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0500 BC - 0900 AD

Woodland Culture

0900 AD - 1500 AD

Mississippian Culture

1673 - 1763

1673 First Europeans
1680 Fort Crevecoeur
1696 Guardian Angel
1699 Permanent Settlement
1720 Fort de Chartres
1730 Massacre
1763 British Control

1764 - 1783

1769 Starved Rock
1778 Kaskaskia Captured
1779 du Sable in Chicago
1783: Revolution Ends

1784 - 1817

1788 Territorial governor
1803 Kaskaskia Indians
1804 Lewis and Clark
1811 First Coal Mine
1812 Dearborn Massacre
1814 First Newspaper
1816 First Bank

1818 - 1850

1818 Statehood
1819 Kickapoo Withdraw
1820 New Capital
1823 Lead Mining
1824 Slavery Rejected
1830 Lincoln Arrives
1832 Black Hawk War
1836 I and M Canal
1837 Lovejoy Murdered
1839 Third capital
1844 Anti-Mormon Violence
1846 Bishop Hill
1847 Chicago Tribune
1850 Population Climbs

1851 - 1865

1853 Blacks Barred
1856 Railroad Completed
1858 Historic Debates
1860: Lincoln Elected
1861 Civil War
1864 Lincoln Victorious
1865 13th Amendment

1866 - 1899

1867 University Founded
1868 President Grant
1871 Chicago Fire
1872 Black Officeholder
1873 Barbed Wire
1883 First Skyscraper
1886 Haymarket Riot
1889 Hull House
1890 Black Hospital
1892 Female Lawyer
1893 World s Fair
1894 Pullman Strike
1898 Labor Violence
1899 Juvenile Court

1900 - 1939

1900 Frank Lloyd Wright
1903 Deadly Fire
1906 World Series
1908 Springfield Riot
1909 Mine Disaster
1913 Women's Vote
1915 Deadly Excursion
1917 East St. Louis Riots
1919 Chicago Riots
1920 Labor Leader
1921 Chicago Bears
1922 Herrin Massacre
1929 Chicago Violence
1932 Great Depression
1937 Police Violence
1939 Native Son

1940 - 1979

1942 Nuclear Age
1945 Cubs Last Series
1949 O Hare
1950 Gwendolyn Brooks
1952 Stevenson Nominated
1953 Government Corruption
1955 Daley Elected
1957 Nuclear Power
1962 Sandburg Honored
1968 Democratic Convention
1969 Income Tax
1970 Mysterious Cash
1973 former Governor Convicted
1974 Record Skyscraper
1979 Female Mayor

1980 -

1980 Reagan Elected
1982 ERA
1983 Harold Washington
1984 Court Corruption
1991 Chicago Bulls
1992 Historic Senator
1993 Floods
2000 Executions Halted
2006 Governor Convicted
2008 Obama Elected
2009 Governor Convicted