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Founding Fathers Timeline

  • 1969 BCE

    Chicago 8 Trial

    Chicago 8 Trial
    The Chicago 8 Trial was a trial against 8 antiwar activists that were charged with inciting violence.
  • Mystic Massacre

    Mystic Massacre
    This is when the puritan colonists, alongside with other tribes, tried to take over the Pequot tribe, and ended up burning it down, killing many Pequots.
  • The Scalp Act

    The Scalp Act
    The scalp act was an act made by Governor Robert Morris that states that whoever brings in a male or female Indian's scalp gets rewarded money for doing so.
  • The Boston Tea Party

    The Boston Tea Party
    The Boston Tea Party was a protest by the Sons of Liberty to stop the British from taxing tea.
  • The Battles of Lexington and Concord

    The Battles of Lexington and Concord
    These battles were the start of the revolutionary war, and it inspired many more Americans to join the rebellion. This is also where the "shot heard 'round the world" happened.
  • The Declaration of Independence is Signed

    The Declaration of Independence is Signed
    The Declaration of Independence marked the official independence for America. They were signed by the State Reps, which included Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson.
  • The Winter at Valley Forge

    The Winter at Valley Forge
    This was a time where a camp of 11,000 soldiers during the winter at Valley Forge. George Washington acted as a morale boost for his men during this time, and he never left them behind.
  • Benedict Arnold turns traitor

    This was when Benedict Arnold started working with the British after working with the Americans.
  • The Battle of Cowpens

    The Battle of Cowpens was a battle that favored the Americans that slowed Cornwallis's campaign to invade North Carolina.
  • Article of Confederation are Ratified

    Article of Confederation are Ratified
    The Articles of Confederation were a set of amendments before the Constitution. The Articles of Confederation failed because it didn't allow America to get money or troops.
  • The Battle of Yorktown

    The Battle of Yorktown
    The Battle of Yorktown was the last major battle in the Revolutionary War. This was the battle that France helped America in.
  • The 3/5ths Compromise

    The 3/5ths Compromise
    This is the compromise by the USA that considered black people to be 3/5ths of a person.
  • The Constitution is Ratified

    The Constitution is Ratified
    The ratification of the Constitution is when the Amendments took effect. The ratification was approved by the 13 states.
  • Presidential Inauguration of George Washington

    Presidential Inauguration of George Washington
    This was when George Washington took his oath with a Bible to be the first United States president.
  • Washington’s Farewell Address

    It was basically a goodbye letter to the U.S. citizens.
  • The Death of George Washington

    This was the day George Washington passed away.
  • Election Day, 1800

    This election was historically significant due to the fact that it was the first peaceful transition of power to another party.
  • Marbury vs. Madison

    It was a court case.
  • Slave Trade Ends in the United States

    This is when the United States made the law to whereas new slaves couldn't be taken in by the USA.
  • Battle of Tippecanoe

    This was a war against the United States and the Indians. The United States ended up winning and the possibility of an Indian Confederation was no more.
  • The USS Constitution defeats the HMS Guerriere

    This was a naval battle between the Americans and the British. The HMS Guerriere was originally designed by the French and borrowed by the British. The Americans won the naval battle, destroying the HMS Guerriere.
  • The Battle of Baltimore

    The Battle of Baltimore was a battle between the Americans and British. The Americans won and killed the British commander. The battle ended on 9 - 15 - 1814.
  • The Battle of New Orleans

    The Battle of New Orleans was a war between the U.S. and British. It was the greatest land victory of the war. It ended on January 26th of the same year.
  • The Missouri Compromise

    This was a compromise by the USA to balance power between free states and slave states. Maine was considered a free state where Missouri was considered a slave state.
  • The Election of Andrew Jackson

    The Election of Andrew Jackson was marked as the first democratic dominance in federal politics.
  • Indian Removal Act

    The Indian removal act was an act made by Andrew Jackson that made the Indians move west so the USA could take their land.
  • Trail of Tears

    The trails of tears were the paths the Indians walked to get to the west, where modern Oklahoma is at. On this path, many Indians died.
  • Nat Turner Rebellion

    The Nat Turner rebellion was when black slaves rebelled against Nat Turner after he made some oppressive legislations, which ended in Turner getting hung.
  • The Battle of the Alamo

    The battle of the Alamo was a battle between the Mexicans and the Texans near San Antonio de Béxar. All Texans were killed in the batte.
  • Mexico loses California, New Mexico, and Arizona

    At the end of the Mexican war, Mexico ceded 55% of its territory to the United States, like California, New Mexico, Arizona, among other states.
  • The Fugitive Slave Act

    The fugitive slave act was an act that allowed someone to be rewarded money to return slaves to the South that tried to escape to the North.
  • Dred Scott Decision

    The Dred Scott decision was the when the Supreme Court decided not to include American Citizenship in the American Constituion.
  • The Dead Rabbits Riot

    This is when what started out as a small-scale fight, eventually turned into a city-wide war between gangs and police.
  • Abraham Lincoln Elected President

