Timeline of Important Dates

 

American History Pages
   
  Native Americans
   
  Explorers
   
  Colonial America
   
  American Revolution
   
  The Constitution
   
  Our Nation Grows
   
  Civil War
   
  Industrial Nation
   
   
Government Unit
   
  Lesson 1 - Articles of Confederation
   
  Lesson 2 - Writing the Constitution
   
  Lesson 3 - Checks and Balances of the Government
   
  Lesson 4 - The New Government
   
  The First Political Parties
   
  George Washington
   
  Article I - Legislative Branch
   
  How a Bill Becomes a Law
   
  Article II - Executive Branch
   
  Article III - Judicial Branch
   
  Lesson 5 - Bill of Rights
   
  Amendments
   
  Timeline

 

 

1777 Congress plans the Articles of Confederation.
September 17, 1787 The Constitution is approved by all 12 delegations
December 7, 1787 Delaware is the first state to ratify the Constitution.
December 12, 1787 Pennsylvania ratifies the Constitution.
December 18, 1787 New Jersey ratifies the Constitution.
January 2, 1788 Georgia ratifies the Constitution.
January 9, 1788 Connecticut ratifies the Constitution.
February 6, 1788 Massachusetts ratifies the Constitution - after 9 amendments are proposed.
April 28, 1788 Maryland ratifies the Constitution.
May 23, 1788 South Carolina ratifies the Constitution.
June 21, 1788 The Constitution becomes official with New Hampshire ratifies it.
June 25, 1788 Virginia ratifies the Constitution.
July 26, 1788 New York ratifies the Constitution.
February 4, 1789 George Washington is selected as the first President of the new government, and John Adams as the Vice President.
March 4, 1789 The first U.S. Congress meets in New York City
April 30, 1789 George Washington is inaugurated as the first President of the United States.
September 24, 1789 Congress establishes a Supreme Court, 13district courts, 3 circuit courts, and the position of Attorney General.
November 21, 1789 North Carolina ratifies the Constitution.
May 29, 1790 Rhode Island ratifies the Constitution.
December 15, 1791 Virginia ratifies the Bill of Rights and amendments become part of the U.S. Constitution.