Dates for the journalist

Even if history teachers have stopped making students memorize dates, journalism teachers shouldn’t. Dates are important for a full understanding of events, and students should have precise knowledge of the important events in American and world history. The list of dates on this web site, adapted from The Complete Editor, is a good place for the student to begin acquiring this knowledge. Once the students have studied this list, they will be ready to tackle the two crossword puzzles contained on this site (links just below this paragraph). You can download these puzzles as HTML or PDF files. (Posted Jan. 10, 2005)

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The following dates are important for an editor to know and should be committed to memory:

July 4, 1776 — Declaration of Independence signed

July 1-3, 1863 — Battle of Gettysburg

November 19, 1863 — President Lincoln’s Gettysburg address

April 14, 1865 — Lincoln shot at Ford’s Theater; died April 15

November 11, 1918 — World War I ends

October 29, 1929 — Stock market crash begims Great Depression

September 1, 1939 — Germany invades Poland

December 7, 1941 — Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor

June 6, 1944 — D-Day; allies invade Europe

August 6, 1945 — Atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima

December 1, 1955 — Rosa Parks refuses to give up seat on Montgomery bus, begins modern Civil Rights movement

February 20, 1962 — John Glenn is first American to orbit the earth

September 15, 1963 — 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham bombed

November 22, 1963 — President John F. Kennedy shot

April 4, 1968 — Martin Luther King killed in Memphis

July 20, 1969 — Neil Armstrong first man to walk on the moon

May 4, 1970 — Four students killed at Kent State

May 15, 1972 — George Wallace shot

June 17, 1972 — Burglars break into to the Democratic party headquarters at Watergate apartment complex in Washington

August 9, 1974 — Nixon resigns over Watergate revelations

August 16, 1977 — Elvis Presley died

January 28, 1986 — Challenger explodes shortly after liftoff

April 19, 1995 — Federal building in Oklahoma City bombed

January 1998 — First reports surface of  President Bill Clinton’s affair with a White House intern; scandal eventually led to U.S, Senate impeachment trial in n 1999

September 11, 2001 — Terrorists hijack four airplanes in the U.S., crashing them all; two fly into the World Trade Center towers in New York City, causing them to collapse; a third flies into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.; a fourth crashes into a rural area in Pennsylvania

December 26, 2004 — An earthquake in the Indian Ocean causes a giant tsunami, killing more than 150,000 people and leaving many more homeless

Inclusive dates:

1861-1865 — American Civil War

1903 — Wright brothers first flight

1914-1918 — World War I

1919-1933 — Prohibition

1925 — Scopes monkey trial in Tennessee

1930s — the Great Depression

1939-1945 — World War II

October 1962 — Cuban missile crisis

Adapted from The Complete Editor

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