American History

Major Events

Foundation of Jamestown

13 May 1607

Slavery

1619 - 1 Jan 1863

Boston Massacre

5 Mar 1770

Boston Tea Party

16 Dec 1773

Constitutional Convention

25 May 1787 - 17 Sep 1787

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

1 Jan 1801

Ireland and Great Britain joined as one.

Laying of the Transcontinental Railroad

1863 - May 1869

Gettysburg Address

19 Nov 1863

Mass Immigration

1871 - 1921

Foundation of NAACP

12 Feb 1909

Prohibition

17 Jan 1920 - 7 Apr 1933

Great Depression

Oct 1929 - 1939

Stock Market Crash of 1929

24 Oct 1929

"I Have a Dream" Speech

28 Aug 1963

Apollo 11

20 Jul 1969

Wars

French and Indian War

1754 - 1763

Revolutionary War

19 Apr 1775 - 3 Sep 1783

War of 1812

18 Jun 1812 - 18 Feb 1815

Mexican-American War

25 Apr 1846 - 2 Feb 1848

Civil War

12 Apr 1861 - 9 May 1865

Spanish-American War

25 Apr 1898 - 25 Aug 1898

World War I

28 Jul 1914 - 11 Nov 1918

a.k.a. The Great War; America did not join until 1917, when Germany decided to attack all commercial ships heading for GB (including the USA's ships), tried to ally with Mexico, and started sinking American ships.

World War II

1 Sep 1939 - 2 Sep 1945

America joined a day after the attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 Dec 1941 (8 Dec).

Cold War

1947 - 1991

Ended with the fall of the USSR.

Korean War

25 Jun 1950 - 27 Jul 1953

Vietnam War

1 Nov 1955 - 30 Apr 1975

Persian Gulf War

2 Aug 1990 - 28 Feb 1991

a.k.a. Operation Desert Storm

Iraq War

20 Mar 2003 - 18 Dec 2011

Compromises

Three-Fifths Compromise

1787

Missouri Compromise

1820

Compromise of 1850

1850

Kansas-Nebraska Act

1854

Compromise of 1877

1877

Gave former Democrats in the South the opportunity to regain power.

Chinese Exclusion Act

1882

Immigration Restriction Act

1921

Writings

Proclamation of 1763

1763

Prohibited settlement west of the Appalachian

Common Sense

10 Jan 1776

Virginia Declaration of Rights

12 Jun 1776

Declaration of Independence

4 July 1776

Articles of Confederation

1 Mar 1781

Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom

1786

US Constitution

21 Jun 1788

Bill of Rights

15 Dec 1791

Monroe Doctrine

2 Dec 1823

The House Servant's Directory: A Monitor for Private Families

1827

First commercially published book by a African American

Moby Dick

1851

Uncle Tom's Cabin

1852

On the Origin of Species

24 Nov 1859

Darwin's book on evolution was published

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

1884

The Great Gatsby

1925

Absalom, Absalom!

