American Indians, British colonists, American revolutionaries, Civil War soldiers and sailors, pioneering educators, aviators and astronauts. They all made history happen right here.

1607 Jamestown is established, marking the beginning of English America.

1693 The College of William and Mary, America's second-oldest college, is chartered.

1699 Williamsburg is recognized as the capital of Virginia, a distinction it holds until 1780.

1781 George Washington's victory at Yorktown tilts the balance for America's independence from Britain.

1861 Confederate troops burn Hampton so Federal troops will not be able to use the city.

1862 The Civil War's Peninsula campaign rages; Hampton Roads is the first site of a battle between ironclad ships.

1868 Hampton Institute (now Hampton University) is founded as a school for freed slaves and American Indians.

1917 Newport News is a major port of embarkation for troops headed to World War I. Langley Field is created.

1918 Hilton Village, the nation's first federally subsidized war-housing development, is built in then Warwick County, now part of Newport News.

1926 W.A.R. Goodwin and John D. Rockefeller Jr. join forces to restore Colonial Williamsburg.

1928 The James River Bridge opens, connecting the Peninsula to South of the James.

1930 The Mariners' Museum, founded by Archer M. Huntington, is chartered by the General Assembly.

1940 The Virginia Institute of Marine Science at Gloucester Point is chartered as the marine science school of the College of William and Mary.

1942 As America enters World War II, Newport News is once again a primary troop port.

1949 Patrick Henry Airport, now known as Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport, is dedicated.

1951 Newport News Shipbuilding launches the SS United States, the fastest ocean liner ever.

1952 Elizabeth City County and the town of Phoebus merge with Hampton. The Coleman Bridge opens across the York River between Yorktown and Gloucester.

1958 The cities of Warwick and Newport News merge.