Units in Chronological Order

For those who are looking for a unit to go with the chronological time frame they are studying, below are the units we have available listed in rough chronological order.

When viewing our units in chronological order, the assigned dates may seem a bit contrived, but were selected to make our units fit our schedule and interests. You are always welcome to assign a date more fitting to your studies. (For example, assigning Columbus a date in 1492 rather than October 12, 1892, the first celebration of Columbus Day).

You can also view our units by event/date or most recently added.

 

1500s

March 5, 1512
Maps: A Unit StudyGerardus Mercator born (maps)

 

May 2, 1519
Leonardo da Vinci: A Unit StudyLeonardo da Vinci dies

 

April 20, 1535
Sun Dogs: A Unit Study on Light & OpticsSun dogs seen (and recorded) in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1535

 

June 9, 1535
Cartier's St. Lawrence River: A Unit StudyCartier discovers the St. Lawrence River

 

February 24, 1582
Gregorian Calendar: A Unit StudyGregorian calendar declared official by Pope Gregory XIII

 

 

 

1600s

May 14, 1607
Jamestown: A Unit StudyJamestown settlement established

 

June 20, 1632
Maryland: A Unit StudyCharter of Maryland granted

 

October 24, 1632
Leeuwenhoek’s Microscope: A Unit StudyAnton van Leeuwenhoek born (microscopes)

 

March 21, 1685
Johann Sebastian Bach born

 

 

 

1700s

March 16, 1751
James Madison: A Unit StudyJames Madison born

 

November 14, 1765
Robert Fulton born

 

June 12, 1766
Virginia: A Unit StudyVirgina adopts a Declaration of Rights

 

February 10, 1775
Tales From Shakespeare: A Unit Study {Free eBook}Charles Lamb born (Shakespeare introduction)

 

June 16, 1775
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: A Unit StudyU. S. Army Corps of Engineers established

 

June 14, 1777
Flag Day: A Unit StudyFlag Day

 

September 20, 1776
Delaware: A Unit StudyState Constitution of Delaware adopted and put into effect

 

January 9, 1788
Connecticut: A Unit StudyConnecticut became a state

 

January 26, 1788
Australia: A Unit StudyAustralia Day, commemorating first ship landing to colonize Australia

 

February 6, 1788
Massachusetts: A Unit StudyMassachusetts becomes a state

 

February 20, 1792
United States Postal Service: A Unit StudyPostal Service Act signed into law

 

 

 

1800s

April 30, 1803
The Louisiana Purchase: A Unit StudyLouisiana Purchase treaty signed

 

July 4, 1805
The Oregon Trail: A Unit StudyStephen Meek born (Oregon Trail)

 

November 15, 1806
Pike's Peak: A Unit StudyPike first sights Pike’s Peak

 

February 12, 1809
Abraham Lincoln: A Unit StudyAbraham Lincoln born

 

February 3, 1811
Go West, Young Man: A Unit StudyHorace Greeley born (westward expansion)

 

May 12, 1812
The Limerick: A Unit StudyEdward Lear born (limericks)

 

June 18, 1812
The War of 1812: A Unit StudyMadison signs declaration of war (War of 1812)

 

July 25, 1814
George Stephenson completes the Blucher (steam locomotives)

 

December 24, 1818
Silent Night: A Unit Study“Silent Night, Holy Night” first performed

 

March 29, 1819
Edwin Drake born (oil well)

 

March 15, 1820
Maine: A Unit StudyMaine became a state

 

March 24, 1820
Fanny Crosby born

 

May 5, 1821
Napoleon diesNapoleon: A Unit Study

 

April 14, 1828
 Webster’s American Dictionary: A Unit StudyAmerican Dictionary of the English Language completed by Webster

 

October 3, 1830
George Brayton born (internal combustion engine)

 

June 30, 1834
The Creation of Indian Territory: A Unit StudyIndian Intercourse Act passed creating Indian Territory

 

December 17, 1843
Dickens' A Christmas Carol: A Unit StudyDickens’ A Christmas Carol published

 

May 22, 1844
Mary Cassatt: A Unit Study Mary Cassatt born

 

September 4, 1846
Chicago World's Fair: A Unit StudyDaniel Burnham born (Chicago World’s Fair)

 

May 30, 1854
Nebraska: A Unit StudyTerritory of Nebraska established by the Kansas-Nebraska act

 

April 3, 1860
The Pony Express: A Unit StudyThe beginning of the Pony Express

 

September 7, 1860
 Grandma Moses: A Unit StudyGrandma Moses born

 

January 29, 1861
Kansas: A Unit StudyKansas becomes a state

 

May 16, 1861
Irving Washington Colburn born (glass)

 

March 26,  1863
West Virginia: A Unit StudyWest Virginia ratifies a new state constitution

 

May 26, 1864
Territory of Montana createdMontana: A Unit Study

 

July 5, 1865
The Secret Service: A Unit StudyThe Secret Service created

 

February 7, 1867
Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Unit StudyLaura Ingalls Wilder born (Little House on the Prairie series)

 

February 17, 1867
The Suez Canal: A Unit StudyFirst ship makes transit of the Suez Canal

 

March 6, 1869
The periodic table of elements presented to the worldThe Periodic Table: A Unit Study

