U.S. History For Dummies
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US history is as complex and fascinating as the people who populate the country. A timeline of significant events in the life of the United States of America starts with hunters crossing the Bering Strait, through the fight for independence, and to the election of 44 men to serve as president. The election of the 43rd, Barack Obama, is of historical significance in itself as he was the first African American president.

Key dates in US history

You may think US history starts with the American Revolution, but before that pivotal event came the hunters who first explored the continent and the Europeans who tried to colonize it.

Of course, after John Hancock and his colleagues signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776, things got really interesting, and historically significant people and events contributed to the making of the country we have today.

The following timeline offers a few of the significant milestones:

U.S. history timeline

U.S. history timeline

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Steve Wiegand is an award-winning political journalist and history writer. Over a 35-year career, he worked as a reporter and columnist at the San Diego Evening Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, and Sacramento Bee. He is the author or coauthor of seven books dealing with various aspects of U.S. and world history.

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