Chronology of Major Historical Documents
and Major Events
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Emergence: BC - 1399

Discovery and Migration: 1401 - 1599

Formative: 1600 - 1749

Making of America: 1750 - 1799

American Revolution
Birth of A Nation

Enlightened Adolescence: 1800 - 1849

Growing Pains: 1850 - 1899

  • Inaugural of Franklin Pierce, March 4, 1853.
  • Inaugural of James Buchanan, March 4, 1857.
  • First Inaugural of Abraham Lincoln, March 4, 1861.
  • Civil War begins *, April 12, 1861.
  • Declaration of Causes of seceding states, (Winter 1861).
  • McClellan's Letter to Lincoln, July 7, 1862.
  • The Gettysburg Address, Nov. 19, 1863.
  • The Emancipation Proclamation, (1864).
  • Second Inaugural of Abraham Lincoln, March 4, 1865.
  • Civil War ends - Lee Surrenders to Grant, April 08, 1865.
  • Assassination of Lincoln, (Andrew Johnson President), April 15, 1865.
  • XIII Amendment ratified, abolition of slavery within the US, December 6, 1865.
  • Appeal to Congress for Impartial Suffrage by Frederick Douglass, (Jan. 1867).
  • House impeaches President Johnson, February 24, 1868.
  • XIV Amendment ratified, freedom for slaves, reapportionment, validity of debt, July 9, 1868.
  • First Inaugural of Ulysses S. Grant, March 4, 1869.
  • XV Amendment ratified, right to vote for blacks, February 3, 1870.
  • Second Inaugural of Ulysses S. Grant, March 4, 1873.
  • Inaugural of Rutherford B. Hayes, March 4, 1877.
  • Inaugural of James Garfield, March 4, 1881.
  • First Inaugural of Grover Cleveland, March 4, 1885.
  • Inaugural of Benjamin Harrison, March 4, 1889.
  • Second Inaugural of Grover Cleveland, March 4, 1893.
  • Stock market crash, June 27, 1893.
  • First Inaugural of William McKinley, March 4, 1897.
  • Spanish-American War, (1898).

Sovereignty Assured: 1900 - 1949

  • Second Inaugural of William McKinley, March 4, 1901.
  • Death of McKinley, (T. Roosevelt President), XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXxXX
  • Inaugural of Theodore Roosevelt, March 4, 1905.
  • Inaugural of William H. Taft, March 4, 1909.
  • Titanic sinks, April 15, 1912.
  • XVI Amendment ratified, congressional authority to tax income, February 3, 1913.
  • First Inaugural of Woodrow Wilson, March 4, 1913.
  • XVII Amendment ratified, direct election of Senators, April 8, 1913.
  • Panama Canal completed, October 10, 1913.
  • Archduke Ferdinand assassinated, setting off WWI, June 28, 1914.
  • US purchases the Virgin Islands, August 04, 1916.
  • Second Inaugural of Woodrow Wilson, March 4, 1917.
  • The Tsar of Russia abdicates, March 15, 1917.
  • United States joins WWI, April 02, 1918.
  • The Espionage Act of, May 16, 1918.
  • XVIII Amendment ratified, prohibition of intoxicating liquors, January 16, 1919.
  • WWI officially ends (Treaty of Versailles), June 28, 1919.
  • XIX Amendment ratified, right to vote for women, August 18, 1920.
  • Inaugural of Warren G. Harding, March 4, 1921.
  • Inaugural of Calvin Coolidge, March 4, 1925.
  • Inaugural of Herbert Hoover, March 4, 1929.
  • Stock Market Crash, October 29, 1929.
  • XX Amendment ratified, change terms of office, President, ascession, January 23, 1933.
  • First Inaugural of Franklin D. Roosevelt, March 4, 1933.
  • XXI Amendment ratified, repeal of Am XVIII, prohibition, December 5, 1933.
  • Spanish Civil War, July 18, 1936.
  • Second Inaugural of Franklin D. Roosevelt, March 4, 1937.
  • The Neutrality Acts, (1937 & 1939).
  • War in Europe - WWII Begins, September 3, 1939.
  • Third Inaugural of Franklin D. Roosevelt, March 4, 1941.
  • The Atlantic Charter, Aug. 14, 1941.
  • Japanese Attack Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.
  • Roosevelt's Infamy Speech, December 8, 1941.
  • U.S. Declares War on Japan *, December 8, 1941.
  • U.S. Declares War on Germany *, December 11, 1941.
  • Famous WWII Battles, (1941-1945).
  • Fourth Inaugural of Franklin D. Roosevelt, March 4, 1945.
  • Death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, (Harry S Truman President), April 12, 1945.
  • Germany surrenders *, May 8, 1945.
  • Manhattan Project *, atomic bombs dropped on Japan, (1945).
  • Japan surrenders *, Sept. 2, 1945.
  • The Truman Doctrine, March 12, 1947.
  • The Marshall Plan, ???????????????????????????????????????????????????
  • Inaugural of Harry S Truman, March 4, 1949.
  • Berlin Airlift, ??????????????????????????????????????????????????
  • The North Atlantic Treaty - NATO, Apr. 4, 1949.

