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Chronological List of US History Events 1700-1750

  • September 2, 1752 – Britain and the colonies under its control adopt the Gregorian calendar.
  • March 5, 1770 – British troops fire on a rock throwing crowd (known as “The Boston Massacre”).
  • June 9, 1772 – The 1st naval Battle of the American Revolution off the coast of Rhode Island.
  • December 16, 1773 – The “Boston Tea Party” takes place as residents disguised as indians throw crates of tea into Boston Harbor.
  • June 2, 1774 – Martial Law is declared in Massachussetts.
  • October 26, 1774 – The Minute Men are established in America.

 

The Revolutionary War

 

  • April 19, 1775 – The Revolutionary War officially begins with the Battles of Lexington and Concord.
  • May 10, 1775 – American forces take the British fort at Ticonderoga, New York.
  • June 12, 1775 – 2nd naval Battle of the American Revolution takes place.
  • June 14, 1775 – The Continental Army is established by the Continental Congress.
  • June 15, 1775 – George Washington is appointed to Commander-in-Cheif of the Continental Army.
  • June 17, 1775 – British troops win the Battle of Breed’s Hill.
  • August 22, 1775 – King George III officially declares a state of open rebellion in the American colonies.
  • November 28, 1775 – The Continental Navy is established by the Continental Congress.
  • December 22, 1775 – Esek Hopkins is appointed to Commodore of the Navy.
  • July 4, 1776 – The United States declares its Independence from Britain (by apporving the Declaration of Independence).
  • September 6, 1776 – The first submarine, the Turtle, is used in Battle in New York Harbor.
  • December 25, 1776 – American forces cross the Deleware River and attack British forces at Trenton.
  • September 19, 1777 – American forces win the 1st Battle of Saratoga.
  • December 7, 1777 – The 2nd Battle of Saratoga begins.
  • December 17, 1777 – American forces win the 2nd Battle of Saratoga.
  • January 5, 1778 – Naval mines are used for the 1st time by the Continental Navy.
  • May 4, 1778 – The Continental Congress ratifies the Treaty of Alliance with France.
  • July 9, 1778 – The Continental Congress approves the Articles of Confederation.
  • February 5, 1778 – South Carolina is the 1st State to ratify the Articles of Confederation.
  • July 21, 1778 – North Carolina to ratify the Articles of Confederation.
  • July 22, 1778 – Pennsylvania to ratify the Articles of Confederation.
  • July 24, 1778 – Georgia to ratify the Articles of Confederation.
  • August 8, 1778 – New Hampshire to ratify the Articles of Confederation.
  • November 26, 1778 – New Jersey to ratify the Articles of Confederation.
  • May 5, 1779 – Deleware to ratify the Articles of Confederation.
  • January 30, 1781 – Maryland is the 13th State to ratify the Articles of Confederation.
  • October 19, 1781 – American/French forces win the Battle of Yorktown.
  • November 5, 1781 – John Hanson is elected the 1st President of the United States by the Continental Congress.
  • August 7, 1782 – Gen. George Washington creates the Order of the Purple Heart (for soldiers wounded in battle).
  • September 3, 1783 – The Treaty of Paris 1783 is signed by Britain and the United States, officially ending the Revolutionary War as the United States is recognized as a sovereign nation.

 

The New Nation

 

  • September 3, 1783 – The United States gains what is currently Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and parts of Alabama, Georgia, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia as a result of the Treaty of Paris 1783.
  • November 2, 1783 – The Continental Army is disbanded.
  • August 8, 1786 – The Continental Congress adopts the “Dollar” and decimal coinage.
  • February 21, 1787 – The Continental Congress adopts a resolution calling for a convention of state delegates to draw up a change to the Articles of Confederation.
  • May 17, 1787 – Delegates begin meeting in Philadelphia to draw up a change to the Articles of Confederation.
  • May 25, 1787 – George Washington is elected President of the Philadelphia convention.
  • September 17, 1787 – The delegates at the Philadelphia convention approve the Constitution and sends it to the Continental Congress.
  • September 28, 1787 – The Continental Congress sends the new Constitution to the states for ratification.
  • October 27, 1787 – The 1st of the Federalist Papers is published in a New York newspaper, calling for a Bill of Rights (written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay).
  • December 7, 1787 – Deleware is the 1st state to ratify the Constitution. Delaware, one of the thirteen colonies, gained its distinction as the “First State” when it was the first to ratify the Constitution on December 7, 1787.

  • Area – 2,397 sq. miles

  • Capital – Dover

  • 2000 Population –

 

  • December 12, 1787 – Pennsylvania is the 2nd state to ratify the Constitution. In September 1787, the U.S. Constitution was signed in Philadelphia and on December 12, 1787, Pennsylvania, one of the thirteen colonies, became the second state.

  • Area – 45,759 sq. miles

  • Capital – Harrisburg

  • 2000 Population –

 

  • December 18, 1787 – New Jersey is the 3rd state to ratify the Constitution. New Jersey, one of the thirteen colonies, became the third state on December 18, 1787

  • Area – 8,215 sq. miles

  • Capital – Trenton

  • 2000 Population –

 

  • January 2, 1788 – Georgia is the 4th state to ratify the Constitution. Georgia, one of the thirteen colonies, ratified the U.S. Constitution on January 2, 1788, becoming the fourth state to do so; it joined the Confederacy on January 19, 1861, and re-entered the Union after the Civil War.

  • Area – 58,977 sq. miles

  • Capital – Atlanta

  • 2000 Population –

 

  • January 9, 1788 – Connecticuit is the 5th state to ratify the Constitution. Connecticut, one of the thirteen colonies, became the fifth state on January 9, 1788.

