New Orleans Timeline
Jean Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville and John Law founded the City of New Orleans and named it. The French Quarter street plan was made by Adrien de Pauger.
New Orleans becomes the Capital of the Louisiana Colony.
Ursuline Nuns arrive in New Orleans
Indian massacre of the French at Natchez
French Acadians began to arrive in New Orleans
New Orleans becomes a Spanish colony by the signing of the Treaty of Paris
New Orleans became Capital of Spanish Louisiana
First Spanish Governor, Alexander O'Reilly takes control of Louisiana Colony, French rebellion resulted in execution of five French leaders
In the French Quarter, over 850 structures are destroyed by fire including the cathedral.
St. Louis Cathedral construction is completed. Another large fire destroys buildings in the French Quarter
Louisiana secretly returned to France
Louisiana Purchase, Napoleon I sells Louisana to the United States.
Population about 8,000
Louisiana admitted to the Union as the 18th state.
First steamboat reached New Orleans
General Andrew Jackson defeats the British ending the War of 1812.
The first Mardi Gras celebration is held in New Orleans.
The United States Mint is built in New Orleans.
The first documented Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans.
Port of New Orleans ranked fourth in World
Place d'Armes officially renamed Jackson Square.
New Orleans third largest city in the United States
Yellow Fever Epidemic (more than 8,000 died)
First modern Mardi Gras parade sponsored by a Krewe
Louisiana secedes from the Union
New Orleans captured by Federal Troops under General David Farragut, placed under the command of Gen. Benjamin Butler
Louisiana returns to the Union.
Krewe of Rex organized
World Cotton Exposition
Krewe of Zulu organized
The last coins are minted in New Orleans and the Mint is closed.
Loyola University is established.
Xavier College established.
The Vieux Carré Commission is created.
City Hall, 1300 Perdido Street opened
The New Orleans Saints franchise awarded
The Superdome is completed
Mardi Gras cancelled due to New Orleans Police strike
Airplane crash (PanAm flight 759) in Kenner
Pontchartrain Beach Amusement Park's last day of rides, September 25
Louisiana World Exposition (World's Fair) opens
Pope John Paul II visits
New Orleans hosts the Republican National Congress
Aquarium of the Americas grand opening
Harrah's New Orleans Casino grand opening
Extensive street flooding in New Orleans
The 16,000-square-foot gallery of The National D-Day Museum is divided into four, state-of-the-art, interactive exhibits that intermix oral histories from veterans worldwide, artifacts, documents and photographs with hands-on activities and never before seen film footage. These series of exhibits take Museum visitors through the weeks and days leading up to the D-Days of World War II to the foggy morning of June 6 when the Allies landed on the beaches of Normandy to the other decisive air and sea assaults that led to victory in Europe and the Pacific.
The Historic New Orleans Collection was established in 1966 by General and Mrs. L. Kemper Williams, private collectors of Louisiana materials, to maintain and expand their collection and make it available to the public through research facilities and exhibitions. The Collection operates a museum accredited by the American Association of Museums in a complex of historic French Quarter buildings at 533 Royal Street. Facilities at Royal Street include the Williams Gallery for changing exhibitions, several permanent exhibition galleries illustrating the history of the city and state, the Williams Residence house museum, and a museum shop. The Williams Research Center, composed of curatorial, manuscripts, and library collections, is housed in a restored police and court building at 410 Chartres Street.
Few events in American history have captured the popular imagination and found representation in such diverse forms of expression as has the Battle of New Orleans. General Andrew Jackson's defeat of the British forces below New Orleans in January of 1815 established once and for all that Louisiana would remain an American possession. The battle and the personalities involved have remained favorite subjects for generations of historians, storytellers, and artists. The Historic New Orleans Collection is particularly fortunate to have been entrusted with the world's foremost assembly of original documents, artworks, rare books and memorabilia relating to the Battle of New Orleans.
New Orleans' most prominent heritage attraction is the Louisiana State Museum, a complex of national landmarks housing thousands of artifacts and works of art reflecting Louisiana's legacy of historic events and cultural diversity. The Museum operates five properties in the famous French Quarter: the Cabildo, Presbytere, 1850 House, Old U.S. Mint and Madame John's Legacy. Also the Wedell-Williams Memorial Aviation Museum in Patterson, the Old Courthouse in Natchitoches, and the E.D. White Historic Site in Thibodaux.