Test of Endurance: 1950 - 1999

  • Korean War begins, June 25, 1950.
  • XXII Amendment ratified, term limits for Presidency, February 27, 1951.
  • Truman "fires" General Douglas MacArthur, XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
  • First Inaugural of Dwight D. Eisenhower, January 20, 1953.
  • Korean War ends, July 27, 1953.
  • Second Inaugural of Dwight D. Eisenhower, January 20, 1957.
  • USSR launches Sputnik, October 4, 1957.
  • Inaugural of John F. Kennedy, January 20, 1961.
  • XXIII Amendment ratified, right to vote, District Of Columbia, March 29, 1961.
  • Invasion at Bay of Pigs (Cuba), April 17, 1961.
  • Cuban Missile Crisis, October, 1961.
  • Martin Luther King Jr's I Have A Dream Speech, August 28, 1963.
  • Assassination of John F. Kennedy, (Lyndon B. Johnson President) November 22, 1963.
  • XXIV Amendment ratified, right to vote without poll or other taxes, January 23, 1964.
  • Vietnam War begins (Gulf of Tonkin Resolution), August 7, 1964.
  • Inaugural of Lyndon B. Johnson, January 20, 1965.
  • State Department White Paper on Vietnam February 27, 1965.
  • XXV Amendment ratified, Presidency, ascenssion to office, February 10, 1967.
  • Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, (1968).
  • First Inaugural of Richard M. Nixon, January 20, 1969.
  • XXVI Amendment ratified, right to vote, eighteen years old, July 1, 1971.
  • Second Inaugural of Richard M. Nixon, January 20, 1973.
  • Nixon Terminates Vietnam War, March 29, 1973.
  • The "Watergate" Scandal, (1974).
  • President Nixon resigns, (Gerald Ford President), XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
  • Inaugural of Jimmy Carter, (1977).
  • First Inaugural of Ronald Reagan, (1981).
  • Second Inaugural of Ronald Reagan, (1985).
  • USSR collapses to end Cold War, XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
  • Inaugural of George H. W. Bush, (1989).
  • Civil Rights Act, (1991).
  • Persian Gulf War - Iraq, (1991).
  • XXVII Amendment ratified, congressional pay raises, limits on, May 7, 1992.
  • First Inaugural of William J. Clinton, (1993).
  • Second Inaugural of William J. Clinton, (1997).
  • Impeachment of William J. Clinton, December 19, 1998.
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  • Works of Henry Laurens, President of the Continental Congress.
  • Works of Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790).
  • Works of John Adams.
  • Works of George Washington.
  • Works of Thomas Jefferson
  • Writings of Samuel Adams.

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