1. Old City of Dubrovnik, Croatia
Night bombing of the city of Dubrovnik 1991.
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The city of Dubrovnik dates back to the 7th century, when Romans and Slavs settled on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. It grew into a major trading power, and in the 19th century Lord Byron dubbed it the “Pearl of the Adriatic.” In 1979, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization—or UNESCOsignated the “Old City” or “Old Town” part of Dubrovnik as a World Heritage site.
In 1991 and 1992, the city suffered severe damage during the Siege of Dubrovnik, a part of the Yugoslav Wars. Over two-thirds of the Old City’s buildings were hit by projectiles, and three were destroyed by fire. In 2005, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia sentenced the former Yugoslav general Pavle Strugar to eight years in prison for war crimes, including the destruction of historic monuments in Dubrovnik.
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The 50 key dates of world history
Important Dates of World History
Building of the Great Pyramid.
First Olympiad in Greece.
Foundation of Rome.
Greeks defeated the Persians at the Battle of Marathon.
The period of Aristotle and Plato.
Egypt conquered by Alexander.
Alexander dies at Babylon.
Work on the Great Wall of China begins.
Julius Ceasar attacks Great Britain.
Birth of Jesus Christ.
Crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
Huns' invasion of Europe.
Prophet Mohammed born at Mecca.
Flight of Mohammed from Mecca to Madina.
Death of Mohammed Beginning of Hijiri Era.
Arabs invade Spain.
Norman invasion of England Victory of William the Conquerer over the English King Harold II at Hastings.
Roger Bacon invents gunpowder.
The Hundred years War broke out.
English faces Black Death Plague.
Turks captured Constantinople Renaissance in Europe.
Discovery of America by Columbus.
Sea-route to India discovered by Vasco-de-Gama.
Spanish Armada defeated.
British East India Company established in India.
Execution of Charles I.
Monarchy restored in England.
The Great Plague of England.
Glorious Revolution in England.
Battle of Blenheim.
Union of England and Scotland.
Declaration of American Independence.
French Revolution George Washington elected the first President of America.
Battle of Trafalagar and Nelson's death.
Battle of Waterloo Napolean exiled to St. Helena.
Death of Napolean.
Reforms Bill passed in England.
Queen Victoria's accession to the throne of England.
Beginning of the American Civil War.
Slavery abolished in USA
Assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
Opening of the Suez Canal for traffic.
Roentgen discovered X-Rays.
Marconi invented wireless.
Japan defeated Russia Discovery of the theory of Relativity by Einstein.
Republic of China established.
Beginning of World War I.
End of World War I.
Treaty of Versailles signed.
Formation of the League of Nations.
Turkey declared Republic.
Hitler became the Chancellor of Germany.
Beginning of the Spanish Civil War.
World War II begins.
Russia invaded by Hitler Pearl Harbour invaded by Japan.
Establishment of UNO End of World War II Hiroshima and Nagasaki experience the first dropping of the Atom Bomb Death of President Roosevelt.
Civil War in China.
Burma and Ceylon get independence.
Indonesia gets independence The Communists capture power in China.
General Eisenhower elected as the American President.
Death of Stalin Mt. Everest conquered for the first time.
Military Aid Pact between China and Pakistan Chou En-lai visits India.
Austria gets independence Bandung Conference.
Suez Canal nationalised by President Nasser Egypt attacked by the forces of Britain France and Israel.
First artificial satellite launched by Russia.
Egypt and Syria united and renamed United Arab Republic (UAR)
Chinese capture Tibet Dalai Lama flees to India Sputnik launched by Russia.
Explosion of an atom bomb device by France Election of John F. Kennedy as President of USA
Yuri Gagarin of USSR becomes the first spaceman.
Partial Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty signed Malaysia established John F. Kennedy assassinated.
Death of Sir Winston Churchill Singapore becomes the sovereign independent nation outbreak of Indo-Pak war.
Tashkent Pact A Russian aircraft lands on moon.
Chinese explode hydrogen bomb Arab-Israel War Suez Canal closed.
