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Dow History: The Early Years

By CNBC.com Staff
Wednesday, 25 Apr 2007 | 10:41 AM ET

The Dow Industrials saw some of their worst and best periods in their first 70 years of trading. Here's some highlights.

November 4, 1896 -- Dow hits its first high of 42.79 after the first day of trading. The average trended down for its first five months.

1896 - 1899 -- The Dow hits new highs each year.

1905 - 1906 -- 36 new highs were hit with the Dow breaking 100.

1906 - 1916 -- Not one new high is hit during this period..

1919 - 1924 -- The market has another drought.

1924 - 1929: The Roaring Twenties or the"New Era" -- This memorablebull market notches 187 record closes and coincides with such technical advances as the first TV, rocket, talking picture, color photograph, but ends on a bad note in 1929. The market crashes on Oct. 24 and sinks further for another month, taking the Dow from 381 to 145.

1929 - 1954 -- No new highs were hit.

1954 - 1966 -- The market continues its battlke back, hitting 12 new record highs. 995.15

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