1700-1800

  • Attack on Sweden

    Poland, Russia and Denmark attack Sweden
  • The Selling of Joseph

    Samuel Sewall publishes The Selling of Joseph
  • Act of Settlement

    The Act of Settlement declares that Catholics cannot inherit the English crown
  • Act of Union

    The Act of Union merges England and Scotland as 'one kingdom by the name of Great Britain'
  • Piston Steam Engine

    Thomas Newcomen creates a piston steam engine
  • Early Industrialization Protest

    Machines are thrown out of the window of a Spitalfields factory, in an early protest against industrialization
  • Mercury Thermometer

    Fahrenheit perfects the mercury thermometer and decides on a 180-degree interval between the freezing and boiling points of water
  • The Hats and the Caps

    Two political parties emerge in Sweden's parliament and become known as the Hats and the Caps
  • Pennsylvania Gazette

    Benjamin Franklin prints, publishes and writes the weekly Pennsylvania Gazette
  • Franklins Subscription Library

    Benjamin Franklin sets up a subscription library
  • The Great Awakening

    A revivalist movement in America becomes known as the Great Awakening
  • Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God

    American revivalism is inflamed by Jonathan Edwards' vivid sermon Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God
  • Anders Celsius

    Anders Celsius proposes 100 degrees between the freezing and boiling points of water
  • Nickel Discovered

    Alex Cronstedt identifies nickel
  • Benjamin Franklin Flies Kite

    Benjamin Franklin flies a kite into a thunder cloud to demonstrate electricity
  • Washington Kills French Troops

    George Washington kills ten French troops in the first clash of the French and Indian war
  • End of Seven Years' War

    A treaty signed in Paris ends the Seven Years' War
  • The Sugar Act

    Britain passes the Sugar Act
  • The Stamp Act

    Britain passes the Stamp Act
  • Stamp Act Repealed

    Britain repeals the Stamp Act
  • Yankee Doodle

    Yankee Doodle is the most popular song with the patriot troops in the American Revolution
  • New American Flag

    George Washington raises on Prospect Hill a new American flag
  • Washington Drives Out Garrison

    George Washington drives the British garrison from Boston
  • Declaration of Independence is Accepted

    Thomas Jefferson's text for the Declaration of Independence is accepted by the Congress
  • John Hancock Signs Declaration

    John Hancock is the first delegate to sign the Declaration of Independence
  • Washington Defeats Brits at Trenton

    George Washington defeats the British at Trenton.
  • The Stars and Stripes

    Congress adopts a new flag for independent America
  • Washington Relinquish's Philadelphia

    George Washington is forced to relinquish Philadelphia to the British
  • Treaty of Alliance

    Benjamin Franklin persuades the French to sign a Treaty of Alliance
  • Treaty of Paris

    In the Treaty of Paris the British government recognizes US independence
  • Final Draft for Consititution

    Delegates meeting in Philadelphia agree a final draft for a US constitution
  • The Federalist Papers

    The Federalist Papers begin appearing in New York
  • Constitution is Ratified

    The constitution of the United States is ratified by the states
  • Washington Inaugurated

    George Washington is inaugurated on Wall Street in New York
  • First Bank of the United States

    Under Alexander Hamilton, the First Bank of the United States is established in Philadelphia
  • Bill Of Rights

    The first ten amendments to the US Constitution, collectively known as the Bill of Rights, are ratified by the states
  • Washington Re-Elected

    George Washington is unanimously elected for a second term as president of the USA
  • Federalists and Republicans

    The first political parties, Hamilton's Federalists and Jefferson's Republicans, emerge in the USA
  • Cotton Gin Invented

    Eli Whitney invents the cotton gin
  • Fugitive Slave Laws

    The US Congress passes Fugitive Slave Laws, enabling southern slave owners to reclaim escaped slaves in northern states
  • Washingtons Farewell Address

    George Washington delivers a farewell address to guide the nation's future
  • Library of Congress

    The Library of Congress is founded in Washington