Government Time Line

  • Declaration of Independence signed

    Declaration of Independence signed
    It was signed by John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and many more. The declaration was to declare for the 13 colonies its independence from Great Britian.
  • Articles of Confederation Ratified

    Articles of Confederation Ratified
    The ratification process was completed in March of 1781, legally federating the sovereign and independent states, already cooperating through the Continental Congress.
  • Constitution Ratified

    Constitution Ratified
    Less than three months after the constitution was signed, Delaware was the first to ratify it. New Hampshire was the 9th state putting the constitution into effect.
  • Marbury v. Madison

    Marbury v. Madison
    Was the first time the Supreme Court declared something "unconstitutional" and established the concept of judicial review in the U.S. The landmark decision helped define the "checks and balances" of the United States form of government.
  • McCulloch v.Maryland

    McCulloch v.Maryland
    The state of Maryland attempted to impede operations of a branch of the Second Bank of the United States by imposing a tax on all notes of banks not chartered in Maryland.
  • Pearl Harbor

    Pearl Harbor
    On the morning of December 7th, 1941, 183 Japanese warplanes bombed the U.S.Pacific fleet docked at Pearl Harbor. It happened at 7:55 that morning.
  • Mapp v. Ohio

    Mapp v. Ohio
    A landmark case in criminal procedure, in which the United States Supreme Court decided that evidence obtained in violation of the Fourth Amendment may not be used in criminal prosecutions in state courts , as well as federal courts.
  • Gulf of Tonkin Resolution Passed

    Gulf of Tonkin Resolution Passed
    Congress passed this resolution authorizing all necessary measures to repel attacks against U.S. forces and all steps necessary for the defense of U.S. allies in Southeast Asia.
  • Lemon v. Kurtzman

    Lemon v. Kurtzman
    The case involved controversies over laws in Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.Each statute made aid available to " church-related educational institiutions."
  • New Jersey v. TLO

    It was a case appealed to the Supreme Court of the United States in 1984, involving the search of a high school student for contraband after she was caught smoking.
  • Iraq War Resolution Passed

    Iraq War Resolution Passed
    It is a joint resolution passed by the United States Congress. The resolution cited many factors to justify the use of military force against Iraq.