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History of
Dow Jones Industrial Average

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DATE

EVENT DESCRIPTION

1884
July 03

Dow Jones publishes its first average of U.S. stocks in the Customer's Afternoon Letter, forerunner of The Wall Street Journal.

1896
May 26

Dow Jones publishes its first "Industrial" average (DJIA) consisting of 12 stocks closing at 40.94.

 The Original Dow Dozen



Aug. 08 1896

Falls .18 to close at 28.48, lowest close in DJIA history

1929
Sept. 03

Reaches its closing peak for the bull market of the 1920's, at 381.17.

Oct. 28

Plummets 38.33 points, cutting 12.8 percent of the DJIA value, closing at 260.64.

This is the second largest percentage drop of the DJIA. - See greatest DJIA Losses of all time here:  DJIA Losses

1929
Oct. 29


Falls 30.57 to 230.07 cutting 11.7 percent of the DJIA. This is the third largest percentage drop of the DJIA. 
These 2 days total 24.5 percent.


Oct. 30

Rises 28.40 to close at 258.47, second largest percentage gain of the DJIA, up 12.34%.

1931
Oct 06


Rises 12.86 to close at 99.34, largest percentage gain of the DJIA, up 14.87%.

1932
Jul. 08


Falls .59 to close at 41.22.  This decline from Sep. 03 1929 totaled 339.95 for a percentage drop of 89.19%

1972
Nov. 14

Rises 6.09 to close at 1,003.16, first close above 1,000.00.

1974
Dec. 06

Closes at a 12-year low of 577.60, ending the worst bear market since the '30's.

1987
Jan. 08

Rises 8.30 to close at 2,002.25, first close above 2,000.00.

Oct. 16

Plunges 108.35 to 2,246.73, falling more than 100 points for the first time.

1987
Oct. 19


Plunges a record 507.99 to 1,738.74, a drop of 22.6 percent that became known as the Black Monday crash. . .

This is the largest percentage drop of the DJIA. - See greatest DJIA Losses of all time here:  DJIA Losses

1989
 Jan. 24

Rises 38.04 to close at 2,256.43, regaining its level of Oct. 16, 1987, for the first time since Black Monday.

1991
 April 17

Rises 17.58 to close at 3,004.46, first close above 3,000.00.

1995
Feb 23

Rises 30.28 to close at 4,003.33, first close above 4,000.00

Nov.21

Rises 40.46 to close at 5,023.55, first close above 5,000.00

1996
Oct. 14

Rises 40.62 to close at 6,010.00, first close above 6,000.00.

Nov. 06

Rises 96.53 to close at 6,177.71, first close above 6,100.00.

Nov. 07

Rises 28.33 to close at 6,206.04, first close above 6,200.00.

Nov. 14

Rises 38.76 to close at 6,313.00, first close above 6,300.00.

Nov. 20

Rises 32.42 to close at 6,430.02, first close above 6,400.00.

Nov. 25

Rises 76.03 to close at 6,547.79, first close above 6,500.00.

1997
Jan. 07

Rises 33.48 to close at 6.600.66, first close above 6,600.00.

Jan. 10

Rises 78.12 to close at 6,703.79, first close above 6,700.00.

Jan. 17

Rises 67.73 to close at 6,833.10, first close above 6,800.00.

Feb. 12

Rises 103.52 to close at 6,961.63, first close above 6,900.00

Feb. 13

Rises 60.81 to close at 7,022.44, first close above 7,000.00.

May 05

Rises 143.29 to close at 7,214.49, first close above 7,100.00 and 7,200.00.

May 15

Rises 47.39 to close at 7,333.55, first close above 7,300.00

Jun 06

Rises 130.49 to close at 7,438.78, first close above 7,400.00.

Jun. 10

Rises 60.77 to close at 7,539.27, first close above 7,500.00.

Jun. 12

Rises 135.64 to close at 7,711.47, first close above 7,600.00 and 7,700.00.

Jul. 03

Rises 100.53 to close at 7,895.91, first close above 7,800.00.

Jul. 11

Rises 35.06 to close at 7,921.82, first close above 7,900.00.

Jul. 16

Rises 63.17 to close at 8,038.88, first close above 8,000.00.

