April 19th: Battle of Lexington; first major battle of the
June 17th: Battle of Bunker Hill.
13th: United States Navy established.
November 10th: United
States Marine Corps established.
December 25th: Washington crossed the Delaware River.
26th: Battle of Trenton
December 19th: Continental Army encamped at Valley Forge
October 19th: British surrender at Yorktown
April 15th: Revolutionary War Ends!
October 21st: USS Constitution, "Old Ironsides",
US Military Academy established.
September 13th: Commodore John Barry, Father of the United
States Navy, died.
August 19th: Victory of "Old Ironsides".
January 8th: Andrew Jackson defeated the British at the
Battle of New Orleans.
March 6th: Alamo captured.
October 10th: U.S. Naval Academy opened at Annapolis
May 13th: US declares war on Mexico.
April 12th: Civil War begins at Fort Sumter
First Battle of Bull Run fought.
Monitor and Merrimac battle.
November 19th: Abraham Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg
April 9th: Lee surrenders to Grant
January 26th: General Douglas MacArthur born.
April 21st: Spanish-American War begins.
Manila surrenders to US forces.
November 27th: Army War College established.
August 1st: Army Air Force established.
August 2nd: The United Sates bought the first military plane
from the Wright Brothers.
July 28th: World War I begins.
January 28th: US Coast Guard established.
April 6th: US Congress declares war on Germany and on May
18th, approves military conscription for men aged 21-30.
20th: First draft number drawn for WWI.
June 28th: Versailles Treaty signed; end of WWI.
January 10th: League of Nations founded.
October 27th: First Navy Day observance
May 2nd: US sends Marines into Nicaragua after insurrection
and civil war.
July 21st: US Veterans Administration established.
September 1st: WWII begins when Great Britain and France
declare war on Germany.
December 7th: Pearl Harbor attacked-A Day of Infamy!
11th: Germany and Italy declare war on the U.S.; Congress
recognizes state of war with both nations.
June 3rd-7th: Japanese naval force attacks Midway Island in
the central Pacific but is stopped by U.S. ships and planes in
turning point of war in the Pacific.
August 7th: US Marines
land on Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands.
February 3rd: Four Chaplains Memorial Day-four chaplains of
different faiths were lost at sea when the U.S.S. Dorchester
sunk in Pacific.
June 6th: D-day begins; Normandy , coast of France.
16th: Battle of the Bulge begins.
February 19th-March 16th: US Marines land on Iwo Jima.
Despite heavy casualties they raise the American flag on Mount
April 1st: US forces invade Okinawa; by
June 21st the battle ends.
May 8th: V-E Day; WWII in Europe
July 16th: First atomic bomb exploded in Alamogordo, New
August 6th: The Enola Gay drops atomic bomb on
August 9th: Atomic bomb explodes over
August 14th: Japan surrenders; WWII ends.
2nd: Japanese sign surrender documents on US battleship,
January 10th: First session of the United Nations held.
Chuck Yeager, flying the rocket-powered Bell x-1 airplane,
was the first human to break the sound barrier.
June 25th: Korean War begins.
July 27th: Korean Armistice Signed.
January 21st: The Nautilus, the first atomic-powered
July 11th: US Air Force Academy established.
April 17-20: Invasion of Cuba by 1,600 rebels, supported by
US government, is crushed by Cuban Army at Bay of Pigs
October 22nd: President Kennedy announces air and naval
quarantine of Cuba in response to the Soviet Union's
installation of missile bases there.
November 2nd: South Vietnamese President, Ngo Dinh Diem
killed in army coup.
August 2-5: U.S. Navy destroyers report attack by North
Vietnamese gunboats in the Gulf of Tonkin; in retaliation,, US
aircraft bomb four military bases.
Jaanuary 30th: North Vietnamese launch Tet offensive in South
January 27th: Official signing of the peace agreement ending
the Vietnam War.
The Persian Gulf War
After years of denials, the Pentagon acknowledged that more
than 20,000 American troops may have been exposed to a cloud of
sarin, a deadly nerve gas, after American soldiers blew up an
enormous ammunition depot in southern Iraq a few days after the
war, in March 1991.
March: The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) released
evidence suggesting that the poison gas had spread further than
believed, with trace amounts possibly reaching hundreds of
thousands of soldiers.
October: America dedicates memorial to
its service women