1st grade Semple By mcoffe29 Oct 12, 1492 Columbus Arrives in New World Christopher Columbus was seeking a new trade route to Asia when he landed in the West Indies. His arrival started the movement of explorers and settlers from Europe to the New World. Nov 9, 1621 First Thanksgiving The Pilgrims and Native Americans share a meal that will become known as Thanksgiving. Apr 30, 1789 George Washington becomes president George Washington was the first President of the United States. he is known as the father of our country. Mar 4, 1861 Abraham Lincoln becomes president Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States. Many think he was one of our greatest presidents. he is seen here with his son Tad. Apr 28, 1963 I Have a Dream Speech Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech advocating racial harmony. Jan 20, 2009 Barack Obama becomes president Barack Obama became the 44th President of the United States, and the first African-American President.