|1847. 22 Feb
||Birth of Thornton Chase, designated the first American Bahá'í, in Springfield, Massachusetts.
||Springfield; Massachusetts; America; United States
||Thornton Chase; birth; American; Bahá'í
|1852. 21 Feb
||Birth of Isabella Brittingham, prominent American Bahá'í teacher, in New York City.
||New York City; United States
||Isabella Brittingham; American; Bahá'í
|1855. 15 Oct 1855 or 1856
||Birth of Robert Turner, first black American Bahá'í.
||USA; America; United States
||Robert Turner; Bahá'í
|1883. June 21
||Thornton Chase appears in Newspaper coverage of poem printed in The Grand Army Magazine, June 1883, "Lo! the Ranks are Thinned and Thinning"
||Thorton Chase; newspapers
||Thornton Chase in the newspapers|
||A census of religions in the United States counts 1280 Bahá'ís. [BFA2:XVI]
||census of religions
|1909. July 23
||Louis George Gregory joins the Bahá'í Faith after investigating since 1907. [Wikipedia]
||Washington DC; United States
||Louis George Gregory; Hand of the Cause
|1925 4–9 Jul
||The Seventeenth Annual Convention of the Bahá’ís of the United States and Canada is held at Green Acre. [GAP117; SBR94]
- National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United States and Canada is elected for the first time. [GPB333, SETPE1p107]
- Like the previous attempts at electing a National Assembly in 1922, 1923 and 1924, the delegates didn't fully understand the Bahá'í election procedure. Nine members were elected as well as nine alternates whose purpose was to replace absent members. [SETPE1p108]
- The members were: Alfred Lunt, William Randall, May Maxwell, George Latimer, Louis Gregory, Elizabeth Greenleaf, Mariam Haney and Keith Ransom-Kehler with Horace Holley becomes its first full-time secretary. [BW13:852; SBR233, SETPE1p108]
|United States; Canada
||Alfred Lunt; William Randall; May Maxwell; George Latimer; Louis Gregory; Elizabeth Greenleaf; Mariam Haney; Keith Ransom-Kehler; Horace Holley; National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States and Canada
||"A Plan of Unified Action to Spread the Baha'i Cause Throughout the United States and Canada January 1, 1926-December 31, 1928" was formulated by The National Spiritual Assembly of the United States and Canada in response to Shoghi Effendi's message to the annual National Convention. [BA86-89]
It can be found at [Plan] The goals were (1) to unify the American Bahá'í community's efforts, (2) to increase the number of Bahá'ís, (3) to "penetrate the consciousness of the public with the spirit of Bahá'u'lláh", and (4) to raise $400,000 so that the construction of the first unit of the Temple's superstructure could begin. [SBBR14p160, BFA1p110]
- This was the first of two Plans developed by the North American National Assembly in the years from 1926 to 1934 the second being "A New Plan of Unified Action To complete the Bahá'í Temple and promote the Cause in America (1931-1934)". [SBBR14p155-197]
During the years of these two plans the National Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States and Canada developed practices commonly used in subsequent plans, organized propagation, a central budget and the modern form of the Nineteen Day Feast. [SBBR14p160]
|National Spiritual Assembly of the United States and Canada
||"A Plan of Unified Action to Spread the Baha'i Cause Throughout the United States and Canada
|1990 26 Jan
||The Bahá'í Chair for World Peace is established at the University of Maryland's Centre for International Development and Conflict Management at the official signing of the Memorandum of Understanding. [AWH76; BINS217:7; VV108]
- Professor Suheil Bushrui is appointed to the Chair in 1992.
- For picture see VV108.
|Maryland; United States
||Baha'i Chair World Peace; Suheil Bushrui
|1990 31 Mar 31 – 1 Apr
||The first Bahá'í International Chinese Symposium is held in San Francisco, California; it is attended by 362 Bahá'ís from eight countries. [BINS222:6]
||San Francisco; California; United States
||International; Chinese Symposium
||The first major public statement of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States, The Vision of Race Unity: America's Most challenging Issue, is published and disseminated widely throughout the country.
|2008 6 – 7 Dec
||Regional Conferences held in Portland, United States, Chicago, United States, Atlanta, United States and Almaty, Kazakhstan. [ Portand,
||Portland; United States; Chicago; United States; Atlanta; United States; Almaty; Kazakhstan
|2008 13 – 14 Dec
||Regional Conferences held in Stamford, United States, Dallas, United States and Los Angeles, United States. [BWNS677]
||Stamford; United States; Dallas; Los Angeles;