997


1991

Patricia Cornwell - From 1991 to 1992, Cornwell was involved in an affair with Margo Bennett, a married FBI agent, after meeting her at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, where Cornwell was doing research for her Scarpetta novels


1992

J.E.B. Stuart - Stuart's birthplace, Laurel Hill, located in Patrick County, Virginia, was purchased by the J.E.B. Stuart Birthplace Preservation Trust, Inc., in 1992 to preserve and interpret it

 

Anthony Zinni - Zinni was assigned as the Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Quantico, Virginia, from 1992 to 1994


1993

Jimmy Doolittle - James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle died at the age of 96 in Pebble Beach, California on September 27, 1993, and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, near Washington, D.C., next to his wife


1994

Pat Robertson - According to two Operation Blessing pilots who reported this incident to the state of Virginia for investigation in 1994, Robertson used his Operation Blessing planes to haul diamond-mining equipment to Robertson's mines in Liberia, despite the fact that Robertson was telling his "700 Club" viewers that the planes were sending relief supplies to the victims of the genocide in Rwanda


1995

Christopher Reeve - On May 27, 1995, Reeve became a quadriplegic after being thrown from a horse during an equestrian competition in Virginia


2000

As of 2000, the center of population is located in Goochland County, near Richmond add something

 

Virginia hit peak car usage before the year 2000, making it one of the first such states add something


2001

Eastern oyster harvests have increased from 23,000 bushels in 2001 to over 500,000 in 2013 add something


2005

The state government was ranked most effective by the Pew Center on the States in both 2005 and 2008 add something

 

Richard E. Byrd - Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School, located in Frederick County, Virginia, was opened in 2005, and is decorated with pictures and letters from Byrd's life and career


2006

In federal elections since 2006, both parties have seen successes add something

 

Republican Senator George Allen lost close races in 2006, to Democratic newcomer Jim Webb, and again in 2012, to Webb's replacement, former Governor Tim Kaine add something

 

Tomatoes surpassed soy as the most profitable crop in Virginia in 2006, with peanuts and hay as other agricultural products add something

 

Anthony Zinni - However, on March 3, 2006, Zinni joined fellow former United States Marines General Joseph P. Hoar, Lt. General Greg Newbold, Lt. General Frank Petersen, and Congressman Jack Murtha in endorsing fellow former U.S. Marine and Secretary of the Navy Jim Webb for U.S. Senate in Virginia

 

In November 2006, 15 conservative Episcopal churches voted to split from the Diocese of Virginia over the ordination of openly gay bishops and clergy in other dioceses of the Episcopal Church; these churches continue to claim affiliation with the larger Anglican Communion through other bodies outside the United States add something


2007

According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, Virginia had the most counties in the top 100 wealthiest in the United States at sixteen counties based upon median income in 2007 add something

 

In the 2007 state elections, Democrats regained control of the State Senate, and narrowed the Republican majority in the House of Delegates to eight seats add something

 

The Virginia Port Authority's main seaports are those in Hampton Roads, which carried of bulk cargo in 2007, the sixth most of United States ports add something

 

"Jamestown 2007" marked Virginia's quadricentennial year, celebrating 400 years since the establishment of the Jamestown Colony add something

 

Jack L. Chalker - The remainder were distributed off a ferry near Hong Kong, the ferry between Hainan Island and the Chinese mainland, a ferry in Vietnam, White's Ferry on the Potomac River in Virginia on Father's Day 2007, and on author H. P. Lovecraft's grave in Providence , Rhode Island on December 17, 2005


2008

Enfranchisement and immigration of other groups, especially Hispanics, have placed growing importance on minority voting, while voters that identify as "white working-class" declined by three percent between 2008 and 2012 add something

 

However, Democrat Barack Obama carried Virginia's 13 electoral votes in both the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections add something

 

In 2008, Democrats won both United States Senate seats; former Governor Mark Warner was elected to replace retiring Republican John Warner add something

 

In 2008, Virginia reached its lowest ever rate of infant mortality, at 6,7 deaths per 1,000 add something

 

Virginia was one of five states to receive a perfect score in disaster preparedness according to a 2008 report by the Trust for America's Health, based on criteria such as detecting pathogens and distributing vaccines and medical supplies add something


