Major Historical Events From 1877 To Present

  • Creation of the Light Bulb

    Creation of the Light Bulb
    Thomas Edison, inventor of the light bulb, finally created the first, long lasting filminated bulb. After many failed attempts, this invention gave way to new light and forever changed America by lighting homes and places of work.
  • Spanish American War

    This war between Spain and the United States with the main issue of the war being Cuba and its independence. With the Treaty of Paris now ending the war, the U.S. got country's like Cuba, Guam, Puerto Rico, etc.
  • The Meat Inspection Act of 1906

    The Meat Inspection Act of 1906
    The Meat Inspection Act was in response to Upton Sinclair's novel of "The Jungle" and the findings of government corruption and the unsanitary health practices of Chicago’s meatpacking industries. The act established standards for all meatpacking industries all over the United States which soon lead to the creation of the FDA.
  • The First Model T is Produced

    The First Model T is Produced
    With the drastically low prices of Henry Ford’s Model T, Ford had the largest company in the automotive industry and with help of the assembly line, he was able to mass produce cars for the entire United States. The automobile allowed for easier transportation and a sense of freedom throughout all American citizens. The Model T has forever changed America’s economy.
  • World War 1

    With over nine million troops killed during the world 's first global conflict. The United States along with many other countries were fighting against Germany in order to stop them from taking over and invading other countries.
  • Stalin Come to Power

    Dictator of the Soviet Union, turned his country from a nice and booming society to a "industrial and military superpower". During his time in office, thousands of people died and brutaility did not stop until his death.
  • Roosevelt is Elected

    Roosevelt is Elected
    FDR beats Hoover in a landslide during the 1932 election with 89% of the electoral vote. Now elected into office, he can help repair the country and get out of the Great Depression with his proposed plan of The New Deal.
  • The Holocaust

    The Holocaust
    The Holocaust was the captivity and murder of around six million Jewish people all conducted by a group called the Nazi’s and was ran by Adolf Hitler. Jewish people were sent to concentration camps and many were killed due to “racial inferiority”.
  • Hitler's Rise to Power

    Hitler's Rise to Power
    Adolf Hitler began his rise to power with creating the Nazi party and becoming leader of this party. He then took over Germany which lead to the overtaking of several other countries along with the start of the Holocaust and millions of Jewish people killed.
  • Banking Act of 1933

    Banking Act of 1933
    The Banking Act of 1933 passed by Congress was another act in order to help Americans out of the Depression. The Banking Act would prevent the failure of any bank in the United States and even established the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).
  • Emergency Relief Appropriations Act

    Emergency Relief Appropriations Act
    This plan, which allowed for a total of $5 billion dollars in order to help fund work relief projects with the Works Progress Administration (WPA). With projects being conducted all over the United States, this allowed more than 8 million people to have employment which would bring money into their homes for families.
  • D-Day

    D-Day was the United States invasion of Normandy France lead by General Dwight Eisenhower. With troops fighting from all angles, Germany finally surrendered on May 7th, 1945.
  • Baby Boom

    Baby Boom
    After World War II came the age of the baby boom were millions upon millions of baby’s being born. With the economy now booming, families settled down and had the money to raise several children creating an alarming amount of children being born.
  • McCarthyism Begins

    With the start of the second Red Scare came the practice of McCarthyism which was accusing people of being a communist or committing treason. During this time, thousands of people were acused of being a communist and were sent to jail and questioned.
  • NATO Was Formed

    NATO Was Formed
    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, also more commonly known as NATO, was created in response to the threats placed by the Soviet Union upon the United States. NATO was also formed in order to block Soviet expansion, to settle and prevent arguments between Europe and North America, and also to support European integration.
  • Launching of Sputnik

    Launching of Sputnik
    The launching of Sputnik started the era of the Space Race between the Soviet Union and the United States. The launch also started the American fear of the Soviet Union and communists being able to launch missiles which could potentially turn into a nuclear attack on one of America’s largest cities.
  • Bay of Pigs Invasion

    Bay of Pigs Invasion
    The Bay of Pigs, also known as the Normandy invasion, was when American troops were sent to Cuba in order to attack two of Cuba’s air bases. Hundreds were killed at the Bay of Pigs and many were captured and kept as prisoners until the United States negotiated and made a deal in order to get our soldiers back.
  • Fall of the Berlin Wall

    Fall of the Berlin Wall
    At one time, the Berlin Wall separated east and west Germany, and was guarded so that no one could pass through. Around 2 million people from all over East Berlin traveled to West Berlin in order to participate in a celebration to finally knock down the Berlin Wall. People used tools such as hammers, picks, etc. in order to destroy the wall that had once separated Germany.
  • Fall of The Soviet Union

    The Soviet Union flew over Moscow for the very last time on Christmas day in 1991 which symbolized the fall of the U.S.S.R. With the death of Stalin, Russia was now free to be a democracy.
  • The Attacks on 9/11

    The Attacks on 9/11
    The attacks on 9/11 will forever be remembered for the four terrorist attacks on the United States. This event killed around 3,000 people and was done by a terrorist group called al-Qaeda. After this event, airports now had more security and many other places also stepped up security in order to prevent further attacks.
  • The Death of Osama Bin Laden

    The Death of Osama Bin Laden
    By the order of President Barack Obama, United States Special Forces was sent in to assassinate Osama Bin Laden. With the leader of al-Qaeda now killed, America now had a good chance of shutting down al-Qaeda as a whole.