World History Timeline


Color Code for the Events


Here's what the colors mean:
Green: Empires
Blue: Movements
Purple: People (Or events having to do with a certain person)
Red: Wars
Yellow (or Orange): Periods of Time (ex. Holocaust, Triangle Slave Trade)
Black: Miscellaneous

Ottoman Empire

1299 - 1923

The Ottoman Empire was one of the largest empires ever and played a key role in expanding the Muslim religion throughout the globe.

The European Renaissance

1300 A.D. - 1600 A.D.

The Renaissance made Europe the leading power of the world for many years because it gave Europe new technology, ideas, wealth, and allowed other event that encouraged development to happen, such as the Reformation, the Age of Exploration, and the Industrial Revolution.

Ming Dynasty

1368 - 1644

During this dynasty, China's monarchy was at it's peak and there was a lot of economic, scientific, and cultural improvements.

Printing Press


After the printing press took off, books started to be produced in mass and weren't as rare. Because of this, it's easier for us to get a glimpse of history because then people could actually record it.

Age of Exploration

1450 - 1600

This period of exploration allowed for the improvement of navigational technology, knowledge of the outside world, and the discovery of the new world.



In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue and is commonly known for discovering America, even though he thought it was India. Also, he killed and enslaved many of the natives who lived there.

Triangle Slave Trade

1500 - 1800

The Triangle Slave not only started slavery in America, which in turn has put a irremovable scar on our country's history. it also, regrettably, contributed a big part in America's economic growth in its early days.



Vespucci was the man who discovered that the land Columbus found was not India, but a new land (AKA America). Because of this phenomenal discovery, the land is named after his first name, Amerigo.

The Protestant Reformation

1517 - 1648

Martin Luther becomes upset with the Catholic Church's policies and starts the Reformation. This weakened the Catholic power and created the Protestant branch of Christianity.

Mughal Empire

1526 - 1858

The Mughal empire brought many changes to India, such as a centralized government and established trade routes through Eurasia.


1587 - 1590

Roanoke was one of the very first attempts from Britain to settle a permanent colony in America. Key word "attempts".

English Civil War

1642 - 1649

This war fought in Britain was fought due to a conflict between Charles I and the Parliament. The side for Parliament won and allowed Britain to have a limited monarchy.

Qing Dynasty

1644 - 1911

This Dynasty ended the Age of Exploration for China and started China's closed country policy.


1650 - 1800

The Enlightenment was a major part of our world's development due to an increased interest in science. If it weren't for the Enlightenment, there wouldn't be as many people who practiced science or even have a knowledge of science in the world today, making us have trouble understanding how the world works.

Industrial Revolution

1750 - 1850

The industrial Revolution changed practically every aspect of life, such as living conditions, technology, and economic status, in wherever it spread to.

French and Indian War

1754 - 1763

Despite winning the actual war, this war is know for being a major loss for Britain due to the fact that they had an enormous debt. To try to pay it off, Britain decided to tax the colonies for the first time, which caused an uproar which then caused the Revolutionary War.

Revolutionary War

1775 - 1783

Even though they were expected to lose, the colonies won their independence from Britain, creating the United States of America and inspiring other countries, such as France, to start their own revolutions.

French Revolution

1789 - 1799

Prior to the French Revolution, many French citizens were upset with the monarchy's rule, so they revolted and after some initial conflicts, received the democracy they wanted.

Reign of Terror

1793 - 1794

The Reign of Terror were the trials that were faced right after the Monarchy was overthrown in France, and it shows why a Monarchy would never return to France and the cost for change in a nation's government.

Napoleon Bonaparte

1804 - 1815

After the Reign of Terror, Napoleon came to power in France and brought it to a peaceful state. After his many conquests and expert battle tactic, Napoleon became known as one of the most brilliant, feared, and powerful leaders the world has ever known.

Crimean War

1853 - 1856

The Ottoman Empire allied with France and Britain during this war and defeated Russia in order to keep them out. This alliance proved to be a mistake, because the two countries then saw how weak the empire was, and that marks the end of the Ottoman Empire.

Sepoy Mutiny


This mutiny, sparked by Sepoy's (Indian Soldiers that fight for Britain), started nationalism in India and caused India to fight for their independence.

American Civil War

1861 - 1865

The America Civil War marks the greatest state of national disagreement in our country, where it had friends and family fighting each other. It also was the bloodiest war to ever occur on American soil. However, a good effect of the war is that it finally brought the end of slavery in America, giving African Americans more rights in America.

Emancipation Proclamation


Lincoln signed this document that freed all slaves in America in order to end the Civil War. It didn't succeed in its' main purpose, but for the the first time, every slave was set free and they will remain free for as long as this country is still on earth.

Scramble for Africa

1881 - 1914

After Henry Stanley found Dr. Livingstone in the Congo, there was an increase in interest for colonizing Africa that sparked in Europe. Although colonization did help Africa expand economically and it improved technology, it also destroyed African culture and split the continent with terrible boundaries, which has halted their development ever since.

Archduke Franz Ferdinand Assassinated

June 28, 1914

This assassination is important because after his assassination, Austria wanted Serbia to meet some unfair demands. When Serbia failed to meet all of them, Austria declared war on Serbia, plunging all of the two countries' allies into to it and starting World War 1.

World War 1

July 21, 1914 - 1918

WWI wasn't only the largest war to have ever occurred at the time, it was a time where technology for warfare evolved, along with tactics and peoples' attitudes about war. Heck, if it weren't for WWI, the world wouldn't be sent into as much disarray than it was after the war and WWII would've never happened.


1933 - 1945

In this genocide, at LEAST 6 million Jews were killed by Nazi Germany, forever tampering the Jewish population number, and it was thankfully ended along with the end of WWII.

World War II

1939 - 1945

WWII still remains to be the largest and bloodiest war ever fought, taking everything the WWI brought and doubling it in scale. Hopefully, it will stay that way.



The New York World Trade Center is attacked by hijacked planes and a global war on terrorism is launched.