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A board displays the Dow Jones Industrial average after the close at the New York Stock Exchange, March 4, 2013. (BRENDAN MCDERMID/REUTERS)
A board displays the Dow Jones Industrial average after the close at the New York Stock Exchange, March 4, 2013. (BRENDAN MCDERMID/REUTERS)

Milestones in the history of the Dow industrials Add to ...

The Dow Jones industrial average pushed through its all-time intraday high of 14,198.10 on Tuesday, surpassing a record set in 2007. It was the latest milestone for the Dow, which has been in existence for more than a century. Below is a list of key dates and landmark moments for the Dow.

May 26, 1896: The Dow Jones industrial average makes its debut, consisting of the stocks of 12 companies: American Cotton Oil, American Sugar Refining Co, American Tobacco, Chicago Gas, Distilling & Cattle Feeding Co, General Electric Co, Laclede Gas Light Co, National Lead, North American Co, Tennessee Coal, Iron & Railroad Co, U.S. Leather (preferred) and U.S. Rubber. Of the original 12, only GE remains in the average.

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April 1, 1901: U.S. Steel Corp, a consolidation of several steel makers and the largest company in the nation at the time, joins the Dow. It was removed May 6, 1991.

Nov. 7, 1907: A buyout of Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad Co by U.S. Steel is completed, marking the only instance in which two current constituents of the Dow combine. General Electric replaces Tennessee Coal after having been removed twice from the average.

1916: The industrial average expands to 20 stocks. It was expanded again in 1928, to 30, where it still stands.

Oct. 1, 1928: Standard Oil Co (New Jersey), an umbrella for John D. Rockefeller’s oil operations, joins the Dow. Standard Oil of New Jersey became Exxon Corp in 1972 and Exxon’s name changed to Exxon Mobil Corp. in 1999, following an acquisition of Mobil Corp.

1928: The Dow begins being calculated with a special divisor rather than simply dividing by the number of stocks. This is to avoid distortions when constituent companies split their shares or when one stock is substituted for another. The index, though, is still called the average.

Oct. 28-29, 1929: The Dow falls 23 per cent over the two days in the market’s most-known crash. The 12.8 per cent fall on Oct. 28 marks the average’s second-worst daily percentage loss in its history. Oct. 19, 1987, stands as the worst. On Oct. 29 1929, the Dow fell another 11.7 per cent. The days are known as Black Monday and Black Tuesday.

May 26, 1932: International Business Machines Corp. joins the Dow. It was removed in 1939, but added back in 1979.

July 3, 1956: After 17 years and three months without a change in the average - the longest streak without a change - International Paper is added.

Nov. 14, 1972: Dow posts first close above 1,000.

Oct. 30, 1985: McDonald’s Corp. added to the Dow.

Oct. 19, 1987: The Dow posts its worst daily percentage loss in its history, closing down 22.6 percent, or 508 points. The one-day crash, known as Black Monday, follows a bull run from a trough of 776.92 in August 1982 to a peak of 2722.22 in August of 1987.

March 29, 1999: The Dow first closes above 10,000.

Nov. 1, 1999: Microsoft Corp. and Intel Corp. are added. They mark the first Nasdaq-listed stocks to join the Dow, representing the growing importance of computers and the Internet to the U.S. economy.

Sept. 17, 2001: The U.S. stock market reopens for the first time since the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks in New York and Washington. The Dow posts its third-worst daily point loss, sinking 684.81 points, or 7.13 per cent.

July 19, 2007: The Dow closes above 14,000 for the first time.

Oct. 9, 2007: All-time closing high of 14,164.53.

Sept. 29, 2008: The Dow posts its worst daily point loss. Dow ended down 777.68 points, or 6.98 per cent. The move coincided with the collapse that month of Lehman Brothers and the spread of the 2008-2009 financial crisis.

Oct. 13, 2008: The Dow registers biggest daily percentage gain of 11.08 per cent.

June 8, 2009: General Motors, once the nation’s leading car manufacturer, is removed from the Dow after it is forced to enter bankruptcy.

May 6, 2010: The Dow falls 1,010.14 points from its intraday high in a quick afternoon tumble tied to a computer-driven trading glitch - an event known as “the flash crash.” The Dow recovered by day’s end to close down 347.80 points, which was still its worst percentage decline since April 2009.

March 5, 2013: The Dow sets a new record high of 14,198.10.

Aug. 2, 2013: The Dow sets a new record high, 15,658.

Compiled with files from Reuters

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