United States History Class Timeline 2013-2014

  • Founding of Jamestown

    Founding of Jamestown
    The first successful English colony, Jamestown, is founded in North America. Their government,customs, beliefs and aspirations shaped America today
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    Revolutionary War

    This war was won by the 13 colonies. It was important because it made the colonies gain independence from Britian.
  • Signing of the Declaration of Independence

    Signing of the Declaration of Independence
    The Declaration was composed, ammended and then published. This day, was the official publishment of the Declaration. The composers all came out and signed in their agreement to the document. This was imortant because we became our own country after this.
  • Ratification of the Constitution

    Ratification of the Constitution
    On this day the constitution was ratified. People signed their agreement and our basic government outline was made. This was important because it made our country have a goverment and paved the way for the future government.
  • The Louisiana Purchase

    The Louisiana Purchase
    The Louisian purchase was the major purchase of the mid-west from France. President Jackson went against the Constitution by purchasing this. He did not have the right to purchase land. Still, this is important because the country needed this to be able to move west and make more money with farming. This also expanded the country and helped make us become who we are today. (Mcdougal Littell p. 344)
  • The Lewis and Clark Journey

    The Lewis and Clark Journey
    Lewis and Clark set out in 1804. They were sent to search for a waterway across the country. Also, to report back new findings. Their trip was important because they had the first accurate map of the territory made and many new species of plants and aminals were identified.
  • The Texas Revolution

    The Texas Revolution
    The Texas relovultion was when Texas became a state. This happened because of a war with Mexico and because we won the war, we claimed the land of Texas. This was important for the expansion of the country. (Mcdougal Littell p. 436-7)
  • The Alamo

    The Alamo
    This event was part of the War with Mexico. This was where American troops invaded Mexico (land that is now Texas) . This caused a brutal 90 minute shooting battle that killed many Americans. The mexicans won this battle. Although, America won the war overall. This was important in the founding of Texas. (http://www.thealamo.org)
  • The War with Mexico

    The War with Mexico
    The Americans and the Mexicans went to war. They spent over a year fighting before finally defeating the Mexicans in September 1847. They conquered land that would become California. (Mcdougal Littell P.435)
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    The California Gold Rush

    The California Gold Rush was where someone found some gold in CA and everyone heard about it. This caused many colonists to move west for gold and other riches. It started in 1849 and was it its best in 1852. Soon, there was almost nbo gold left and now gold is even more valuable for its value and rareness. This event was more important because it helped the expansion of the United States and caused economic growth. The population growth made California a legal state. (Mcdougal Littell p. 439-41
  • Fugitive Slave Act

    Fugitive Slave Act
    The Fugitive Slave Act made it legal for runaway slaves to be captured by their masters and brought back. Even free slaves could be taken to the south and turned back into slaves. This was important because it made many slaves fear being captured and made it unsafe for any African-Americans.
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

    Uncle Tom's Cabin
    This book would change the United States forever. The story was about a Plantation owner with many slaves. The owners wife, however, was an abolitionist. Of its time, this book was a bestseller. After "Uncle Toms Cabin" was published, the abolitionist movement grew tremendously. This event was important because it helped our path the abolishing slavery.
  • Hapers Ferry

    Hapers Ferry
    At Harpers Ferry, Virginia on this day, 19 Americans captured the Harpers Ferry Arsenal. These people did not want slavery. Their leader, John Brown, had previously murdered someone who was proslavery. This event was important because it showed just how determined some abolotionists were and what they would do. It also made many people aware of abolotionists. (Mcdougal Littell p. 497)
  • Lincoln's Asassination

    Lincoln's Asassination
    A favorite president, Abraham Lincoln was shot on this day in1865,while he was at a theatre. The theatre was Ford's theatre. The president was killed by a guy named John Wilkes Booth. This death was important because it was a shock that one of the most famous presidents was killed.
  • World War I

    World War I
    World War I started in 1914 and lasted until 1918. The war included many countries as allies. It was referred to as "The Great War" for its largeness and was named that until World War II started. This war was important because it was one of this biggest wars in history and it made many countries come to agreement and others start arguement.
  • The stock market crash of 1929

