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American History

By calebjo
  • Japan Makes Trade Agreement With US

    Japan Makes Trade Agreement With US
    This was the era when all Western powers were seeking to open new markets for their manufactured goods abroad, as well as new countries to supply raw materials for industry. It was clear that Commodore Perry could impose his demands by force.
  • Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction

    Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction
    Also called the 10% Plan or Lincolns Plan. This pardoned all but the highest ranking officers in the Confederate Army. It go into effect when 10% of the voting population in the 1860 election had taken an oath of loyalty and established a government.
  • 13th Amendment Ratified

    13th Amendment Ratified
    The 13th Amendment stated neither slavery or involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime shall exist in the US or in any place subject to their jurisdiction. This basically was ended slavery in the US but many slaves just stayed and worked for their former masters anyways.
  • Grandfather Clause Goes Into Effect

    Grandfather Clause Goes Into Effect
    The Grandfather Clause was a legal or constitutional mechanism passed by seven Southern states during reconstruction to deny suffrage to black Americans. This allowed whites to vote but not Freedmen. It helps the poor whites while still keeping the blacks in the dark.
  • Alaska is bought from Russia

    Alaska is bought from Russia
    The Alaska Purchase was the United States' acquisition of Alaska from the Russian Empire. Alaska was formally transferred to the United States on October 18, 1867, through a treaty ratified by the United States Senate and signed by President Andrew Johnson.
  • The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson

    The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson
    Andrew Johnson was a Democrat and an Anti-Aristocrat. He was also a White Supremacist. The people got mad because he granted over 13,500 pardons for people that didn't meet the minimum requirement of his plan. After repeated ignorance of Congress he was impeached.
  • 14th Amendment Ratified

    14th Amendment Ratified
    The 14th Amendment provided a constitutional guarantee of the rights and security of freed people. It provided a sense of security and with that came a short time of peace between the people and the government.
  • CPR Crew Sets Track Record

    CPR Crew Sets Track Record
    In 1862, Congress loaned the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads $16,000 per mile of level track and $48,000 per mile of mountain track. The where in constant competition and one challenge was to see who could build the most track in a day. The CPR waited until the UPR only had 9 miles of track left and build 10 miles of track in one day.
  • CPR and UPR Meet in Utah

    CPR and UPR Meet in Utah
    After a long and hard project the two companies had to meet somewhere. The place was to be in Utah. The presidents of both railroads, Stanford and Durant swung at the last gold spike. The Transcontinental Railroad was finally complete.
  • The Battle of Little Bighorn

    The Battle of Little Bighorn
    Gold was found in the Black hills. Custer was sent to round up Indians. The Sioux leader Sitting Bull refused to move and gathered Sioux and Cheyenne warriors at Little Bighorn River where they were joined by another chief Crazy Horse and his followers. Custer’s force of around 250 met 2,000 warriors and all of Custer's men were killed.
  • Compromise of 1877 Is Carried Out

    Compromise of 1877 Is Carried Out
    On March 2, the congressional commission voted 8-7 along party lines to award all the disputed electoral votes to Hayes, giving him 185 votes to Tilden’s 184. This ended Reconstruction.
  • Chinese Exclusion Act

    Chinese Exclusion Act
    DescriptionThe Chinese Exclusion Act was a United States federal law signed by President Chester A. Arthur on May 6, 1882, prohibiting all immigration of Chinese laborers.
  • The World was Purchased by Joseph Pulitzer

    The World was Purchased by Joseph Pulitzer
    New York World, daily newspaper published in New York City from 1860 to 1931, a colourful and vocal influence in American journalism in its various manifestations under different owners.
    The World was established in 1860 as a penny paper with a basically religious orientation.
  • Statue of Liberty Dedicated

    Statue of Liberty Dedicated
    The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World" was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the United States and is recognized as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886. It was designated as a National Monument in 1924. Employees of the National Park Service have been caring for the colossal copper statue since 1933.
  • Sooners Strike a Claim for Land

    Sooners Strike a Claim for Land
    Homesteaders line up at territory border to stake a claim. They called these people sooners, As a result the Oklahoma territory was created. The Natives were finally conquered. It took 1,000 battles, 950 American deaths, countless Native deaths, and the moving of Native to reservations for it to happen.
  • Gospel of Wealth

    Gospel of Wealth
    The 'Gospel of Wealth' was an article written by Andrew Carnegie in 1889. Carnegie was a steel factory, argued that very wealthy men like him had a responsibility to use their wealth for the greater good of society. It also included themes of social Darwinism.
  • Basketball Invented