    This as when Abraham Lincoln was elected president. This particular election caused a war.
  • South Carolina secedes from the United States

    This is the time South Carolina seceded from the United States. This started a chain event, eventually making the Confederate States.
  • The First Battle of Bull Run

    This battle was the first major battle in the civil war. 35,000 Union troops from Washington DC march to a Confederate force with 20,000 soldiers along a river.
  • Emancipation Proclamation

    This was the order that was executed by Abraham Lincoln that made all black slaves in the south free. This happened during the a bad time of the war.
  • Battle of Gettysburg

    The Battle of Gettysburg is infamous for being the bloodiest battle in the civil war. The estimated combined total of casualties was 51,000.
  • 13th Amendment

    This is the Amendment by Abraham Lincoln that prohibited slavery within the United States or its territories.
  • The Treaty at Appomattox Courthouse

    This was the final place of the civil war and where Robert. E. Lee surrendered to Grant.
  • The Ku Klux Klan is Established

    This is when the white supremacist group called the KKK was established.
  • 14th Amendment

    This Amendment states that people born in the USA are citizens and shouldn't have their rights violated in any way.
  • John D. Rockefeller Creates Standard Oil

    This is when John D. Rockefeller established Standard Oil.
  • 15th Amendment

    This Amendment states that nobody should have their rights violated based off race or skin color.
  • Alexander Graham Bell Patents the Telephone

    This is when Alexander Graham Bell got his patent for his invention.
  • Battle of Little Bighorn

    The Battle of Little Bighorn, or Custer's Last Stand was a battle between Custer along with his cavalry against some Indians. The Indians ended up winning the battle.
  • The Great Oklahoma Land Race

    The Oklahoma land race was an event where many people rushed into Oklahoma to get a piece of land.
  • Battle of Wounded Knee

    The battle of wounded knee was a massacre where US troops massacred 150 to 300 Indians in the great plains, and it was the climax of the USA trying to repress the Indians.
  • Ellis Island Opens to Process Immigrants

    Ellis Island Opens so immigrants can move to America.
  • Plessy vs. Ferguson

    This was a supreme court case where arguing whether segregation violated black people's rights. In the end, the supreme court stated that segregation does not violate the constitution.
  • Battle of the Philippines

    The Battle of the Philippines was a battle between the Americans and Philippine army.
  • The sinking of the USS Maine

    This is when a mysterious unknown explosion blew up the USS Maine. 266 out of 354 crew members died.
  • The Wizard of Oz (Book) is Published

    The Wizard of Oz (Book) is Published
    This is when the Wizard of Oz was published in its book form.
  • Teddy Roosevelt Becomes President of the United States

    This is when Teddy Roosevelt became the United States President. Fun fact: Teddy bears are named after Teddy Roosevelt.
  • J.P. Morgan Founds U.S. Steel

    This is when J.P. Morgan financed Carnegie's steel company.
  • Ida Tarbell Publishes Her Article About Standard Oil

    This is when Ida Tarbell published her article about the standard oil.
  • The 16th Amendment is Passed

    This was when the 16th Amendment was passed. It was ratified in Feb 3, 1913.
  • Angel Island Opens to Process Immigrants

    Basically another Ellis Island.
  • The 17th Amendment is Passed

    This is when the new 17th amendment was passed. It wasn't ratified until April 8, 1913.
  • Sacco and Vanzetti arrested for armed robbery and murder

    This was when Sacco and Vanzetti were arrested. This was probably an unjust arrest and they were probably only arrested for being anarchists.
  • KDKA goes on the air from Pittsburgh

    The KDKA was the first ever radio station to go live and broadcast. This event initiated a cultural unity in the United States.
  • Teapot Dome Scandal

    The Teapot Dome Scandal was a bribery attempt by President Warren G. Harding.
  • 1st Miss American Pageant

    Margaret Gorman was the first Miss America to win the American Pageant.
  • 1st Winter Olympics Held

    This is when the first ever Winter Olympics took off. It was held in Chamonix in the French Alps.
  • J.Edgar Hoover Becomes Head of the FBI

    J.Edgar Hoover Becomes Head of the FBI
    This was when J.Edgar Hoover successfully became head of the FBI after working his way up to his position. He was the Head of the FBI for a suspiciously long time.
  • The Great Gatsby published by F. Scott Fitzgerald

    The Great Gatsby was a book published in the 10th of April, 1925. This book explores perplexing topics that the common person back in the day wouldn't have understood.
  • Scopes Monkey Trial

    The Scopes Monkey Trial was a trial that happened because people argued whether evolution should be taught in schools.
  • Mein Kampf is Published

    Mein Kampf is Published
    Mein Kampf was a book by Adolf Hitler, which told about his antisemitism and progress to improving Germany
  • Charles Lindberg completes solo flight across the Atlantic

    A pilot named Charles Lindberg became the first person to fly across the Atlantic nonstop. Funnily, his plane wasn't even top-tier. Lindberg became a massive celebrity when he arrived back home in the United States.
  • The Jazz Singer debuts (1st movie with sound)

