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50 Important Dates in US History

  • The Creation of the United States Army

    The Creation of the United States Army
    The Continental Army was created after the Second Continental Congress to fight Great Britain, with George Washington as commander.
  • The Creation of the United States Marine Crops

    The Creation of the United States Marine Crops
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    The Declaration of Independence was drafted by Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin. In Philadelphia on July 4th, the Declaration of Independence marked the birth of America
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  • French join the war against the British

    French join the war against the British
    King Louis XVI approved in negotiating to end the American Revolutionary War. When the United States also agreed they signed a pair of treaties, making the French enter the war on February 6th, 1778.
  • The Continental Congress approves the Articles of Confederation

    The Continental Congress approves the Articles of Confederation
    The Articles of Confederation was the first document created by the Founding Fathers to create their new society. It was created on November 15th, 1777 and ratified in March 1st, 1781. However, it had some flaws later being replaced by the Constitution.
  • The Treaty of Paris 1783

    The Treaty of Paris 1783
    The Treaty of Paris was a peace treaty between America and Great Britain after the American Revolutionary War. It was sign on September 3rd, 1783 and was ratified on January 14th 1784 by Congress and April 9th by King George.
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  • Constitutional Convention

    Constitutional Convention
    After the fail of the Articles of Confederation, the delegates of each state (except for Rhode Island) met up at the Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They were content on making a strong federal government, thus the Constitution was made. The meeting ended on September 17, 1787.
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  • The Beginning of George Washington Presidency

    The Beginning of George Washington Presidency
    George Washington became president on April 30th, 1789 becoming the nation's first president. He severed two terms because although he was allowed to leave until he died, he felt it would be similar to monarchy ending his presidency on March 4, 1797.
  • Ratification of the Bill of Rights

    Ratification of the Bill of Rights
    Virginia become the 10th state out of 14 to ratify 10 amendments enough to make legal. [Link text](www.history.com › this-day-in-history › bill-of-rights-is-finally-ratified)
  • Louisiana Purchase

    Louisiana Purchase
    A treaty was made to buy the Louisiana Purchase on April 30th, 1803 and was signed on May 2nd of the same year. The Louisiana Purchase almost doubled the United States.
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  • Slave Trade Act 1807

    Slave Trade Act 1807
    The Slave Trade Act abolished the trading of slaves. However, as the act did make it illegal to trade slaves the British Colonies continued to do so stopping until 1811.
  • War of 1812

    War of 1812
    The War of 1812 started because of conflict between the United States and Great Britain. It ended on February 17th, 1815 with the Treaty of Ghent.
  • Trail of Tears

    Trail of Tears
    About 125,000 Native Americans lived in present day Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina and Florida. However, because of the manifest destiny and the want to expand President Andrew Jackson forced the Native Americans out of their homes.
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  • The Texas Revolution

    The Texas Revolution
    Anglo Saxons and Mexicans both refused to accept the changes made by the government. They did not like that most of the power were put into the hands of the Mexican national government and Santa Anna. The lasted until April 21st of next year.
  • Battle of the Alamo

    Battle of the Alamo
    A fight between Republic of Texas and Mexico lasted from February 23rd, 1836 to March 6th of that year. The Mexicans won killing the Texan soldiers in a fort in San Antonio, Texas called the Alamo.
  • Invention of the Telegraph

    Invention of the Telegraph
    Samuel Morse and a few other inventors created the telegraph allowing people to communicate long-distances.
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  • Gold Rush

    Gold Rush
    After gold was found by James W. Marshall at Sutter's Mill in Coloma, California. Many people traveled to California to get gold. The Gold Rush lasted until 1855.
  • The Civil War

    The Civil War
    From April 21st, 1861 to April 9th, 1865 the north and south fought over keeping slavery. President Lincoln saw the war as a way to preserve the Union after the south seceded. This changed as they were getting close to the end of the war ending slavery.
  • Emancipation Proclamation

    Emancipation Proclamation
    President Abraham Lincoln made the Emancipation Proclamation to declared that all slaves were free. This is falsehood however because slavery continued to happen.
  • Reconstruction Era

    Reconstruction Era
    After the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln was a pus to give former slaves secure rights. Laws were passed to protect black rights under the Constitutional. It was also meant to reform he south after the war.
  • Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

    Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
    President Abraham Lincoln was shot in the head by a Confederate sympathizer named John Wilkes Booth. Abraham Lincoln died the next day.
  • Civil Rights Act of 1875

