Important Dates in American History

The following information provides some events and dates of those events which were important in the formation of our nation, provided special challenges such as war, and includes our efforts to form a more perfect union.
September 2021
21945, Japanese surrendered – end of World War II
31783, Treaty of Paris signed – end of the Revolutionary War
51781, Battle of the Capes (Battle of Chesapeake)
1774, First Continental Congress convened
81892, Pledge of Allegiance penned by Francis Juilius Bellamy
112001, Patriot’s Day – Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks, Moment of Silence at 8:46am
141814, Star Spangled Banner composed by Francis Scott Key
171787, Constitution Day – 234th Anniversary of the Ratification of the U.S. Constitution
17-23Constitution Week
171979, National POW/MIA Recognition Day
191796, Washington’s “Farewell Address” published
221862, Emancipation Proclamation issued by President Lincoln
281781, Battle of Yorktown begins
October 2021
71780, Battle of Kings Mountain
101774, Battle of Point Pleasant
111890, NSDAR Founder’s Day – 131th Anniversary of founding of NSDAR
121492, Columbus Day – Christopher Columbus arrived in the Americas
191781, Surrender at Yorktown – 240th Anniversary of British surrender
November 2021
2Election Day
111954, Veteran’s Day – honors all military veterans
151775, Battle of Kemp’s Landing- 246th Anniversary of the Battle
25Thanksgiving Day
December 2021
41619, The first Thanksgiving celebrated at Berkeley Plantation
71941, Pearl Harbor – 80th Anniversary of the “Date which will live in Infamy”
91775, Battle of Great Bridge – 246th Anniversary of the Battle
141799, George Washington’s death – 222nd Anniversary of death
151791, Bill of Rights Day – 230th Anniversary of First 10 Amendments to the Constitution ratified
181620, 401st Anniversary of Mayflower landing at Plymouth Harbor
191777, Valley Forge established
25Christmas Day
January 2022
171781, Battle at Cowpens
1973, Paris Peace Accords signed – ended the Vietnam War
17Dr. Martin Luther King Day
February 2022
41789, George Washington elected President – 232nd Anniversary of election
21President’s Day
181815, End of the War of 1812
March 2022
31931, Star-Spangled Banner became the national anthem
81965, First Combat Troops sent to South Vietnam
151781, Battle at Guilford Courthouse
292017, National Vietnam War Veterans Day
April 2022
61917, U.S. entered World War I
91865, Lee surrendered to Grant ending the Civil War
121861, Civil War began with Fort Sumter attack
191775, Battles of Lexington and Concord – start of the Revolutionary War
22Earth Day
May 2022
71945, Germany surrendered – ended World War II in Europe
121820, Florence Nightingale’s birth
211950, Armed Forces Day – Honors members currently serving in the military
301868, Memorial Day – Remembers all those who have died while serving in the military
June 2022
61944, D-Day
141777, Flag Day – Adoption of the U.S. Flag
171775, Battle of Bunker Hill
181812, Declaration of War against Britain
191865, Juneteenth – end of slavery
281919, Treaty of Versailles – ended World War I
July 2022
41776, Independence Day – 245th Anniversary of Declaration of Independence
8-101776, Battle of Gwynn’s Island
August 2022
181920, Ratification of 19th Amendment, Women’s Right to Vote
231814, Dolley Madison saves portrait of George Washington