US History 2018

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  • 1492

    Columbus Discovers America

    Columbus Discovers America
    Christopher Columbus lands in America while attempting to find a quicker trade route to Asia. His discovery leads to the European exploration and colonization of the Americas.
  • Jamestown

    The English create their first permanent settlement in the New World called Jamestown. Although it went through many turbulent years, Jamestown endured and lead to the beginning of the cash crop industry in the South. (
  • Proclamation Line of 1763

    Proclamation Line of 1763
    To prevent conflict with the natives Britain passes the Proclamation Line of 1763 which made it so American Colonists could not move past the Appalachian Mountains which they had just fought for. This was the beginning of Britains grievances against the 13 colonies. (
  • American Declaration of Independence

    American Declaration of Independence
    Following many grievances and after several engagements between Colonial Militias and the British Army, the Continental Congress passes the Declaration of Independence formally beginning the Revolutionary War.
  • Battle of Yorktown

    Battle of Yorktown
    After many years of hard fighting, the Americans with French support defeat British general Cornwallis at Yorktown brining an end to the fighting in America.
  • The Cotton Gin

    The Cotton Gin
    An invention that made the harvesting of cotton, one of the primary cash crops and reasons for slavery in the South. Increased the production of cotton on plantations and made it so less slaves were needed. (
  • Trail of Tears

    Trail of Tears
    The civilized Comanche Indian nation was forcibly moved to Oklahoma by Martin Van Buren, the successor of Andrew Jackson. The march was very deadly and signaled that natives had no place in the future of Americas expansion. (America: the Story of Us)
  • Fort Sumter

    Fort Sumter
    Following the Souths secession from the Union, the Confederates fire upon the Union garrison at Fort Sumter in Charleston. This would lead to the North declaring war on the South.
  • Election of Abraham Lincoln

    Election of Abraham Lincoln
    Abraham Lincoln, the Republican nominee in the 1864 election and a strong opponent of slavery, is elected to the presidency with only 40 percent of the vote. Fearing Lincolns views on slavery, the Southern States secede.
  • 13th Amendment

    13th Amendment
    Following the end of the American Civil War, the 13th amendment was passed formally abolishing slavery in America. Even though this freed the blacks they were still subjected to extreme inequality. However it would also allow for African American music styles like the blues to form which would form the foundation of Rock.
  • Ellis Island Opens

    Ellis Island Opens
    Ellis Island opens letting in countless immigrants including many Irish and Italian immigrants. The new breed of European immigrants would result in influential American rock stars like Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. (
  • Woody Guthrie is Born

    Woody Guthrie is Born
    American folk singer songwriter Woody Guthrie is born in Oklahoma on July 14, 1912. His songwriting would go on to influence fellow American songwriters like Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and even British songwriters like Joe Strummer. (
  • Germany Declares War on France

    Germany Declares War on France
    Following the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and a series of declaration of wars made by Austria-Hungary and Russia, Germany declares war on France.
  • Treaty of Versailles

    Treaty of Versailles
    Following the American entry to the Great War, Germany is forced to sign an armistice and surrender. In the following Treaty of Versailles, harsh territorial and economic concessions, contrary to the wishes of President Woodrow Wilson.
  • Chuck Berry is Born

    Chuck Berry is Born
    Known as the "godfather of rock," African-American singer-songwriter and guitarist Chuck Berry is born on October 18, 1926. Berry would go on to be one of the first Black musicians to top the charts, helped bring rock to the mainstream and influenced countless musicians from the Beatles to the Rolling Stones to Bruce Springsteen. (
  • Birth of Elvis

    Birth of Elvis
    Born in rural Mississippi, Elvis Presley grew up being influenced by african american rockabilly and blues artists. He would become one of the most influential and popular singers of all time, fusing together multiple genres of music and bringing them to public attention.
  • Invention of the Phonograph

    Invention of the Phonograph
    Invented by Thomas Edison. Would be used to play forms of music on vinyl.
  • Are You Experienced

    Are You Experienced
    The debut album of African American singer-guitarist Jimi Hendrix and his English backing band becomes the bestselling album of 1968. (
  • Kent State Shooting

    Kent State Shooting
    At Kent State University in Ohio, students protested the US invasion of Cambodia, leading to the national guard being called in. The national guard fired upon the students killing four and inspiring the Neil Young song Ohio
  • The Vietnam War

    The Vietnam War
    One of the bloodiest and most unwarranted wars in American history. It lead to thousands of American casualties and was the inspiration for Bruce Springsteens famously misunderstood song Born In the USA.
  • Beginning of the War on Terror

    Beginning of the War on Terror
    Following the attack on the twin towers America entered wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This would result in the Bruce Springsteen albums the Rising, a 9/11 recovery album, and Magic which had anti-Bush undertones. (
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    Seven Years War/ French-Indian War

    The American theatre of the Seven Years War was fought primarily between the French and British with some assistance from natives. Many future American leaders like George Washington fought in the war and the attrition based warfare of the war would echo the way the American Revolution was fought.