U.S. Government Timeline

  • Third Amendment

    No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
  • Fourth Amendment

    The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
  • Fifth Amendment

    No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put
  • Sixth Amendment

    In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.
  • Seventh Amendment

    In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
  • The Capital

    The Capital
    The U.S. capital is moved from Philadelphia to Washington, DC.
  • Eighth Amendment

    Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
  • Ninth Amendment

    The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
  • Tenth Amendment

    The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
  • Eleventh Amendment

    The Judicial power of the United States shall not be construed to extend to any suit in law or equity, commenced or prosecuted against one of the United States by Citizens of another State, or by Citizens or Subjects of any Foreign State.
  • Twelfths Amendment

    The Electors shall meet in their respective states and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves; they shall name in their ballots the person voted for as President, and in distinct ballots the person voted for as Vice-President, and they shall make distinct lists of all persons voted for as President, and of all persons voted for as Vice-President
  • Thirteenth Amendment

    Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
  • Fourteenth Amendment

    All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
  • Fifteenth Amendment

    The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.
  • First Amendment

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
  • Second Amendment

    A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
  • Louisiana Purchase

    Louisiana Purchase
    828,000 square miles of land purchased from Napoleon, leader of France, by Thomas Jefferson in 1803. Jefferson paid $15 million for the land. This purchase of land caused a dilemma for Jefferson because he favored "strict construction" and no where in the constitution did it address the president purchasing land but he did it anyway. His purchase allowed America to nearly double in size.
  • War of 1812

    A French-British dispute that got the U.S. involved with the French while the Native Americans joined the British side. Americans forces were ill-prepared for war but managed to fight most of the battles to a stalemate.The end of the war brought changes to America. Nationalism grew throughout America and the Federalist party came to an end with the Hartford Convention following the war.
  • Missouri Compromise

    This compromise proposed by Henry Clay in 1820 was to maintain sectional balance and allowed Missouri to enter the Union as a slave state while Maine entered free. The 36 30 line was thus created to keep free soil in the wast. This bill set the tome for congressional actions prior to the Civil War.It also split the Democratic-Republican party ending their 20 year control of national politics.
  • Second Great Awakening

    Second Great Awakening
    One of the most momentous religious movements in American history. It began around 1800 and it converted souls, reorganized churches and created new sects. It not only affected religion but it also spread to other areas of American life. Temperance, prison reform and womens movement were all affected by the religious revival.
  • American System

    American System
    It was created by Henry Clay in 1824 to help stabilize the country. The plan called for a protective tariff to be put in place for manufacturing, a new federal band, and improvements in transportation. This was a symbol of nationalism felt throughout America following the War of 1812. This was a way for America to improve itself.
  • Trail of Tears

    Trail of Tears
    Between 1835 and 1838 thousands of Cherokees and other Indians were forcefully marched to Oklahoma territory under the supervision of the U.S. army. Thousands died from sickness and starvation along the way. This act against the Indians contradicted the views that Jacksonites had of themselves in that they complied with the protection of individual rights. It also represented the poor relationship between the Indians and the Americans.
  • Texas Rebellion

    Texas Rebellion
    Early in 1836 Texas declared their independence from the Mexican government. Many important battles, such as the Alamo, were fought between the Texan forces led by Sam Houston and the Mexican forces led by Santa Ana. Texas the wanted to be annexed but the U.S. government declined for the fear that it might upset the Mexican government. They also refused the request for the fear that annexation would upset the balance of slavery in the U.S.
  • Mexican American War

    In 1846 both the Mexicans and the Americans were in a dispute over the boundaries of Texas and also control of California. The war was ended by the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo in 1848 with America winning the titles to both Texas and California. The new land raised disputes about slavery in the new territory. This war also provided field experience to officers destined for the Civil War as it served as a testing ground.
  • Compromise of 1850

    Compromise of 1850
    Concessions were made in both the North and the South following the Mexican American War. It admitted California as a free state and restricted slave trade in Washington D.C., appealing to the North. It also created the Fugitive Slave law and allowed popular sovereignty in Utah and New Mexico territory, appealing to the South. It led to more controversy between the North and the South. It was also an attempt to keep the country unified.
  • The Great Chicago Fire

    The Great Chicago Fire
    The Great Chicago Fire was a conflagration that burned in the American city of Chicago during October 8–10, 1871. The fire killed approximately 300 people, destroyed roughly 3.3 square miles of the city, and left more than 100,000 residents homeless. The fire began in a neighborhood southwest of the city center
  • Second Industrial Revolution

    Second Industrial Revolution
    The decade occurred at the core period of the Second Industrial Revolution. The modern city as well as the sky-scraper rose to prominence in this decade as well, contributing to the economic prosperity of the time. The 1880s were also part of the Gilded Age, in the United States
  • The Johnson County War

    The Johnson County War
    The Johnson County War, also known as the War on Powder River and the Wyoming Range War, was a range conflict that took place in Johnson County,
  • Population Succeeds 75 Million

