|1492||Christopher Columbus discovers New World.||1497||John Cabot makes first voyage to North America for England.
||1499||Florentine merchant Amerigo Vespucci visits New World.
||1507||German mapmaker Martin Waldeseemuller names New World America after Amerigo Vespucci.
||1513||Juan Ponce De Leon discovers Florida.
||1540||Francisco Vasques De Corondo discovers the Grand Canyon while exploring the Southwest.
||1541||Francisco Vasques De Coronado discovers the Mississippi Rivier.
||1565||Spaniards establish St.Augustine, Florida, the first permanent European settlement in the United States
||1585||Sir Walter Raleigh establishes England's first American colony at Roanoke Island, off the coast of North Carolina.
||1607||Approximately 100 colonists establish Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent British settlement in America.
||1619||Virginia establishes the House of Burgesses, the first representative legislature in America.
||1620||Pilgrims establish Plymouth Colony at Plymouth, Massachusetts - the second permanent British settlement in America - and draw up Mayflower Compact.
||1636||harvard - the first college in the colonies - is established.
||1647||Massachusetts establishes the first colonial public school system.
||1649||Maryland passes the first religious toleration act in North America
||1652||Rhode Island becomes the first colony to outlaw slavery; the first American coins are minted in Boston
||1661||Virginia becomes the first colony to recognize slavery as being legal.
||1690||Massachusetts issues the first colonial paper money.
||1704||The Boston News-Letter - the first sucessful colonial newspaper - begin publication.
||1752||Benjamin Franklin flies a homemade kite during a strom, proving that lightning is a form of electricity.
||1754||French and Indian War begins.
||1763||French and Indian War ends with the treaty of paris
||1765||British Parliament passes Stamp Act, taxing newspapers, legal documents, and other printed materials in the colonies.
||1770||British troops kill five American civilians in the Boston Massacre.
||1773||Boston Tea Party is staged when colonists dump British tea into Boston Harbor.
||1774||Intolerable Acts close Boston Harbor to punish colonists for Boston Tea Party; First Continental Congress meets in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
||1775||Revolutionary War begins; Second Continental Congress meets in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
||1776||Declaration of Independence is adopted; the United States of America is formed.
||1777||Articles of Confederation are endorsed; Stars and Stripes flag is adopted; Washington's army winters at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
||1780||Pennslvania becomes first state to abolish slavery.
||1781||Last major battle of the Revolutionary War is fought between America and Britain in Yorktown, Virginia; Articles of Confederation take effect.
||1783||Revolutionary War ends with the Treaty of Paris.
||1787||Constitution is written by Founding Fathers.
||1789||George Washington was elected as first president.
||1791||Bill of Rights comes into effect; First Bank of the United States opens.
||1792||Construction of White House begins
||1793||Congress passes a fugitive slave law requiring the return of runaway slaves.
||1798||Georgia becomes the last state to abolish slavery.
||1800||Washington, D.C. becomes the national capital
||1803||Louisiana Purchase nearly doubles the size of the United States.
||1804||Lewis and Clark expedition departs from St.Louis, Missouri.
||1808||African slave trade ends
||1812||War of 1812 begins.
||1814||Francis Scott Key writes "The Star-Spangled Banner"; War of 1812 ends with Treaty of Ghent.
||1823||Monroe Doctrine warns Europeans against interfering in Western Hemisphere affairs.
||1835||Samuel F.B.Morse invents the telegraph;
||1846||Mexican War begins.
||1848||Mexican War ends with Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo; discovery of gold in California triggers the Gold Rush.
||1856||America's first kindergarten opens is Watertown Wisconsin.
||1858||Lincoln-Douglas Debates focus on slavery.
||1860||Pony Express is established.
||1861||Civil War begins at Fort Sumter; Pony Express ends.
||1863||Emancipation Proclamation declares all slaves freed from Confederate-held territory.
||1865||Civil War ends with Lee's surrender to Grant at Appomattox, Verginia; 13th Amendment outlaws slavery throughout the United States.
||1867||United State buys Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million.
||1868||14th Amendment grants equality.
||1870||15th Amendment guarantees most male citizens the right to vote.
||1876||Alexander Graham Bell invents the telephone.
||1877||Thomas Edison invents the phonograph.
||1879||Thomas Edison invents the electric light bulb.
||1898||Spanish-American War is fought.
||1906||Theodore Roosevelt becomes first American to win Noble Peace Prize.
||1913||16th Amendment allows the federal government to collect income tax.
||1914||World War I begins.
||1917||United States enters World War I.
||1918||Armistice Day ends World War I.
||1929||Stock Market crashes;
||1939||World War II BEGINS.
||1941||Bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7 prompts United States to enter World War II.
||1945||Japan surrenders - ending World War II - after bombs are dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
||1950||Korean War begins.
||1953||Korean War ends with armistice.
||1957||Vietnam War begins.
||1962||Cuban Missile Crisis takes place.
||1964||Civil Rights Act of 1964 allows all people to be served in restaurants, hotels, and businesses.
||1969||On July 20, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin of Apollo XI become first men to walk on the moon.
||1972||Congress passes Equal Rights Amendment.
||1975||Vietnam War ends with the surrender of South Vietnam to North Vietnam.
||1991||Persian Gulf War or "Operation Desert Storm" begins.
||1992||Operation Desert Storm ends. ||2001||9/11 Attack on world trade centre.||2002||War in Afganistan.|