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US History Timeline

By DCooley
  • Period: Jan 1, 1492 to

    US History

  • Oct 12, 1492

    Columbus' four voyages

    Columbus' four voyages
    1492-1504
    1st started in 1492
    2nd started in1493
    3rd started in 1498
    4th started in 1502
  • Apr 21, 1519

    Cortes conquers Mexico

    Cortes conquers Mexico
    1519-1521
    Hernando Cortes conquered the Aztecs and Mexico
  • Roanoke Island colony fails

    Roanoke Island colony fails
    1585-1587
    Colony disappears.
  • Jamestown, Virginia founded

    Jamestown, Virginia founded
    Colony of Jamestown founded
  • First Africans arrive in Virginia

    First Africans arrive in Virginia
    First Africans arrive in Virginia.
    Slave trade
  • Virginia House of Burgesses formed

    Virginia House of Burgesses formed
    Virginia House of Burgesses first met.
  • Pilgrims found Plymouth, Massachusetts

    Pilgrims found Plymouth, Massachusetts
  • Puritan migration to Massachusetts

    Puritan migration to Massachusetts
  • Calverts found Maryland

    Calverts found Maryland
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    Pequot Indian War (Massachusetts)

  • Anne Hutchinson convicted of heresy

    Anne Hutchinson convicted of heresy
  • Fundemental Orders of Conneticut

    Fundemental Orders of Conneticut
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    English Civil War

  • First Navigation Act (mercantilism)

  • English conquer New Netherlands (New York)

    English conquer New Netherlands (New York)
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    King Philip's War (Massachusetts)

  • Bacon's Rebellion

    Bacon's Rebellion
  • Pennsylvania settled

    Pennsylvania settled
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    English Glorious Revolution and Bill of Rights

  • Massachusetts becomes royal colony

    Massachusetts becomes royal colony
  • Salem witch hunts

    Salem witch hunts
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    Queen Anne's War

    Third Indian War
  • England, Wales, and Scotland unite to form the United Kingdom

    England, Wales, and Scotland unite to form the United Kingdom
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    George I's Reign

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    George II's Reign

  • Georgia Founded

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    First Great Awakening

  • John Peter Zenger Trial

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    King George's War

  • Albany Congress

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    French and Indian War

  • George III accedes the throne

  • Proclamation of 1763

  • Stamp Act and Protest

  • Boston Massacre

  • Tea ACt and Boston Tea Party

  • Intolerable Acts

  • First Continental Congress

  • Battles of Lexington and Concord

  • Washington appointed commander-in-chief

  • Paine's Common Sense

  • States adopt new constitutions

  • Declaration of Independence

  • Articles of Confederation

  • Battles of Saratoga

  • Bank of North America

  • French Allliance

  • Cornwallis Surrenders at Yorktown

  • Treaty of Paris

  • Newburgh Conspiracy

  • Ordinance of 1784

  • Land Ordinance of 1785

  • Jay-Gardoqui Treaty

  • Virginia Freedom Act

  • Shay's Rebellion

  • Indian Ordinance of 1786

  • Annapolis Convention

  • Constitutional Convetnion

  • Northwest Ordinance

  • Federalist Papers

  • Constitution ratified 1788/1789

  • George Washington elected president

  • Congress Meets

  • Report on Public Credit

  • First BUS est.

  • Washington begins second term

  • Proclamation of Neutrality

  • Cotton gin patented

  • Whiskey Rebellion

  • Battle of Fallen Timbers

  • Jay's Treaty

  • Pinckney's Treaty

  • Washington's Farewell Address

  • John Adams elected president

  • X, Y, Z, Affair

  • Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions

  • Washington DC becomes capital

  • Congress elects Thomas Jefferson president

  • Adams appoints John Marshall and "midnight judges"

  • Marbury v. Madison

  • Louisiana Purchase

  • Aaron Burr killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel

  • Jefferson reelected

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    Lewis and Clark Expedition

  • British seize American ships

  • Burr acquitted of treason

  • Embargo Act

  • Slave trade ends

  • James Madison elected president

  • Congress boycotts French and English trade

  • Fletcher v. Peck

  • Battle of Tippecanoe

  • BUS charter expires

  • First steamboat on the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers

  • War of 1812 begins

  • Madison reelected

  • The Battles of Lake Erie and Thames

  • British burn Washington D.C.

