By Dan Pham
June 16, 1897
A joint resolution that annexed Hawaii as a US territory.
Sinking of the USS Maine
February 15, 1898
The USS Maine, a US ship in Cuba is blown up and sunk. The blame is put on Spain by yellow journalists, and was the spark that began the Spanish-American war.
Battle of San Juan Hill
July 1, 1898
Theodore Roosevelt left the Navy to lead the rough riders, and led them to the battle of San Juan Hill where they turned the tides of the Spanish-American war.
Treaty of Paris
July 26, 1898
Ends the Spanish American war, cedes the Philippines, Guam and Puerto Rico to the US.
President Wilson Inaugurated
March 4, 1913
With Wilson as president, changes relating to foreign policy and contributing to the US's expansion are bound to occur. He also ends up being the President throughout WWI.
Panama Canal Opens
August 15, 1914
Canal that became an extremely efficient path for trading, allowing ships to pass straight through central America, heavily profited from by the US.
February 15, 1915
Germany declares the British Isles an unrestricted submarine war zone. This takes a heavy toll on the US's neutral trading.
Sinking of the Lusitania
May 17, 1915
British ship carrying US passengers is sunk by Germany.
April 24, 1916
Germany promises not to sink any more US ships.
"Peace Without Victory" speech
January 2, 1917
President Wilson gives a speech to congress expressing how he wishes that conflict be resolved in such a way that leaves no aftermath of bitterness in the hearts of the defeated.
Failure of Diplomacy
February 3, 1917
Germany decides to forget about the Sussex Pledge and resume the bombing of US ships.
February 24, 1917
Britain intercepts a telegram meant to be delivered to Mexico by Germany. It contained details of a planned Mexican attack on the US in exchange for land.
Wilson's 2nd Inauguration
March 5, 1917
Woodrow Wilson is inaugurated as President for a second time. It was probably because "he kept us out of war" and that's something that most people wanted. His ways of doing things continue on for another 4 years.
Wilson asks for war
April 2, 1917
On this day, President Wilson, the peace loving man asks congress for a declaration of war. Congress comes to an overwhelmingly popular vote of "yes."
US enters WWI
April 6, 1917
The US joins the allied powers under the command of General John J. Pershing.
Selective Service Act
May 18, 1917
All men in the US between 21 and 30 years old must enlist in the army.
June 15, 1917
Act intended to prohibit interference with military operations or recruitment. It was argued that the act violated the first amendment; freedom of speech.
US declares war on
December 7, 1917
The US finally declared war against Austria-Hungary after already being at war with Germany for about 8 months.
Fourteen Points speech
January 8, 1918
President Wilson gives a speech to congress about his "fourteen points" regarding how he wants to handle the treatment of Germany post-war.
Battle of Argonne
September 26, 1918
General John J. Pershing and the AEF fight in this battle, the turning point of the war, alongside the British, driving the Germans out of France.
Treaty of Versailles
June 28, 1919
Peace treaty that ended WWI and laid heavy consequences on Germany. The United States did not sign it, as they did not agree with the terms.