A "Complete" United States History Time Line

1430 Portuguese start voyages down the west coast of Africa
1492 Columbus arrives in Western Hemisphere
1509-1547 Henry VIII rules England
Protestant reformation begins in England
1558-1603 Reign of Queen Elizabeth I.  Ireland conquered by England.
1607 Jamestown founded
1612 Tobacco made a profitable crop by John Rolfe
1619 First group of blacks brought to Virginia
First legislative assembly meets in Virginia
1620 First Pilgrims in Plymouth
1622 Indian attacks in Virginia end hopes of becoming a bi-racial society
1629 Great Puritan migration to Massachusetts Bay
1636 Harvard founded
1676 Bacon's Rebellion
1686 Creation of Dominion of New England
1688 Glorious Revolution in England
1700 250,000 settlers in English colonies
1704 First colonial newspaper
1720s Colonial economic life quickens
1739-1744 Great Awakening
1756-1763 French and Indian War
1763 Proclamation Line established
1763-1764 Pontiac's Rebellion
1764-1765 Sugar Act and Stamp Act Controversies
1766 Declaratory Act
1767 Townshend Act, New York Assembly suspended
1770 Boston Massacre
1772 Committees of Correspondence formed
1773 Boston Tea Party
1774 Coercive Acts, First Continental Congress convenes
1775 Revolution begins with fighting at Lexington and Concord
1776 Declaration of Independence
1777 British defeated at Saratoga
1778 French join the war against the British
1781 Battle of Yorktown
Articles of Confederation ratified
1783 Peace signed in Paris
1784-1787 Northwest Ordinance of 1784, 1785, and 1787
1786 Annapolis Convention
1787 Shays' Rebellion
Constitutional Convention
1788 Federalist Papers written
Constitution ratified
1789 George Washington inaugurated as President of the United States
French Revolution begins
1790 Capital placed on the Potomac River
1793 Citizen Genet
1794 Whiskey Rebellion
Indians defeated at Fallen Timbers
1795 Jay Treaty, Pinckney Treaty
1798 Un-declared war with France
Alien and Sedition Acts
Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions
1800 Jefferson elected
1803 Louisiana Purchase
1807-1809 Embargo in effect
1808 Slave trade ended
1809 Non-intercourse Act
1812 War with England
1814 Treaty of Ghent
1820 Missouri Compromise
1820s First labor unions formed
Romanticism flourished in America
1823 Monroe Doctrine
1828 Andrew Jackson elected
1830s Railroad era begins
1831 Nat Turner's rebellion
Liberator founded
1832 Nullification crisis
1834 Whig party formed
1835 Texas Revolution, Republic of Texas established
1840s Manifest Destiny
Telegraph and railroads create a communications revolution
1846 Mexican War begins
1848 Treaty of Guadeloupe Hidalgo ended Mexican War.  U. S. acquires California and territory of New Mexico which includes present-day Nevada, Utah, Arizona, new Mexico, and part of Colorado.
1849 Gold discovered in California
1850 Compromise of 1850
California admitted to the union
Fugitive Slave Law strengthened
1853 Gadsden Purchase
1854 Kansas-Nebraska Act
Republican Party formed
1856 Violence in Kansas
Senator Sumner attacked in the Senate
1858 Lincoln-Douglas Debates
1859 John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry
1860 Democratic Party splits apart
Abraham Lincoln elected 16th President of the United States
Lower South secedes
1861 Confederate States of America formed
Civil War begins at Fort Sumter
Upper South secedes
North is defeated at the first battle of Bull Run
1862 Battle of Antietam
Morill Tariff, Homestead Act
Emancipation Proclamation issued (effective January 1, 1863)
1864 Grant's wilderness campaign
Sherman takes Atlanta
Sherman's "March to the Sea"
1865 Sherman takes South and North Carolina
Lee surrenders at Appomattox Court House
Thirteenth Amendment abolishes slavery
Lincoln assassinated
Andrew Johnson becomes President
KKK formed
1867 First Reconstruction Act launches Radical Reconstruction
Alaska purchased
1868 Fourteenth Amendment guarantees Civil Rights
Johnson impeached
1870 Fifteenth Amendment forbids denial of vote on racial grounds
1870s Terrorism against blacks in South, flourishing of Darwinism and ideas of racial inferiority
1876 End of Reconstruction
Battle of Little Big Horn
1877 Munn v. Illinois:  Court rules states may regulate warehouse rates
1879 Stand Oil Trust formed
1880s Big Business emerge
1883 Railroad companies divide nation into four time zones
Pendleton Civil Service Act
1886 Haymarket Riots
1887 Interstate Commerce Commission
Davies Act
1890 Sherman Anti-Trust Act
Massacre at Wounded Knee
Sherman Silver Purchase Act
1890-1920 Fifteen million "new" immigrants
1893 Repeal of Sherman Silver Purchase Act
1895 Pollock v Farmers
Court strikes down income tax
1898 War with Spain
Hawaii annexed
1899 Peace with Spain, U. S. receives Philippines, Samoa, Guam, and Puerto Rico
1900 Gold Standard
1901 Theodore Roosevelt becomes President
1904 Roosevelt Corollary to Monroe Doctrine
1904-1914 Panama Canal built
1906 Hepburn Act, Pure Food and Drug Act
The Jungle
1912 Election of Woodrow Wilson
1913 Sixteen Amendment authorizing income tax ratified
Seventeenth Amendment providing for direct elections of Senators ratified