  • Battles of Lake Champlain/Plattsburg

  • Treaty of Ghent

  • Hartford Convention

  • Battle of New Orleans

  • James Monroe elected president

  • Andrew Jackson seizes Florida from Spanish and Seminoles

  • Adams-Onis Treaty

  • McCulloch vs. Maryland

  • Period: to

    Missouri Compromises

  • American Fur Co. establishes Fort Union

  • Monroe Doctrine

  • John Quincy Adams elected president

  • Jackson elected president

  • Tariff of Abominations

  • William Lloyd Garrison publishes The Liberrator

  • Nullification Crisis

  • Worcester v. Georgia

  • Texas Independence

  • Martin Van Buren elected president

  • The Panic of 1837

  • William Henry Harrison elected president

  • Amistad decision

  • Amistad decision

  • Harrison dies/ Johnson assumes presidency

  • First large Oregon Trail wagon train

  • James K. Pol elected president

  • Texas annexation

  • Period: to

    Mormon Exodus to Utah

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    Mexican-American War

  • Treaty of Guadeloupe Hidalgo and Mexican Cession

  • Zachary Taylor elected president

  • Gold discovered in California

  • Compromise of 1850

  • Taylor dies in office/ Millard Fillmore assumes presidency

  • Harriet Beecher Stowe publishes Uncle Tom's Cabin

  • Franklin Pierce elected president

  • Gadsden Purchase

  • Kansas-Nebraska Act

  • James Buchanan elected president

  • Panic of 1857

  • Dred Scott decision

  • Butterfield Overland Stage

  • Lincoln-Douglas debates

  • Comstock Lode

  • John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry, Va

  • Abraham Lincoln elected president

  • Pony Express begins operation

  • Lower South secedes

  • Upper South Secedes

  • Battles of Bull Run

  • Battle of Fort Sumter

  • Homestead Act

  • Morrill Act

  • Plain Indians War begins

  • The Battle of Shiloh

  • The Battle of Antietam

  • Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation

  • Emansipation Proclamation

  • Battle of Vicksburg

  • Battle of Gettysburg

  • Lincoln reelected

  • Sherman's March

  • Sand Creek Massacre

  • Period: to

    Cattle Kingdom reaches apex

  • Lee surrenders at Appomattox

  • Lincoln assassinated

  • Thirteenth Amendment

  • Radical Republicans Emerge

  • Ku Klux Klan formed

  • Fetterman Massacre

  • Alaska Purchased

  • Grange movement begins

  • Military Reconstruction Act

  • Johnson impeachment ends in acquittal

  • Fourteenth Amendment

  • Grant elected president

  • Transcontinental Railroad

  • Fifteenth Amendment

  • Credit Mobilier Scandal

  • Panic of 1873

  • Crime of 1873

  • Hayes elected president in disputed election

  • Custer Massacre

  • Compromise of 1877

  • Chief Joseph and Nez Perce surrender

  • Munn v Illinois

  • Great Railway Strike

  • Knights of Labor formed

  • Bland-Allison Act

  • James Garfield elected president

  • Garfield assassinated/ Arthur assumes presidency

  • Edmunds Act

  • Chinese Exclusion Act

  • Pendleton Civil Service Act

  • Mugwumps split from Republican party

  • Grover Cleveland elected president

  • American Federation of Labor formed

  • Haymarket Riot

  • Dawes Severalty Act

  • Veto of the seed corn bill

  • Congress passes the Dependent Pension Act

  • Interstate Commerce Act

  • Benjamin Harrison elected president

  • Sherman Antitrust Act

  • Sherman Silver Purchase Act

  • McKinley Tariff passed

  • Wounded Knee Massacre

  • Cleveland elected president

  • Frederick Jackson Turner

  • Panic of 1893

  • Sherman Silver Purchase Act repealed

  • Coxey's army marches on Washington

  • Pullman Strike

  • J.P. Morgan lends Us government money

  • Alaskan Gold Rush

  • McKinley elected

  • Spanish-American War

  • Hawaii annexed

  • Open Door Note

  • McKinley reelected

  • McKinley assassinated/ Roosevelt president

  • Newlands Reclamation Act

  • Northern Securities suit

  • Acqusition of Panama Canal Zone

  • Roosevelt Corollary delivered

  • Theodore Roosevelt elected president

  • Taft elected president

  • Period: to

    Ballinger-Pinchot Controversy

  • Standard Oil Supreme Court decision

  • Progressive Party formed

  • Wilson elected president

  • Sixteenth Amendment

  • Seventeenth Amendment

  • Federal Reserve Act passed

  • Mexican Revolution

  • Clayton Act passed

  • World War I breaks out

  • Sinking of the Lusitania/ US response

  • Wilson reelected

  • US forces chase Pancho Villa in Mexico

  • Zimmerman Note/ US delcare war on Central Powers

  • Russian Revolutions

  • American forces in key battles

  • Armistice

  • Versailles Peace Conference/ disagreements in Senate

  • Eighteenth Amendment

  • Wilson suffers stroke

  • Nineteenth Amendment

  • US economy enters recession

  • Harding elected president

  • Washington Conference

  • Near Collapse of Weimar Republic

  • Harding dies/ Coolidge president

  • Cooldige reelected

  • Locarno Pact

  • Hoover elected president

  • Kellogg-Briand Treaty

  • Stock Market Crash

  • Reconstruction Finacne Corporation started

  • Smooth-Hawley Act

  • FDR elected

  • Japanese aggression in China

  • New Deal legislation

  • Adolf hitler named Chancellor in Germany

  • Bank Holiday

  • National Industry Recovery Act

  • Prohibition repealed

  • Securities Exchange Commission est.

