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Army History Timeline

Timeline of events in United States and Army History

 
DATE

 
EVENT
1775-1783 The
Revolutionary War
1775
May 10
The
Battle of Fort Ticonderoga (The
action for which the Army was
awarded it’s first battle streamer)
1775
Jun 14
Te
infantry branch was established in
the U.S. Army.  The U.S. Army
was created by the Second
Continental Congress. Six Companies
of expert riflemen formed in
Pennsylvania, Two in Maryland and
Two in Virginia
1775
Jul 03
George
Washington became the first
Commander in Chief of the
Continental Army
1776
Jul 04
The
Declaration of Independence was
esablished
1778 During
the winter the Army received it’s
first real training by a former
Prussian Officer named Baron
Friedrich Von Steuben at Valley
Forge
1787 The
Constitution of the United States
was written (Ratified in 1789)
1812-1815 The
war of 1812
1861-1865 The
Civil War
1862
Jul 12
The
Medal of Honor was established by a
Congressional Act
1898 The
United States emerged as a world
power with the outbreak of the
Spanish American War
1903
Aug 16
The
first Chief of Staff of the Army
took office
1908 LT.
Edmund L. Gruber composed the
"Caisson Song" which was
later to be known as "the Army
goes rolling along".  It
was dedicated on Veterans day of
1956 by the Secretary of the Army.
1926 Congress
changed the name of the Air Service
to the Army Air Corp
1931
Mar 03
"The
Star Spangled Banner"
officially became the National
Anthem by law (title 36, U.S. Code
170)
1941
Dec 07
The
Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor
1944
Jun 06
D-Day,
France was liberated when the U.S.
and it’s Allies stormed Normandy
Beach (the password used was
"Mickey Mouse") The
official name of the operation was
"Operation Overlord"
1945
May 12
VE-Day,
Germany surrendered
1945
Aug 06
The
1st atomic bomb was dropped on
Hiroshima, Japan (dropped by a plane
named the Enola Gay)
1945
Aug 09
the
2nd atomic bomb was dropped on
Nagasaki, Japan
1947 The
Department of the Army was
established by the National Security
Act of 1947.  It was previously
known as  The War Department.
1947
Sep
The
Air Force separated from the Army
1949
Aug 10
Department
of Defense was created
1950
May
The
Uniform Code of Military Justice was
enacted
1955
Aug 17
President
Eisenhower signed the Code of
Conduct
1956
Jun 14
The
Army flag was dedicated.  Also
the 181st Anniversary of the U.S.
Army
1956
Nov 11
The
army song "The Army Goes
Rolling Along" was dedicated by
the Secretary of the Army.  It
was not officially announced until
Dec 12, 1957.  Originally known
as the "Caisson Song", it
was composed by LT. Edmund L. Gruber
in 1908
1957
Dec 12
The
army officially announced that
"The Army goes rolling
along" was the Official U.S.
Army song.  The song originally
written by LT. Edmund L. Gruber in
1908 was originally known as the
"Caisson Song" and was
dedicated in 1956 by the Secretary
of the Army.
1959 The
draft was extended until this year
due to the outbreak of the Korean
war
1966
Jul 04
The
position of Sergeant Major of the
Army was established
1968 The
Tet Offensive, the full scale
assault on all major South
Vietnamese cities by the enemy
1968 The
American spy ship "USS
Pueblo" was captured by the
North Korean Forces
1973 The
majority of American troops pulled
out of Vietnam
1983
Oct 25
The
Grenada Operation commenced
1989 Operation
Just Cause – In December 1989, U.S.
Army forces supported by the U.S.
Air Force and U.S. Navy,
participated in Operation Just Cause
– the invasion of Panama. Ground
forces, consisting of combat
elements of the XVIII Airborne
Corps, the 82nd Airborne Division,
the 7th Infantry Division, the 75th
Ranger Regiment, a Joint Special
Operations Task Force and U.S.
Marines, executed a night assault
into Panama
1991
Jan
Marlin
Fitzwater announces, "The
liberation of Kuwait has
begun…" The air war started
Jan 17 at 2:38 a.m. (local time) or
January 16 at 6:38PM EST due to an 8
hour time difference, with an Apache
helicopter attack.  US
warplanes attack Baghdad, Kuwait and
other military targets in Iraq.
1992
Feb 1
US
and Russia sign a treaty officially
ending the Cold War
2001
Sept 11
Attacks
Begin on United States Targets. 
Also known as 9-11

2001
Sept 14


Operation Noble Eagle Begins
2001
Oct 07
Operation
Enduring Freedom Begins

2002 Jan
06

Joint
Task Force Guantanamo Begins

2003 Mar
19


Operation Iraqi Freedom Begins