Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazano arrived in New York harbor.
April 5, 1768
The New York Chamber of Commerce, first state chamber in America, was founded at Fraunces tavern in New York City.
April 1, 1796
Public libraries were first authorized to be established in New York State.
April 1, 1797
New York State's first turnpike was authorized to be built, between Albany and Schenectady by a private stock company that would collect tolls.
April 12, 1813
The first coal mining company in New York State, Allegany Coal, was chartered.
April 26, 1826
The first graduate engineers received their degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy.
April 8, 1896
The New York State flag was adopted.
April 25, 1901
Automobile license plates became required by law in New York State.
April 7, 1933
Prohibition ended in America and New York's bars reopened.
April 4, 1973
Governor Nelson Rockefeller dedicated the World Trade Center in New York City.