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beginnings of agriculture

8000 BCE

beginnings of Bronze Age

3000 BCE

Iron Age

1300 BCE

life of Buddha, Confucius, Lao Tsu

500s BCE

Greek Golden Age

400s BCE

Alexander the Great

323 BCE

Qin unified China

221 BCE

beginnings of Christianity

32 CE

end of Pax Romana

180 CE

end of Han Dynasty

220 CE

Roman capital moved to Constantinople

333

beginning of Trans-Saharan Trade Routes

300s

fall of Rome

476

Justinian rule of Byzantine Empire

527

founding of Islam

622

Battle of Tours (end of Muslim move into France)

732

Great Schism

1054

Norman conquest of England

1066

Battle of Manzikert (Seljuks defeat Byzantine Empire)

1071

1st Crusade

1095

Mongols sack Baghdad

1258

Marco Polo travels

1271-1295

Mansa Musa's pilgrimage

1324

travels of Ibn Battuta

1325-1349

bubonic plague in Europe

1347-1348

end of Zheng He's voyages/Rise of the Ottomans

1433

Ottomans capture Constantinople

1453

Dias rounds Cape of Good Hope

1488

Columbus sailed/Reconquista of Spain

1492

1st slaves to Americas

1502

Martin Luther/95 Theses

1517

Cortez conquered the Aztecs

1521

Pizarro toppled the Inca

1533

Battle of Lepanto (naval defeat of Ottomans)

1571

defeat of Spanish Armada by the British

1588

Battle of Sekigahara/beginning of Tokugawa

1600

foundation of Jamestown

1607

30 Year's War

1618-1648

unsuccessful Ottoman siege of Vienna

1683

Glorious Revolution/English Bill of Rights

1689

7 Year's War/French and Indian War

1756-1763

American Revolution/Smith writes Wealth of Nations

1776

French Revolution

1789

Haitian independence

1804

Congress of Vienna

1815

independence in Latin America

1820s

Opium War in China

1839

European revolutions/Marx and Engles write Communist Manifesto

1848

Commodore Perry opens Japan

1853

Sepoy Mutiny

1857

end of Russian serfdom/Italian unification

1861

Emancipation Proclamation in US

1863

German unification

1871

Berlin Conference/division of Africa

1885

Spanish-American War

1898

Boer War

1899

Russo-Japanese War

1905

Mexican Revolution

1910-1920

Chinese Revolution

1911

World War I

1914-1918

Russian Revolution

1917

Treaty of Versailles

1919

stock market crash

1929

Japanese invasion of Manchuria

1931

Italian invasion of Ethiopia

1935

German blitzkrieg in Poland

1939

Pearl Harbor

1941

end of World War II

1945

independence and partition of India

1947

birth of Israel

1948

Chinese Communist Revolution

1949

Korean War

1950-1953

Vietnamese defeat French at Dien Bien Phu

1954

de-Stalinization/nationalization of Suez Canal

1956

Cuban Revolution

1959

Cuban Missile Crisis

1962

6 Day War/Chinese Cultural Revolution

1967

Yom Kippur War

1973

Iranian Revolution

1979

1st Palestinian Intifada

1987

Tiananmen Square/fall of Berlin Wall

1989

fall of USSR/1st Gulf War

1991

genocide in Rwanda/all race election in S. Africa

1994

9/11 attacks

2001

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