Outbreak of Indo-Pak war Birth of Bangladesh Surrender of 93,000 Pakistani troops Khruschev died Z.A. Bhutto new President of Pakistan.
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman freed from Pakistani Jail and assumed the office of P.M. Bangladesh Nixon of USA visited China King Mahendra of Nepal died USA and the USSR sign Strategic Arms Limitations Treaty.
Outbreak of fourth Arab-Israeli war Fourth non-aligned summit in Algiers.
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, President of Bangladesh assassinated King Faisal of Saudi Arabia, assassinated Suez Canal reopened Red Cross force Cambodia Government to Surrender.
Chou-En Lai, P.M. of China, died Seychelles gets independence Viking I lands on Mars Mao Tse-tung died Jimmy Carter elected President of USA
Agreement between Israel and Egypt Vietnam attacked Cambodia Z.A. Bhutto, former P.M. of Pakistan, sentenced to death Bloody coup in Afghanistan Mohammed Daoud assassinated World's first test-tube baby born.
Chinese aggression in Vietnam Cambodian rebels grab power in Pnom Penh Mr. Z.A. Bhutto hanged Mrs. Margaret Thatcher is the first woman P.M. of Britain.
War starts between Iran and Iraq Ronald Reagon elected USA President.
Falklands, captured by Argentina Israel attacks South Lebanon Argentina forces surrender to British P.L.O. Chief Yesser Arafat leaves Beirut Bashir Gemyel, the President elect of Lebanon, assassinated Soviet President breathes his last.
US attacks Grenada USA withdraws from UNESCO.
India gets Presidentship of UN Security Council Soviet President, Mr. Konstantin Chernenko, dies Vietnam withdraws troops from Kampuchia.
American air attack on Libya.
Nuclear tests by USSR Fresh proposal by Gorbachev Group 77 meet at Havana Unsuccessful military coup in Philippines, Prime Minister of Lebanon killed.
WHO observes 7th of April as no smoking day, French President re-elected, Gen. Zia-ul-Haq killed in plane crash, Quake kills about 1,000 people in Bihar (India), George Bush elected President of USA, Arafat declares on independent state of Palestine, Nearly 1,00,000 people killed in earthquake in Armenia.
The UN Peace keeping force starts implementation of UN Resolution 435 for the independence of Namibia.
The Panamanian President surrenders to the United States. South Africa lifts lean on African National Congress. Lithuania declares independence from the Soviet Union. Namibia becomes a free nation.
Iraq overruns Kuwait. East and West Germanys unite.
War breaks out in the Gulf, With the defeat of Iraq and freedom of Kuwait, Gulf war ends.
5 new members of security council START II treaty between Russian & US Presidents, Security Council resolution on Angola, Emergency in Zambia, Elections in Australia.
South Africa emerged from aparted regime with Nelson Mandela as its president. GATT treaty signed to create World Trade Organisation (WTO).
WTO comes into existence. Nuclear test by France. Balkan peace accord signed.
Kofi Annan new UN Secretary General. Clinton re-elected US President. India refuses to sign CTBT. Shekh Hasina Wajed new PM of Bangladesh. Taliban capture Kabul and execute former communist
Tony Blair back in power in UK. Mohd. Khatami elected president of Iran. Hong Kong goes back to China after 99 year British rule.
Indonesian President Suharto resigns. Pakistan test fires `Gauri' missile. US President Clinton faces impeachment.
G-15 Summit ends. Yugoslavia accepts a peace plan for Kosovo.
Thai commandor rescue 700 hostages from a capital Ratchabuh. India-China sign agreement on Information Technology, World Aids Day observed.
Goerge W. Bush, was sworn in as the 43rd President of the United States. Heritage destroy of Bamiyan Buddha in Afghanistan by Taliban. Massacred of Nepal Royal family. Terrorist attacks on America by Taliban Supremo Osama bin Laden.
`Euro' becomes the official currency of 12 European countries. A new nation East Timor came into existence. Switzerland and East Timor becomes the 190th & 191th member of the UN.
