Major Events in American History for the Family History Project

100_2916We created a list of major dates in American history to add to our family timeline. (For directions, click here) After creating our timeline with a long piece of butcher paper on the wall, we will include major time periods, family births, and notable family events. We definitely want to include events from American History and we will start with this list. We are going to print out the list, cut them out, and paste them in the correct spot on the timeline. Next, we’ll add pictures from our family and from history. Finally, we’ll spend the next few months collecting notable dates and events to add to our timeline. If you can join us in this project, please send pictures!

Picture: the foundation lines of the house where George Washington was born.

Major Events in American History
1492 – Columbus discovers America
1619 – Slaves are brought to America
1620 Pilgrims establish Plymouth Colony
1754 French and Indian War begins
1764 First of the British Stamp Acts
1774 First Continental Congress
1775 Battles of Lexington and Concord
1777 Articles of Confederation
1787 Ratification of the Constitution
1803 Louisiana Purchase
1812 War of 1812
1820 Missouri Compromise
1848 Gold is discovered
1852 Dred Scott
1861 – 1865 Civil War
1862 Battle of Yorktown
1863 Emancipation Proclomation
13th Amendment 1865
1896 Plessy vs. Ferguson
1868 Fourteenth Amendment
1917 U.S. Enters World War I
1929 Black Thursday, Depression begins
1903 Orville and Wilbur Wright complete first flight
1941 Pearl Harbor, U.S. enters WWII
1945 WWII Ends, Hiroshima and Nagasaki
1950 U.S. Troops fight in Korea.
1954 Brown vs. Board of Education
1963 President John F. Kennedy is assassinated
1968 Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated
1974 Richard Nixon resigns after Watergate
1991 The U.S. launches war in Iraq

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