1936

U.S.A. trilogy

1938

Grapes of Wrath

1939

Catcher in the Rye

1951

Inventions

Cotton gin

1793

First electric light

1800

First telephone

Mar 1876

Alexander Graham Bell

First lightbulb

1879

First sustained flight by airplane

17 Dec 1903

Wright Brothers

Presidents

George Washington

30 Apr 1789 - 4 Mar 1797

John Adams

4 Mar 1797 - 4 Mar 1801

Thomas Jefferson

4 Mar 1801 - 4 Mar 1809

James Madison

4 Mar 1809 - 4 Mar 1817

James Monroe

4 Mar 1817 - 4 Mar 1825

John Q. Adams

4 Mar 1825 - 4 Mar 1829

Andrew Jackson

4 Mar 1829 - 4 Mar 1837

Martin Van Buren

4 Mar 1837 - 4 Mar 1841

William Harrison

4 Mar 1841 - 4 Apr 1841

Died of natural causes

John Tyler

4 Apr 1841 - 4 Mar 1845

James K. Polk

4 Mar 1845 - 4 Mar 1849

Zachary Taylor

4 Mar 1849 - 9 Jul 1850

Died of natural causes

Millard Fillmore

9 Jul 1850 - 4 Mar 1853

Franklin Pierce

4 Mar 1853 - 4 Mar 1857

James Buchanan

4 Mar 1857 - 4 Mar 1861

Abraham Lincoln

4 Mar 1861 - 15 Apr 1865

Assassinated

Andrew Johnson

15 Apr 1865 - 4 Mar 1869

Ulysses S. Grant

4 Mar 1869 - 4 Mar 1877

Rutherford B. Hayes

4 Mar 1877 - 4 Mar 1881

James A. Garfield

4 Mar 1881 - 19 Sep 1881

Assassinated

Chester A. Arthur

19 Sep 1881 - 4 Mar 1885

Grover Cleveland

4 Mar 1885 - 4 Mar 1889

Benjamin Harrison

4 Mar 1889 - 4 Mar 1893

Grover Cleveland

4 Mar 1893 - 4 Mar 1897

William McKinley

4 Mar 1897 - 14 Sep 1901

Assassinated

Theodore Roosevelt

14 Sep 1901 - 4 Mar 1909

William Howard Taft

4 Mar 1909 - 4 Mar 1913

Woodrow Wilson

4 Mar 1913 - 4 Mar 1921

Warren G. Harding

4 Mar 1921 - 2 Aug 1923

Died of natural causes

Calvin Coolidge

2 Aug 1923 - 4 Mar 1929

Herbert Hoover

4 Mar 1929 - 4 Mar 1933

Franklin D. Roosevelt

4 Mar 1933 - 12 Apr 1945

Elected four times; died of natural causes.
Prompted the two-term limit.

Harry S. Truman

12 Apr 1945 - 20 Jan 1953

Dwight D. Eisenhower

20 Jan 1953 - 20 Jan 1961

John F. Kennedy

20 Jan 1961 - 22 Nov 1963

Assassinated

Lyndon B. Johnson

22 Nov 1963 - 20 Jan 1969

Richard Nixon

20 Jan 1969 - 9 Aug 1974

Resigned

Gerald Ford

9 Aug 1974 - 20 Jan 1977

Jimmy Carter

20 Jan 1977 - 20 Jan 1981

Ronald Reagan

20 Jan 1981 - 20 Jan 1989

George H. W. Bush

20 Jan 1989 - 20 Jan 1993

Bill Clinton

20 Jan 1993 - 20 Jan 2001

George W. Bush

20 Jan 2001 - 20 Jan 2009

Barack Obama

20 Jan 2009 - Present

British Monarchs

Britain is different in that it consists not only of England, but also Scotland and Wales.

Anne

1 May 1707 - 1 Aug 1714

George I

1 Aug 1714 - 11 Jun 1727

George II

11 Jun 1727 - 25 Oct 1760

George III

25 Oct 1760 - 29 Jan 1820

George IV

29 Jan 1820 - 26 Jun 1830

William IV

26 Jun 1830 - 20 Jun 1837

Victoria

20 Jun 1837 - 22 Jan 1901

Edward VII

22 Jan 1901 - 6 May 1910

George V

6 May 1910 - 20 Jan 1936

Edward VIII

20 Jan 1936 - 11 Dec 1936

Abdicated

George VI

11 Dec 1936 - 6 Feb 1952

Played by Colin Firth _^

Elizabeth II

6 Feb 1952 - Present

English Monarchs

Charles II

1660 - 1685

James II

8 Feb 1685 - 23 Dec 1688

Deposed

Mary II

13 Feb 1689 - 28 Dec 1694

William III

13 Feb 1689 - 8 Mar 1702

Died of somewhat natural causes

Anne

8 Mar 1702 - 1 May 1707