US History Timeline

  • Massacre at Mystic

    Massacre at Mystic
    Colonists in Connecticut burn down a Pequot Native American Fort and shoot anyone who tries to escape the fire.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    Colonists dump 342 crates of British tea in the ocean to protest taxation without representation
  • The Battles of Lexington and Concord

    The Battles of Lexington and Concord
    British soldiers on their way to seize an arms cache are confronted by colonial militias and forced to retreat. This are the first battles of the revolutionary war.
  • The Battles of Lexington and Concord

    The Battles of Lexington and Concord
    First Battles of the Revolutionary War, fought in the towns of Lexington and Concord. Won by the Americans.
  • The Declaration of Independence is Signed

    The Declaration of Independence is Signed
    The Declaration of Independence is signed by 56 congressional delegates.
  • Winter at Valley Forge

    Winter at Valley Forge
    The Continental Army fled from Philadelphia to Valley Forge to escape British soldiers taking over the city. 2000 men died during the harsh winter they had to endure.
  • Benedict Arnold turns traitor

    Benedict Arnold turns traitor
    Benedict Arnold agrees to turn over the U.S. post at West Point for money and a position in the British army.
  • The Battle of Cowpens

    The Battle of Cowpens
    Battle during the American Revolution. Won by the Americans.
  • Articles of Confederation are Ratified

    Articles of Confederation are Ratified
    The Articles of Confederation were written as the foundation of our government. However, they were eventually replaced with the Constitution.
  • The Battle of Yorktown

    The Battle of Yorktown
    George Washington leads 17,000 French and American troops against 9,000 British troops. The battle lasted from September 28th until October 19 when the British soldiers surrendered.
  • The Constitution is Ratified

    The Constitution is Ratified
    New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify the constitution, making it the official framework of our government.
  • Inauguration of President George Washington

    Inauguration of President George Washington
    George Washington is inaugurated as the first US president.
  • Washington's Farewell Address

    Washington's Farewell Address
    George Washington's last speech after 20 years of service to the United States before retiring to his home in Mount Vernon, Virginia.
  • George Washington's Death

    George Washington's Death
    George Washington died from a throat infection.
  • Election Day, 1800

    Election Day, 1800
    John Adams runs against Thomas Jefferson for US president. After Thomas Jefferson won it was the first peaceful transition of power.
  • Marbury vs. Madison

    Marbury vs. Madison
    A Supreme Court case that established judicial review. This means that an American court can strike down any laws, statutes, or government actions that violate the constitution.
  • The USS Constitution defeats the HMS Guerriere

    The USS Constitution defeats the HMS Guerriere
    The USS Constitution sinks the British ship HMS Guerriere.
  • The Battle of Baltimore

    The Battle of Baltimore
    Battle in the War of 1812 between Britain and America fought both on land and in the sea. America won, forcing the British out of the port of Baltimore, Maryland.
  • The Battle of New Orleans

    The Battle of New Orleans
    Battle in the War of 1812 fought over control of New Orleans. Results in an American victory.
  • The Election of Andrew Jackson

    The Election of Andrew Jackson
    Andrew Jackson is elected as president.
  • Nat Turner Rebellion

    Nat Turner Rebellion
    55 people are killed in a slave rebellion led by Nat Turner. 51 of these people were white.
  • The Battle of the Alamo

    The Battle of the Alamo
    After a 13 day siege, Mexican troops take back the Alamo from Texas.
  • Mexico loses California, New Mexico, and Arizona

    Mexico loses California, New Mexico, and Arizona
    The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo is signed, giving the United States Arizona, California, New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Nevada, and Utah from Mexico in exchange for $15 million.
  • Dred Scott Decision

    Dred Scott Decision
    Dred Scott, a slave, goes to the supreme court asking for freedom and is denied it.
  • Abraham Lincoln Elected President

    Abraham Lincoln Elected President
    Abraham Lincoln is elected as president.
  • South Carolina secedes from the United States

    South Carolina secedes from the United States
    South Carolina is the first state to secede from the United States and join the confederacy.
  • The First Battle of Bull Run