    This was the first film with sound on the disc. It used sound-on-disc technology that had music and synchronized speech.
  • St. Valentine's Day Massacre

    This was a Massacre that happened when a gang rounded up rival gang members and slaughtered them.
  • Black Tuesday (Stock Market Crash)

    This was a brutal economic incident where the New York Stock Exchange collapsed.
  • Stock Market Crash Begins Great Depression

    Stock Market Crash Begins Great Depression
    This was the marking point of Black Tuesday. Banks made bad loans and therefore people lost their money.
  • The Dust Bowl Begins

    The Dust Bowl Begins
    The Dust Bowl was a severe drought that hit the Midwest and part of the Great Plains
  • The Adoption of the Star Spangled Banner as the National Anthem

    The Star Spangled banner was already in official use in the U.S. Navy in 1889. It became the official National Anthem by a congressional resolution.
  • The Empire State Building Opens

    This is when the Empire State Building opened for the first time.
  • Franklin Roosevelt is Elected President (1st Time)

    Franklin Roosevelt is Elected President (1st Time)
    This was the election where Franklin Roosevelt won against Herbert Hoover.
  • Adolf Hitler Become Chancellor of Germany

    Adolf Hitler Become Chancellor of Germany
    This was when Hitler and his National Socialist German Workers' Party won the vote.
  • CCC is Created

    CCC is Created
    The Civilian Conservation Corps is an organization made by FDR. It gave young people jobs to work in during the Great Depression era, mainly environmental projects.
  • WPA is Created

    WPA is Created
    The WPA was created by Franklin D. Roosevelt with the purpose of fixing the economy.
  • J.J. Braddock Wins Heavyweight Boxing Title

    J.J. Braddock Wins Heavyweight Boxing Title
    This was win J.J. Braddock won the heavyweight boxing title.
  • Olympic Games in Berlin

    Olympic Games in Berlin
    This was when Berlin, Germany was chosen to host the Olympic Games.
  • Kristallnacht

    Kristallnacht
    Kristallnacht (literally meaning Crystal Night) was an event in Nazi Germany where synagogues and Jewish Businesses were destroyed, so much so, that glass littered the streets.
  • Grapes of Wrath is Published

    Grapes of Wrath is Published
    The Grapes of Wrath is a book be John Steinbeck. It is a book about the Great Depression.
  • Wizard of Oz Premiers in Movie Theaters

    Wizard of Oz Premiers in Movie Theaters
    This was when the Wizard of Oz was adapted into a Movie and was released in theaters.
  • Germany Invades Poland

    Germany Invades Poland
    The Invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany & the USSR was marked as the beginning of WW2.
  • The Four Freedoms Speech

    The Four Freedoms Speech
    This is a speech FDR gave about the freedoms people liked. Freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want.
  • Newport Jazz Festival

    Newport Jazz Festival
    The Newport Jazz Festivals are annual festivals that play jazz music that last for multiple days. They still happen to this day.
  • Nixon-Kennedy Debates (1st on Television)

    Nixon-Kennedy Debates (1st on Television)
    This was the first presidential debate on TV for any election.
  • The Assassination of John F. Kennedy

    The Assassination of John F. Kennedy
    The Assassination of Kennedy was a shock to America. The motive behind his assassination was unknown. He was killed by Lee Harvey Oswald.
  • The Beatles Appear for the first time on the Ed Sullivan Show

    The Beatles Appear for the first time on the Ed Sullivan Show
    This was when the band, The Beatles, appeared on the Ed Sullivan's 'The Ed Sullivan Show'.
  • The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

    The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
    The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution let the president prevent further issues in Vietnam.
  • Operation Rolling Thunder

    Operation Rolling Thunder
    Operation Rolling Thunder was a bombing campaign at Vietnam to make North Vietnam scared and give up taking over South Vietnam.
  • March on the Pentagon

    March on the Pentagon
    The March on the Pentagon was a protest against the Vietnam war. Approximately 100,000 people attended.
  • Mai Lai Massacre

    Mai Lai Massacre
    The Mai Lai Massacre was a massacre by United States Troops against unarmed Vietnamese civilians. Almost the entirety of the village was murdered.
  • Riots at the Chicago Democratic Convention

    Riots at the Chicago Democratic Convention
    The Riots at the Chicago Democratic Convention were riots that happened because of MLK's assassination. This assassination caused more racial tensions.
  • Woodstock

    Woodstock
    Woodstock was a massive music attendance festival. It gave people a chance to escape into music and spread messages of unity and peace.
  • The Beatles Break Up

    The Beatles Break Up
    They were exhausted from their extensive tours and weren't able to play live from the loud roars of their fans.
  • Kent State Protest

    Kent State Protest
    The Kent State Protest was a protest against the Vietnam war by Kent State University students who were gunned by the Ohio National Guard. 4 were killed, 8 were wounded, and 1 was paralyzed permanently.
  • Roe vs. Wade

    Roe vs. Wade
    The Roe vs. Wade incident was a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to say that the US constitution said that women could have abortions without government intervention.