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World History Timeline

  • Jan 1, 1348

    Black Plague

    Black Plague
    The Black Plague let off a rampage of death across Europe unprecedented in recorded history. Three years later, anywhere between 25% and 50% of Europe's population had fallen victim to the plague.
  • Jan 1, 1400

    Renaissance Era

    Renaissance Era
    The Renaissance was "the rebirth of interest in learning and art". The Renaissance period began with the end of the Hundred Years' War and the fall of the Byzantine Empire.
  • Jan 1, 1440

    Printing Press

    Printing Press
    In 1440, Johannes Gutenburg invented the printing press. This meant that books could be made quickly, and it was easier to spread ideas.
  • Jan 1, 1490

    Peak of the Renaissance

    Peak of the Renaissance
    This period was considered the high point in art. Many famous artists evolved during that time including Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci.
  • Jan 1, 1492

    Columbus Discovers A New World

    Columbus Discovers A New World
    Christopher ColumbusColumbus and his three ships - The Nina, The Pinta, and The Santa Maria - out on an expedition to sail west until he reached Asia. By the time the crew reached land, they had reached the point of despair and were about to turn around and sail back.
  • Jan 1, 1506

    Mona Lisa

    Mona Lisa
    Leonardo's Mona Lisa is one of the most famous paintings in the world. The lady is believed to be a merchant's wife
  • Jan 1, 1508

    Sistine Chapel

    Sistine Chapel
    The Sistine Chapel was one of Michelangelo's most famous works. At first Michelangelo did not want to paint the chapel, and said that sculpting was his true love.
  • Oct 31, 1517

    95 Theses

    95 Theses
    95 ThesesThe 95 theses were posted in Wittengenburg, Germany at the castle church. These were all ideas that Martin Luther had to change about the Catholic Church
  • Jan 1, 1522

    Martin Luther's First Translations of the Bible

    Martin Luther's First Translations of the Bible
    Martin Luther's BibleMartin Luther was the first person to translate and publish the Bible in the commonly-spoken dialect of German people. The Luther German New Testament translation was first published in September of 1522.
  • Jan 1, 1524

    Battle of the Peasants

    Battle of the Peasants
    Battle of the PeasantsThe Battle of the Peasants started in 1524. This was an uprising of the German peasants and the poorer classes of the towns, especially in Franconia, Swabia, and Thuringia.
  • Jan 1, 1539

    De Soto's Expedition

    De Soto's Expedition
    De Soto's ExpeditionHernando De Soto's expedition began in 1539 and lasted through 1543. He set sail to Florida, and found a Spanish survivor from an earlier expedition who was useful to help communicate with the natives.
  • Gunpowder Plot

    Gunpowder Plot
    There were thirteen conspirators who were going to blow up the parliament, the king, and his lords. The most famous of them was Guy Fawkes, who was arrested that night in the cellars and was later hung.
  • The Telescope

    The Telescope
    Galileo invented the telescope after being in Venice and hearing about an invention that allowed distant objects to be seen as distinctly as if they were nearby. Galileo's dream was for everyone to own and or look through one of his telescopes to see the wonders in the heavens that he saw.
  • King James Bible

    King James Bible
    The King James Bible, published in 1611, was England's translated into English version of the bible. This was at the request of KIng James I of England.
  • Death of Shakespeare and Cervantes

    Death of Shakespeare and Cervantes
    Shakespeare and Cervantes both died on the same day, April 23. 1616. Shakespeare and Cervantes were both very famous writers from the 1500-1600's, and it is said that they both knew that death was coming.
  • Beginning of the Age of Monarchs

    Beginning of the Age of Monarchs
    The Age of Monarchs began in 1648, and was a time when monarchs ruled and were plentiful.
  • Steam Engine

    Steam Engine
    Steam EngineThe first steam engine was built in 1698 by Thomas Savery. He built this machine to help pump water out of coal mines, and was so simple that it had no moving parts.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    Boston MassacreThe Boston Massacre started when a crowd of jeering Bostonians slinging snowballs gathered around a small group of British soldiers guarding the Boston Customs House. A soldier that hit got angry and shot into the crowd.
  • Beginning of Louis XVI Reign

    Beginning of Louis XVI Reign
    Louis XVI reign began in 1774, at a time when France was poverty-stricken and burdened with debts.
  • American Revolution

    American Revolution
    The American Revolution was a war to declare independence in the people of America.
  • Lexington

    Battle of LexingtonThe Battle of Lexington was the first battle in the Revolutionary War. Confirmation of the British advance was delivered to Lexington by Paul Revere and William Dawes.
  • Bunker Hill

    Bunker Hill
    Battle of Bunker HillThe Battle of Bunker Hill took place on the Charlestown Peninsula on the North side of Boston Harbour. Even though the British won this battle, it was with heavy loss.
  • Long Island

    Long Island
    Battle of Long IslandThe Battle of Long Island took place in New York. Between the British and American Continental Army. British casualties were around 400 while the Americans lost around 2,000 and several guns.
  • Ticonderoga

    Battle of TiconderogaThe Battle of Ticonderoga took place on Fort Ticonderoga on Lake Champlain, New York. The Americans withdrew precipitately from Ticonderoga leaving it in British hands.
  • Saratoga

    Battle of SaratogaThe Battle of Saratoga took place in Saratoga on the Hudson River in New York. The Americans forced the surrender of Burgoyne's force.
  • Yorktown

    Battle of YorktownThe Battle of Yorktown took place in Virginia. The Americans and the French won this battle.
  • End of the Age of Monarchs

    End of the Age of Monarchs
    The end of the Age of Monarchs came in 1789.
  • Beginning of the Age of Revolution

    Beginning of the Age of Revolution
    The central event throughout much of the Continent was the French Revolution and its aftermath. This was followed by a concerted effort at political reaction and a renewed series of revolutions.
  • French Revolution

    French Revolution
    The French Revolution began in 1789 with the meeting of the States General in May. This is a very famous revolution in history.
  • "The Rights of Man"

    "The Rights of Man"
    "The Rights of Man" by Thomas Paine was published in 1791. It was a response to Mr. Burke's attack on the French Revolution.
  • End of Louis XVI Reign

    End of Louis XVI Reign
    The end of Louix XVI reign became when he was sentenced to death after being declared guilty of conspiring with foreign countries for the invasion of France. His execution had important consequences for France, because it brought about ideas in other countries against the French Revolution.
  • Steam Boat

    Steam Boat
    Steam BoatThe first steam boat was finished in 1807 by Robert Fulton. The crowds cheered as his ship hissed its way up to the Hudson.
  • Potato Famine

    Potato Famine
    The Potato FamineThe Irish Potato Famine began in 1845, and continued past 1847. A disease attacked the potato crop and half of the crop was destroyed, and this led the Irish to starvation.
  • End of the Age of Revolution

    End of the Age of Revolution
    The end of the Age of Revolution came in the year of 1848.
  • Bombing of Pearl Harbor

    Bombing of Pearl Harbor
    Pearl HarborThe bombing of Pearl Harbor, on December 7, 1941, when a Japanese carrier dropped a bomb on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.
  • D-Day

    D-DayD-Day was on June 6, 1944, and was the allied invasion of Normandy. This day was a major turning point in the battles against German fascism.
  • Enola Gay Drops the Bomb

    Enola Gay Drops the Bomb
    Enola GayPaul Tibbets commanded the Enola Gay, a B-29 Superfortress, which dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima. The cover over Hiroshima after the blast from the bomb was described as a mushroom cloud.