AP World History Must Know Dates

8000 BCE
Beginnings of agriculture
3000 BCE
Beginnings of the Bronze Age
1300 BCE
Iron Age
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6th century BCE
Life of Buddha, Confucius, and Lao Tsu
5th century BCE
Greek Golden Age
323 BCE
Alexander the Great
221 BCE
Qin unifies China
32 CE
Beginnings of Christianity
180 CE
End of Pax Romana
220 CE
End of Han Dynasty
333
Roman capital moved to Constantinople
4th century
Beginnings of Trans-Saharan trade routes
476
Fall of Rome
527
Justinian rule of the Byzantine Empire
632
Rise of Islam
732
Battle of Tours (end Muslim move into France)
1054
First schism of the Christian church
1066
Norman conquest of England
1071
Battle of Manzikert (Seljuk Turks defeat Byzantine Empire)
1095
First Crusade
1215
Signing of the Magna Carta in England
1258
Mongols sack Baghdad
1271-1295
Marco Polo’s travels
1324
Mansa Musa’s pilgrimage
1325-1349
Ibn Battuta’s travels
1347-1348
Bubonic plague in Europe
1433
End of Zheng He’s voyages
Rise of the Ottomans
1453
Ottomans capture Constantinople
1488
Dias rounds the Cape of Good Hope
1492
Reconquista of Spain
1502
Slaves to the Americas
1517
Martin Luther – 95 Theses
1521
Cortez conquers the Aztecs
1533
Pizarro topples the Inca
1571
Battle of Lepanto (naval defeat of the Ottomans)
1588
Defeat of the Spanish Armada by the English
1600
Battle of Sekigahara (beginning of the Tokugawa shogunate)
1607
Founding of Jamestown
1618-1648
30 Years’ War
1683
Unsuccessful Ottoman siege of Vienna
1689
Glorious Revolution (English Bill of Rights)
1756-1763
7 Year’s War (French and Indian War)
1776
American Revolution
Smith’s ‘The Wealth of Nations’
1789
French Revolution
1804
Haitian independence
1815
Congress of Vienna
1820’s
Independence in Latin America
1839
First Opium War in China
1848
European revolutions
Marx and Engles’ ‘Communist Manifesto’
1853
Commodore Perry opens Japan
1857
Sepoy Mutiny
1861
End of Russian serfdom
Italian unification
1863
Emancipation Proclamation in U.S.
1871
German unification
1885
Berlin Conference (division of Africa)
1898
Spanish-American War (U.S. acquires Philippines, Cuba, Guam, and Puerto Rico)
1899
Boer War (British controls South Africa)
1905
Russo-Japanese War
Decembrist Revolt in Russia
1910-1920
Mexican Revolution
1911
Chinese Revolution
1914
World War I
1917
Russian Revolution
1919
Treaty of Versailles (end of World War I)
1929
Stock Market Crash
1931
Japanese invasion of Manchuria
1935
Italian invasion of Ethiopia
1939
German blitzkrieg in Poland
1941
Pearl Harbor (entry of US into World War II)
1945
End of World War II
1947
Independence and partition of India
1948
Birth of Israel
1949
Chinese Communist Revolution
1950-1953
Korean War
1954
Vietnamese defeat French at Dien Bien Phu
1956
De-Stalinization
Nationalization of Suez Canal
1959
Cuban Revolution
1962
Cuban Missile Crisis
1967
6-Day War
Chinese Cultural Revolution
1973
Yom Kippur War
1979
Iranian Revolution
1987
First Palestinian Intifada
1989
Tiananmen Square
Fall of the Berlin wall
1991
Fall of the USSR
First Gulf War
1994
Genocide in Rwanda
First all-race elections in South Africa
2001
9/11 Attacks
2003
US declares war on Iraq March 19th
Saddam Hussein captured December 14th
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