1854 – James Alan Bland was born on the 22nd of October in Flushing, New York.
1866 – When he was 12 and living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he saw an old black man playing a banjo and singing spirituals.
1868 – He was so talented and had become so proficient with the banjo that he was entertaining professionally at private parties and in hotels and restaurants from the time he was 14.
– At Howard University, he met a young lady named Mannie Friend.
1873 – Bland graduated from Howard University.
– Wrote songs "In the Evening by the Moonlight," O Dem Golden Slippers.
1878 – Published "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny".
1940-1997 – "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny" was the official State Song of Virginia.
1911 – James A. Bland died of tuberculosis on 5th of March in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1970 – James Bland was inducted into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame.