50 Important Dates in US History

  • The United States Army being established

    The United States Army being established
    The Continental Army was created by the Second Continental Congress as a unified army to help the colonies fight against Great Britain, having George Washington as their commander.
  • The United States Marine Corps being established

    The United States Marine Corps being established
    A branch of the United States Armed Forces, that hold the duty in performing expeditionary and amphibious operations with the United States Navy, Army, and the Air Force.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    A document that was written by Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Roger Sherman, Robert R. Livingston to propose the idea of leaving Great Britain in hopes to seek independence for the colonists.
  • The Continental Congress approving the Articles of Confederation

    The Continental Congress approving the Articles of Confederation
    After the Articles of Confederation was heavily debated by the Second Continental Congressand later sent to the states for ratification within the Novemember of 1777. After the document was ratified by all of the 13 states, it was enforced.
  • The French joining the war against the British

    The French joining the war against the British
    Treaties such as "Treaty of Alliance" and "Amity and Commerce" were made between France and the United States. But then the French declaring war against Great Britain made Britain now apart of not only a war but a rebellion.
  • The Treaty of Paris 1783

    The Treaty of Paris 1783
    An official peace treaty that helped end the American Revolutionary War between the United States and Britain. It was signed on September 3, 1783, ratified by Congress on January 14, 1784, and ratified by King George III on April 9, 1784.
  • The delegates at the Philadelphia convention approving the Constitution

    The delegates at the Philadelphia convention approving the Constitution
    The Constitution was continuously being worked on by the committee until September 17th, when it was approved. But even though it was approved, 3/41 delegates didn't support it at first, but later on, they did support the ratification.
  • George Washington being inaugurated as President of the United States

    George Washington being inaugurated as President of the United States
    Washington took his place in the office after the 1788 to 1789 presidential election, the first quadrennial presidential election, where he was elected unanimously. Because of this, he was inaugurated as the first president of the United States, ending on March 4, 1797.
  • The Bill of Rights being ratified by 3/4 of the states

    The Bill of Rights being ratified by 3/4 of the states
    Vermont ratified the Bill of Rights on November 3, 1791, leaving Virginia to be the last state to ratify on December 15, 1791. Later, Massachusetts, Georgia, and Connecticut ratified in 1939 during the 150th anniversary of the signing.
  • The Louisiana Purchase

    The Louisiana Purchase
    The purchase of the Lousiana territory by the United States from France in 1803. The deal of fifteen million dollars in exchange for 828,000 square miles of land.
  • The Slave trade ending

    The Slave trade ending
    The abolition of the slave trade made it illegal to be associated with the slave trade throughout the British colonies, but it continued throughout the Caribbean islands until 1811.
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    War with England (1812)

    There are split perspectives on the war fought between the United States, and the United Kingdom, with their respective allies. Britain historians see it just as a minor while those in the United States and Canada see it as a war in its individual right.
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    Texas Revolution

    A rebellion of colonies from the United States and Tejanos including armed resistance to the centralist government of Mexico.
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    Battle of the Alamo

    A crucial event in the Texas Revolution. After a 13-day siege, troops under President General Antonio López de Santa Anna reclaimed the Alamo Mission, killing many immigrants and Texas citizens.
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    Trail of Tears

    The relocating of about 60,000 Native Americans from their homes in the Southeastern United States to the west of the Mississippi River, known as Indian Territory, or in other words reservation camps.
  • The Telegraph being Invented

    The Telegraph being Invented
    Created b Samuel Morse during the 1830s and 1840s, the telegraph advanced communication as we know it by making us be able to communicate over long distances. It sent electrical signals through wire between stations.
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    Gold Rush

    The gold rush began when James W. Marshall first found gold at Sutter's Mill in Coloma, Califonia. The gold rush attracted many people blinded from the idea of wealth from all over.
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    The Civil War

    A civil war within the United States between the northern and the southern part. It began between the debated perspectives over the enslavement of blacks.
  • Emancipation Proclamation

    Emancipation Proclamation
    As the nation started going towards its third year of the civil war, Abraham Lincoln enforced the Emancipation Proclamation which says "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free."
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    Reconstruction

    The Reconstruction era formed prior to the American Civil War and the destruction it caused, it was a vital period in the civil rights of Americans. It was meant to help the South join the Union once again.
  • The assassination of Abraham Lincoln

    The assassination of Abraham Lincoln
    Occurred at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C., lincoln was shot in the evening of April 14 by John Wilkes Booth, later dying in the next morning. It's believed the assassination was enacted to bring back the Confederate.
  • Civil Rights Act of 1875

    Civil Rights Act of 1875
    In the Civil Rights Cases (1883), the act was found unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Civil Rights Act enacted the “equality of all men before the law”, preventing discrimination due to race to be performed in public areas/facilities.
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    Spanish American War

    An armed conflict that was between Spain and the United States during 1898. Tensions rose from the result of the explosion of the USS Maine in Havana Harbor, causing the U.S being involved with the Cuban War to gain their freedom.
  • The United States annexed Guam, the Philippines, and Puerto Rico

    The United States annexed Guam, the Philippines, and Puerto Rico
    Apart from guaranteeing the independence of Cuba, the treaty also forced Spain to cede Guam and Puerto Rico to the United States. Spain also agreed to sell the Philippines to the United States for the sum of $20 million. The U.S. Senate ratified the treaty on February 6, 1899, by a margin of only one vote.
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    Charles Lindbergh

