The Top 10 Events that Changed American History

Timeline created by Trischa Lee
  • The Declaration of Independence

    The Declaration of Independence
    On July 4th, 1776, we declared our independence from Great Britain and becane our own country. It took a surprising seventeen days to write the document. Congress then spent two days revising it. The Declaration of Independence was then adopted on July 4th.
  • Constitution is Ratified

    Constitution is Ratified
    The Constitution was signed September 17th, 1787, and was then ratified June 21st, 1788. This was the second attempt at creating our own government. And it worked. We still use this today. nearly 226 years later. It has been amended, of course, but the Constitution remains what we use for our government.
  • Louisiana Purchase

    Louisiana Purchase
    The United States bought the Louisiana Territory from France on July 4, 1803. Paying $15 million, wthe United States aquired it for just about 4 cents an acre. It covered 15 present day states and 2 Canadian provinces.
  • Missouri Compromise

    Missouri Compromise
    The Missouri Compromise was passed on February 18, 1820. It was a dividing line along the parallel 36*30' line that seperated the Louisiana Territory. Anything above this line would be a free state and anything below it would be a slave state, This was an attempt to keep peace and make everyone happy. It worked for a while, at least until California wanted to join the Union as a free state.
  • Abraham Lincoln Elected Into Office

    Abraham Lincoln Elected Into Office
    Lincoln was elected on November 6th, 1860. He was the first Republican to become president. He was the 16th president and probably one of the best. He passed the Emancipation Proclomation in 1863, freeing the slaves in all states of rebellion.
  • Civil War

    Civil War
    Seven states left the Union and formed the Confederate States of America. Later it became eleven states. The states that remained were known as The Union. One of the main events that caused the Civil War was slavery. Especially spreading slavery to the west. After four years of battling, both North and South had over 600,000 soliders dead. The Confederacy collapsed and rejoined the Union, free of the slaves they had.
  • America Joins World War 1

    America Joins World War 1
    After being neutral in the war, Germany finally ticked America off to declare war on Germany on April 6th, 1917. Germany had sunk passenger boats of the U.S. even though America had nothing to do with the war except supplying her allies. America lost a total of 110,000 deaths, including the 43,000 that died from H1N1.
  • Attack on Pearl Harbor

    Attack on Pearl Harbor
    The attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii was America's entry into World War II. The Japanese militry bombed the Pearl Harbor military base at 7:48 a.m. Hawaii Time (or 1:48 p.m. EST). Japan attacked Pearl Harbor to keep the United States Pacific Fleet from messing with the military actions of the Empire of Japan. 188 U.S. aircrafts were destroyed, 2,403 Americans were killed, and 1,178 were left wounded.
  • Columbine Massacre

    Columbine Massacre
    This sad day changed America forever. On April 20th, 1999, two student of Columbine Highscool in Littleton, Colorado brought guns to school and murdered 13 people. Since then, the program, "Rachel's Challange" has been traveling across the world to help put an end to bullying. Since it began, bullying has decreased greatly, but shootings, suicides, and murders of students from bullying continue to occur.
  • Attack on the Empire State Buildings

    Attack on the Empire State Buildings
    On September 11th, 2001, the al-Qaeda attacked the Twin Towers in New York City. Since then, security of airports has increased drastically to prevent this again. The Islamic group was responsible for the death of nearly 3,000 people and $10 billion in damage.