1526 - Portugese complete first slave voyage.
1607 - Jamestown, Virginia was established as the first permanent English colony on the American mainland.
1618 - Start of the Thirty Years' War
1620 - Pilgrims, after three-month voyage in Mayflower, land at Plymouth Rock.
1642 - English Civil War.
1643 - Taj Mahal completed.
1665 - Great Plague in London kills 75,000
1666 - Great Fire of London.
1756 - Seven Years' War (French and Indian Wars in America) (to 1763),
1770 - The Boston Massacre.
1773 - The Boston Tea Party.
1775 - The American Revolution begins with battle of Lexington and Concord. Second Continental Congress
1776 - Declaration of Independence.
1783 - Revolutionary War ends with Treaty of Paris.
1787 - The Constitution of the United States signed.
1789 - French Revolution begins with the storming of the Bastille
1791 - U.S. Bill of Rights ratified.
1803 - U.S. negotiates Louisiana Purchase from France: for $15 million,
1807 - The Slave Trade Act 1807 or the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act 1807
1833 - Slavery abolished in British Empire.
1849 - California gold rush begins.
1861 - U.S. Civil War begins as attempts at compromise fail. Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas secede; with South Carolina, they form the Confederate States of America, with Jefferson Davis as president. Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina secede and join Confederacy.
1865 - The 13th amendment, which formally abolished slavery in the United States, passed the Senate on April 8, 1864, and the House on January 31, 1865.