    DescriptionCharles Augustus Lindbergh was an American aviator, military officer, author, inventor, and activist. At age 25 in 1927, he went from obscurity as a U.S. Air Mail pilot to instantaneous world fame by winning the Orteig Prize for making a nonstop flight from New York to Paris.
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    World War I (WWI)

    World 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 Panama Canal opening for business

    The Panama Canal opening for business
    The United States spent almost $500,000,000 (roughly equivalent to $9,169,650,000 now) to finish the project. This was by far the largest American engineering project to date. The canal was formally opened on August 15, 1914, with the passage of the cargo ship SS Ancon.
  • The Treaty of Versailles becoming signed, ending World War I

    The Treaty of Versailles becoming signed, ending World War I
    Germany had formally surrendered on November 11, 1918, and all nations had agreed to stop fighting while the terms of peace were negotiated. On June 28, 1919, Germany and the Allied Nations (including Britain, France, Italy, and Russia) signed the Treaty of Versailles, formally ending the war.
  • Nineteenth Amendment

    Nineteenth Amendment
    Passed by Congress June 4, 1919, and ratified on August 18, 1920, the 19th amendment granted women the right to vote. The 19th amendment guarantees all American women the right to vote. Achieving this milestone required a lengthy and difficult struggle; victory took decades of agitation and protest.
  • The first radio broadcast in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    The first radio broadcast in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    The first commercial radio station was KDKA in Pittsburgh, which went on the air in the evening of Nov. 2, 1920, with a broadcast of the returns of the Harding-Cox presidential election.
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    Black Tuesday

    The Wall Street Crash of 1929, also known as the Great Crash, was a major stock market crash that occurred in 1929. It started in September and ended late in October when share prices on the New York Stock Exchange collapsed.
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    World War II

    World 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—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis.
  • Pearl Harbor

    Pearl Harbor
    DescriptionThe 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 in Honolulu, Hawaii, just before 08:00, on Sunday morning, December 7, 1941.
  • D-Day

    D-Day
    Codenamed Operation Overlord, the battle began on June 6, 1944, also known as D-Day, when some 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified coast of France's Normandy region.
  • The 1st atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan

    The 1st atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan
    On August 6, 1945, during World War II (1939-45), an American B-29 bomber dropped the world's first deployed atomic bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The explosion wiped out 90 percent of the city and immediately killed 80,000 people; tens of thousands more would later die of radiation exposure.
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    Baby Boom

    Baby boomers are the demographic cohort following the Silent Generation and preceding Generation X. The Baby Boom generation is most often defined as those individuals born between 1946 and 1964.
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    The Cold War beginning between the United States and the Soviet Union

    The Cold War began after the surrender of Nazi Germany in 1945 when the uneasy alliance between the United States and Great Britain on the one hand and the Soviet Union on the other started to fall apart. The Americans and the British worried that Soviet domination in eastern Europe might be permanent.
  • Human rights

    Human rights
    On December 10, 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted by the 56 members of the United Nations. The vote was unanimous, although eight nations chose to abstain.
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    Korean War

    The Korean War was a war between North Korea and South Korea. The war began on 25 June 1950 when North Korea invaded South Korea. At the end of World War II, the Soviet Union and the United States liberated Korea from imperial Japanese colonial control on 15 August 1945.
  • Brown v. Board of Education

    Brown v. Board of Education
    Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, 347 U.S. 483, was a landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in which the Court ruled that U.S. state laws establishing racial segregation in public schools are unconstitutional, even if the segregated schools are otherwise equal in quality.
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    Vietnam War

    The 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, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975.
  • Sputnik Satellite

    Sputnik Satellite
    Sputnik 1 was the first artificial Earth satellite. The Soviet Union launched it into an elliptical low Earth orbit on 4 October 1957, orbiting for three weeks before its batteries died, then silently for two more months before falling back into the atmosphere.
  • NASA being formed

    NASA being formed
    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the United States Federal Government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. NASA was established in 1958, succeeding in the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics.
  • Civil Rights Act of 1960

    Civil Rights Act of 1960
    The Civil Rights Act of 1960 (Pub. L. 86–449, 74 Stat. 89, enacted May 6, 1960) is a 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.
  • The assassination of John F. Kennedy

    The assassination of John F. Kennedy
    John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy, often referred to by the initials JFK, was an American politician who served as the 35th president of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963.
  • Apollo 11

    Apollo 11
    Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that first landed humans on the Moon. Commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin formed the American crew that landed the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle on July 20, 1969, at 20:17 UTC.
  • Watergate

    Watergate
    The Watergate scandal was a major federal political scandal in the United States involving the administration of President Richard Nixon from 1972 to 1974 which resulted at the end of Nixon's presidency.
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    Gulf War (Operation Desert Storm)

    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, was a war waged by the coalition.
  • Fall Of the Berlin Wall

    Fall Of the Berlin Wall
    The Berlin Wall was a guarded concrete barrier that physically and ideologically divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989. Construction of the Wall was commenced by the German Democratic Republic on 13 August 1961. The Wall cut off West Berlin from surrounding East Germany, including East Berlin.
  • September 11th

    September 11th
    The September 11 attacks (also referred to as 9/11) 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.