US History A Timeline

  • 1492

    Columbus arrives in America

    Columbus arrives in America
  • The Settlement of Jamestown

    The Settlement of Jamestown
    Jamestown Colony, first permanent English settlement in North America, located near present-day Williamsburg, Virginia.
  • The French and Indian War

    The French and Indian War
    1756 - 1763
  • The Boston Tea Party

    The Boston Tea Party
    The Boston Tea Party was a political and mercantile protest by the Sons of Liberty in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • The Battle of Lexington and Concord

    The Battle of Lexington and Concord
    This is the battle that started the revolutionary war
  • The Declaration of Independence

    The Declaration of Independence
    The Declaration of Independence is the pronouncement adopted by the Second Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • The Alien and Sedition Acts

    The Alien and Sedition Acts
    4 laws passed by Congress and signed by President John Adams
  • The Battle of Yorktown

    The Battle of Yorktown
    Sep 28, 1781 - Oct 19, 1781
  • The Constitutional Convention

    The Constitutional Convention
    May 25, 1787 - Sep 17, 1787
  • The invention of the cotton gin

    The invention of the cotton gin
    Invented by Eli Whitney
  • The Louisiana Purchase

    The Louisiana Purchase
    828,000 square miles of territory were purchased from France
  • The War of 1812

    The War of 1812
    1812-1815
  • The Missouri Compromise

    The Missouri Compromise
    Congress passed a law that admitted Missouri to the Union as a slave state and Maine as a free state, while banning slavery from the remaining Louisiana Purchase lands located north of the 36º 30’ parallel.
  • Andrew Jackson’s Election

    Andrew Jackson’s Election
    1828 election - Andrew Jackson vs John Quincy Adams
  • The Trail of Tears

    The Trail of Tears
    The Trail of Tears was a series of forced relocations of approximately 60,000 Native Americans in the United States from 1830 - 1850
  • The invention of the telegraph

    The invention of the telegraph
    Baron Schilling von Canstatt in 1832
  • The Panic of 1837

    The Panic of 1837
    The Panic of 1837 was a financial crisis in the United States that touched off a major depression, which lasted until the mid-1840s.
  • The Mexican-American War

    The Mexican-American War
    1846-1848
  • The Compromise of 1850

    The Compromise of 1850
    The Compromise of 1850 was made up of five bills that attempted to resolve disputes over slavery in new territories added to the United States in the wake of the Mexican-American War
  • The Firing on Fort Sumter

    The Firing on Fort Sumter
    Fort Sumter, eventually firing an estimated 3,000 shots at the citadel in 34 hours.
  • The Emancipation Proclamation

    The Emancipation Proclamation
    The Emancipation Proclamation, or Proclamation 95, was a presidential proclamation and executive order issued by United States President Abraham Lincoln on September 22, 1862, during the Civil War.
  • The Reconstruction Amendments (13,14,15)

    The Reconstruction Amendments (13,14,15)
    The Reconstruction Amendments are the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth amendments to the United States Constitution, adopted between 1865 and 1870, the five years immediately following the Civil War.
  • Surrender at Appomattox Courthouse

    Surrender at Appomattox Courthouse
    The Battle of Appomattox Court House, fought in Appomattox County, Virginia, was the final engagement of Confederate General in Chief, Robert E. Lee, and his Army of Northern Virginia before it surrendered to the Union Army of the Potomac under the Commanding General of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant.
  • Abraham Lincoln’s Assassination

    Abraham Lincoln’s Assassination
    On the evening of April 14, 1865, John Wilkes Booth, a famous actor, and Confederate sympathizer assassinated President Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C.
  • The Organization of Standard Oil Trust

    The Organization of Standard Oil Trust
    Standard Oil Co. was an American oil producing, transporting, refining, a marketing company. Established in 1870, by John D. Rockefeller and Henry Flagler as a corporation in Ohio, it was the largest oil refiner in the world of its time.
  • The Pullman and Homestead Strikes

    The Pullman and Homestead Strikes
    The Homestead strike of 1892 and the Pullman Railroad strike of 1894
  • The Spanish-American War

    The Spanish-American War
    The Spanish-American War was an 1898 conflict between the United States and Spain
  • Theodore Roosevelt becomes president

    Theodore Roosevelt becomes president
    Theodore Roosevelt unexpectedly became the 26th president of the United States in September 1901 after the assassination of William McKinley.
  • The invention of the electric light, telephone, and airplane

    The invention of the electric light, telephone, and airplane
    The lightbulb was invented by Thomas Edison, The Telephone by Alexander Graham Bell, and The Airplane by the Wright Brothers
  • The Zimmerman Telegram

    The Zimmerman Telegram
    In January 1917, British cryptographers deciphered a telegram from German Foreign Minister to the German Minister to Mexico, offering United States territory to Mexico in return for joining the German cause. This message helped draw the United States into the war and thus changed the course of history.
  • The WWI Armistice

    The WWI Armistice
    After more than four years of horrific fighting and the loss of millions of lives, the guns on the Western Front fell silent. Although fighting continued elsewhere, the armistice between Germany and the Allies was the first step to ending World War I
  • The 19th Amendment