    Basketball Invented
    The game of basketball as it is known today was created by Dr. James Naismith in December 1891 in Springfield, Massachusetts, to condition young athletes during cold months. It consisted of peach baskets and a soccer style ball. He published 13 rules for the new game.
  • First Person Goes Through Ellis Island

    First Person Goes Through Ellis Island
    When 15-year-old Annie Moore arrived here from Ireland on this day in 1892, she was the first person to enter the United States through Ellis Island. As the boat she was on drew closer to her new home, she must have seen the Statue of Liberty, whose torch rises 305 feet above the waters of the New York Harbor. The statue is on an island next to Ellis Island.
  • Sinking of the USS Maine

    Sinking of the USS Maine
    DescriptionUSS Maine (ACR-1) was a United States Navy ship that sank in Havana Harbor in February 1898, contributing to the outbreak of the Spanish–American War in April. American newspapers, engaging in yellow journalism to boost circulation, claimed that the Spanish were responsible for the ship's destruction.
  • Us Declared War in Spain

    Us Declared War in Spain
    On April 25, 1898 the United States declared war on Spain following the sinking of the Battleship Maine in Havana harbor on February 15, 1898. The war ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris on December 10, 1898.
  • First Gibson Girl Painting

    First Gibson Girl Painting
    The Gibson Girl was the personification of the feminine ideal of physical attractiveness as portrayed by the pen-and-ink illustrations of artist Charles Dana Gibson during a 20-year period that spanned the late 19th and early 20th century in the United States and Canada.
  • Roosevelt becomes President

    Roosevelt becomes President
    Theodore Roosevelt became President on September 14, 1901, when Theodore Roosevelt became the 26th President of the United States upon the assassination and death of President William McKinley.
  • Elizabeth Arden Inc Founded

    Elizabeth Arden Inc Founded
    DescriptionFlorence Nightingale Graham, who went by the business name Elizabeth Arden, was a Canadian US businesswoman who founded what is now Elizabeth Arden, Inc., and built a cosmetics empire in the United States. By 1929 she owned 150 salons in Europe and the United States. Her 1,000 products were being sold in 22 countries.
  • Assasination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand

    Assasination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand
    The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne, and Franz Ferdinand's wife Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, happened in Sarajevo when they were mortally wounded
  • Panama Canal Finished

    Panama Canal Finished
    The Panama Canal is an artificial 82 km waterway in Panama that connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean. The canal cuts across the Isthmus of Panama and is a conduit for maritime trade. The canal was finished in 1914 and cut off 8000 miles from the trip between the west and east coast of the US.
  • Zimmerman Note Written

    Zimmerman Note Written
    The Zimmermann Telegram (or Zimmermann Note or Zimmerman Cable) was a secret diplomatic communication issued from the German Foreign Office in January 1917 that proposed a military alliance between Germany and Mexico.
  • NWP is Founded

    NWP is Founded
    The National Woman's Party is an American women's political organization formed in 1916 to fight for women's suffrage.The founders were Alice Paul and Lucy Burns.
  • Planned Parenthood

    Planned Parenthood
    Planned Parenthood was founded in October 16, 1916, when Margaret Sanger, her sister Ethel Byrne, and Fania Mindell opened the first birth control clinic in the U.S. in Brooklyn. They distributed birth control, birth control advice, and birth control information. All three of them were arrested
  • 19th Amendment Passed

    19th Amendment Passed
    The 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States provides men and women with equal voting rights. The amendment states that the right of citizens to vote "shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex."
  • "Kirk and Sweeney" Rum Runner Captured

    "Kirk and Sweeney" Rum Runner Captured
    Rum runner sloop "Kirk and Sweeney" with contraband stacked on deck was captured. There were many bootleggers during this time period that were smuggling in liquor from the Caribbean and Canada.
  • The Scopes Trial

    The Scopes Trial
    John Thomas Scopes and commonly referred to as the Scopes Monkey Trial, was an American legal case in July 1925 in which a high school teacher, John T. Scopes, was accused of violating Tennessee's Butler Act, which had made it unlawful to teach human evolution in any state-funded school.
  • First Movie with Sound

    First Movie with Sound
    It is the first feature-length motion picture with not only a synchronized recorded music score but also lip-synchronous singing and speech in several isolated sequences. This movie was called the Jazz Singer.
  • Stock Market Crash

    Stock Market Crash
    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.
  • Smoot-Hawley Tariff

    Smoot-Hawley Tariff
    Smoot–Hawley Tariff or Hawley–Smoot Tariff, was a law that implemented protectionist trade policies in the United States. It was signed by president Herbert Hoover
  • Louis Armstrong Releases “When it’s Sleepy Time Down South.“