Germany, Spain, Pakistan, Chile and Angola take rotating two-year seats on the UN Security Council Iraq and the UN sign a 10-point agreement to facilitate the work of disarmament monitors India-born American astronaut Kalpana Chawla and six other crew of the STS-107 space shuttle mission were killed as the US space shuttle Columbia disintegrates over Texas name of Yugoslavia has been changed, it became Serbia and Montenegro Australia win ICC World Cup by defeating India, war between US and Iraq International criminal court was launched. WTO ministerial conference held in Cancun. India and ASEAN signed three accord. Over 20,000 people are killed as a major earthquake
destroys the Iranian Fort city Bam.
India-Pakistan air links resume, the 12th SAARC Summit concludes in Islamabad after the signing of historic Agreement on Free Trade, Additional Protocol on Terrorism and Social Charter. NASA announced that it would name the spot where the robot probe Spirit landed successfully, in the memory of seven astronauts of the space shuttle Columbia. The US declares Mr. Saddam Hussein a prisoner of war. Pakistan has been readjusted to the common wealth. United States hand over political authority to Iraq. The 28th Olympics start in Athens. Russian Parliament ratifics the Kyoto Protocol, Yasser Arafat dies in Paris. Taslima Nasreen awarded UNESCO tolerance and non-violence Prize.
India and Pakistan agree to allow travel by bus across the Line of Control between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad, Microsoft founder, The U.S. Senate approves Michael d. Griffin as NASA chief, Kuwaiti Parliament grants women the right to vote and run in elections, Latvia ratifies E.U. Constitution, The sixth book by J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, hits the stands worldwide, Junichiro Koizumi is reelected Japanese Premier by the new House of Representatives at a special session in Tokyo, The Dhaka Declaration decides to set up a SAARC poverty Alleviation Fund and to declare 2006-2015 the SAARC Decade of Poverty Alleviation, The Kyoto protocol on limiting pollution becomes fully operational, Evo Morales wins Bolivian presidential polls, The Galileo navigational telescope is launched from Kazakhstan.
SAFTA comes into effect. Sirleaf sworn in as Liberian president. Chile elected socialist Michelle Bachelet to be its first woman president. 18th CWG held in Melbourne (Australia). UNO passed a resolution for new Human Rights Council. UN General Assembly has approved Ban-Ki-Moon as the new Secretary General. North Korea conducted an underground Nuclear test. 15th Asian Games were held in Doha (Qatar) in December 2006.
Bangladesh declares a state of emergency. Nepal's Parliament unanimously approves the interim Constitution. 14th SAARC Summit held in New Delhi (India). Australia won the World Cup Cricket tournament, 2007. G-8 Summit held in Heilligendamm, Berlin (Germany). Viktor Zubkov has been appointed as a new Prime Minister of Russia. Yasuo Fukuda was sworn in as the Prime Minister of Japan. India won the Twenty-20 World Cup Cricket Championship over Pakistan in South Africa. Nobel
Prize 2007 has ben announced.
Western Wall (Wailing Wall)
The Western Wall is a section of ancient remnant wall from the second Jewish Temple. It’s located on the western side of the Temple Mount and is sometimes referred to as the “Wailing Wall” because many Jews pray and weep at the site of the destroyed Temple.
Each year, millions of Jews from around the world visit the wall. Because Muslims control the Temple Mount (the true site of the ancient Temples), the Western Wall is considered the holiest place where Jews can pray.
Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
New York played a decisive and crucial role in America's fight for independence.
Turning point of the revolution
The Patriot victory at the Battle of Saratoga turned the tide of the entire war effort and was a key factor in gaining the assistance from France which led to eventual triumph of the Continental Army.
Major Waterway Routes
Controlling the Hudson River was vital to the war effort on both sides. The British held New York City and its port for most of the war. The Continental Army was able to hold and control most of the Hudson River allowing them access to the entire Hudson Valley. The Hudson River provided a vital escape route for Washington's army after the Battle of Brooklyn and ensured that the Continental Army could continue the fight.
