William Allen creates a small settlement along the Lehigh river, naming it Northampton Town; hopes to turn it into a trading center, but the Lehigh proves too shallow.
William Allen's son, James, who had inherited the city builds the still-extant country home, Trout Hall.
John Adam's passes through the region, referring to the city by its informal name, Allen's town.
The Liberty Bell, along with 10 other bells are removed from Philadelphia, in anticipation of an attack, and hidden in the basement of Zion German Reformed Church.
The town, a sleepy Pennsylvania German community, is incorporated as the Borough of Northampton Town.
Lehigh County is formed from the western end of Northampton County; Northampton Town becomes the seat of the new county.
First documented performance of the Allentown Band, the oldest civilian concert band in the United States.
First incorporated homeopathic medical college in the world is built in Allentown; world-renown Dr. Constantine Hering is president.
Town officially adopts the name Allentown.
Lehigh County Agricultural Society holds first fair on a 5-acre plot on S. Fourth St; tradition continues as the Great Allentown Fair.
Allentown is incorporated as a city.
Financial crisis known as the Long Depression, brings a halt to the robust industrial growth of Allentown (and other American cities.)
Adelaide SIlk Mill, one of the largest in the world, opens in Allentown; brings Allentown out of decline; (by the 1920's there are scores of such mills in the city, along with furniture, cigar makers, and breweries.)
Central Market Hall is built; becomes the Lyric Theatre in 1899; hosts John Barrymore, Marx Brothers, others perform; today known as Symphony Hall.
Hess's Department Store founded by Charles and Max Hess.
Soldiers and Sailors Monument dedicated, thought to be the only Civil War Monument dedicated to BOTH Union and Confederate soldiers.
Allentown Hospital founded, now part of Lehigh Valley Health Network.
Liberty Bell Trolley Limited provides service from Allentown to Philadelphia.
Mack Trucks moves main manufacturing operations and headquarters from New York City to Allentown.
The Eighth Street Bridge--renamed the Albertus L. Meyers Bridge in 1974 in honor of an Allentown musician--opens over the Little Lehigh Creek; 138 feet high; 2650 feet long.
Ladies Band of Allentown Organized; Sacred Heart Hospital dedicated.
Pennsylvania Power & Light, now PPL, founded.
Yocco's opens its first location at 625 Liberty St.
Lee Iacocca born in Allentown.
PPL building is completed.
The Nineteenth Street Theatre opens.
Allentown Art Museum opens.
Alpo, on of the world's best-known dog food brands, is founded in a basement on Linden Street.
Convair Field, now Queen City Airport, is dedicated; field was a test space for Seawolf torpedo bombers.
The Lehigh Valley Transit Co. ceases trolley operation with a ceremonial run from Allentown to Bethlehem and back; future of mass transportation lies with busses.
Lyric Theatre is purchased by the Allentown Symphony, and christened Symphony Hall.
The Nineteenth Street Theatre becomes home to The Civic Theatre of Allentown, a performing arts company.
10-day period in October sees visits by presidential candidates Kennedy and Nixon, and Vice Presidential candidate Johnson, underscoring growing importance of Allentown.
Jay & the Techniques, a band that formed in Allentown score a top 10 R&B hit with 'Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie.'
Allentonian Anna Mae V. McCabe Hays becomes the first female brigadier general (Army).
The Hamilton Mall, an attempt to lure shoppers out of indoor malls, is completed; project includes canopies over the sidewalks.
Billy Joel releases 'Allentown'.
The first annual Mayfair Festival of the Arts is held at Cedar Creek Park for the first time.
Allentown's newest downtown building, the seven-story Corporate Plaza, is damaged beyond repair when two massive sinkholes open beneath it; the building that had been intended to anchor downtown development is imploded.
The flagship Hess's Department Store closes after 99 years.
Last of Hamilton Mall conopies are removed, ending the 1970's experiment intended to revitalize downtown shopping.
Hess's Department Store is demolished, to make room for the PPL Center, and eight-story office building.
Mack Trucks announces that headquarters will move from Allentown to Greensboro, N.C.
Coca-Cola Park opens as home to the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, the Philadelphia Phillies' Triple-A affiliate.
Demolition of buildings at Seventh and Hamilton streets begins, to make way for an 8500-seat arena; future home of the Phantoms hockey team.