  • Area – 5,544 sq. miles

  • Capital – Hartford

  • 2000 Population –

 

  • February 6, 1788 – Massachussetts is the 6th state to ratify the Constitution. Originally part of the thirteen colonies, Massachusetts became a state on February 6, 1788

  • Area – 9,241 sq. miles

  • Capital – Boston

  • 2000 Population –

 

  • April 28, 1788 – Maryland is the 7th state to ratify the Constitution. Maryland became the seventh state on April 28, 1788. During the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln placed Maryland under military control.

  • Area – 12,297 sq. miles

  • Capital – Annapolis

  • 2000 Population –

 

  • May 23, 1788 – South Carolina is the 8th state to ratify the Constitution. South Carolina, one of the thirteen colonies, became the eighth state on May 23, 1788. On December 20, 1860, South Carolina became the first state to secede form the Union. It re- entered after the Civil War.

  • Area – 31,189 sq. miles

  • Capital – Columbia

  • 2000 Population –

 

  • June 21, 1788 – New Hampshire is the 9th state to ratify the Constitution. In a sense, New Hampshire, originally one of the thirteen colonies, “created” the new nation by becoming the ninth state on June 21, 1788, meeting the requirement for nine states to ratify the Constitution.

  • Area – 9,283 sq. miles

  • Capital – Concord

  • 2000 Population –

 

  • June 21, 1788 – The United States Constitution goes into effect now that the necissary 9 states have ratified it.
  • June 25, 1788 – Virginia is the 10th state admitted to the Union. Virginia one of the thirteen colonies, became the 10th state on June 25, 1788. Richmond became the capital of the Confederacy on May 29, 1861, but re-entered the Union after the war.

  • Area – 67,468 sq. miles

  • Capital – Richmond

  • 2000 Population –

 

  • July 26, 1788 – New York is the 11th state admitted to the Union. On July 26, 1788, New York , one of the thirteen colonies, became the 11th state.

  • Area – 53,989 sq. miles

  • Capital – Albany

  • 2000 Population –

 

  • April 1, 1789 – The United States House of Repersentatives holds its 1st full meeting in New York City.
  • April 21, 1789 – John Adams is sworn in as the 1st Vice President of the United States.
  • April 30, 1789 – George Washington is sworn in as the 1st President of the United States.
  • September 25, 1789 – The United States Congress adopts the Bill of Rights (containing the 1st 10 Amendments) and sends it to the states to be ratified.
  • September 29, 1789 – The United States Army is established.
  • November 21, 1789 – North Carolina is the 12th state admitted to the Union. North Carolina, one of the thirteen colonies, became the 12th state on November 21, 1789. North Carolina troops suffered the greatest losses of all the states during the Civil War while fighting for the Confederacy, re-entered the Union after the fighting ceased.

  • Area – 52,672 sq. miles

  • Capital – Raleigh

  • 2000 Population –

 

  • April 3, 1790 – The United States Coast Gaurd is established.
  • May 29, 1790 – Rhode Island is the 13th state admitted to the Union. Rhode Island was the last of the thirteen colonies to join the Union on May 29, 1790.

  • Area – 1,231 sq. miles

  • Capital – Providence

  • 2000 Population –

 

  • December 21, 1790 – Samuel Slater opens the first textile factory in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
  • March 4, 1791 – Vermont is the 14th state admitted to the Union. Vermont became the first state added to the Union following the 13 colonies on March 1, 1791.

  • Area – 9,615 sq. miles

  • Capital – Montpelier

  • 2000 Population –

 

  • December 15, 1791 – The Bill of Rights (containing the 1st 10 Amendments) is ratified by 3/4ths of the states and becomes a part of the U.S. Constitution.
  • February 20, 1792 – The United States Postal Service is established.
  • April 2, 1792 – The United States Mint is established.
  • May 8, 1792 – The United States Military Draft is established.
  • June 1, 1792 – Kentucky is the 15th state admitted to the Union. Kentucky became the first state to be carved from the great western wilderness on June 1, 1792.

  • Area – 40,411 sq. miles

  • Capital – Frankfort

  • 2000 Population –

 

  • December 5, 1792 – George Washington was re-elected president of the United States; John Adams was re-elected vice president.
  • February 18, 1793 – The U.S. Supreme Court rules that a citizen of one state may sue a citizen of another state in Federal Court.
  • March 4, 1793 – George Washington is sworn in as President for a 2nd term.
  • March 4, 1793 – John Adams is sworn in as Vice President for a 2nd term.
  • March 5, 1794 – The 11th Amendment is passed by Congress.
  • March 27, 1794 – The United States Navy is established.
  • May 8, 1794 – The United States Post Office is established.
  • June 1, 1796 – Tennessee is the 16th state admitted to the Union. Tennessee became a state on June 1, 1796. On June 8, 1861, it joined the Confederacy and became a major battleground for the Civil War, re-entering the Union after war’s end.

  • Area – 42,145 sq. miles

  • Capital – Nashville

  • 2000 Population –

 

  • November 3, 1796 – John Adams was elected to be the second President of the United States.
  • December 7, 1796 – Electors chose John Adams to be the second president of the United States.
  • March 4, 1797 – John Adams is sworn in as the 2nd President of the United States.
  • March 4, 1797 – Thomas Jefferson is sworn in as the 2nd Vice President of the United States.
  • January 8, 1798 – The 11th Amendment is added to the Constitution.
  • July 11, 1798 – The United States Marine Corps is established.
 
 
 

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