Nearly one third of all the battles fought during the American Revolution were fought in New York State. The capture of Fort Ticonderoga, the Battles of Oriskany, Newtown and Saratoga are just a few of the major events that took place on New York soil.
Additional Revolutionary War Resources
General Revolutionary War and Colonial History
Spy Letters of the American Revolution
This site offers a set of primary resource letters written by spies on both sides of the conflict, plus the stories surrounding them.
The American Revolution
This National Park Service site includes educational resources for students and teachers with activities and primary documents, historic sites, timeline.
Declaration of Independence
Complete text of the Declaration of Independence with information about the signers.
Explores the history of enslaved African Americans who fought for the British during the Revolution and later settled in Canada after the war.
Women Soldiers in the American Revolutionary War
Discusses specific women who contributed to Revolutionary War efforts.
The Oneidas and the American Revolution
A brief history of the tribe in the years prior to the War, and the story of the alliance with the new government during the Revolution.
Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)
Non-profit, women's organization for the descendants of individuals who aided in achieving American independence. Engaged in historic preservation, genealogy and education.
Sons of the American Revolution (SAR)
Non-profit, organization for the descendants of individuals who aided in achieving American independence. Site provides historical information and interpretation of the basis, events and people related to the Revolution.
The American Revolution - NPS Collections
A multi-park on-line exhibit showcases museum and archival collections at selected National Park Service sites. Featured sites and collections commemorate significant events and individuals of the American Revolutionary War.
General Revolutionary War and Colonial History
Drums Along the Mohawk
Timeline, letters and links related to the impact of the Revolution along the New York State frontier.
People of Colonial Albany
Colonial Albany Social History Project, New York State museum. Provides census data, biographies and information on African American colonial life.
The Battle of Oriskany: "Blood Shed a Stream Running Down"
Online lesson project by the National Park Service exploring the major figures in the battle.
Revolutionary War Battles
Chronological listing of Revolutionary War battles, most with full descriptions of the battle maneuvers.
Liberty: Burgoyne Surrenders at Saratoga
A description of the British defeat at the hands of the combined force of American militia and Continental regulars.
Saratoga National Historical Park
A brief summary of the history and founding of the park and surrounding area.
General History Resources
American Experience Access to PBS series about American history. Many programs are available online. American Historical Association As the professional organization for historians, the AHA advocates for the profession and provides information, awards and grants, and resources for educators. Archiving Early America This site provides historical documents from 18th century America. A Biography of America This site was designed to be a self-contained college-level history course. Resources include access to videos covering 26 topics, and content mirroring that of most U.S. history text books. Center for History and New Media Links to general history resources as well as specific events. Discover History The National Park Service offers links to Features of People, Places & Stories and Features of Preservation, Guidance & Grants. History & Social Studies This site from the National Endowment for the Humanities provides lesson plans about American history. History Collection University of Pennsylvania Libraries' links to resources with text archives and image sites. National History Day Provides resources for educators. National Museum of American History Access to information about the museum's extensive holdings as well as online exhibits. Naval History & Heritage Command Offers information about the "history, legacy and traditions of the United States Navy." U.S. Army Center of Military History Features information about the Army throughout American history.
Histories of Government Agencies
National Archives History This page provides a brief history of NARA along with links to a timeline, a list of Archivists of the United States, a history of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC., and Online Resources on the History of the National Archives. A Brief History: The U.S. Department of Labor A look at the functions of the Department of Labor since its founding in 1913. The FBI: History Links to such topics as Famous Cases & Criminals, Ten Most Wanted Fugitives History, and Hall of Honor. Jefferson's Legacy: A Brief History of the Library of Congress Digitized version of the book by John Y. Cole. NASA History Program This office was organized shortly after NASA's creation to preserve the history of this agency's accomplishments. Postal History Tracks the history of the United States Postal Service from 1775 with links to Stamps and Postcards, Postal People, Photo Galleries, and more. Supreme Court Historical Society Founded in 1974, the Society is "dedicated to the collection and preservation of the history of the Supreme Court of the United States." U.S. Census Bureau History Provides many resources, including an agency history, programs, and an explanation of the "72-Year Rule." U.S. Department of State Office of the Historian This site features Historical Documents, Department History, Key Milestones, and Guide to Countries. United States Senate: Art & History Access to such resources as Origins & Development, Exhibits, and Senate Stories.