    The 19th 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 sex.
    Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
  • The invention of the Model T

    The invention of the Model T
    The Model T is an automobile built by the Ford Motor Company from 1908 until 1927. Conceived by Henry Ford as practical, affordable transportation for the common man, it quickly became prized for its low cost, durability, versatility, and ease of maintenance.
  • Charles Lindbergh's Flight

    Charles Lindbergh's Flight
    Charles Lindbergh piloted the Spirit of St. Louis down the dirt runway of Roosevelt Field in New York. Many doubted he would successfully cross the Atlantic Ocean. Yet Lindbergh landed safely in Paris less than 34 hours later, becoming the first pilot to solo a nonstop trans-Atlantic flight.
  • Black Thursday

    Black Thursday
    Black Thursday is the name given to Thursday, October 24, 1929, when panicked investors sent the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunging 11% at the open in very heavy volume. Black Thursday began the Wall Street crash of 1929, which lasted until October 29, 1929
  • 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
  • Hitler becomes chancellor

    Hitler becomes chancellor
    Hitler attained power in March 1933, after the Reichstag adopted the Enabling Act of 1933 in that month, giving expanded authority. President Paul von Hindenburg had already appointed Hitler as Chancellor on 30 January 1933 after a series of parliamentary elections and associated backroom intrigues.
  • The Munich Pact

    The Munich Pact
    Munich Pact. Munich Agreement was the settlement reached by Germany, Great Britain, France, and Italy that permitted German annexation of the Sudetenland, in western Czechoslovakia.
  • Hitler Invades Poland

    Hitler Invades Poland
    German troops invaded Poland triggering World War II. In response to German aggression, Great Britain and France declared war on Nazi Germany.
  • Attack on Pearl Harbor

    Attack on Pearl Harbor
    The Attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise military strike by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service upon the United States against the naval base at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii, just before 08:00, on Sunday morning, December 7, 1941.
  • D-Day

    D-Day
    The Normandy landings were the landing operations and associated airborne operations of the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II.
  • Hiroshima & Nagasaki

    Hiroshima & Nagasaki
    The United States detonated two nuclear weapons over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945, respectively. The two bombings killed between 129,000 and 226,000 people, most of whom were civilians, and remain the only use of nuclear weapons in armed conflict.
  • The formation of United Nations

    The formation of United Nations
    The United Nations is an intergovernmental organization that aims to maintain international peace and security, develop friendly relations among nations, achieve international cooperation, and be a center for harmonizing the actions of nations.
  • The Long Telegram

    The Long Telegram
    George Kennan, the American charge d’affaires in Moscow, sends an 8,000-word telegram to the Department of State detailing his views on the Soviet Union, and U.S. policy toward the communist state.
  • The formation of NATO

    The formation of NATO
    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, also called the North Atlantic Alliance, is an intergovernmental military alliance between 30 European and North American countries.
  • The Korean War

    The Korean War
    The Korean War began when some 75,000 soldiers from the North Korean People's Army poured across the 38th parallel, the boundary between the Soviet-backed Democratic People's Republic of Korea to the north and the pro-Western Republic of Korea to the south.
  • Brown v Board of Education

    Brown v Board of Education
    Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, was a landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in which the Court ruled that U.S. state laws establishing racial segregation in public schools are unconstitutional, even if the segregated schools are otherwise equal in quality.
  • The Vietnam War

    The Vietnam War
    The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, and in Vietnam as the Resistance War Against America or simply the American War, was a conflict in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia
  • Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat

    Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat
    In Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks rejected bus driver James F. Blake's order to vacate a row of four seats in the "colored" section in favor of a white passenger.
  • The Cuban Missile Crisis

    The Cuban Missile Crisis
    The Cuban Missile Crisis, also known as the October Crisis of 1962, the Caribbean Crisis, or the Missile Scare, was a 1 month, 4 days confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union.
  • JFK’s Assassination

    JFK’s Assassination
  • The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

    The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
    Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, authorizing President Johnson to take any measures he believed were necessary to retaliate and to promote the maintenance of international peace and security in southeast Asia.
  • The Apollo 11 moon landing

    The Apollo 11 moon landing
    Apollo 11 landed 13 degrees, 19 minutes north latitude and 169 degrees, nine minutes west longitude.
  • The Watergate Break-ins

    The Watergate Break-ins
    Police arrested burglars in the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C. Evidence linked the break-in to President Richard Nixon's re-election campaign.
  • Nixon’s Resignation

    Nixon’s Resignation
    President Richard Nixon made an address to the American public from the Oval Office on August 8, 1974, to announce his resignation from the presidency due to the Watergate scandal.
  • The invention of the Internet

    The invention of the Internet
    January 1, 1983, is considered the official birthday of the Internet.
  • The Fall of the Berlin Wall

    The Fall of the Berlin Wall
    The wall came down partly because of a bureaucratic accident but it fell amid a wave of revolutions that left the Soviet-led communist bloc teetering on the brink of collapse and helped define a new world order.
  • 9/11

    9/11
    The September 11 attacks, often referred to as 9/11, were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Wahhabi terrorist group Al-Qaeda against the United States on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001
  • Covid-19 Pandemic