Federal Reserve System begun
Wilson broadens segregation in civil service
1914 World War 1 begins
U. S. troops occupy Vera Cruz
1915 U. S. troops sent to Haiti
Lusitania sunk, U. S. intervened
KKK revived
1916 Germany issues Sussex pledge
1917 Russian Revolution
U. S. enters WW1
1918 WW1 ends
Treaty of Versailles
1919 Eighteenth Amendment prohibits alcoholic beverages
Red Scare
1920 Nineteenth Amendment gives women the right to vote
First radio station KDKA in Pittsburgh
1921 Washington Naval Conference
1924 Revenue Act slashes income tax on wealthy and corporations
1927 Lindbergh crosses the Atlantic
1929 Stock market crashes
1932 Franklin Roosevelt elected
1933 Bank holiday, "Hundred Days"
Twentieth Amendment changes inauguration day to January
Twenty-first Amendment repeals prohibition
Hitler comes to power in Germany
1934 Gold standard terminated
1935 Social Security Act, WP, NLRA
CIO formed
U. S. Begins neutrality legislation
1936 FDR re-elected
1937 FDR attempts to pack Supreme Court
Japan invades China
1938 United States Housing Authority
Fair labor Standards Act
Hitler takes Austria, Munich Agreement
1939 World War 2 begins
1940 Roosevelt makes destroyers-for-bases deal with the British
Fall of France
First peacetime draft
1941 Lend-Lease, Battle of Britain, Hitler attacks USSR
Atlantic Charter
Japan attacks Pearl Harbor
1942 Allied year of disaster
U. S. interns Japanese
U. S. halts Japanese at Coral Sea and Midway
1943 Tide turns against Axis
Russia wins at Stalingrad, unconditional surrender demanded
Italy invaded
1944 France invaded
Bombing of Japan begins
Russia sweeps through Eastern Europe
Philippines liberated
1945 Yalta
FDR dies
Germany surrenders
Atom bombs
End of WW 2
1976 U. S. - USSR relations worsen
"Iron Curtain" speech
1947 Cold War begins
Marshall Plan
1948-1949 Berlin Airlift
Military integrated
1949 NATO
Russia explodes the bomb
Communists control China
1950 Korean War
Joseph McCarthy
1951 Twenty-second Amendment limits the President to two terms
1952 Dwight Eisenhower elected President
1953 Industries agree on guaranteed annual wage
1954 Brown v. Board of Education, Supreme Court strikes down "separate but equal."
Vietnam divided
1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott, emergence of Martin Luther King, Jr.
1957 Sputnik
Eisenhower Doctrine
Little rock Crisis
Civil Rights Act
1958 First U. S. satellite and ICBM
U. S. occupies Lebanon
1960 U-2 shot down over Russia
Soviet and Chinese split
John F. Kennedy elected President
non-violent protests against segregation
1961 Freedom rides
Twenty-third Amendment gives District of Columbia the right to vote for President
Berlin crisis
Peace Corps
Bay of Pigs
16,000 in Vietnam
1962 University of Mississippi integrated
Cuban Missile Crisis
1963 Civil Rights march on Washington
JFK assassinated
Feminine Mystique
1964 Free speech movement at Berkeley
Twenty-fourth Amendment outlaws the poll tax
War on poverty
Gulf of Tonkin
1965 Great Society
Operation Rolling Thunder in Vietnam
Malcolm X assassinated
1966 Black Power
France withdraws from NATO
N. O. W. formed
1967 Detroit Riot
Peace movement in the U. S.
1968 Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther Kin murdered
Tet Offensive
Johnson won't seek re-election
Richard Nixon elected President
1969 Vietnamization
First man on the moon
Nixon proposed New Federalism
1970 Massacre at Kent State
EPA established
Cambodian invasion creates anti-war turbulence
SALT talks begin
1971 Nixon opens talks with China
Wage-price controls
My Lai massacre revealed
Pentagon Papers published
1972 Intensive bombing of North Vietnam
Nixon re-elected
GNP over 1 trillion
1973 Cease-fire in Vietnam
U. S. forces withdraw
Spiro Agnew resigns
1974 Watergate tapes
Nixon resigns, Ford's pardon
Serious inflation and recession
1975 Vietnam falls
44% of married women employed
1976 Bicentennial
Jimmy Carter elected President
1977 Human rights
1978 Camp David Accords
Panama Canal treaties ratified
1979 SALT 2 completed
U. S. recognizes china
American Embassy in Iran occupied
USSR invaded Afghanistan
1980 U. S. boycotts Olympics, withdraws from SALT 2
Reagan elected President
1981 American hostages held in Iran freed on Reagan's inauguration day

Iran-Contra scandal breaks
Space Shuttle Challenger explodes on launch


George Herbert Walker Bush elected President
Hubble Space Telescope placed in orbit
Iraq invades Kuwait leading to the 1991 Gulf War

1991 First Gulf War
1992 Los Angeles riots
Hurricand Andrew causes devastation in Florida & Louisiana
1993 William Jefferson Clinton elected President
World Trade Center bombing
Waco siege
1995 Oklahoma City bombing
1999 President Clinton is acquitted in an impeachment trial by the U. S. Senate
2001 George Walker Bush is inaugurated President
Setember 11, 2001 Terrorist attachs on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon
Invasion of Afghanistan, Operation "Enduring Freedom"
2004 Occupation of Iraq, 2003-2004
2005 Hurricane Katrina
2009 Barack Obama becomes the first Black American to become President of the United States

Updated on March 28, 2016