Ap world history

AP World Important Dates

By mdv1999
  • May 5, 622

    Rise of Islam

    Rise of Islam
  • May 5, 730

    Printing invented in China (or Korea)

    Printing invented in China (or Korea)
    Helps to contribute to the spread of ideas and to the Protestant Reformation.
  • May 5, 732

    Battle of Tours (end of Muslim move towards France)

  • May 5, 900

    Decline of classical Maya

  • May 5, 1054

    Schism of Greek and Latin Christian Churches divides Christianity permanently into two geographical and denominational halves – Catholic and Orthodox.

  • May 5, 1066

    Norman Conquest of England

  • May 5, 1071

    Seljuk defeat of Byzantines (Battle of Manzikert)

  • May 5, 1095

    1st Crusade

    1st Crusade
    Series of Religious Wars with the goal of goal of restoring Christian access to holy places in and near Jerusalem.
  • May 5, 1206

    Genghis Khan begins his conquest of Asia

  • May 5, 1215

    Magna Carta signed by King John at Runnymede: beginning of constitutional rule

    Magna Carta signed by King John at Runnymede: beginning of constitutional rule
    Document limiting the power of parliment in England.
  • May 5, 1258

    Mongols sack Baghdad

  • Period: May 5, 1271 to May 5, 1295

    Marco Polo travels

  • Period: May 5, 1300 to May 5, 1399

    Rise of Ottomans

    Ottomans were a strong group who, in time, developed an empire including the conquered city of Constantinople.
  • May 5, 1324

    Mansa Musa’s pilgrimage

  • Period: May 5, 1325 to May 5, 1349

    Travels of Ibn Battuta

  • Period: May 5, 1347 to May 5, 1348

    Bubonic plague in Europe

  • May 5, 1433

    End of Zheng He’s voyage

  • May 5, 1438

    Rise of the Inca

  • May 5, 1453

    Ottomans capture Constantinople

    Ottomans capture Constantinople
    First group to actually capture the 'uncapturable' city.
  • May 5, 1486

    Aztec Empire at its height

  • May 5, 1488

    Dias rounded Cape of Good Hope

  • May 5, 1492

    Columbus sailed to Hispaniola/Reconquista of Spain

  • Period: May 5, 1500 to

    Scientific Revolution

    Kicks off the enlightment and was the age of questioning what was real or not. Part of the cause of the Protestant Reformation.
  • May 5, 1502

    First African slaves transported to Caribbean

    First African slaves transported to Caribbean
    Began the slave trade; Atlantic Slave Trade.
  • May 5, 1517

    Martin Luther/95 theses – Protestant Reformation

    Martin Luther/95 theses – Protestant Reformation
    Began the protestant reformation going against the church and its present time beliefs.
  • May 5, 1521

    Cortez conquered the Aztecs

  • May 5, 1533

    Pizarro toppled the Inca

  • May 5, 1545

    Discovery of silver at Potosi

  • May 5, 1571

    Battle of Lepanto – naval defeat of Ottomans

  • Defeat of the Spanish Armada

  • Battle of Sekigahara – beginning of Tokugawa Shogunate

  • Founding of Jamestown (first slaves there in 1619)

  • Period: to

    Thirty Years War in Europe

  • End of Ming Dynasty – rise of the Qing

  • Period: to

    Enlightenment (starts in 1650, continues until 1800 or so)

    The focus of the human form and ideas begin.
  • Establishment of Cape Town Colony

  • Unsuccessful Ottoman siege of Vienna

  • Period: to

    Glorious Revolution/English Bill of Rights

  • Period: to

    Industrial Revolution begins – steam locomotive, textiles, etc.

