TOP 10 MOST IMPORTANT YEARS IN U.S. HISTORY

  1. 1776, Declaration of Independence
  2. 1783, Revolutionary War ends
  3. 1787, the Constitution goes into effect
  4. 1789, the Bill of Rights goes into effect
  5. 1803, Thomas Jefferson buys the Louisiana Territory from Napoleon
  6. 1865, Civil War ends, 13th Amendment banning slavery, Lincoln assassinated
  7. 1920, 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote
  8. 1929, Stock market crash, beginning of the Great Depression
  9. 1945, end of WWII, bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
  10. 1964, Civil Rights Act