Jul. 24

Rises 28.57 to close at 8,116.93, first close above 8,100.00

Jul. 30

Rises 80.36 to close at 8,254.89, first close above 8,200.00

Oct. 27

Falls 554.26 to close at 7,161.15, third largest dollar loss in history, down 7.18%.   Trading of all securities is halted twice during the day, first interruption since the.March 30, 1981  assassination attempt on President Reagan.

Oct. 28

Rises 337.17 to close at 7,498.32, third largest dollar gain in history, up 4.71%

1998
Feb. 11

Rises 18.94 to close at 8,314.55, first close above 8,300.00

Feb. 18

Rises 52.56 to close at 8,451.06, first close above 8,400.00.

Feb. 27

Rises 55.05 to close at 8,545.72, first close above 8,500.00

Mar. 10

Rises 75.98 to close at 8,643.123, first close above 8,600.00.

Mar. 16

Rises 116.33 to close at 8,718.85, first close above 8,700.00.

Mar. 19

Rises 27.65 to close at 8,803.05, first close above 8,800.00.

Mar. 20

Rises 103.38 to close at 8,906.43, first close above 8,900.00.

Apr. 06

Rises 49.82 to close at 9,033.23, first close above 9,000.00.

Apr. 14

Rises 97.90 to close at 9,110.20, first close above 9,100.00.

May 13

Rises 50.07 to close at 9,211.84, first close above 9,200.00.

July 16

Rises 93.72 to close at 9,328.19, first close above 9,300.00.

Aug. 31

Falls 512.61 to close at 7,539.07 a 1,798.90 (19.26%) drop since July 17, 1998.
This is the fourth largest dollar loss in history eliminating all gains since June 10, 1997.

Sep.07

Rises 380.53 to close at 8,020.78, fifth largest dollar gain in history, up 4.98%.

Oct. 16

Rises 117.40 to close at 8,416.76, largest weekly dollar gain in history, up 517.24.

1999  Jan. 06

Rises 233.78 to close at 9,544.78, first close above 9,400.00 and 9,500.00.

Jan. 08

Rises 105.56 to close at 9,643.32, first close above 9,600.00.

Mar. 05

Rises 268.68 to close at 9,736.08, first close above 9,700.00.

Mar. 11

Rises 124.60 to close at 9,897.44, first close above 9,800.00.

Mar. 15

Rises 82.42 to close at 9,958.77, first close above 9,900.00

Mar. 29

Rises 184.54 to close at 10,006.78, first close above 10,000.00.

Apr. 08

Rises 112.39 to close at 10,197.70, first close above 10,100.00.

Apr. 12

Rises 165.67 to close at 10,339.51, first close above 10,200.00 and 10,300.00.

Apr. 14

Rises 16.65 to close at 10,411.66, first close above 10,400.00.

Apr. 21

Rises 132.87 to close at 10,581.42, first close above 10,500.00.

Apr. 22

Rises 145.76 to close at 10,727.18, first close above 10,600.00 and 10,700.00.

Apr. 27

Rises 113.12 to close at 10,831.71, first close above 10,800.00.

May 03

Rises 225.65 to close at 11,014.69, first close above 10,900.00 and 11,000.00.

May 13

Rises 106.82 to close at 11,107.19, first close above 11,100.00.

Jul 12,

Rises 7.28 to close at 11,200.98, first close above 11,200.00.

Aug 25

Rises 42.74 to close at 11,326.04, first close above 11,300.00.

1999
Nov 1

The DJIA dropped four corporations from its thirty corporation component, Chevron Corp.,  Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Sears, Roebuck & Co. and Union Carbide Corp.
Four corporations added were The Home Depot, Inc., Intel Corp., Microsoft Corp. and  SBC Communications, Inc.

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Dec 23

Rises 202.16 to close at 11,405.76, first close above 11,400.00.

2000
Jan 07

Rises 269.30 to close at 11,522.56, first close above 11,500.00.

Jan 14

Rises 140.55 to close at all time high of 11,722.98, first close above 11,600.00 and 11,700.00.

Mar 07

Falls 60.50 to close at 9,796.03 for a YTD low completing a tumble of 16.48% from Jan 14.

Mar 16

Rises 499.19 to close at 10,630.39, largest dollar gain in history, up 4.93%.

Apr 14

Falls 617.78 to close at 10,305.77, second largest dollar loss in history, down 5.66%.

2001
May 21

Rises 36.18 to close at 11,372.92 recovering 1,983.44 (85%) of the 2,333.50 decline since Jan 14, 2000.

