Cultural Literacy

By Lacadin
  • Jun 15, 1215

    Magna Carta

    A set of laws forced onto King John of England, it limited his power, by saying a "free man" could be punshed only through the law of the land.
  • May 29, 1453

    Mehmed II takes Constantinople

    When he was only 21 Mehmet II ended the Byzantine Empire and conquered Constantinople, he then moved the capital of the Ottoman Empire to Constantinople
  • Apr 1, 1492

    Columbus sails across the Atlantic

    Hoping to find a trade route to India, Columbus sails across the Atlantic Ocean, instead he finds the West Indies and North America.
  • Landing of the Mayflower

    The Mayflower and its 102 inhabitants land at Plymouth.
  • English Bill of Rights

    Passed by Parliament in Dec. 16 1689, the English Bill of Rights set out standard rules for all Englishmen
  • The Declaration of Independence in The United States

    The thirteen colonies of America regarded themselves as individual states and declared war with Great Britain
  • Ratification of The US Constitution

    This made the rules and power of the three branches of government in the US
  • Start of the French Revolution

    Soon the Absolute Monarchy in France was diminished, and in the first year there was the Tennis Court Oath of the Third Estate and the assault on the Bastille
  • Napoleon declared emperor of France

    Napoleon has and extremely extravagant coronation and is the first French emperor in a thousand years
  • Napoleon defeated at Waterloo

    After being defeated by Duke Wellington, Napoleon is exiled to St. Helena until his death
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    US Civil War

    A US war fought over the slavery and the succeeding Confederacy
  • The first working car invented

    The first working car was made by Karl Benz and was sold commercially in 1888
  • First Powered Flight

    After several attempts, and numerous adjustments such as adding a propeller and engine they became succesful 4 times
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    Mexican Revolution

    The Revolution was fought because of the disagreement of dictator Porfirio Diaz
  • China republican revolution

    The republic of China is formed, the qing dynasty is ended and two thousand years of imperial rule is ended
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    World War I

    Triple Entente vs the Central Powers
  • Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand

    Conflict between Bosnia and Serbia when Archduke Franz Ferdinand is assassinated(considered the start of WW1
  • US enters WWI

    After the luxury ship The Lusitania is sunk and ever 120 americans are killed, the US declares war on Germany
  • Bolshevik Revolution

    A political rebellion and started with an armed fight in Petrograd
  • Armistice

    The Triple entente and the Central powers come to an agreement and WW1 ceases
  • German invasion of Poland

    Gemany divides Poland with Russia and annexes it
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    Allies and Axis powers fight each other, marked by the Holocause
  • Pearl Harbor

    Japan launches a large aerial attack on the US navy base in Pearl Harbor
  • Communists take over china

    The Communist Party of China defeasts the Republic of China and kicks them out
  • Churchill delivering Iron Curtain speech

    As the Cold War went on , Churchill predicted the fall of several countries
  • Germany surrenders

    After several retreats and Mussolinis death, Germany surrenders in Reims
  • Little Boy Dropped

    Little boy is dropped in Hiroshima killing around 100000 people
  • Fat man is dropped

    Fat man is dropped in Nagasaki, killing around 80000 people
  • Japan surrenders

    Japans surrenders after the shock from the 2 atomic bombs
  • Berlin airlift

    Supplies are airlifted to west berlin after the blockade is made
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    Korean war

    Korea is split in two
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    Vietnam War

    The Vietnam was fought in Vietnam,Laos and Cambodia. Northern Vietnam and various communist allies had many casualties alike with South Vietnam, United States, and other anti communist countries
  • Berlin wall made

    GDR and east germany separate themselves with the berlin wall
  • Cuban Missle Crisis

    Cuba is given missles by russia that can reach the US
  • Kennedy assassinated

    JFK is assassinated while driving in a limo with his wife
  • Tet Offensive

    On the Tet holiday, the communists attack over 100 cities, including the US embassy in Saigon
  • Man walks on moon

    The US apollo 11 lands on the moon, first humans there
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    Woodstock was an important time opf music and was a great moment/time of peace
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    Watergate scandal

    Nixon's men are found and he is seen as less than truthfull and he is forced to resign
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    Tiananmen Square protests

    Peaceful and Violent protests were throughout China about making the country socialist, in Beijing the army uses guns to clear the people
  • Release of Nelson Mandela

    After the reversal of the ANC Nelson Mandela became the president of South africa and has won numerous peace awards
  • German reunification

    East and West Germany join together and Berlin becomes a single city
  • USSR ends

    The Soviet Uniopn loses power and slowly disolves. Many republics try to gain independence