50 Important Dates in U.S History

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In History
  • The United States Army is established.

    The Continental Army was created on 14 June 1775 by the Second Continental Congress as a unified army for the colonies to fight Great Britain
  • The United States Marine Corps is established

    The United States Marine Corps (USMC), also referred to as the United States ... Two small manuals published during the 1930s would establish USMC doctrine in two areas.
  • Declaration of Independence

    The purpose of the Declaration of Independence was to explain to the whole world why the thirteen British colonies were seeking to start their own country. The Declaration of Independence signifies some of the principles and ideals of the founding fathers which the government of the United States follows today.
  • The Continental Congress approves the Articles of Confederation

    The Continental Congress adopted the Articles of Confederation, the first constitution of the United States, on November 15, 1777. However, ratification of the Articles of Confederation by all thirteen states did not occur until March 1, 1781.
  • French join the war against the British

    In 1778, France became an official ally of the United States through the Treaty of Alliance. At this point, the French became directly involved in the war.
  • The Treaty of Paris 1783

    DescriptionThe Treaty of Paris, signed in Paris by representatives of King George III of Great Britain and representatives of the United States of America on September 3, 1783, ended the American Revolutionary War.
  • The delegates at the Philadelphia convention approve the Constitution

    The Committee worked on the Constitution until September 17th when the convention voted to approve the Constitution. 41 delegates were present. However, three refused to sign the proposed Constitution
  • George Washington inaugurated as President of the United States

    The presidency of George Washington began on April 30, 1789, when Washington was inaugurated as the first president of the United States, and ended on March 4, 1797
  • The Bill of Rights is ratified by 3/4ths of the states

    Vermont ratified on November 3, 1791 and Virginia was the final state to ratify on December 15, 1791
  • Lousinana Purchase

    The Louisiana Purchase was the acquisition of the territory of Louisiana by the United States from France in 1803. In return for fifteen million dollars
  • Slave trade ended

    On 25 March 1807, the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act entered the statute books. Nevertheless, although the Act made it illegal to engage in the slave trade throughout the British colonies
  • War with England (1812)

    The War of 1812 was a conflict fought between the United States and the United Kingdom, with their respective allies, from June 1812 to February 1815
  • Trail of Tears

    DescriptionThe Trail of Tears was a series of forced relocations of approximately 60,000 Native Americans in the United States from their ancestral homelands in the Southeastern United States
  • Texas Revolution

    was a rebellion of colonists from the United States and Tejanos (Texas Mexicans) in putting up armed resistance to the centralist government of Mexico.
  • Battle of the Alamo

    DescriptionThe Battle of the Alamo was a pivotal event in the Texas Revolution. Following a 13-day siege, Mexican troops under President General Antonio López de Santa Anna
  • Telegraph Invented

    the telegraph revolutionized long-distance communication. It worked by transmitting electrical signals over a wire laid between stations.
  • Gold Rush

    DescriptionThe California Gold Rush was a gold rush that began on January 24, 1848, when gold was found by James W. Marshall at Sutter's Mill in Coloma, California.
  • The Civil War

    DescriptionThe American Civil War was a civil war in the United States from 1861 to 1865, fought between the northern United States and the southern United States.
  • Emancipation Proclamation

    President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, as the nation approached its third year of bloody civil war.
  • Reconstruction

    Reconstruction, in U.S. history, the period (1865–77) that followed the American Civil War and during which attempts were made to redress the inequities of slavery and its political, social, and economic legacy and to solve the problems arising from the readmission to the Union of the 11 states
  • Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

    Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, was assassinated by well-known stage actor John Wilkes Booth on April 14, 1865
  • Civil Rights Act of 1875

    The Civil Rights Act of 1875 sometimes called the Enforcement Act or the Force Act, was a United States federal law enacted during the Reconstruction era in response to civil rights violations against African Americans.
  • Spanish American War

    DescriptionThe Spanish–American War was an armed conflict between Spain and the United States in 1898.
  • The United States annexes Guam, the Phillipines, and Puerto Rico.

    On December 10, 1898, they signed the Treaty of Paris. The treaty granted independence to Cuba, the transfer of power of Guam (in the Western Pacific Ocean) and Puerto Rico to the US, and the sale of the Philippines to the US for $20 million.
  • Charles Lindbergh

    DescriptionCharles Augustus Lindbergh was an American aviator, military officer, author, inventor, and activist. At age 25 in 1927
  • The Panama Canal opens for business.

    On August 15, 1914, the Panama Canal opened for business, with the passage through of the Ancon, an American cargo-passenger ship.
  • World War I

    DescriptionWorld War I, also known as the First World War or the Great War, was a global war originating in Europe that lasted from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918
  • The Treaty of Versailles is signed,

    This ended wwi
  • 19th Amendment

    The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.
  • First radio broadcast in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    first commercial radio station was KDKA in Pittsburgh, which went on the air in the evening of Nov. 2, 1920
  • Black Tuesday

    October 29, 1929. On this date, share prices on the New York Stock Exchange completely collapsed
  • wwii

    DescriptionWorld War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all the great powers
  • Pearl Harbor

    The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise, preemptive military strike by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service upon the United States against the naval base at Pearl Harbor
  • D day

    DescriptionThe Normandy landings were the landing operations on Tuesday, 6 June 1944 of the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II.
  • Atomic bomb

    Bomb was placed in Hiroshima and it did a lot of damage in Japan
  • Baby Boom

    Period where the American dream was being implemented and many babies were born
  • Cold war

    War between two superpowers, United state’s and the Soviet Union
  • Korean war

    The Korean War began when North Korean troops pushed into South Korea on June 25, 1950, and it lasted until 1953.
  • Brown vs. Board

    Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, 347 U.S. 483 (1954), was a landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in which the Court ruled
  • The Vietnam war

    Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, and in Vietnam as the Resistance War Against America or simply the American War, was a conflict in Vietnam
  • Sputnik Satellite

    First artificial earth satillite
  • NASA formed

    While this new federal agency would conduct all non-military space activity, the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) was created in February 1958 to develop space technology for military application.
  • Civil rights 1960

    United States federal law that established federal inspection of local voter registration polls and introduced penalties for anyone who obstructed someone's attempt to register to vote.
  • Assasination JFK

    JFK was killed during march while he was on a car with his wife and others
  • Apollo 11

    Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that first landed humans on the Moon.
  • Gulf war

    The Gulf War, codenamed Operation Desert Shield for operations leading to the buildup of troops and defense of Saudi Arabia and Operation Desert Storm in its combat phase
  • Semptember 11

    September 11 attacks were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda against the United States on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001