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The following is a timeline of the history of Charlotte, North Carolina, United States.

Prior to 19th century

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  • 1763 - Mecklenburg County established.
  • 1768 - Charlotte Town incorporated.
  • 1770 - Queen's Museum chartered.
  • 1774 - Charlotte becomes capital of county.
  • 1775 - Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence signed.
  • 1777 - Liberty Hall Academy incorporated.
  • 1780 - Battle of Charlotte fought.

19th century

  • 1835 - Charlotte Journal newspaper begins publication.
  • 1837 - Charlotte Mint opens.
  • 1850 - William F. Davidson becomes mayor.
  • 1852
    • Railway begins operating.
    • Western Democrat newspaper begins publication.
  • 1857
    • Charlotte Female Institute established.
    • Young Men's Christian Association active.
    • Gas lighting in use.
  • 1858 - Charlotte Military Academy established.
  • 1867 - Biddle Memorial Institute founded.
  • 1875 - Charlotte public schools established.
  • 1880 - Population: 7,084.
  • 1886 - Charlotte Chronicle newspaper begins publication.
  • 1887
    • Electric lighting in use.
    • Charlotte Fire Department founded.
  • 1888 - The Charlotte News begins publication.
  • 1890 - Charlotte Post newspaper begins publication.
  • 1891
    • City hall built.
    • Charlotte Literary and Library Association organized.
  • 1897 - Elizabeth College established.

20th century

  • 1903 - Charlotte Carnegie Public Library opens.
  • 1905
    • Brevard Street Library for Negroes opens.
    • Southern Power Company incorporated.
  • 1908 - Union National Bank founded.
  • 1915 - Temple Israel built.
  • 1924
    • Hotel Charlotte opens.
    • Radiator Specialty Company founded.
  • 1930 - Population: 82,675.
  • 1932 - Charlotte Symphony Orchestra formed.
  • 1935 - Charlotte Municipal Airport established.
  • 1936 - Mint Museum opens.
  • 1940 – Population: 100,899.
  • 1946 - Charlotte Center of the University of North Carolina opens.
  • 1947 - The Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte founded.
  • 1948 - Children's Theatre of Charlotte founded.
  • 1950 – Population: 134,042.
  • 1955 - Ovens Auditorium opens.
  • 1957 - American Commercial Bank formed.
  • 1960 – Population: 201,564.
  • 1961 - Stan Brookshire becomes mayor.
  • 1966 - Charlotte Botanical Gardens established.
  • 1967 - WCNC-TV begins broadcasting.
  • 1968 - Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories Arboretum established.
  • 1970
  • 1971 - U.S. Supreme Court decides Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, approving racial desegregation busing.
  • 1973 - Carowinds Monorail begins operating.
  • 1974 - Airplane accident.
  • 1976 - Afro-American Cultural Center established.
  • 1980 - Population: 314,447.
  • 1982 - Heroes Convention (comic books) begins.
  • 1983 - Harvey Gantt becomes mayor.
  • 1985 - Metrolina Theatre Association established.
  • 1986
    • Opera Carolina formed.
    • Airplane accident.
  • 1987 - WJZY begins broadcasting.
  • 1989 - Hurricane Hugo.
  • 1990
    • Charlotte Allstar Cheerleading founded.
    • Population: 395,934.
  • 1991
    • Blockbuster Pavilion opens.
    • Museum of the New South incorporated.
  • 1992
    • North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center opens.
    • Carolina Actors Studio Theatre and Carolinas Aviation Museum founded.
  • 1993
    • City government computer network begins operating.
    • Mel Watt becomes U.S. representative for North Carolina's 12th congressional district.
  • 1994
    • WMYT-TV begins broadcasting.
    • Airplane accident.
    • Charlotte's Web Community Network online.
  • 1995
    • Pat McCrory becomes mayor.
    • Charlotte Convention Center and Tremont Music Hall open.
    • City website online.
  • 1997 - Loomis Fargo Bank Robbery.
  • 1998 - Bank of America formed.
  • 1999 - Federal court ends mandated racial integration in schools via busing.

21st century

  • 2000 - Population: 540,828.
  • 2002 - ConCarolinas begins.
  • 2003 - Airplane accident.
  • 2004
    • Slow Food Charlotte founded.[1]
    • Street Soccer USA headquartered in city.
  • 2005 - Charlotte Bobcats Arena and ImaginOn open.
  • 2007
    • Lynx Blue Line light rail begins operating.
    • Billy Graham Library opens.
  • 2009 - Anthony Foxx becomes mayor.
  • 2010
  • 2011 - Occupy Charlotte begins.
  • 2012
    • Little Sugar Creek Greenway built.
    • Democratic National Convention held in Charlotte.
  • 2013
    • Robert Pittenger becomes U.S. representative for North Carolina's 9th congressional district.
    • Population: 792,862.
  • 2014 - Alma Adams becomes U.S. representative for North Carolina's 12th congressional district.
  • 2016 - September: Protests and unrest following the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott leave several police officers wounded, and a civilian shot.
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