Andrew's CC Timeline

World History

The Egyptian "Nile Year" Established

4241 BC

Egyptian Upper and Lower Kingdoms Unite

3200 BC

Babylonian Metonic Cycle Begins

432 BC

The Babylonian astronomer Meton discovers a lunar cycle that the Babylonians begin to use.

Han Dynasty

202 BC - 220 AD

Astrologers Expelled from Italy

139 BC

Because of their power and unpopularity, astrologers, called Chaldaei or Mathematici, were banned from not only Rome but all of Italy.

Library of Alexandria Burned

48 BC

Lifetime of Lucius Annaeus Seneca

4 BC - 65 AD

Lifetime of Roman Wit Martial

40 AD - 102 AD

Lifespan of Ptolemy the Astrologer

90 AD - 168 AD

Chin Dynasty

265 - 420

The First Ecumenical Christian Council

325 AD

Held in Nicaea to determine the date of Easter.

Lifespan of Saint Augustine

354 AD - 430 AD

Reign of Roman Emperor Valentinian I

364 - 375

Caliph Omar I

581 - 644

Viking Exploration Era

780 - 1070

Rule of Alfred the Great

849 - 899

Sung Era

960 - 1279

Eric the Red Founds Greenland


Bjarni Herjolfsson Finds America


The Incense Clock Invented in China


Prester John's Letters Appear


The Sixth Crusade

1228 - 1229

Led by Roman Emperor Frederick II (1194-1250)

Friar John Leaves the Khans

November 13, 1246

The Middle-Age Iron Curtain is Lifted (Approximate Dates)

1250 - 1350

Lifespan of Dante Alighieri

1265 - 1321

Alighieri wrote Divine Comedy (also known as Dante's Inferno).

The Modern Hour Established


Ptolemy's "Geography" Reaches Western Europe

1406 AD

Prince Henry's Explorers Land In Madeira


Prince Henry the Navigator's Expeditions

1424 - 1434

Prince Henry sends out fifteen expeditions to round the inconsequential but threatening Cape Bojador, where the world was expected to end.

The Great Withdrawal


The Chinese close their walls and ports and cease seafaring.

Lifetime of Christopher Columbus

1451 - 1506

Constantinople Captured By Turks


Portugese Open a Eastern Waterway to India


Columbus Sails to America

August 2, 1492

Amerigo Vespucci Begins Exploring


The Augsburg Confession


The Augsburg Confession is the Lutheran Reformers' declaration of faith.

Lifespan of Matteo Ricci

1552 - 1610

Ricci was a Jesuit missionary to China.

Galileo Galilei's Lifespan

1563 - 1642

Pope Gregory XIII's Calendar Reform

1582 AD

Pope Gregory ordained that October 4 was to be followed by October 15. This meant, too, that in the next year the vernal equinox would occur on March 21.

The leap years were readjusted. The Gregorian calendar omitted the leap day from years ending in hundreds, unless they were divisible by 400.

Thirty Years' War

1618 - 1648

Opium War

1839 - 1842

The Revolutionary Calendar

1929 AD - 1940 AD

The Soviet Union, aiming to dissolve the Christian year, replaced the Gregorian with Revolutionary calendar. The week was to have 5 days, 4 for work, the 5th free, and each month would consist of six weeks. By 1940 the Soviets had returned to the Gregorian calendar.