 

May 10, 1869
The Transcontinental Railroad: A Unit StudyGolden Spike ceremony for the first transcontinental railroad

 

April 11, 1875
German astronomer Samuel Heinrich Schwabe died (solar cycles)

 

April 26, 1875
John James Audubon born (birds)

 

March 10, 1876
Alexander Graham Bell transmitted first words over a telephone

 

June 25, 1876
The Battle of Little Bighorn

 

January 27,  1880
Edison’s Incandescent Light Bulb: A Unit StudyIncandescent light bulb patented by Thomas Edison

 

January 18, 1882
Winnie-the-Pooh: A Unit StudyA. A. Milne born (Winnie-the-Pooh)

 

May 8, 1884
Harry S. Truman bornHarry S. Truman: A Unit Study

 

September 5, 1885
First gas pump sold (gasoline)

 

February 2, 1887
Groundhog Day: A Unit StudyFirst Groundhog Day procession to Gobbler’s Knob

 

March 31, 1889
Eiffel Tower dedicated

 

April 22, 1889
First Oklahoma land rush

 

November 20, 1889
The Telescope: A Unit StudyEdwin Hubble born (telescopes)

 

April 23, 1891
Peter and the Wolf: A Unit StudySergei Prokofiev born (Peter and the Wolf)

 

October 12, 1892
Columbus Day: A Unit StudyFirst official Columbus Day celebrated

 

July 13, 1897
Marconi's Wireless Telegraphy: A Unit StudyMarconi receives U.S. Patent for wireless telegraphy

 

April 21, 1898
Spanish-American war

 

July 11, 1899
E.B. White born

 

 

 

1900s

October 23, 1903
Crayola Crayons: A Unit StudyFirst Crayola crayon sold

 

April 18, 1906
Great San Fransisco earthquake

 

October 20, 1906
The Vacuum Tube: A Unit StudyFirst triode vacuum tube demonstrated

 

May 19, 1910
 Halley’s Comet: A Comets Unit StudyEarth passes through the tail of Halley’s comet

 

September 17, 1911
Constitution Day: A Unit StudyFirst Constitution Day observed

 

March 7, 1912
Amundsen announced he had reached the South Pole

 

June 28, 1914
How WWI Began: A Unit StudyThe Beginning of World War I

 

December 4, 1918
France: A Unit StudyWoodrow Wilson sets sail for France (France)

 

July 27, 1921
Diabetes: A Unit StudyInsulin first extracted as a treatment for diabetes

 

March 3, 1925
Mt. Rushmore Memorial Commission authorized

 

October 17, 1933
Einstein: A Unit StudyEinstein arrives in the United States

 

July 17, 1938
Wrong-Way Corrigan: A Compass Unit Study“Wrong Way” Corrigan takes off … in the wrong direction (compasses)

 

August 9, 1944
Smokey Bear: A Unit Study on Fire & Fire SafetySmokey Bear created (fire & fire safety)

 

August 22, 1944
Nazi SS attempt to capture the Bayeux Tapestry

 

September 18, 1947
The CIA: A Unit StudyCIA established

 

April 28, 1952
Treaty of San Fransisco ends World War II

 

November 1, 1952
 The Hydrogen Bomb: A Unit StudyFirst hydrogen bomb detonated

 

June 2, 1953
The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II: A Unit StudyQueen Elizabeth II coronation

 

April 7, 1954
Domino Theory articulated in a speech by Eisenhower

 

May 25, 1955
F5 tornado touches down in Udall, Kansas (Tornadoes)

 

March 17, 1958
First Vanguard satellite launched

 

January 3, 1959
Alaska: A Unit StudyAlaska became a state

 

August 7, 1959
Coinage: A Unit Study on Money and CoinsLincoln Memorial penny goes into circulation (coinage)

 

January 23, 1960
The Ocean: A Unit StudyTrieste sets record manned ocean descent (the ocean)

 

July 20, 1969
The First Moon Landing: A Unit StudyMen first land on the moon

 

March 3, 1973
First Iditarod

 

January 17, 1991
Desert Storm: A Unit StudyOperation Desert Storm began

 

September 19, 1995
Orville Redenbacher dies (popcorn)

 

 

 

2000s

August 8, 2003
World’s biggest jackfruit harvested (fruits & veggies)

 

 

 

Units not listed chronologically

Free Music Studies: Child's Own Book of Great MusiciansChild’s Own Book of Great Musicians (music studies)

 

Cedric the Forester {Free eBook} or Knights & Castles Unit StudyCedric the Forester (book study/knights and castles)

 

The Fox and the Grapes: A Mini Unit StudyFox and the Grapes

 

Gardening: A Unit StudyGardening

 

Free Science Studies: Great Inventors & Their InventionsGreat Inventors and Their Inventions (science studies)

 

The Horse: A Unit StudyThe Horse

 

Book Study: The Little Red Hen {Free eBook}Little Red Hen (book study)

 

Presidential Elections: A Unit StudyPresidential election

 

Free Nature Studies: Our Wonderful WorldOur Wonderful World (nature studies)

 

The spring equinox

 

Free History Studies: Stories of Great AmericansStories of Great Americans (history studies)