• Virginia Slave Code

    Virginia Slave Code passed in the Virginia House of Burgesses.
  • George Washington

    George Washington is Born in Westmoreland County, Virginia.
  • Poor Richards Almanac

    Poor Richard's Almanac is published for the first of its twenty-six annual editions by Benjamin Franklin in Philadelphia. It would sell as many as 10,000 copies per year.
  • The Stono Rebellion

    The last major slave rebellion in the mainland colonies of English begins in South Carolina.
  • Iron Act is passed

    British Parliament enacts the Iron Act to protect their iron forges from American competition and control the iron trade in the colonies.
  • Currency Act is passed

    British Parliament passes the Currency Act to control the use of paper money in the New England colonies and plantations.
  • Ben Franklin Lightning Rod

    Benjamin Franklin invents the lightning rod after earlier in the year proving that lightning was electricity by flying a kite in a thunderstorm.
  • Calendar Switch

    Britain and the British colonies switch from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar.
  • End of French & Indian War

    French and Indian War ends with peace treaty that cedes Canada and the American midwest to English. This signals and effectively tightens the control of Great Britain's colonial administration of North America.
  • Sugar Act is passed

    The Sugar Act places a duty on various commodities, including lumber, food, molasses, and rum in the British colonies.
  • Stamp Act is passed

    British Parliament passes the Stamp Act regulations to pay for British troops in the American colonies and cover debts incurred in the French and Indian War.
  • Stamp Act is Repealed

  • Townshend Acts

    Additional levies are put on goods in American colonies by the British Government when the Townshend Acts are enacted, including levies on glass, painter's lead, paper, and tea. All would be repealed in three years, except for the tax on tea.
  • Boston Massacre

    The Boston Massacre occurs when British troops fire into a Boston mob, who were demonstrating against British troops at the customs commission. The first to fall was Crispus Attucks, a fugitive slave and merchant seaman near the front, followed by four other men amongst the forty-fifty patriots. This event was later credited as the first battle in the American Revolution, which began five years later, and was used as an incident to further the colonists cause of rebellion.
  • Virginia Resolutions Establishing A Committee of Correspondence

    The House of Burgesses in the Colony of Virginia reacts strongly against British policies by setting up a committee to contact the other colonies about their common defense. They issue the Virginia Resolutions Establishing A Committee of Correspondence
  • Boston Tea Party

    Group of colonial patriots disguised as Mohawk Indians board three ships in Boston harbor and dump more than 300 crates of tea overboard as a protest against the British tea tax.
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress meets in Philadelphia, with 56 delegates representing every colony except Georgia
  • Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death

    Patrick Henry addresses the Virginia House of Burgesses in St. John’s Church in Richmond, where he decreed, “Give me Liberty or Give me Death.” His speech is often credited with convincing Virginia to permit Virginia troops to enter the Revolutionary War.
  • Start of the Revolutionary War

    War of independence fought between Great Britain and the 13 British colonies on the eastern seaboard of North America.
  • Commander-in-Chief

    The Continental Congress appoints George Washington commander-in-chief of the Continental Army
  • Common Sense

    Thomas Paine, an English writer, publishes his pamphlet "Common Sense," touting the ability and right of America to create a democratic and free nation, winning public support for the cause of American independence from Britain with the sale of hundreds of thousands of copies.
  • The Declaration of Independence

    The Declaration of Independence, from the pen of Thomas Jefferson and his committee, is approved in the Second Continental Congress of the United States of America, held in Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • United States Flag

    Continental Congress approves the first official flag of the United States
  • Articles of Confederation

    Continental Congress adopts the Articles of Confederation, the first U.S. constitution.
  • France Recognizes the United States

    France signs the treaty of Amity and Commerce with the United States, officially recognizing the new nation, and sends Pierre L’Enfant to be captain of engineers at Valley Forge.
  • Treaty of Paris

    British Parliament agrees to the recognition of U.S. independence.
  • End of the Revolutionary War

    Congress ratifies the preliminary peace treaty, ending the Revolutionary War.
  • President George Washington

    George Washington is elected unanimously by the Electoral College as the 1st President of the United States.
  • Bill of Rights

    In Philadelphia's Congress Hall, the Bill of Rights, which constitutes the first ten amendments to the Constitution, takes effect. Two of the original twelve amendments do not pass.
  • Death of George Washington

    George Washington, the 1st commander of the Revolution and President of the United States, passes at his estate in Virginia.