Building Events in History



2014 Event - A man is apprehended inside the White House after scaling the fence and running into the building; U.S. President Barack Obama and his family were not there at the time of the incident

2013 Event - Heavy monsoon rains cause the collapse of a partially-finished building on a residential block in Mumbai, India

2013 Event - Savar, Bangladesh celebrates a woman found alive in the rubble 17 days after after a garment factory building collapsed and killed over 1,042 people

2012 Event - Thousands of union employees protest outside of the capital building in Lansing, Michigan, as Michigan's government passes legislation, becoming the nation's 24th right-to-work state, and most highly unionized state in the U.S. to have such laws

2012 Event - The nearly finished One World Trade Center overtakes the Empire State Building as the tallest building in New York City

2012 Event - Progress is made on the U.K. and European Union's tallest building when the spire of the Shard London Bridge is put in place

2011 Event - The South Korean military has police clear protesters from the building site of its new naval base in Jeju-do

2011 Event - The Israeli interior ministry grants its final approval for building 1,600 settler homes in the disputed East Jerusalem

2011 Event - Wisconsin AFL-CIO assemble hundreds of union supporters claiming they will risk arrest to prevent police from clearing the Wisconsin State Capitol building

2010 Event - David Cameron, Prime Minister of Britain, embarks on an official visit aimed at building closer economic ties to the People's Republic of China

2010 Event - Speaking at the U.N. General Assembly, Mahmoud Abbas communicates that Palestinians desire a 'comprehensive and just' peace agreement; he requests Israel cease its policy of building settlements in the West Bank

2010 Event - The 2010 Kyrgyzstani riots continue as President Kurmanbek Bakiyev reportedly flees the country, the government steps down and protesters control the parliament building

2010 Event - An employee at ABB Power building in St. Louis, Missouri, commits suicide after shooting eight people, 3 fatally

2009 Event - A bomb explodes outside of Athens' stock exchange, damaging the building and a female passer-by

2001 Event - Terrorists break into parliament building in New Delhi, murder at least 12

2000 Death - Frank Wills, often unemployed security guard, he the Democratic National Committee office in the Watergate Building had been burgled in June 1972, dies at 52

1997 Event - An abandoned building collapses on New York's 42nd St, no one hurt

1997 Event - Ali Abu Kamal opens fire in Empire State Building and kills 1

1995 Event - Truck bomb at Federal Building in Oklahoma City, kills 168

1995 Death - Willem N "Pim" Koot, pianist (Concert Building), dies at 76

1994 Event - Helicopter crashes into office building in San Jose, California, 1 dead

1993 Event - Red Tom Browning decides to watch his team play at Wrigley Field from the roof of a building across Sheffield Ave, he is fined $500

