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History about the USA

  • Oct 12, 1492

    Christopher Columbus

    Christopher Columbus
    Financed by Spain, makes the first of four voyages to the New World. He lands in the Bahamas.
  • 1565

    The first permanent European colony

    The first permanent European colony
    Saint Augustine, Florida, settled by the Spanish, becomes the first permanent European colony in North America.
  • French and Indian War

    French and Indian War
    Final conflict in the ongoing struggle between the British and French for control of eastern North America. The British win a decisive victory over the French on the Plains of Abraham outside Quebec.
  • American Revolution

    American Revolution
    War of independence fought between Great Britain and the 13 British colonies on the eastern seaboard of North America. Battles of Lexington and Concord, Mass., between the British Army and colonial minutemen, mark the beginning of the war.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    Continental Congress adopts the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia. The author was Thomas Jefferson.
  • Official flag

    Official flag
    Continental Congress approves the first official flag of the United States.
  • First constitution

    First constitution
    Continental Congress adopts the Articles of Confederation, the first U.S. constitution.
  • The first president

    The first president
    George Washington is unanimously elected president of the United States in a vote by state electors.
  • The second president

    The second president
    John Adams is inaugurated as the second president in Philadelphia.
  • U.S capital

    U.S capital
    The U.S. capital is moved from Philadelphia to Washington, DC.
  • The third president

    The third president
    Thomas Jefferson is inaugurated as the third president in Washington, DC.
  • The fourth president

    The fourth president
    James Madison is inaugurated as the fourth president.
  • War of 1812

    War of 1812
    U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.
  • Treaty of Ghent

    Treaty of Ghent
    Treaty of Ghent is signed, officially ending the war.
  • The fifth president

    The fifth president
    James Monroe is inaugurated as the fifth president.
  • The sixth president

    The sixth president
    John Quincy Adams is inaugurated as the sixth president.
  • The seventh president

    The seventh president
    Andrew Jackson is inaugurated as seventh president.
  • Indial Removal Act

    Indial Removal Act
    President Jackson signs the Indian Removal Act, which authorizes the forced removal of Native Americans living in the eastern part of the country to lands west of the Mississippi River.
  • The eighth president

    The eighth president
    Martin Van Buren is inaugurated as the eighth president.
  • The ninth president

    The ninth president
    William Henry Harrison is inaugurated as the ninth president.
    He dies one month later and is succeeded in office by his vice president, John Tyler.
  • The eleventh president

    The eleventh president
    James Polk is inaugurated as the 11th president
  • Mexican War

    Mexican War
    U.S. declares war on Mexico in effort to gain California and other territory in Southwest.
  • Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

    Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
    War concludes with signing of Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.
  • Women's rights

    Women's rights
    Women's rights convention is held at Seneca Falls, N.Y.
  • The twelfth president

    The twelfth president
    Zachary Taylor is inaugurated as the 12th president.
  • The thirteenth president

    The thirteenth president
    Millard Fillmore is inaugurated as the 13th president.
  • The fourteenth president

    The fourteenth president
    Franklin Pierce is inaugurated as the 14th president.
  • The fifteenth president

    The fifteenth president
    James Buchanan is inaugurated as the 15th president.
  • Civil War

    Civil War
    Conflict between the North (the Union) and the South (the Confederacy) over the expansion of slavery into western states.
  • The sixteenth president

    The sixteenth president
    Abraham Lincoln is inaugurated as the 16th president.
    Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth in Washington, DC, and is succeeded by his vice president, Andrew Johnson.
  • The seventeenth president

    The seventeenth president
    Andrew Johson is inaugurated as the 17th president
  • The eighteenth president

    The eighteenth president
    Ulysses Simpson Grant is inaugurated as the 18th president.
  • The nineteenth president

    The nineteenth president
    Rutherford Birchard Hayes is inaugurated as the 19th president.
  • The twentieth president

    The twentieth president
    James Abram Garfield is inaugurated as the 20th president.
  • The twenty-first president

    The twenty-first president
    Chester Alan Arthur is inaugurated as the 21st president.
  • The twenty-second president

    The twenty-second president
    Stephen Grover Cleveland is inaugurated as the 22nd president.
  • The twenty-third president

    The twenty-third president
    Benjamin Harrison is inaugurated as the 23rd president.

