American History

Discorveries and Geographel

Ice Age Begins

Approx. 2300 B.C.

Bering Land Bridge Crossed

Approx. 2142 B.C. - Approx. 1842 B.C.

European Nations Search for New Ocean Routes

Approx. 1400 A.D.

Christopher Columbus Journeys to the Americas

1492

Walseemuller Map, the Universalis Cosmographia

1507

De La Salle Explores the Mississippi River

1662

Sugar Act

1764

Stamp Act

1765

Declaration of Independence

1776

Articles of Confederation

March 1, 1781

Lewis and Clark Expedition

May 1804 - 1806

Missouri Compromise

march 1820

Indian Removal Act

May 1830

Kansas - Nebraska Act

may 1854

Homestead Act passes

May 1862

The 13th Amendament passed

December 1865

Reconstruction Act passed

March 1867

14th Amendment passed

July 1868

15th Amendment passed

February 1870

18th Amendment to the Constitution creates Prohibition

January 1919

19th Amendment gives women the right to vote

August 1920

21st Amendment to the Constitution ends Prohibition

December 5, 1933

Miscellaneous

European Slave Ships Begin Transporting Stolen Africans to Central America

Approx. 1500

Founding of the Spanish Colony St. Augustine

1565

Iroquis League Formed

1570

First and Second Attempts to Colonize Roanoke Island

1585 - 1587

The Colony of Jamestown is Established

1607

Dutch Colonists Build Fort Orange in Albany

1614

Pilgrims Settle in Plymouth

1620

The Salem Witch Trials

1692

The Great Awakening Sweeps the Colonies

1740

Albany Convention

1754

First Continental Congress

1774

Treaty of Paris

April 15, 1783

Fort McHenry Built

1798

Louisiana Purchase

April 30, 1803

Steamboat Built

1807

Foreign Slave Trade Abolished

march 1807

Monroe Doctrine

december 1823

Erie Canal Opens

October 26, 1825

Noah Webster Publishes first english dictionary

1828

Texas Declares Independance from Mexico

march 2, 1836

Telegraph first used

1840

First wagon on the Oregon Trail

1841

California Gold Rush Begins

1849

Singer sewing machine patent issued

August 1851

Pony Express begins operating

April 3, 1860

Kansas becomes a state

January 1861

Confederate states of America form

february 1861

Emancipation Proclomation goes into effect

January 1, 1863

First Tenement house act opens

1867

Transcontinental railroads meet

May 10, 1869

the great Chicago fire starts

October 8, 1871

Wildfires burn in Wisconsin and Michigan

October 8, 1871

Great Chicago fire stops

October 10, 1871

Montgomery Ward mail-order company founded

august 1872

Eads bridge opens

July 1874

National leage of baseball founded

February 1876

Pullman, IL company town founded

January 1881

First Labor Day

September 5, 1882

U.S. time zones implemented

November 1883

First skyscraper started

1884

Statue of Liberty opens

October 1886

American Federation of Labor founded

December 1886

Carnegie Steel Company formed

1892

Ellis Island Opens

January 1892

Chicago's World Fair opens

May 1893

Kellogg corn flakes patent issued

April 1896

U.S.S. Maine sinks

February 15, 1898

U.S. takes controll of the Panama Canall project