  • FDR takes nation off gold standard

  • Glass-Steagall Act

  • Wagner Act

  • Works Progress Administration

  • Neutrality Act passed

  • Social Security Program created

  • Roosevelt elected

  • US gunboat Panay sunk

  • Rape of Nanking

  • German expansion into Czechoslovakia

  • Golden Year for American cinema

  • Hitler invades Poland...starting WWII

  • Roosevelt reelected

  • Germany occupies France

  • Norway occupied

  • Battle of Britain

  • Lend-Lease Act

  • Japanese Attack Pearl Harbor

    Japanese Attack Pearl Harbor
    Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The American forces there were caught completely by surprise and took heavy losses.
  • United States declares war on Axis Powers

  • Invasion of North Africa

  • Doolittle Raid

  • Battle of the Coral Sea

  • Battle of midway

  • Beginning of bombing of Europe

  • Allies defeat Afrika Corps at Kasserine Pass

  • Allies invade Sicily and Italy

  • Invasion of France

  • Paris Liberated

  • Battle of the Bulge

  • Battle of Leyte Gulf

  • Battle of Iwo Jima

  • Battle of Okinawa

  • Atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

  • Cold War begins

  • Harry Truman assumes presidency

  • Germany Surrenders

  • Trinity test of atom bomb

  • Japan surrenders

  • Republicans catpure Congress in midterm elections

  • Iron Curtain speech

  • Marshall Plan

  • Truman Doctrine

  • Taft-Hartley ACt

  • Berlin Airlift

  • Truman reelected

  • Comunists take control of China

  • NATO founded

  • Alger Hiss convicted

  • Korean War begins

  • Dwight D. Eisenhower elected

  • Korean War ends

  • Brown vs. Board of Education

  • SEATO formed

  • Soviets crush Hungarian uprising

  • Eisenhower reelected

  • Desegregation of Little Rock High School

  • Soviets launch Sputnik

  • Castro takes over Cuba

  • John F. Kennedy elected president

  • Bay of Pigs

  • Berlin Wall erected

  • Cuban Missile Crisis

  • JFK assassinated/ LBJ president

  • Johnson's Great Societ legislation

  • Civil Rights Act

  • Tonkin Gulf Resolution

  • LBJ elected president

  • LBJ sends troops to Vietnam

  • MLK and Robert Kennedy assassinated

  • Nixon elected president

  • Moon landing

  • Twenty-sixth Amendment

  • Nixon visits China, Watergate, Nixon reelected

  • Nixon withdraws last troops from Vietnam

  • Roe v Wade legislation

  • OPEC raises oil prices

  • Nixon resigns/ Gerald Ford president

  • War Powers Act

  • Vietnam overrun by the North Vietnamese; Communists also overrun Cambodia

  • BASIC computer language invented by Bill Gates

  • Carter elected president

  • Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak market frst personal computers

  • Soviets position missiles toward Europe

  • Camp David Accords

  • Tehran US embassy attacked...people take hostage

  • Soviets invade Afghanistan

  • Reagan elected president

  • Reagan almost killed by John Hinckley

  • Reaganomics tax cuts

  • Hostages freed

  • Reagan fires air traffic controllers

  • Economic recovery begins

  • "Star Wars" speech

  • Marine barracks in Lebanon blown up

  • Reagan and Margaret Thatcher respond with own missle placement to Russians

  • "freeze movement" gains momentum

  • Geneva conference between Reagan and Gorbachev

  • Iran contra affair

  • Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty signed

  • George H. W. Bush elected president

  • Hungary begins rolling up the Iron Curtain

  • Berlin Wall falls

  • Bush violates "read my lips" policy on taxes

  • Iraq invades Kuwait; Bush announces Operation Desert Shield

  • Operation Desert Storm evicts Iraq from kuwait

  • Soviet Union collapses replaced by Russia and independent states

  • Clinton elected president

  • Rodney King beating

  • Travelgate

  • health care bill defeated

  • Davidians in Waco incident

  • World Trade Center bombed by Al Queda

  • US Ranger deaths in Somalia

  • Republicans win House pass 9/10 of Contract of America legislation

  • Special prosecutor for Clinton Whitewater scandal

  • Oklahoma City bombing

  • Clinton reelected

  • Lewinsky scandal breaks

  • Al Queda bombings of US embassies in Africa

  • Clinton impeached

  • Air war in Serbia

  • Senate acquits Clinton

  • Economy begins to slow

  • Y2K scare proves groundless

  • Bush elected president in disputed elections and Republicans win Senate and House

  • 9/11

  • War on Terror

  • Al Queda bases in Afghanistan destroyed

  • "Axis of Evil" Speech

  • D.C. snipers

  • GOP wins historic election

  • Operation Iraqi Freedom; Baghdad and Saddam Hussein captured

  • Iraqi interim gov't est.

  • George Bush reelected; GOP increases advantages

  • New Iraqi Gov't formed; constitution; evidence that Iraq had had the power to make and sell WMDs

  • Hurricane Katrina hits Gulf Coast

  • Congress debates illegal immigration; marches of illegal immigrants