There are plenty of events in US history that may stand out as memorable and notable, but not all of them make the cut of being labeled as “remarkable”. Whether you are studying US history for a class, or if you are simply interested in understanding the history of the US and both past and recent events that have been monumental in the impact of society, here is a list of the 10 most remarkable events in US history ever to be recorded to date.
See Also: 10 Shameful Events in U.S. History
The Discovery of America (September 12, 1492)
In 1492, explorer Christopher Columbus discovered the lands of America when he was traveling by ship and sailing the world. He is widely regarded as the man that made a landfall, a man whom upon his arrival to the new world, started the Spanish colonisation of that continent, Although Columbus did not actually discover the America’s first, it was his explorations that changed the continent for ever. If not for this day, history may be quite different for America today.
Declaring Independence (July 4, 1776)
On this day in history, America declared its official independence from Britain by creating its own “Declaration of Independence”, which named the country as its own and to not be ruled under the monarchy structure of Britain itself.
Creation of the Bill of Rights (December 15, 1791)
The Bill of Rights became part of the US constitution on December 15, 1791 after it was ratified and accepted by 3/4 of the states in the United States at the time. The Bill of Rights contains the first 10 amendments and rights of the people and citizens of the USA. The Bill of Rights was officially signed into the constitution making all of the bills legal in this year. The Bill of Rights is still referred to in today’s modern society along with the use of the original US constitution that upholds the rights of the people and citizens of the country, regardless of their age, religion and creed, gender, or race.
The Civil War (1861)
The Civil War is known as a war that was between the states of the country, dividing much of the north and south of the United States. Eleven “slave states” declared their succession from the north, which prompted the title of the Civil War, as it was all between citizens of the same country.
Assassination of Abraham Lincoln (April 15, 1865)
The assassination of the United States’ 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, occurred on April 15, 1865 on a Good Friday while Lincoln was seated in a crowded theater. Lincoln was shot in the back of the head by John Wilkes Booth as the American Civil War was drawing to a close. He died early the next morning
The Attack on Pearl Harbor (December 7, 1941)
In the early morning of December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor, a military base located in Hawaii, was attacked by at least a total of 353 aircraft, which crashed into the ships on base from Japan. This was the beginning of World War II, which shortly began after the attacks (later to be retaliated with the “Atomic Bomb”). More than 2000 officers serving in the military were killed from the attacks of Pearl Harbor that day.
The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy (November 22, 1963)
On November 22, 1963, as John F. Kennedy and his wife ride in the backseat of a motor car (the official presidential motorcade), the president was shot and killed by a man who was later identified as Harvey Lee Oswald. Oswald was also shot and killed after being arrested all while on camera.
First Moon Landing (July 20, 1969)
911 Attacks (September 11, 2001)
On September 11th, 2001, a terrorist group known as al-Queda, coordinated a series of plane crashes to occur in the east of the United States, ultimately causing the destruction of a portion of the pentagon along with the entire destruction of the World Trade Center towers. The terrorist attack prompted the “War on Terror”, which was declared by President Bush. According to reports, 19 terrorist hijackers were killed during the attacks along with more than 3000 victims and citizens of the country.
America to Elect its First African American President (November, 2008)
In November of 2008, President Barack Obama was sworn into office after being elected. Obama is the first African-American president to be elected and is currently serving his second term in office as the President of United States of America having defeated the republican nominee Mitt Romney, he was sworn in for a second term on January 20, 2013.