May 4, 1904

U.S. Forest Service founded

February 1905

Spanish Flu outbreak

March 1918 - 1919

The famed Route 66 opens

November 1926

The Jazz Singer is the first "talking" movie

October 1927

The Great Stock Market Crash; Great Depression starts

October 29, 1929

Giant dust storms plague areas of the Great Plains

1930 - 1940

U.S. Supreme Court desegregates school

May 17, 1954

382-day Montgomery Bus Boycot\

1955 - 1956

NASA founded

July 1958

March to Montgomery

March 20, 1965 - March 25, 1965

Neil Armstrong of Apollo II mission walks on the moon

July 21, 1969

Native Americans protest by occupying Alcatraz Island

November 1969 - June 1971

Watergate break-in

June 17, 1972

1973 oil crisis

October 1973

Construction of the Transatlantic Pipeline

March 1975 - May 1977

Y2K computer scare

1999

Catalog pioneer Montgomery Ward announces it is closing

December 28, 2000

Hurricane Katrina strikes the Gulf Coast

August 29, 2005

Wars

French and indian war begins

1754

Relocation of the French Arcaidians by the English

1760

French and Indinan War Ends

1763

Boston Tea Party

1773

Battles of Lexington and Concord

April 18 1775 - April 19 1775

Fort Ticonderoga Captured

May 10, 1775

Second Continental Congress Meets

May 10, 1775

Betsy Ross Sews Flag for Geaorge Washington

1776

The British Leave Boston

March 1776

The Declaration of Independence is Aprooved

July 4, 1776

France and America Sign an Alliance to Unify Against England

February 1778

Battle of Charleston

May 12, 1780

Seige of Yorktown, Surrender of Cornwall

Sept. 28, 1781 - Oct. 19, 1781

Shay's Rebellion

January 1787 - February 1787

U.S. declares war aginst britian

june 18, 1812

(the war of 1812, not the revolutionary war)

The battle of New Orleans

december 23, 1814

Remember the Alamo

march 6, 1836

Sam Houston captures Santa Anna

april 21, 1836

United States Declares war against Mexico

May 13, 1846

Civil war Starts

April 12, 1861

Jefferson Davis elected president fo the confederacy

November 1861

South Carolina first state to secede

december 1861

Battle of Gettysburg

july 1, 1863 - july 3, 1863

Vicksburg surrenders

July 4, 1863

Sherman's March to the Sea starts

November 15, 1864

Lee surrenders

April 9, 1865

Battle of Little Bighorn

June 1876

Pullman Strike

May 1884 - July 1884

Geronimo surrenders

September 1886

Massacre at Wounded Knee

December 1890

U.S. declares war against Spain

April 25, 1898

Spain signs an armistice

August 12, 1898

World War I

July 28, 1914 - November 11, 1918

U.S. enters World War I

April 6, 1917

World War II begins

September 1939

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor; U.S. joins WWII

December 7, 1941

Japanese-Americans sent to internment camps

March 1942

Allied D-Day invasion of France

Jun 1944

VE Day - war ends in Europe

May 8, 1945

Atomic bomb destroys Hiroshima

August 6, 1945

Atomic bomb destroys Nagasaki

August 9, 1945

VJ Day - war ends in the Pacific

September 2, 1945

Cold war begins

1947

U.S. supplies city in "Berlin Airlift"