Selected Specific Topics
The Declaration of Independence Includes "The Declaration of Independence: A History," "The Stylistic Artistry of the Declaration of Independence," the Virginia Declaration of Rights, and links to other web sites. From Revolution to Reconstruction and Beyond A site of the Department of Alfa-Informatica at the University of Groningen dedicated to the pre-World War I history of America. The Star-Spangled Banner This site from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History is an online resource about the "flag that inspired the National Anthem." Meeting of Frontiers This site focuses on the experiences of the United States and Russia in exploring, developing, and settling their frontiers, and the meeting of those frontiers in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. The project resulted from a collaboration between the Library of Congress, the Russian State Library, and the National Library of Russia. First Person Narratives of the American South, 1860-1920 This site features a compilation of printed texts from the libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The documents include diaries, autobiographies, memoirs, travel accounts, and ex-slave narratives. Exploring the Life and History of the "Buffalo Soldiers" Published in The Record in March 1998, this article details a history of the United States Colored Troops. The Valley of the Shadow: Living the Civil War in Pennsylvania and Virginia This project interweaves the histories of two communities on either side of the Mason-Dixon line during the era of the American Civil War. Great Chicago Fire An online exhibition produced by the Chicago Historical Society and Northwestern University Information Technology (NUIT) to recall one of the most famous events in American history. Run for Your Lives! The Johnstown Flood of 1889 The National Park Service's web site provides lesson plans for teaching about "the most devastating flood in the nation's history." Alexander Graham Bell Family Papers Part of the Library of Congress' Manuscript Division, this site contains correspondence, scientific notebooks, journals, blueprints, sketches, and photographs. The Titanic in Documents and Photographs An article in the NARA publication The Record in March 1998 highlights the records of the Titanic in the National Archives. Rescuing Records in the "Cradle of American Labor" Information about the Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, which collects documents related to the history of labor and working people in New York. Oral Histories of the Civil Rights Movement Transcripts and audio of interviews with "people that participated, in small and large ways." The Sixties A PBS web site dedicated to the most controversial decade of the twentieth century. The Wars for Viet Nam This site was developed around the course materials for Robert Brigham's senior seminar on the Viet Nam War at Vassar College. Apollo 11 Mission The Lunar and Planetary Institute provides information about the first manned landing on the moon.
Photographs & Audio Recordings
- : Photographs from the FSA-OWI, 1935-1945 : Vaudeville & Popular Entertainment, 1870-1920 : Historic American Building Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscapes Survey : 1850-1920 : Selections from the Federal Theater Project, 1935-1939 : Recordings from World War I and the Election of 1920
This Day in History
African American Women Writers of the 19th Century This digital collection of some 52 published works by 19th-century black women writers is part of the Digital Schomburg Collection at the New York Public Library. Avalon Project Yale Law School's Avalon Project includes digital documents from ancient times through the 21st century. A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation The Library of Congress "brings together online the records and acts of Congress from the Continental Congress and Constitutional Convention through the 43rd Congress, including the first three volumes of the Congressional Record, 1873-75." Documenting the American South This site is a collection of sources on Southern history, literature and culture from the colonial period through the first decades of the 20th century. Historical Publications of the United States Commission on Civil Rights The Thurgood Marshall Law Library provides access to the historical record of civil rights in the United States. Making of America A digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. Nuremberg Trials Project Harvard Law School Library provides a digital document collection of the Nuremberg Trials. Our Documents Digital versions of 100 milestone documents of American history. U.S. Historical Documents Transcriptions of major documents relating to American history, from the Magna Carta to President Obama's 2012 State of the Union address. Virginia Center for Digital History Based at the University of Virginia, VCDH projects include many online digital history initiatives.
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