Louisiana Division
New Orleans Public Library

Dates of Headline Events in New Orleans History

Read more about these events in the local newspapers on microfilm in the Louisiana Division.

  • Hurricane Katrina--August 29, 2005
  • Death of Marie Laveau--June 15, 1881 (see obituary in the Daily Picayune, June 17, 1881 (p. 8, c. 4).
  • Vitascope Hall, said to be the first movie house in America, opened at the corner of Canal St. and Exchange Place in 1896 (sorry, we don't have an exact date)
  • Huey P. Long Bridge dedication--December 16, 1935
  • Lake Pontchartrain Causeway opening--August 30, 1956
  • Hurricane Audrey--June 28, 1957
  • Greater New Orleans Bridge opening--April 15, 1958
  • "Race screens" removed from NOPSI buses--May 31, 1958
  • Airplane crash (Eastern flight 304) in Lake Pontchartrain--February 25, 1964
  • The Beatles performance in New Orleans--September 16, 1964
  • Hurricane Betsy--September 9, 1965
  • Airplane crash at Airport Hilton in Kenner--March 30, 1967
  • Lake Pontchartrain Causeway (second span) opening--August 5, 1969
  • Hurricane Camille--August 17, 1969
  • Disappearance of Hale Boggs--October 16, 1972
  • Rault Center fire--November 29, 1972
  • Howard Johnson sniper (Mark Essex) incident--January 7-8, 1973
  • Upstairs Lounge fire--June 24, 1973
  • Extensive street flooding in New Orleans--May 3, 1978
  • Mardi Gras cancelled due to New Orleans Police strike--Feb. 27, 1979.
  • Airplane crash (PanAm flight 759) in Kenner--July 9, 1982
  • Pontchartrain Beach Amusement Park's last day of rides--September 25, 1983
  • Louisiana World Exposition (World's Fair) opening day--May 12, 1984
  • Papal visit (Pope John Paul II)--September 11-13, 1987
  • Cabildo fire--May 11, 1988
  • Crescent City Connection ("new bridge") opening--September 30, 1988
  • Aquarium of the Americas grand opening--September 1, 1990
  • Hurricane Andrew--August 25-26, 1992
  • Harrah's New Orleans Casino (temporary location) grand opening--May 1, 1995.
  • Extensive street flooding in New Orleans--May 8, 1995

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Updated, 11/14/2007