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Dow 20,000: Milestones since the birth of the Dow Jones industrial average in 1896

On May 26, 1896, the coronation of Czar Nicholas II was held in Moscow, and Charles Henry Dow published an index of industrial stocks for the first time in New York.

The index, known as the Dow Jones industrial average, has changed many times since 1896, when it was made up of 12 companies. It now numbers 30. On Wednesday, it broke 20,000 for the first time.

Here's a list of milestones in the marquis stock index.

Dow milestones

Date
Close
Days
% Change for prior -000
Annualized Gain
5/26/1896 40.94 -- -- --
1/12/1906 100.25 3884 144.87% 8.79%
12/19/1927 200.93 8011 100.43% 3.22%
3/12/1956 500.24 10311 148.96% 3.28%
11/14/1972 10003.16 6091 100.54% 4.26%
1/8/1987 2002.25 5168 99.59% 5.01%
4/17/1991 3004.46 1560 50.05% 9.97%
2/23/1995 4003.33 1408 33.25% 7.73%
11/21/1995 5023.55 271 25.48% 35.79%
10/14/1996 6010 328 19.64% 22.10%
2/13/1997 7022.44 122 16.85% 59.38%
7/16/1997 8038.88 153 14.47% 38.09%
4/6/1998 9033.23 264 12.37% 17.51%
3/29/1999 10006.78 357 10.78% 11.04%
5/3/1999 11014.69 35 10.07% 172.23%
10/19/2006 120011.73 2726 9.05% 1.17%
4/25/2007 13089.89 188 8.98% 18.18%
7/19/2007 14000.41 85 6.96% 33.50%
5/7/2013 15056.20 2119 7.54% 1.26%
11/21/2013 16009.99 198 6.33% 12%
7/3/2014 17068.26 224 6.61% 11%
12/23/2014 18024.17 173 5.60% 12.19%
11/22/2016 19023.87 700 5.55% 2.86%
1/25/2017 20015 64 5.21% 33.62%*