The Time Line

Early Humans and Neolithic Revolution

Humans first domesticate animals

10000 BCE - 9000 BCE

Neolithic Revolution begins; Humans first invent agriculture

8000 BCE

wheel invented

5000 BCE

First Civilizations

civilization develops in Ancient Mesopatomia between Tigris and Euphrates

4000 BCE

Mummification begins in Egypt

3600 BCE

Invention of the first writing system (Cuneiform - pictogram language)

3000 BCE

Egyptian government ruled by Pharaoh

2700 BCE

First set of written laws (Code of Hammurabi)

1792 BCE

World Religion

Abraham found Judiasm

1800 BCE

Hinduism founded in India

1700 BCE

Temple Mount built ( modern site of the Wailing Wall)

957 BCE

Sidhartha Guatama founds Buddhism

563 BCE

Jesus born


Jesus crucified on the cross

30 CE

Established of Cristianity

40 CE

Muhammad (founder of Islam) born in Mecca

570 CE

Muhammad dies in Jerusalem at the Dome of the Rock site

632 CE


Civilizations develops in Ancient Greece

1600 BCE

Homer write Lliad and the Odyssey

890 BCE

City states of Athens and Sparta develope

800 BCE

Ancient Rome founded by Romulus and Remus

753 BCE

Rome develops Republic systen of government with checks and balances

509 BCE

Democracy invented in Athens

508 BCE

Socrates born; invents Socrates Method

469 BCE

Trail of Socrates; Socrates dies

399 BCE

Aristotle born; studies with Plato

384 BCE

Augustus is first Emperor of the Roman Empire; Pax Romana

44 BCE

Julius Caesar murdered, Roman Republic end

44 BCE

Roman Empire at its largest

117 CE

Fall of the Roman Empire

410 CE

Europe in the Middle Ages

Arabs take control of Jerusalem

638 CE

Feudal system develops in Europe

850 CE

First Crusade

1099 CE

Magna Carta limits the power of British monarch

1215 CE

First Bubonic Plaque Outbreak

1347 CE

Empires of Ghana and Mali

Complex societies exist in Ghana

1500 BCE

Kingdom of Ghana in Northwest Africa

830 CE - 1235 CE

Berber Empire takes over Ghana by military force

1235 CE

Mansa Musa rules Kingdom of Mali

1280 CE - 1337 CE

Mansa Musa takes Hajj to Mecca

1324 CE

Kingdom of Mali becomes weakend

1599 CE


Cervantes writes the first novel Dov Quixote

1310 CE

Dante writes Divine Comedy in Italy

1310 CE

Donatello sculpts David

1430 CE - 1440 CE

Printing Press invented by Guttenberg, Renaissance begins

1439 CE

Drawing technique of perspective invented

1470 CE

Leonardo dissects cadavers to gain better understanding of the human body

1489 CE - 1519 CE

Michelangelo sculpts La Pieta

1501 CE

Leonardo Da Vinci painting Mona Lisa

1503 CE

Raphael paints School of Athens

1510 CE - 1511 CE

Shakespeare born; Writes the play McBeth in England

1564 CE

Galileo provides evidence for heliocentricity and is put on trial by the Church

1610 CE

William Harvey discovers the heart pumps blood around the body

1628 CE

Isaac Newton discovers gravity

1687 CE


Martin L. nails 95 Theses to Guttenberg Church; Reformation begins

1517 CE

King Henry VIII is excommunicated and founds the anglican church in England

1531 CE

John Calvin founds Calvinist Church based on idea of Predestination

1536 CE

Catholic Church holds Council of Trent and Counterreformation begins

1545 CE - 1563 CE

Age of Exploration

Aztecs domesticate maize

2500 BCE

Invention of the astrolabe makes sea level easier

1050 AD

Aztecs invent chocolate

1200 CE

Aztec city of T. founded

1325 CE

Age of Exploration begins in search of a sea route to China

1453 CE

Constantinople falls to the Ottoman Empire

1453 CE

Christopher Columbus travels to America instead

1492 CE

System of ecomienda begins

1493 CE

Columbus returns to the Island of Espanola with 17 ships and 1000 soliders

1493 CE

Indigenous people killed in America by small pox

1507 CE

Spanish leader Cortes and Aztec king Montezuma meet

1519 CE - 1521 CE

Spanish try to convert Aztecs and decimate the Aztecs population

1519 CE - 1521 CE

Triangle Trade

Atlantic slave trade

1600 CE

Atlantic slave trade ends

1807 CE

13th amendment passed - slavery outlawed in US

1865 CE


Age of Enlightenment

1605 CE - 1804 CE

Thomas H. writes Leviathon how people need gov. to control british natures

1651 CE

John L. published 2nd Treatise on Gov. about humans with rights

1689 CE

Montesquieu write Script of Laws advocating separation of powers

1748 CE

Voltaire invents the idea of civil liberties

1763 CE

Rousseau writes treatise on Social Gov.

1765 CE

French and American Revolution

British Parliament passes the Stamp Act

1765 CE

British gov. passes the Tea act

1773 CE

Louis XVI rules as a absolute monarch

1774 CE - 1798 CE

War breaks out between British and American colonits

1775 CE

D.O.I written by Thomas Jefferson

1776 CE

American Revolutionary War ends

1783 CE

US Constitution written

1787 CE

B.O.R added to the US Constitution


French R. begins with meeting of the Estates General

1789 CE

Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen

1789 CE

Storming of the Bastille

1789 CE

Englishman Burke and Paine disagree about the French Revolution

1790 CE

King Louis XVI executed and France declares itself a RePUBLIC

1792 CE

Robespierre leads Reign of Terror

1793 CE - 1794 CE

Napoleon comes to power and restores peace; writes Napoleonic Code

1804 CE

Industrial Revolution

Seed drill invented

1701 CE

Industrial Rev. begins

1750 CE - 1914 CE

Factory system begins

1750 CE

Enclosure Acts

1750 CE - 1860 CE

steam engine invented by Watt

1763 CE

Women and Children work 12 hours a day

1830 CE

strong, flexible steel developed

1856 CE

Modern Connections

European Imperialism in Africa begins

1880 CE

Scopes trial

1925 CE

Rwanda gains independence from Belgium imperialist control

1932 CE

First Israel/Palestine conflict

1948 CE

UN Genocide Convention in the aftermath of the Holocaust


Israel foundd

1948 CE

President Eisenhower makes sputnik speech warning of the military

1957 CE

Soviet Union launches first satellite

1957 CE

Space race begins

1957 CE

Butler act overturned

1967 CE

US land man on the moon

1969 CE


1970 CE

Nixon Watergate scandal breaks out

1972 CE

Nixon forced to resign


Romeo Dallaire go to Rwanda to try to stop genocide

1994 CE

Hutu power begins genocide of the Tutsi

1994 CE

Paul Kagame rises to power and genocide ends

1994 CE

President Clinton host Camp David Peace Talks between Israel and Palestine

2000 CE

Rover lands on Mars

2004 CE