As the Civil War raged, President Abraham Lincoln tried to bring some sort of solace to suffering Americans. In his famous Gettysburg Address, he began, “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” That speech was given on November 19, 1863, and still marks an iconic moment in the nation’s history. Do you think you can identify the other important dates in the history of the United States?
On December 13, 2011, U.S. special forces captured Saddam Hussein, permanently ending the reign of the Iraqi dictator. It was a turning point for both Iraq and for America, which invaded the Middle East nation twice in the 20th century. Do you recall the other big moments of conflict in America’s past?
From the Revolution, through the Civil War and two World Wars, United States troops have fought and died for freedom and democracy for hundreds of years. On some of those especially fateful days, the destiny of America seemed to hang in the balance. What do you remember about those vital turning points?
Whether you’re talking about groundbreaking presidential elections, top-level assassinations or technological breakthroughs of the most amazing kind, America has been a part of some of the world’s biggest moments. Take this U.S. history quiz now. We’ll see if you really know what happened on the most important dates in this nation’s past!
How much do you know about how car engines work? And how much do you know about how the English language works? And what about how guns work? How much do you know? Lucky for you, HowStuffWorks is about more than providing great answers about how the world works. We are also here to bring joy to your day with fun quizzes, compelling photography and fascinating listicles. Some of our content is about how stuff works. Some is about how much you know about how stuff works. And some is just for fun! