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History Timeline

  • 1519
    Spain explores Mobile Bay
  • 1540
    Hernando de Soto of Spain explores Alabama
  • 1559
    Tristan de Luna establishes temporary settlements on Mobile Bay
  • 1702
    France founds Fort Louis de la Mobile on the Mobile River
  • 1763
    End of the French and Indian War.
    Britain controls Alabama.
  • 1780
    Spain takes Mobile from Britain.
  • 1783
    Britain gives Northern Alabama to the US and Mobile to Spain.
  • 1702
    French occupation of Mobile area
  • 1702
    Establishment of Fort Louis De La Louisianne
  • 1711
    Establishment of Fort Conde
  • 1763
    British occupation of Mobile area
  • 1780
    Spanish occupation of Mobile area
  • 1813
    American occupation of Mobile area
  • 1819
    Incorporation of the City of Mobile
  • 1830
    Spring Hill College founded.
    Indians begin moving to Oklahoma on the Trail of Tears
  • 1861
    Alabama joins the confederacy
  • 1864
    Battle of Mobile Bay
  • 1865
    The Civil War ends; Mobile and Montgomery surrender
  • 1866
    Laying off of national cemetery
  • 1867
    Shooting of Judge Richard Busteed
  • 1878
    Yellow fever epidemic
  • 1879
    Installation of first telephone in Mobile
  • 1884
    First parade of 'Comic Cowboys'
  • 1893
    Mobile's first electric streetcar begins operation
  • 1888
    Mobile Fire Department established.
  • 1899
    City forbids further burials in Church Street Cemetery
  • 1905
    Fire destroys the Battle House
  • 1906
    'Wayside Cross' erected in Bienville Square
  • 1910
    Cornerstone for Mobile Infirmary laid
  • 1913
    President Woodrow Wilson speaks to the citizens of Mobile
  • 1919
    Fire destroys 40 city blocks
  • 1920
    Mobile women cast their first ballots
  • 1921
    Cornerstone of the Scottish Rites Temple laid
  • 1923
    Mobile Fire Department retires last Horse-Drawn Apparatus
  • 1923
    Alabama State Docks authorized
  • 1926
    Murphy High School opens
  • 1927
    Cochrane Bridge opens
  • 1928
    Public Library opens
  • 1929
    Azalea Trail opens
  • 1929
    First Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo
  • 1932
    Bellingrath Gardens opens
  • 1933
    The Tennessee Valley Authority is formed
  • 1937
    Cochrane Bridge is freed of toll
  • 1941
    Bankhead Tunnel opens
  • 1941
    Brookely Field opens
  • 1951
    Mobile becomes home to Senior Bowl
  • 1955
    Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus
  • 1955
    City of Mobile purchases Oakleigh
  • 1955
    Dauphin Island Bridge opens
  • 1957
    Municipal (Langan) Park opens
  • 1958
    First 'America's Junior Miss'
  • 1960
    Restoration of Downtown Mobile begins
  • 1963
    Mobile abandons racial segregation in public schools
  • 1964
    U.S.S. Alabama brought to Mobile
  • 1964
    University of South Alabama opened with first freshman class
  • 1964
    Mobile Municipal Auditorium (Civic Center) opens
  • 1965
    Martin Luther King Jr. leads a protest march of voter discrimination
  • 1966
    33 story First National Bank building completed
  • 1968
    Neighborhood Organized Workers (NOW) established
  • 1971
    President Richard Nixon opens the Tenn-Tom Waterway
  • 1973
    George Wallace Tunnel opened and Bayway completed
  • 1974
    University of South Alabama College of Medicine established
  • 1974
    Mobile Native Henry "Hank" Aaron hits record 715th career home run
  • 1974
    First African-Americans from Mobile elected to Alabama Senate and House
  • 1975
    Mobile Fire Department establishes Paramedic Services.
  • 1976
    Fort Conde reconstructed and Fort Conde Village reopened
  • 1979
    Hurricane Frederick strikes Mobile
  • 1979
    Mobil drills first Oil Well in Mobile Bay
  • 1981
    I-10 completed across Mobile Bay
  • 1985
    Mayor - Council form of government replaces City Commission
  • 1993
    Mobile Convention Center opens
  • 1996
    Mobile Fire Department is renamed to Mobile Fire-Rescue Department.

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