10 Buildings in Context

A historical Timeline

1776 – The Declaration of Independence is signed.

Photo Credit: Library of Congress

1788 - The Virginia State House is constructed.

Photo Credit: Jonathan Nestor

1791 – Congress ratifies the Bill of Rights.

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1812 – America goes to war against the British and their allies in the War of 1812.

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1848 – Gold is discovered in California.

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1857 – Dred Scott sues for his freedom, and loses.

Credit: Digital image ©1998 Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis

1861 – The American Civil War begins. The Virginia State Capitol (shown here in 1865) houses the Confederate government alongside the Virginia State Assembly.

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1865 - The Civil War ends; Abraham Lincoln is assassinated.

Photo Credit: Public Domain

1869 – The Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads meet in Promontory, Utah, completing the Transcontinental Railroad.

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1871 – Much of Chicago is destroyed in the Great Chicago Fire.

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1877 - H. H. Richardson’s Trinity Church is constructed in Boston, Massachusetts.

Photo Credit: Katherine Castro

1879 – Thomas Edison invents the light bulb.

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1869 – The Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads meet in Promontory, Utah, completing the Transcontinental Railroad.

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1871 – Much of Chicago is destroyed in the Great Chicago Fire.

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1903 – The Wright Brothers achieve the first powered air flight.

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1908 – Henry Ford introduces the Model T automobile.

Photo Credit: Library of Congress (Model T is driven by Ernest A. Franke of Washington, D.C.)

1912 – The Titanic sinks in the North Atlantic Ocean.

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1914 – The Panama Canal is completed.

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1920 – Women gain the right to vote.

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1927 – Charles Lindbergh flies across the Atlantic Ocean.

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1929 – The stock market crashes.

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1941 – Japan attacks Pearl Harbor.

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1944 – “D-Day”: Allies invade Normandy, France.

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons; Source: U.S. Army Ctr. of Mil. Hist.

1945 – The U.S. drops the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.

Photo Credit: Public Domain

1954 – A ruling in Brown vs. Board of Education desegregates schools.

Photo Credit: Supreme Court of the United States.

1956 – The first indoor regional mall, Victor Gruen’s Southdale Center, opens in Edina, Minnesota.

Photo Credit: Rory Thomas O’Neill

1957 – Russia launches the Sputnik satellite.

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons; source: NASA

1958 – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Seagram Building is completed in Manhattan.

Photo Credit: Peter Reitzfeld

1969 – The U.S. lands on the moon.

Photo Credit: NASA

1974 – Richard M. Nixon resigns.

Photo Credit: Public Domain

1975 – The Viet Nam war ends.

Photo Credit: Hubert van Es

1979 – The Iran Hostage crisis arises.

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1989 – The Eastern Bloc dissolves.

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2001 – The World Trade Center is attacked.

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