Building Events in History

2015 Event - Japanese protesters gather outside the nation's parliament building to oppose changes proposed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to allow Japanese combat defense aid to allied nations for cases in which Japan itself is not under attack

2015 Event - A rally calling for removal of the Confederate flag forms at the capitol building of the U.S. state of South Carolina in response to a shooting earlier this week of nine African-Americans by white supremacist Dylann Storm Roof

2014 Event - A gunman attempts to set fire to the Mexican consulate and shoots at police headquarters, the federal court building, and other structures in Austin, Texas before being shot by police; the attack may have been motivated by anti-immigration sentiments

2014 Event - Two boys in a New York town are rescued early this morning after being inadvertently buried in snow by a snow plow; the plow operator did not see the children as he cleared snow from a parking lot in which they were building a snow fort

2014 Event - In a potential attempt to claim sovereignty, China is building an island in the South China Sea in an area claimed by several nations; sources speculate that the island may be used to support an airstrip and military activities

2014 Event - One World Trade Center opens today, 13 years after terrorists destroyed the twin towers of the original World Trade Center; the tower is one of 5 to be built on the same site and, at 1,773 feet high, is now the tallest building in the United States

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