    National American Woman Suffrage Association is founded, with Elizabeth Cady Stanton as president.
  • The twenty-fourth president

    The twenty-fourth president
    Stephen Grover Cleveland is inaugurated as the 24th president.
  • The twenty-fifth president

    The twenty-fifth president
    William McKinley is inaugurated as the 25th president.
  • Spanish-American War

    Spanish-American War
    USS Maine is blown up in Havana harbor.
  • Treaty of Paris

    Treaty of Paris
    Treaty of Paris is signed, ending the Spanish-American War.
  • The twenty-sixth

    The twenty-sixth
    Theodore Roosevelt is inaugurated as the 26th president.
  • The twenty-seventh president

    The twenty-seventh president
    William Howard Taft is inaugurated as the 27th president.
  • The twenty-eighth president

    The twenty-eighth president
    Thomas Woodrow Wilson is inaugurated as the 28th president.
  • World War I

    World War I
    U.S. enters World War I, declaring war on Germany (April 6, 1917) and Austria-Hungary (Dec. 7, 1917) three years after conflict began in 1914.
  • End of the war

    End of the war
    Armistice ending World War I is signed.
  • The twenty-ninth president

    The twenty-ninth president
    Warren Gamaliel Harding is inaugurated as the 29th president.
  • The thirtieth president

    The thirtieth president
    John Calvin Coolidge, Jr. is inaugurated as the 30th president.
  • The thirty-first president

    The thirty-first president
    Herbert Clark Hoover is inaugurated as the 31st president.
  • The thirty-second president

    The thirty-second president
    Franklin Delano Roosevelt is inaugurated as the 32nd president.
  • World War II

    World War II
    U.S. declares its neutrality in European conflict.
  • The thirty-third president

    The thirty-third president
    Harry S. Truman is inaugurated as the 33rd president.
  • Period: to

    Vietnam War

    Prolonged conflict between Communist forces of North Vietnam, backed by China and the USSR, and non-Communist forces of South Vietnam, backed by the United States. President Truman authorizes $15 million in economic and military aid to the French, who are fighting to retain control of French Indochina, including Vietnam. As part of the aid package, Truman also sends 35 military advisers.
  • Korean War

    Korean War
    Cold war conflict between Communist and non-Communist forces on Korean Peninsula.
  • The thirty-fourth president

    The thirty-fourth president
    Dwight David Eisenhower is inaugurated as the 34th president.
  • End of the war

    End of the war
    Armistice agreement is signed.
  • The thirty-fifth president

    The thirty-fifth president
    John (Jack) Fitzgerald Kennedy is inaugurated as the 35th president.
  • Civil rights

    Civil rights
    Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivers his “I Have a Dream” speech before a crowd of 200,000 during the civil rights march on Washington, DC.
  • The thirty-sixth president

    The thirty-sixth president
    Lyndon Baines Johnson is inaugurated as the 36th president.
  • Voting Rights Act

    Voting Rights Act
    President Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act, which prohibits discriminatory voting practices.
  • The thirty-seventh president

    The thirty-seventh president
    Richard Milhous Nixon is inaugurated as the 36th president.
  • First men to land on the Moon.

    First men to land on the Moon.
    Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, Jr., become the first men to land on the Moon.
  • The thirty-eighth president

    The thirty-eighth president
    Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr. is inaugurated as the 38th president.
  • The thirty-ninth president

    The thirty-ninth president
    James Earl 'Jimmy' Carter, Jr. is inaugurated as the 39th president.
  • The fortieth president

    The fortieth president
    Ronald Wilson Reagan is inaugurated as the 40th president.
  • The forty-first president

    The forty-first president
    George Herbert Walker Bush is inaugurated as the 41st president.
  • The forty-second president

    The forty-second president
    William Jefferson Clinton is inaugurated as the 42nd president.
  • The forty-third president

    The forty-third president
    George Walker Bush is inaugurated as the 43rd president.
  • Twin Towers attack

    Twin Towers attack
    Two hijacked jetliners ram twin towers of World Trade Center in worst terrorist attack against U.S.; a third hijacked plane flies into the Pentagon, and a fourth crashes in rural Pennsylvania. More than 3,000 people die in the attacks.
  • Forty-fourth president

    Forty-fourth president
    Barack Hussein Obama Jr. is inaugurated as the 44th president.