June 1948 - May 1949

U.S. enters Korean War

June 1950

Armistice ends Korean War

July 27, 1953

U.S. involvement in Vietnam War begins

November 1, 1955

American involvement in Vietnam War ends

January 27, 1973

Reagan challenges Gorbachev to topple the Berlin Wall

June 1987

The Berlin Wall topples

November 1988

Persian Gulf War

January 16, 1991 - February 28, 1991

Cold War ends

December 1991

9/11 Terrorist attack

September 11, 2001

War in Afghanistan starts

October 7, 2001

Iraq War starts

March 20, 2003

Iraq War ends

December 18, 2011

Presidents

Constututional Convention

May 25, 1787

Constitution Signed

September 17, 1787

Washingtons Inaguration

April 30, 1789

Bill of Rights Ratified

December 1791

washington reelected

december 1792

Fugative Slave Act

february 12, 1793

john adams elected president

december 1796

Thomas Jefferson elected president

December 1800

Flag Raising in Place d'Armes of New Orleans

December 20, 1803

Thomas Jefferson reelected

december 1804

James Madison elected president

1808

James Munroe elected President

december 1816

James Munroe reelected president

1820

John Quincy Adams Elected President

December 1824

Andrew Jackson elected President

december 1828

Andrew Jackson Reelected

december 1832

Marvin van Burin eleced as president

december 1836

William Henry Harrison elected as president

December 1840

Harrison dies, John Tyler becomes president

April 4, 1841

James Polk elected as president

December 1844

Zachary Taylor Elected president

November 1848

Franklin Pierce elected president

November 1852

James Buchanan eleced president

november 1856

First Lincoln-Douglas debate

August 1858

Abraham Lincoln elected president

november 1860

Lincoln reelected

november 1864

Lincolns Assassination

April 14, 1865 - April 15, 1865

Andrew Jackson becomes president

April 15, 1865

Ulysses S. Grant elected

November 1868

Grant reelected

November 1872

Presidental election undecied

November 1876

Ruthford B. Hayes elected

March 2, 1877

James Garfield elected president

November 1880

Garfield shot, never recovers

July 2, 1881

Chester A. Arthur becomes president

September 19, 1881

Grover Cleaveland elected president

November 1884

Benjamin Harrison elected

November 1888

Grover Cleveland reelected

November 1892

William McKinley elected president

November 1896

McKinley reelected president

November 1900

McKinley shot, never recovers

September 6, 1901

Theodore Roosevelt becomes president

September 14, 1901

Theodore Roosevelt reelected president

November 1904

William H. Taft elected president

November 1908

Woodrow Wilson elected president

November 1912

Wilson reelected presedent

November 1917

Warren G. Harding elected

November 1920

Harding dies, Coolidge becomes president

August 2, 1923

Calvin Coolidge reelected

November 1924

Herbert Hoover elected

November 1928

Franklin D. Roosevelt elected

November 1932

FDR reelected

November 1936

FDR reelected

November 1940

Roosevelt reelected

November 1944

President Roosevelt dies; Harry S. Truman becomes president

April 12, 1945

Harry S, Truman elected

November 1948

Dwight D. Eisenhower elected

November 1952

Johnson reelected

November 1964

Richard Nixon elected

November 1968

Nixon reelcected

November 1972

Nixon resigns: Gerald Ford becomes president

August 9, 1974

Jimmy Carter elected

November 1979

George H. W. Bush elected

November 1988

Bill Clinton elected

November 1992

Clinton reelected

November 1996

Clinton impeached

December 19, 1998

Clinton acquitted

February 12, 1999

Presidental race is to close too call

November 7, 2000

Al Gore concedes election to George W. Bush

December 13, 2000

George W. Bush reelected

November 2004

Barack Obama elected first African American president

November 2008

Barack Obama reelected

November 2012

Donald Trump elected

November 2016

People

Great Irish potato famine

1845 - 1852

Cornelius Vanderbilt buys his first railroad

1863

Annie Sullivan born

April 1866

John D. Rockfeller founds Standard oil company

1870

Telephone patent issued to Bell

March 7, 1876

Bell makes first telephone call

March 10, 1876

Phonograph patent issued to Edison

February 1878

Lightbulb patent issued to Edison

January 1880

Population of U.S. passes 50 million

1880

Helen Keller born

June 1880

Jesse James killed by fellow outlaw Robert Ford

April 3, 1882

Ringling brothers circus started

1884

Anne and Helen begin to communicate

April 1887

Helen Keller enrolls at Perkins

1888

Jane Addams Hull House opens

1889

The Write brothers start experiments at Kitty Hawk

October 1900

Henry Ford creates Ford Motor Company

June 1903

March of the Mill Children

July 1903

The Wright brothers first flight

December 1903

Helen Keller graduates from Radcliffe College

1904

Pure Food and Drug Act and Meat Inspection passed

June 1906

First Model T assembled

October 1908

Titanic sets out on her maiden vojage

April 10, 1912

Titanic strikes iceberg at 11:40

April 14, 1912

Titanic sinks at 2:20

April 15, 1912

The 15-millionth and final Model T assembled

May 1927

Charles Lindbergh's historic flight

May 20, 1927 - May 21, 1927

Rosa Parks arrested for refusing to move to back of a bus

December 1, 1955

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.s "I have a Dream" speech

October 1962

Dr. King assassinated in Memphis, TN

April 4, 1968

Office of Homeland Security created

October 8, 2001