    The stock market crash of 1929
    In 1929, the stocks all crashed. This is also refered to as "The Great Depression." During the next few years, the unemployment rates sky rocketed. It was the worst economic crash to date.
  • The First Appearance of Superman in Action Comics

    The First Appearance of Superman in Action Comics
    When Superman first appeared, the creators were on a $130 contract. Soon, everyone was reading the Superman comics and by 1941, the group was getting paid $75,000 each per year. This event was important because it was the beginning of one the most famous superheros.
  • The years of World War II

    The years of World War II
    World War II lasted from 1939-1945. It ended ina bout 55 million deaths worldwide. It was the largest and most destructive conflict in history. Japan and Germany lost to their allies. This event was very important because it was a very pwerful war and it showed what could happen if we let a powerful dictator like Hitler take over the world.
  • Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor

    Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor
    On this day, Japan sent many fighter jets over to Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. They attacked the Harbor with bombs and torpedos. The surprise attack led to many deaths and a devistated area.
  • Dropping Of The Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima

    Dropping Of The Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima
    These bombings were part of World War 2. The bombs came from the US. The United States had severe conflict with Japan. After these, Japan came back with the bombing of Pearl Harbor. These events were important because they had lot of impact on the war and they shocked people everywhere.
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    The Korean War

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    The Vietnam War

  • Inaguration of JFK

    Inaguration of JFK
    On this day John F. Kennedy was inagurated as the 35th president. He served from 1961 until his assasination in 1963
  • The First Appearance of Spiderman in Comics

    The First Appearance of Spiderman in Comics
    Spiderman made a new kind of superhero. Typically,adult men were superheros and teenagers were the sidekicks. Spiderman, however, was the opposite. Spiderman was a teenager who lived a double life. While during the day he was a normal high school student, at night he was a supernatural superhero. This event was important because it changed the way we looked at superheros and opened up new possibilities.
  • March on washingtion

    March on washingtion
    MLKJ made a speech on the national mall in Washington D.C. on August 28th, 1963, to let the black and white people to be treated equal. The blacks would soon be respected more and have basic rights. This event was important because the african-americans could now be treated equally and have rights.
  • The first super bowl between the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs

    The first super bowl between the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs
    This day, was the Super Bowl of the year 1967. It was against the Packers and the Chiefs. The Cheifs won with a score of 35-10.
  • First Inaguration of Ronald Regan

    First Inaguration of Ronald Regan
    On this day, Ronald Regan was inagurated for the first time. He won the election over Carter, by far. It was 489 votes to 49 votes
  • Explosion of the Challenger Space Shuttle

    Explosion of the Challenger Space Shuttle
    On this day, the "Challenger" space shuttle accident happened in 1986. It borke apart only 73 seconds into its flight. This caused deaths of its 7 crew members. The spacecraft crashed over the Atlantic Ocean, near Florida. This event was important because it was a very memorable thing that happened. It shocked people for a while, becaused they were devistated that this happened.
  • Birthdaaay

    Birthdaaay
    On this day I entered the world at 2 pm. This was important because if I wasn't born I wouldn't be the amazing person I am.
  • 9/11

    9/11
    This is the day where terrorists hijacked 2 planes and crashed them into the Twin Towers (World Trade Center). A third plane was also hijacked and crashed into the Pentagon. A fourth plane was supposed to crash into the white house but the passengers on the plane managed to guide it into a field in Pennsylvania and only the plane passengers. were killed. Still, over 2,000 people were killed and many were never found. This event was important because it expanded our thoughts about terrorism.
  • The first inaguration of Barack Obama

    The first inaguration of Barack Obama
    On this day in January, Barack Obama was elected as the president of the US. He won over John McCain. This event was important becuse it pronounced Barack Obama as the 44th president.
  • An Important Event in My Life

    An Important Event in My Life
    An important event in my life was the day I met Mike Richards. Richards was my favorite player of the Philadelphia Flyers NHL team. He was my inspiration to play hockey and the reason that I started playing that fall.This event was important because it made me inspired to play ice hockey and made me who I am today.