WorldCon Bid History
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YearLocationAwarded?Serious Bid?On ballot?Contested?In US?In North America?English- speaking country?Notes
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1940Chicagoyyynyyyuncontested
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1941Denveryyyyyyyno formal bidding process
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1941New York Citynyyyyyyno formal bidding process
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1942Los Angelesyyyyyyy
no formal bidding process. Con not held until 1946
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1942Philadelphianyyyyyy
no formal bidding process. Con not held until 1946
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1942San Francisconyyyyyy
no formal bidding process. Con not held until 1946
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1942Washington DCnyyyyyy
no formal bidding process. Con not held until 1946
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1947Philadelphiayyy?yyyunknown whether this was contested
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1948Torontoyyyynyyno formal bidding process
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1948Milwaukeenyyyyyyno formal bidding process
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1949Cincinnatiyyyyyyy
no formal bidding process; selection seems to have been made via shady back-room dealing
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1949New York Citynyyyyyy
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1950New York Citynyyyyyy
apparently there was an issue around this time with competing fan communities in NYC and this was part of a multi-year effort not to award them a WorldCon (see 1949)
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1950New Orleansnyyyyyy
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1950Washington DCnyyyyyy
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1950Portland, ORyyyyyyy
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1951Washington DCnyyyyyy
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1951New Orleansyyyyyyy
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1952Atlantanyyyyyy
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1952Detroitnyyyyyy
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1952New York Citynyyyyyy
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1952Niagara Fallsnyyyyyy
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1952San Francisconyyyyyy
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1952Chicagoyyyyyyy
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1953Philadelphiayyyyyyy
this is the vote that prompted the Rotation system, because many people felt that it was SF's "turn" to host a convention. Rotation lasted in various forms until 1999-2002. see http://fancyclopedia.org/rotation-plan
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1953Greater New York Areanyyyyyy
withdrew from ballot right before voting and gave support to Philadelphia, which won the bid
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1953Indianapolisnyyyyyy
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1953Niagara Fallsnyyyyyy
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1953Queens (New York City)nyyyyyy
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1953San Francisconyyyyyy
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1954London, UKnyyynnyno formal bidding process
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1954San Franciscoyyyyyyy
no organized bid group for this, it was awarded largely on the feeling that it was SF's "turn"
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1954Clevelandnyyyyyy
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1955Detroitnunclearyyyyy
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1955Clevelandyyyyyyy
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1956New York Cityyyynyyyuncontested
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1957Los Angelesnyyyyyy
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1957London, UKyyyynny
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1958Los Angelesyyynyyyuncontested
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1959Dallasnynyyyydropped out before voting
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1959Chicagonyyyyyy
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1959Detroityyyyyyy
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1960Chicagonyyyyyy
withdrew bid during discussion and gave support to Pittsburgh
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1960Philadelphianyyyyyy
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1960Washington DCnyyyyyy
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1960Pittsburghyyyyyyy
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1961Seattleyyy?yyyunknown whether this was contested
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1962Chicagoyyynyyyprobably uncontested
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1963Washington DCyyynyyyuncontested
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1964San Franciscoyyynyyyuncontested
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1964Los Angelesnynyyyywithdrew before Worldcon
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1965Virgin Islandsnnyyunsureyy
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1965Syracuse, NYnyyyyyy
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1965London, UKyyyynny
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1966Syracuse, NYnyyyyyy"out of Rotation" bid
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1966Clevelandyyyyyyy
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1967Baltimorenyyyyyy
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1967Bostonnyyyyyy
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1967Syracuse, NYnyyyyyy
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1967New York Cityyyyyyyy
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1968Oakland, CAyyyyyyy
Called Baycon, but has no connection to the regional con that currently uses the same name
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1968Pan-Pacific Connyyymixedmixedmixed
Would have held three simultaneous cons in LA, Sydney, and Tokyo.
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1969St. Louisyyyyyyy
acromonious bid. For juicy details, see http://fancyclopedia.org/1969-site-selection-results
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1969Columbusnyyyyyy
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1970Bermudanunclearnynyydropped out before voting
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1970Heidelberg, Germanyyyynnnnuncontested
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1971Bostonyyyyyyyfirst Worldcon selected two years in advance
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1971Washington DCnyyyyyy
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1972San Francisconyyyyyy
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1972Los Angelesyyyyyyy
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1973Minneapolisnynyyyy
started life as a real bid that withdrew from the final ballot before voting began. Has continued on as a hoax bid.
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1973Chicagonunclearyyyyy
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1973Dallasnunclearyyyyy
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1973New Orleansnyyyyyy
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1973Torontoyyyynyy
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1974Montrealnunclearnynyydid not appear on ballot
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1974Washington DCyyynyyyuncontested on ballot
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1974New York Citynynyyyywithdrew before vote
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1975Los Angelesnyyyyyyconsidered a weak bid and lost handily
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1975Melbourne, Australiayyyynny
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1976Scandinavianynynnndid not appear on ballot
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1976Columbusnyyyyyy
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1976New Orleansnyyyyyy
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1976Kansas Cityyyyyyyy
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1977MontrealNYyynyy
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1977Philadelphianyyyyyy
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1977Washington DCnyyyyyy
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1977OrlandoYYyyyyy
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1978Los Angelesnyyyyyy
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1978Phoenixyyyyyyy
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1979Chicagonunclearnyyyydid not appear on ballot
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1979Nashvillenunclearnyyyy
started as hoax, then became real, but did not appear on ballot
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1979New Orleansnyyyyyy
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1979Brighton, UKyyyynny
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1980Baltimorenyyyyyy
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1980Bostonyyyyyyy
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1981Los Angelesnyyyyyy
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1981Seattlenyyyyyy
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1981Denveryyyyyyy
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