1993 Event - 2nd tallest building in world, New York City World Trade Center bombed, 7 die

1992 Event - Last building in Gateway area in Cleveland is demolished

1991 Death - Oscar Nitzchke, German architect (Alcoa building), dies at 90

1990 Event - New York City's Empire State Building catches fire - no fatalities

1990 Death - Mary Victor Bruce, who flew around empire state building in 1930, dies

1988 Event - Royal Concert building in Amsterdam reopens

1985 Event - Bomb attacks in NATO/AEG-Telefunken building in Brussels

1983 Event - 12 killed by a car bomb shattering 9-story building in west Beirut

1982 Event - Suriname army under Desi Bouterse fires on radio station building

1981 Event - Pete Squires sets record for 1575 steps of Empire State Building, 10m

1980 Event - Columbia mated to SRBs and external tank at Vehicle Assembly Building

1980 Event - Siege at Iranian Embassy in London ends; British commandos and police stormed the building

1979 Event - Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's Primate and Cat Building is dedicated

1978 Event - Sun Bank Building opens

1978 Event - Governor Askew dedicates RCUC solar office building

1977 Event - 5 die as New York Airway helicopter topples on Pan Am building in New York City

1974 Event - Then tallest building, World Trade Center opens in New York City (110 stories)

1973 Event - Chicago's Sears Tower, world's tallest building finished

1970 Event - Tanzania begins building railway Lusaka-Drone ash Salaam

1970 Event - Building begins of Amsterdam metro

1970 Event - Tanzania signs contract with China for building Tanzam-railway

1968 Event - Students seize administration building at Ohio State

1968 Event - Students seize building at Bowie State College

1968 Event - Howard University students seize administration building

1967 Event - 400 students seize administration building at Cheyney State College

1967 Event - Black students seize finance building at Northwestern University

1966 Event - Soviet government signs accord about building Fiat factory in U.S.S.R.

1965 Event - London's Post Office Tower opens, tallest building in England

1965 Event - U.S.S.R. and Persia sign dam building and economic aid pact

1964 Event - Ringo forms Brikley Building Company Ltd

1964 Death - Pierre Monteux, French/U.S. conductor, Concert Building Orchestra, dies at 89

1964 Event - France and Great Britain sign accord over building channel tunnel

1963 Event - C and A Building in Amsterdam burns down

1961 Event - Building of Berlin Wall begins

1961 Event - Prince Bernhard opens new RAI building in Amsterdam

1960 Event - French Senate condemns building own nuclear weapons

1960 Event - Building of Aswan dam in Egypt, begins

1959 Event - Citizens of Deerfield, Illinois block building of interracial housing

1959 Event - U.S.S.R. and Egypt sign contracts for building Aswan Dam

1959 Event - U.S.S.R. and Iraq signs contract for building Iraqi nuclear reactor

1957 Event - 1st coml building heated by Sun (Albuquerque NM)

1956 Event - World Trade Center dedicated in Ferry Building, San Francisco

1956 Event - Pachyderm Building at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo opens

1955 Event - Building of space travel center at Baikonur Kazachstan begins

1953 Event - Fokker begins building F-27 Fokker Friendship

1952 Event - Fire in main building of French Port Martin Antarctic base

1950 Event - Bird Building at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is dedicated

1950 Death - Eliel Saarinen, Fins/US architect (Chicago Trib building), dies at 76

1950 Event - President Truman approves building of hydrogen bomb

1949 Event - Dutch Drees government presents plan for the building of 30,000 houses

1948 Event - Palestine Post building in Jerusalem bombed

1946 Event - Ice plant collapses, shearing a tenement building and burying 38

1945 Event - Airplane crashes into the Empire State Building

1945 Event - U.S. Army B-25 crashes into 79th floor of Empire State Building, 14 die

1945 Event - ANJV established in Concert building, Amsterdam

1945 Event - Red Army opens attack on German Reichstag building in Berlin

1943 Event - World's largest office building, Pentagon, completed

1941 Event - Himmler orders building of Majdanek concentration camp

1941 Event - Cornerstone of B of A building at 300 Montgomery laid

1941 Event - IG Farben decides building Buna-Werke in Auschwitz Concentration Camp

1940 Event - Nazi occupiers forbid building schools in Netherlands

1940 Event - Himmler orders building of Auschwitz concentration camp, at Katowice

1936 Event - Empire State Building emanates high definition TV-343 lines

1936 Event - Hitler announce building of Volkswagens (starting slug-bug game)

1935 Death - Huey P Long, (Sen-La) assassinated at Baton Rouge Capitol building

1934 Event - Fascist dictator of Latvia Ulmanis begins building concentration camp

1933 Death - Adolf Loos, Austria architect (building of houses), dies at 62

1933 Event - Nazis set fire to German parliament building, Reichstag, blame it on Communists

1931 Event - Cornerstones laid for Opera House and Veteran's Building

1931 Event - Blimp is moored to Empire State Building (New York City)

1931 Event - Empire State Building opens in New York City

1930 Event - Building begins on Albert Canal in Belgium

1930 Event - 1st U.S. indoor glider flight, St. Louis Terminal Building

1929 Event - New York City Museum of Modern Art opens in Hecksher Building

1929 Event - President Hoover authorizes building of Boulder Dam, Hoover Dam

1928 Event - KPD begins petition against Germany building a battle fleet

1928 Event - 1st U.S. air-conditioned office building opens, San Antonio

1926 Event - Building of Olympian Stadium Amsterdam, begins

1924 Death - Louis H Sullivan, architect (Wainwright building St. Louis), dies at 67

1922 Event - Mayor Hylan closes streets for building of Yankee Stadium

1922 Event - Prince Hendrik opens trade fair building in Amsterdam

1918 Birthday - Willem N "Pim" Koot, pianist of Concert building, Oh, Lady! Lady!

1916 Birthday - Norman Griggs, Vice President, Building Society Association

1914 Event - New York Post Office Building opens to public

1911 Event - New York Public Library building at 5th Avenue dedicated by President Taft

1910 Birthday - Eero Saarinen, Finnish/U.S. architect, IBM Building, MIT Chapel

1910 Birthday - Herbert Ashworth, CEO, Nationwide Building Society

1909 Event - 1st NAACP conference (United Charities Building, New York City)

1909 Birthday - Harry B. Helmsley, born in New York City, billionaire builder, Empire State Building

1908 Birthday - Max Abramovitz, U.S. architect, Lincoln Center, United Nations Building

1906 Birthday - Alexander Bodon, Hungarian/Dutch architect, RAI building

1906 Event - 1st federal penitentiary building completed, Leavenworth, Kansas

1904 Event - New York City begins building Grand Central Station

1902 Birthday - Murk Ozinga, Dutch building historian, Monuments of Curacao

1902 Event - Building begins on Dutch public housing

1900 Birthday - Oscar Nitzchke, German architect, Alcoa building/Centre Pompidou

1899 Event - San Francisco City Hall turned over to city, after 29 years of building

1898 Event - San Francisco Ferry Building at foot of Market St. opens

1880 Event - Building of Panama Canal, begins

1873 Birthday - Louis Zimmermann, violinist and 1st concert master of Concert building

1870 Birthday - Adolf Loos, Austria architect, building of houses

1864 Event - Captain Mendell begins building 640m long ponton bridge over James River, Virginia

1859 Birthday - Florentinus M Wibaut, Amsterdams social alderman, building of houses

1850 Event - Work starts on 1st brick building in San Francisco

1840 Birthday - John Philip Holland, Liscannor Ireland, pioneer in submarine building

1835 Event - 1st building constructed at Yerba Buena (now SF)

1831 Event - 1st U.S. building and loan association organized, Frankford, Penn

1817 Event - 1st Evangelical church building dedicated, New Berlin, Penn

1800 Event - Congress held 1st session in Washington D.C. in incompleted Capitol building

1795 Event - 1st state appropriation of money for road building, Kentucky

1793 Event - President Washington lays cornerstone of Capitol building

1792 Event - Cornerstone laid for 1st U.S. government building: U.S. Mint in Philadelphia

1759 Birthday - William Thornton, architect, Capitol building, Washington D.C.

1718 Event - Avalanche destroys every building in Leukerbad, Switzerland; kills 53

1660 Birthday - Hubert Gautier, engineer, wrote 1st book on bridge building

1655 Event - Middelburg Netherlands forbids building of synagogue

122 Event - Building begins on Hadrian's Wall













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