2009

In 2009, "Forbes" magazine named Virginia the best state in the nation for business for the fourth year in a row, while CNBC named it the top state for business in 2007, 2009, and 2011 add something

 

Republicans continued a statewide electoral drought that dates to McDonnell's 2009 gubernatorial victory add something

 

Yet elections in 2009 resulted in the election of Republican Bob McDonnell as Governor by a seventeen-point margin, the election of a Republican Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General, as well as Republican gains of six seats in the House of Delegates add something


2010

In the 2010 elections, Republicans won three United States House of Representatives seats from the Democrats add something

 

The San Francisco Giants' AA team, the Richmond Flying Squirrels, began play at The Diamond in 2010, replacing the AAA Richmond Braves, who relocated after 2008 add something

 

This includes an increase from net migration of 381,969 people into the Commonwealth since the 2010 census add something

 

Jimmy Dean - He lived near Richmond, Virginia , Virginia, and was nominated for the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010, although he was formally inducted posthumously

 

Virginia banned smoking in bars and restaurants in January 2010 add something

 

Jimmy Dean - Dean died at the age of 81, on June 13, 2010, of natural causes at his home in Varina, Virginia


2011

In the American Lung Association's 2011 report, 11 counties received failing grades for air quality, with Fairfax County having the worst in the state, due to automobile pollution add something

 

A 5,8 magnitude earthquake struck central Virginia on August 23, 2011, near Mineral add something


2012

Bruce Springsteen - In late October 2012, despite saying he would sit this election out, Springsteen campaigned for President Obama's re-election in Ohio, Iowa, Virginia, Pittsburgh and Wisconsin where he briefly spoke to the audience and performed a short acoustic set which included a newly written song for the events titled, "Forward"


2013

Following the 2013 elections, Democrat Terry McAuliffe was elected Governor by two percentage points, and Democrat Ralph Northam was elected Lieutenant Governor by double digits add something

 

Virginia has a mixed health record, and is ranked as the 26th overall healthiest state according to the 2013 United Health Foundation's Health Rankings add something

 

Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden - King Carl Gustaf made an appearance at the 2013 Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree in West Virginia


2014

Additionally, in 2014 a survey of 12,000 small business owners found Virginia to be one of the most friendly states for small businesses add something


2015

In March 2015, after 20 years without a state song, Virginia received two: "Our Great Virginia" and "Sweet Virginia Breeze" add something


2016

In the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Democrat Hillary Clinton carried Virginia, marking the third consecutive win for the Democratic Party at the presidential level and the first time the state gave its electoral votes to a Democrat who did not win the national Electoral Vote, since 1924 add something


2017

In the 2017 "U.S. News & World Report" ranking of national public universities, the University of Virginia is ranked No. 2, the College of William and Mary is No. 6, Virginia Tech is No. 27, George Mason University is No. 71, and Virginia Commonwealth University is No. 87 add something

 

The 2017 statewide elections resulted in a Democratic sweep of the three highest offices, with outgoing lieutenant governor Ralph Northam winning the governorship, Justin Fairfax becoming the first African-American elected lieutenant governor, and Mark Herring continuing as attorney general add something

 

The Washington Metro rapid transit system serves Northern Virginia as far west as communities along I-66 in Fairfax County, with expansion plans to reach Loudoun County by 2017 add something

 

J.E.B. Stuart - In early 2017, Fairfax County Public Schools established an Ad Hoc Working Committee to assist the Fairfax County School Board in determining whether to rename J.E.B. High School in Falls Church, Virginia, in response to suggestions from students and local community members that FCPS should not continue to honor a Confederate General who fought in support of a cause dedicated to maintaining the institution of slavery in Virginia and other states


2018

Virginia has extended state recognition to eight Native American tribes resident in the state; six of these gained federal recognition as tribes in 2018, and two were already recognized add something

 

J.E.B. Stuart - On June 18, 2018, the school board for Richmond Public Schools in Richmond, Virginia voted 6 - 1 to rename J.E.B Stuart Elementary School to Barack Obama Elementary School


2019

In the 2019 "U.S. News & World Report" ranking of national public universities, the University of Virginia is ranked No. 3, the College of William and Mary is No. 10, Virginia Tech is No. 30, George Mason University is No. 67, and Virginia Commonwealth University is No. 80 add something