    The First Battle of Bull Run
    The first (major) battle of the civil war, 35,000 union soldiers vs 20,000 confederate soldiers. Won by the the confederates.
  • Emancipation Proclamation

    Emancipation Proclamation
    President Abraham Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation, "officially" freeing all slaves in the country.
  • The Battle of Gettysburg

    The Battle of Gettysburg
    Battle during the Civil War. The most deaths of the entire war, won by the union army.
  • 13th Amendment

    13th Amendment
    The 13th Amendment is made. It says that slavery is no longer allowed except as a punishment for a crime.
  • The Treaty at Appomattox Courthouse

    The Treaty at Appomattox Courthouse
    Confederate army finally surrenders to the union.
  • KKK Is Established

    KKK Is Established
    The Ku Klux Klan is established. That's about it.
  • 14th Amendment

    14th Amendment
    Immigrants and anyone born in the United States are officially US citizens.
  • The Great Oklahoma Land Race

    The Great Oklahoma Land Race
    Two million acres of land become available in Oklahoma and people race to get their piece of the property. It is estimated that 50,000 people moved there.
  • Ellis Island Opens to Process Immigrants

    Ellis Island Opens to Process Immigrants
    Ellis Island is opened to allow immigration through it into America. In the time it is open more than twelve million immigrants go through it in total.
  • The sinking of the USS Maine

    The sinking of the USS Maine
    The USS Maine mysteriously explodes and it is falsely blamed on Spain. This will lead to the start of the Spanish-American War.
  • Angel Island Opens to Process Immigrants

    Angel Island Opens to Process Immigrants
    Angel Island opens to allow more immigration. About one million immigrants came through it during the time it was used.
  • Sacco and Vanzetti arrested for armed robbery and murder

    Sacco and Vanzetti arrested for armed robbery and murder
    Sacco and Vanzetti are arrested and falsely accused of robbery and murder and they are executed. This causes US citizens to be afraid of immigrants.
  • KDKA goes on the air from Pittsburgh

    KDKA goes on the air from Pittsburgh
    The first radio station, KDKA, is broadcasted in Pittsburg Pennsylvania
  • Teapot Dome Scandal

    Teapot Dome Scandal
    President Warren Harding's Secretary of the Interior Albert Fall accepted bribes to allow oil companies access to navy oil reserves at Teapot Dome in Wyoming.
  • 1st Miss American Pageant

    1st Miss American Pageant
    The 1st Miss American Pageant is held in Atlantic City, New Jersey. It starts a tradition of having these in America.
  • 1st Winter Olympics Held

    1st Winter Olympics Held
    The first Winter Olympics are held in Chamonix, France. This starts the long tradition of Winter Olympics.
  • Scopes Monkey Trial

    Scopes Monkey Trial
    John Thomas Scopes sues the state of Tennessee for teaching evolution in their schools and wins
  • The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby
    The Great Gatsby is published by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It will become a very popular book, especially in America.
  • Charles Lindberg completes solo flight across the Atlantic

    Charles Lindberg completes solo flight across the Atlantic
    Charles Lindberg becomes the first man to fly all the way across the Atlantic Ocean in his plane the Spirt of Saint Louis
  • The Jazz Singer debuts

    The Jazz Singer debuts
    The Jazz Singer is released. It is the first movie with video and sound put together. Movies like this will become extremely popular (they're made constantly now).
  • St. Valentine's Day Massacre

    St. Valentine's Day Massacre
    Seven members/associates of Chicago's Northside Gang are murdered. This was most likely caused by prohibition
  • Black Tuesday (Stock Market Crash)

    Black Tuesday (Stock Market Crash)
    Investors trade 16 million shares of stock, losing billions of dollars. This is one of the events that will start the great depression.
  • The Adoption of the Star Spangled Banner as the National Anthem

    The Adoption of the Star Spangled Banner as the National Anthem
    The Star Spangled Banner is adopted by congress as our national anthem.
  • Battle of the Philippines

    Battle of the Philippines
    Americans expel Japanese forces from the Philippines. I'm not exactly sure which battle this refers to as there have been several there though.