    Population Succeeds 75 Million
    In 1800 the population went from just 5 Million all the way to 75 Million in 100 years.
  • Jazz Music Evolution

    Jazz Music Evolution
    The 1910's were filled with all types of arts, from music to film. In this century music became very popular. Jazz was a new music that came from blues and ragtime. Most of the people playing jazz, blues or ragtime were African Americans.
  • Leauge of Nations

    Leauge of Nations
    The League of Nations, abbreviated as LON, was the first worldwide intergovernmental organisation whose principal mission was to maintain world peace. It was founded on 10 January 1920 following the Paris Peace Conference that ended the First World War
  • The New Deal

    The New Deal
    The New Deal was a series of programs, public work projects, financial reforms, and regulations enacted by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the United States between 1933 and 1939. It responded to needs for relief, reform, and recovery from the Great Depression.
  • The Great Depression

    The Great Depression
    The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression that took place mostly during the 1930s, beginning in the United States. The timing of the Great Depression varied across the world; in most countries, it started in 1929 and lasted until the late 1930s.
  • Hydrogen Bomb

    Hydrogen Bomb
    Modern fusion weapons consist essentially of two main components: a nuclear fission primary stage (fueled by 235U or 239Pu) and a separate nuclear fusion secondary stage containing thermonuclear fuel: the heavy hydrogen isotopes deuterium and tritium, or in modern weapons lithium deuteride.
  • USSR Test hydrogen bomb

    On August 12, 1953, the Soviet Union tested its first fusion-based device on a tower in central Siberia. The bomb had a yield of 400 kilotons. ... On November 22, 1955, the Soviet Union exploded its first true hydrogen bomb at the Semipalatinsk test site.
  • First Televised Presidental Debate

    First Televised Presidental Debate
    The 1960 United States presidential election was the 44th quadrennial presidential election. It was held on Tuesday, November 8, 1960. In a closely contested election, Democratic United States Senator John F. Kennedy defeated incumbent Vice President Richard Nixon, the Republican Party nominee.
  • Kennedy elected president

    The 1960 United States presidential election was the 44th quadrennial presidential election. It was held on Tuesday, November 8, 1960. In a closely contested election, Democratic United States Senator John F. Kennedy defeated incumbent Vice President Richard Nixon, the Republican Party nominee.
  • U.S. Denies soviet control of space

    American astronaut Alan Shepard probably could have reached space before April 12, 1961, when Gagarin launched into orbit . Similarly, the United States likely could have put a satellite into Earth orbit before the Soviets, whose October 1957 launch of Sputnik 1 shocked America and set the space race in motion.
  • Bay of Pigs

    Bay of Pigs invasion, (April 17, 1961), abortive invasion of Cuba at the Bahía de Cochinos (Bay of Pigs), or Playa Girón (Girón Beach) to Cubans, on the southwestern coast by some 1,500 Cuban exiles opposed to Fidel Castro.
  • First sds convention

    They held their first meeting in 1960 on the University of Michigan campus at Ann Arbor, where Alan Haber was elected president. The SDS manifesto, known as the Port Huron Statement, was adopted at the organization's first convention in June 1962, based on an earlier draft by staff member Tom Hayden.
  • Cuban Missile Crisis

    During the Cuban Missile Crisis, leaders of the U.S. and the Soviet Union engaged in a tense, 13-day political and military standoff in October 1962 over the installation of nuclear-armed Soviet missiles on Cuba, just 90 miles from U.S. shores. ... Kennedy also secretly agreed to remove U.S. missiles from Turkey
  • US invades cambodia

    He announced his decision to launch American forces into Cambodia with the special objective of capturing COSVN, "the headquarters of the entire communist military operation in South Vietnam."
  • Apollo 13

    Apollo 13 was to be the third lunar landing attempt, but the mission was aborted after rupture of service module oxygen tank. Still, it was classified as a "successful failure" because of the experience gained in rescuing the crew. The mission's spent upper stage successfully impacted the moon.
  • Verna 7

    was a Soviet spacecraft, part of the Venera series of probes to Venus. When it landed on the Venusian surface on 15 December 1970, it became the first spacecraft to soft land on another planet and the first to transmit data from there back to Earth.
  • Luna 17

    November 17, 1970 On November 17, 1970 the Soviet Luna 17 spacecraft landed the first roving remote-controlled robot on the Moon. Known as Lunokhod 1, it weighed just under 2,000 pounds and was designed to operate for 90 days while guided by a 5-person team on planet Earth at the Deep Space Center near Moscow, USSR
  • Boeing 747

    The Boeing 747 is a large, long–range wide-body airliner and cargo aircraft manufactured by Boeing Commercial Airplanes in the United States. After introducing the 707 in October 1958, Pan Am wanted a jet 2½ times its size, to reduce its seat cost by 30% to democratize air travel.
  • NPT "Non profit Treaty"

    The NPT is a landmark international treaty whose objective is to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology, to promote cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and to further the goal of achieving nuclear disarmament and general and complete disarmament.