Historical Timeline Summary

  • Last updated on November 10, 2022
NORTH AMERICATHE WORLDThe French and Indian War, 1754–1763The Proclamation of 1763Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African, Olaudah Equiano, 1784Resolutions of the Stamp Act Congress of 1765On the Right to Tax America, William Pitt, 1766The Boston Massacre, 1770Rights of the Colonists, Samuel Adams, 1772The Boston Tea Party, 1773The First Continental Congress convenes, 1774The “Intolerable Acts” are issued, 17741750Scottish chemist Joseph Black discovers carbon dioxide, and later the latent heat of fusion, 1754The Great earthquake in Lisbon claims over 60,000 lives, 1755The Seven Years’ War, 1756The British Empire begins as British Commander Robert Clive defeats Nawab of Bengal, 1757Catherine II (“the Great”) becomes czarina of Russia, 1762Sir William Arkwright patents a spinning machine, paving the way for the Industrial Revolution, 1769Nitrogen is discovered independently by Joseph Priestley and Daniel Rutherford, 1772The first of the partitions of Poland begins by Prussia, Russia, and Austria, 1772Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death, Patrick Henry, 1775Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms, Thomas Jefferson and John Dickinson, 1775Paul Revere and William Dawes warn that “the British are coming,” 1775A clash between minutemen and redcoats results in “The shot heard ‘round the world,” 1775George Washington is named commander in chief, 1775Common Sense, Thomas Paine, 1776Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, 1776The first flag of the United States is approved by the Continental Congress, 1777The Articles of Confederation, Second Continental Congress, 1777French troops arrive in Newport, Rhode Island to support the Americans, 1780The delegations from the United States and Great Britain sign the Treaty of Paris, 1783Shay’s Rebellion begins as farmers take up arms in protest of high taxes, 1786Constitution of the United States, Constitutional Convention, 1787The Federalist No. 10, James Madison, 1787George Washington’s First Inaugural Address, 1789The Bill of Rights, 1791Eli Whitney invents the cotton gin, 17931775The Iron Bridge, the first ever made from cast iron, is completed in Shropshire, 1779The League of Armed Neutrality is created by Russia, Sweden, and Denmark to show their disapproval over British seizures of neutral shipping, 1780William Herschel discovers Uranus during his search for double stars, 1781The first manned hot air balloon is flown in Paris by Jean Francois Pilatre de Rozier and Marquis D’Arlands, 1783The Sheikhs of Khalifa begin their rule over Bahrain, 1783Crimea is annexed by Russia, 1784The French parliament presents its grievances to Louis XVI who convenes the Estates-General, 1788The French Revolution begins with the storming of the Bastille, 1789Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette are executed as the Reign of Terror begins in France, 1793Kosciusko’s uprising in Poland is suppressed by the Russians, 1794Edward Jenner introduces the smallpox vaccination, 1796The Qajar dynasty begins its rule over Iran, 1796Napoleon extends the French occupation into Rome and Egypt, 1798The Rosetta Stone is discovered in Egypt, 1799The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland is established, 1801John Adams is inaugurated as the second president of the United States, 1797The Louisiana Purchase is completed, 1803Lewis and Clark set out to explore the West and find a route to the Pacific, 18041800Napoleon transforms the Consulate of France into an empire and names himself as emperor of France, 1804
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