Sep 07

Falls 234.99 to close at 9,605.85 falling 1,767.07 (15.5%) since May 21, 2001.

Sep 11, 2001

Markets closed because of terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C.
Markets will re-open September 17, 2001 after being closed for 4 trading days.  The last time that  U.S. stock trading was suspended for more than two sessions occurred in March 1933, when  President Franklin Delano Roosevelt called for a nationwide bank holiday to prevent a run on the banks.
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Sep 17

Falls 684.81 to close at 8,920.70, largest dollar loss in history, down 7.13%.

Sep 21

Falls 140.40 to close at 8,235.81, eliminating all gains since July 30, 1997, over 4 years ago. Since May 21, 2001 the market has declined 3,137.11 for a percentage loss of 27.58.  In the one  week since the terrorist attack the market has declined 1,369.70 for a percentage loss of 14.26%.

2002
Jul 23

Falls 82.24 to close at 7,702.34.  The market has declined 4,020.64, or 34%, since January 14, 2000.

Jul 24

Rises 488.95 to close at 8,191.29, second largest dollar gain in history, up 6.35%.

Jul 29

Rises 447.49 to close at 8,711.88, third largest dollar gain in history, up 5.41%.

Oct 09

Falls 215.22 to close at 7,286.27.  The market has declined 4,436.71, or 38%, since January 14, 2000.

Oct 15

Rises 378.28 to close at 8,255.28 to close once again above 8,000

Oct 21

Rises 215.84 to close at 8,538.24 to close once again above 8,500

2003
June 04

Rises 116.03 to close at 9,038.98 to close once again above 9,000

Sep 02,

Rises 107.45 to close at 9,523.27 to close once again above 9,500.

Dec 11

Rises 86.30 to close at 10,008.16, first close above 10,000 since May 27, 2002

2006
Jan 09

Rises 52.59 to close at 11,011.90, first close above 11,000 since June 7, 2001

Oct 03

Rises 56.99 to close at 11,727.34, to establish new all time closing, previous high set on Jan 14,2000 , 6 years 9 months ago.

Oct 04

Rises 123.27 to close at 11,850.61, first close above 11,800

Oct 12

Rises 95.57 to close at 11,947.70, first close above 11,900

Oct 18

Rises 42.66 to close at 11,992.68 after falling back from today's high trading of 12,024.50

Oct 19

Rises 19.05 to close at 12,011.73, first close above 12,000
The DJIA has risen 65% during the 4 year period since October 09, 2002

Oct 23

Rises 114.54 to close at 12,116.91, first close above 12,100

Nov 14

Rises 86.13 to close at 12,218.01, first close above 12,200

Nov 16

Rises 54.11 to close at 12,305.82, first close above 12,300

Dec 14

Rises 99.26 to close at 12,416.76, first close above 12,400

Dec 27

Rises 102.94 to close at 12,510.57, first close above 12,500

2007
Jan 24

Rises 87.97 to close at 12,621.77, first close above 12,600

Feb 14

Rises 87.01 to close at 12,741.86, first close above 12,700

Feb 27

Loses 416.02 to close at 12,216.24 - declines 3.29%  - See greatest DJIA Losses of all time here:  DJIA Losses

Apr 18

Rises 30.80 to close at 12,803.84, first close above 12,800

Apr 20

Rises 153.35 to close at 12,961.98, first close above 12,900

Apr 25

Rises 135.95 to close at 13,089.89, first close above 13,000

Apr 26

Rises 15.61 to close at 13,105.50, first close above 13,100

May 02

Rises 75.74 to close at 13,211.88, first close above 13,200 

May 07

Rises 48.35 to close at 13,312.97, first close above 13,300

May 16

Rises 103.69 to close at 13,487.53, first close above 13,400

May 18

Rises 79.81 to close at 13,556.53, First close above 13,500 

May 30

Rises 111.74 to Close at 13,633.08, first close above 13,600

Jul 12

Rises 283.86 to close at 13,861.73, first close above 13,700 and 13,800

Jul 13

Rises 45.52 to close at 13,907.25, first close above 13,900

Jul 19

Rises 82.19 to close at 14,000.41, first close above 14,000

The DJIA has risen 6,714 points, or 92%, since the low point of Oct 9, 2002, 4 years 10 months ago

Oct 09

Rises 120.80 to close at 14,164.53, first close above 14,100 - All time closing high


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