Events

These are just a few key events to provide some perspective.

1454 Mar: Mainz, Germany. The Gutenberg Bible is available for sale. (4)

1492: Christopher Columbus discovers America. (5)

1620: Mayflower lands at New Plymouth, Mass. to found Plymouth Colony under Miles Standish (1, p278)

1752 Sep 14: Great Britian adopts our current Gregorian calendar. Yesterday they still were using the Julian calendar, and yesterday was Sep 2. (2, p28) (7)

1753 Jan 1: The new year 1753 begins on the newly adopted Gregorian calendar. With the Julian calendar, Great Britian and most Christian countries began a new year on Mar 25 instead of Jan 1. (2, p29) (7)

1776 Jul 4: US Declaration of Independence adopted by the Continental Congress.

1787 Sep 17: US Constitution adopted by the Constitutional Convention.

1790: First US Federal Census.

1807 Aug 17: Robert Fulton's steamboat opens the age of steamboat travel with its first successful trip up the Hudson river from New York to Albany. (3)

1861 Apr 12: US Civil War begins with the Confederate army taking Ft. Sumter, Charleston, SC. (1, p424)

1865 Apr 9: Lee surrenders to Grant at Appomattax Courthouse, effectively ending the US Civil War. (1, p428)

1865 Apr 14: President Abraham Lincoln assasinated.

1865 May 26: Surrender of last Conferedate army at Shreveport, LA. (1, p428) (8)

1941 Dec 7: Pearl Harbor. (6)

Notes

1. Bernard Grun, The Timetables of History (Simon & Schuster, 1979).

2. Milton Rubincam, Pitfalls in Genealogical Research (Ancestry. Inc., 1987).

3. Kirkpatrick Sale, The Fire of His Genius: Robert Fulton and the American Dream (The Free Press, A Division of Simon & Schuster, 2001).

4. "The Printing of the Bible," www.hrc.utexas.edu/e...utenberg/html/4.html (University of Texas at Austin, 2007 Oct 30; accessed 2007 day 30).

5. "1492: An Ongoing Voyage," www.ibiblio.org/expo...2.exhibit/Intro.html (Ibiblio.org, 2009; accessed 2009 Jul 26).

6. "HyperWar: A Hypertext History of the Second World War," www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/ (Ibiblio.org, 2009; accessed 2009 Jul 26).

7. "Time to Take Note: The 1752 Calendar Change" in Ancestry Magazine (Ancestry.com, 2000 Nov/Dec). Also www.ancestry.com/lea...le.aspx?article=3358 (Accessed 2008 Jan 6).

8. "The Last Confederates to Surrender," www.sonofthesouth.ne...erates-surrender.htm (Son of the South, 2008; accessed 2009 Oct 31).

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