    Louis Armstrong Releases “When it’s Sleepy Time Down South.“
    This song would later become his theme song. Louis Armstrong was a hot young trumpet player from New Orleans, joining The Jim Cullum Jazz Band on the bandstand at The Landing. The son of bassist Walter Payton, a devotee of Louis Armstrong, and a professional musician since the age of twelve, Nicholas Payton was a Verve recording artist and featured soloist with the Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestras, at the time of this broadcast.
  • The Revenue Act of 1932

    The Revenue Act of 1932
    aised United States tax rates across the board, with the rate on top incomes rising from 25 percent to 63 percent. The estate tax was doubled and corporate taxes were raised by almost 15 percent.
  • 21st Amendment

    21st Amendment
    21st Amendment to the Constitution was passed and ratified, ending national Prohibition. After the repeal of the 18th Amendment, some states continued Prohibition by maintaining statewide temperance laws.
  • Germany invades Poland

    Germany invades Poland
    This event officially starts WWII. This was Hitler first part to the blitzkrieg strategy. He wanted to regain land that Germany lost in WWI and ultimately rule over Poland and eventually the whole world. The main thing that it did was start WWII
  • Bombing of Pearl Harbor

    Bombing of Pearl Harbor
    His was a surprise attack on the US naval base in Hawaii. The attackers were the Japanese. The Japanese knew that America was going to join the war eventually and so they decided to attempt to destroy America navy with the element of surprise on their side.
  • Operation Torch

    Operation Torch
    This was an attack launched by the US and British forces on he Axis a powers in North Africa. This battle lasted for a couple days and was one of the first times the British and Americans fought alongside each other in the War
  • Operation Overlord/ D-Day

    Operation Overlord/ D-Day
    This battle was the largest land-sea-and air operation. This battle was a battle to invade France. This battle was hard fought and resulted in heavy American and British losses. The worst casualties were found in Omaha beach.
  • Battle of the Bulge

    Battle of the Bulge
    This was the last major push by Hitler. The Allies were closing in on Germany and he though that if he could break through the enemy line he could maybe gain a little bit of leverage. The result did not work well for his side.
  • Hitler Kills himself

    Hitler Kills himself
    The Soviet army had taken Berlin a couple days earlier and so he quickly marries his fiancé Eva Braun and then the next day he poisons her and he short himself. His body was never found. All that is left is his letters and will.
  • Marshall Plan Established

    Marshall Plan Established
    President Truman signed the Economic Recovery Act of 1948. It became known as the Marshall Plan, named for Secretary of State George Marshall, who in 1947 proposed that the United States provide economic assistance to restore the economic infrastructure of postwar Europe.
  • The Korean War

    The Korean War
    This was the first military action taken during the Cold War and the first time Us fought soviets. This war is often called the forgotten war because nobody remember it. Lot of people often forget about the war and it wasn’t very popular.
  • Vietnam War Starts

    Vietnam War Starts
    The US got involved in this war because of the fear of communism spreading throughout the world. This action to fight was backed by fear and uncertainly of what would happen if the countries became communist. They believe is would cause a domino effect
  • Cuban Missle Crisis

    Cuban Missle Crisis
    The was a period of tension where the US and Soviet Union were on the brink of war because the Soviet were secretly putting bomb sites of Cuba that could potentially attack the US and the Soviets wanted the US to remove is bombs from Turkey.
  • Gulf of Tonkin Incident

    Gulf of Tonkin Incident
    A US reconnaissance ship was shot at and attacked by the North Vietnamese and it caused the US to join the Vietnam war officially and start to send some of their troops over to fight
  • Tet Offensive

    Tet Offensive
    This was the last push by the North to attempt to beat the US. This in turn cause the US to back out of the war and the y won because of their ruthless and unrelenting attitude that they fought with.
  • End of Vietnam War for US

    End of Vietnam War for US
    The US officially backed out of the war because it wasn’t going anywhere and so the North Vietnamese ended up taking over Vietnam and it because a communist country. First major US “loss”
  • Berlin Wall Falls

    Berlin Wall Falls
    The fall of the Berlin Wall marks the end of the Cold War and was very close to the fall of the Soviet Union. This day was one of the best days in history. The president gave a speech calling for it to be torn down.
  • Berlin Wall Goes Up

    Berlin Wall Goes Up
    The Berlin Wall is built by the Soviet leader to keep the West Germans from leaving and going into East Germany which was controlled by the United States of America.