    Civil Rights Act of 1875
    The last major event during the Reconstruction Era it guaranteed that African Americans were given equal treatment in public transportation and accommodations. The Supreme Court ruled this as unconstitutional.
  • Spanish American War

    Spanish American War
    The United States declared war on Spain. After the explosion of the Maine battleship yellow journalism made people think the Spanish did it. Also because of Americans support over the Cubans and Filipinos against Spanish rule. The war ended on August 21st.
  • The United States annexes Guam, the Philippines, and Puerto Rico

    The United States annexes Guam, the Philippines, and Puerto Rico
    After the Spanish America War, Spain and the United States signed a peace treaty which established the independence of Cuba, ceded Puerto Rico and Guam to the United States.
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  • World War I

    World War I
    After the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia. In the war were the Central Powers; Germany, Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria and the Ottoman Empire and the Allied Powers; Great Britain, France, Russia, Italy, Romania, Japan and the United States. The war ended on November 11th, 1918.
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  • The Opening of the Panama Canal

    The Opening of the Panama Canal
    The Canal was built to create a faster way to travel.
    [Link text](www.socialstudiesforkids.com › articles › ushistory › panamacanalopens)
  • The Treaty of Versailles

    The Treaty of Versailles
    World War I officially ended with the Treaty of Versailles signed by the Allied Powers. The treaty messed up Germany, it caused their military to decrease and lose land and money. It also led to the rise of Adolf Hitler because he wanted to restore Germany to its former glory.
  • The Nineteenth Amendment

    The Nineteenth 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.
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  • KDKA

    The first commercial radio station airing on November 20th, 1920.
  • Charles Lindbergh Expedition

    Charles Lindbergh Expedition
    Charles Augustus Lindbergh is famous for his making the first solo transatlantic airplane flight.
  • Black Tuesday

    Black Tuesday
    Black Tuesday marked the beginning of the Great Depression.
    [Link text](investinganswers.com › dictionary › black-tuesday)
  • World War II

    World War II
    After Germany invaded Poland Great Britain and France declared war on Germany. The war ended on May 8th, 1945 in Europe having D-Day and VE-Day.
  • Pearl Harbor

    Pearl Harbor
    Japan attacked the United States.
  • D-Day

    The Allied forces led an combined attack on the Nazi in France.
  • Atomic Bombing on Hiroshima

    Atomic Bombing on Hiroshima
    Japan hadn't surrender so the United States bombed Hiroshima.
  • Baby Boom

    Baby Boom
    A temporary marked increase in the birth rate, especially the one following World War II.
  • Cold War

    Cold War
  • Human rights

    Human rights
    A right that is believed to belong justifiably to every person.
  • Korean War

    Korean War
    A war between North and South Korea.
  • Brown v. Board of Education

    Brown v. Board of Education
    The Supreme Court said that "separate-but-equal” in education and other services as unconstitutional.
  • Vietnam War

    Vietnam War
  • Sputnik Satellite

    Sputnik Satellite
    Sputnik was the first satellite created by the Soviet Union.
  • NASA Formed

    NASA Formed
    Was created after the Soviet Union created their space program.
  • The Civil Rights Act of 1960

    The Civil Rights Act of 1960
    The Civil Rights Act of 1960 was intended to strengthen voting rights and expand the enforcement powers of the Civil Rights Act of 1957.
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  • Assassination of John F. Kennedy

    Assassination of John F. Kennedy
  • Apollo 11

    Apollo 11
    The first spacecraft to land humans on the Moon.
  • Watergate

    The Watergate scandal happened during and after the 1972 election. President Nixon was involved in stealing people phone lines and secret papers. The public turned against him causing him to leave office because he did not wish to be impeach.
  • Fall Of the Berlin Wall

    Fall Of the Berlin Wall
    Political Changes happened in Eastern Europe and civil unrest in Germany put pressure on the East German government to loosen some of its regulations on travel to West Germany.
    [Link text](www.iwm.org.uk › history › what-was-the-berlin-wall-and-how-did-it-fall)
  • Gulf War (Operation Desert Storm)

    Gulf War (Operation Desert Storm)
    President George H. W. Bush announced the start of what would be called Operation Desert Storm—a military operation to expel occupying Iraqi forces from Kuwait, which Iraq had invaded and annexed months earlier.
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  • September 11th

    September 11th
    9/11 was a deadly attack by Islamist extremists who hijacked four planes that were flying above the US. Two of them were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York. Another was crashed into the Pentagon, the top military building in the capital city, Washington DC.
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