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American History

  • Gold discovered in California

    Gold discovered in California
    James Marshall, a carpenter employed by John Sutter to build a mill at Sutter’s Fort, discovered gold.
  • Pony Express founded

    Pony Express founded
    The Waddell and Russell freight company established the Pony Express. Relay stations were set up across north America and riders carried mail from one station to the next.
  • The Homestead Act

    The Homestead Act
    This Act offered anyone prepared to settle in the West 160 acres of land for free provided they built a home and farmed the land for five years.
  • Plessy v. Ferguson

    Plessy v. Ferguson
    The United States Supreme Court established the "Separate but Equal Doctrine," holding that legal racial segregation does not violate the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment.
  • Civil Rights Act of 1875

    Civil Rights Act of 1875
    The act was designed to "protect all citizens in their civil and legal rights", providing for equal treatment in public accommodations and public transportation and prohibiting exclusion from jury service.
  • First skyscrapers

    First skyscrapers
    In Chicago in 1884, steel frame construction allowed architects to design buildings of unprecedented height. William LeBaron Jenney, a Chicago architect, designed the first skyscraper in 1884.
  • How The Other Half Lives

    How The Other Half Lives
    A book that studied among the Tenements of New York is an early publication of photojournalism by Jacob Riis, documenting squalid living conditions in New York City slums in the 1880s written by Jacob RIIS
  • Manila Bay fight

    Manila Bay fight
    At Manila Bay in the Philippines, the U.S. Asiatic Squadron destroys the Spanish Pacific fleet in the first battle of the Spanish-American War a a battle that only lasted for 6 hours led by a navy commodore named Dewy
  • San Juan Hill

    San Juan Hill
    Americans charged up the hill and dispersed the Spanish, suffering even more heavily in the process. The fight for the heights proved to be the bloodiest and most famous battle of the war.
  • Battle of Manilla

    Battle of Manilla
    U.S. Senate ratified the treaty, fighting broke out between American forces and Filipino nationalists led by Emilio Aguinaldo who sought independence rather than a change in colonial rulers.
  • 19th Amendment

    19th Amendment
    The 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, giving women the right to vote.
  • Wounded Knee

    Wounded Knee
    February 27, 1973, federal officers and AIM members exchanged gunfire almost nightly. Hundreds of arrests were made, and two Native Americans were killed and a federal marshal was permanently paralyzed by a bullet wound.