    People begin to revolutionize technology.
  • Period: to

    7 years war/French and Indian War

  • Invention of the Spinning Jenny: man-using machines

  • The American Declaration of Independence

    The American Declaration of Independence
    America declares its independence from England and says that its society is equal. One of the first places to use democracy.
  • American Revolution/Smith writes Wealth of Nations

  • French Revolution - The French Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen, Olympe de Gouges’s “Declaration of the Rights of Women” (1791); and Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792)

    French Revolution - The French Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen, Olympe de Gouges’s “Declaration of the Rights of Women” (1791); and Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792)
    French declare freedom and equality from its ruler. Partly influenced by America's revolution.
  • Edward Jenner’s smallpox vaccination (earlier for Ottomans)

  • Haitian independence

  • British Abolition of the slave trade

  • Period: to

    Latin American battles for independence (first Mexican Revolution)

  • Metternich hosts Congress of Vienna (Napoleonic Empire ends)

  • 1st opium war between China and England

    1st opium war between China and England
    China refuses to accept Opium, hoping to protect its citizens. However, it fails and the spheres of influence of China begin.
  • European revolutions/Marx & Engels write Communist Manifesto / Seneca Falls Conference

  • Commodore Perry ‘opens’ Japan

    Commodore Perry ‘opens’ Japan
    Japan refuses to trade but the U.S. forces it to trade with them.
  • Sepoy Mutiny in India

  • End of Russian serfdom/Italian unification / US Emancipation Proclamation (1863)

  • Meiji Restoration

    Meiji Restoration
    Restoration the the ruler in Japan.
  • Period: to

    “Second Industrial Revolution” aka Technological Revolution

  • German unification

  • Berlin Conference and Benz develops first petrol-driven car

  • New Zealand is the first to award women suffrage; then other Commonwealth states

  • Battle of Adwa – Ethiopians fend off Italians

  • Spanish-American War – Spain loses colonies (Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Philippines)

  • Boer War – Dutch under British rule in South Africa

  • Boxer Rebellion in China

  • Russo-Japanese war and Einstein’s theory of special relativity published

  • Period: to

    Mexican Revolution / 1911- Chinese Revolution

  • Period: to

    WWI/ Treaty of Versailles

  • Russian Revolution

    Russian Revolution
    Rusiian citizens support nationalism and believe that they need to be treated better.
  • Stock market crash/Great Depression

    Stock market crash/Great Depression
    Causes the loss of many jobs and money everywhere in the world.
  • Japanese invasion of Manchuria

  • Italian invasion of Ethiopia

  • German blitzkrieg in Poland

  • Pearl Harbor

    Pearl Harbor
    Japan attacks Pearl Harbor hopeing to weaken the U.S. army.
  • Soviets defeat Germans at Stalingrad

  • End of WWII – and dropping of atomic bombs on Japan

    End of WWII – and dropping of atomic bombs on Japan
    U.S. drops the first atomic bombs on Japan.
  • Freedom & partition of India

  • Birth of Israel / U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights

  • Chinese Communist Revolution

  • Period: to

    Korean War

  • Vietnamese defeat French at Dien Bien Phu

  • De-Stalinization/Nationalization of Suez Canal

  • Ghana is first African nation to gain independence

    Ghana is first African nation to gain independence
    Starts chain of events where african people get recogniztion aside from slavery.
  • Cuban Revolution and Invention of the silicon chip (beginning of computer age)

  • 6 day war/Chinese Cultural Revolution

  • Yom Kippur War

  • Iranian Revolution

  • 1st Palestinian Intifada

  • Tiananmen Square/fall of Berlin Wall - Collapse of Communist regimes in Europe

  • Namibia is the last country to gain independence in Africa

  • Fall of USSR/1st Gulf war

  • Genocide in Rwanda/1st all race elections in S. Africa

  • 9/11 attacks / War in Afghanistan

    9/11 attacks / War in Afghanistan
    Terrorist attacks begin on the U.S.
  • Great Global Recession begins

  • Wikileaks – Tunisian, Egyptian, Libyan, Yemenese, Syrian, Bahraini etc. democracy movements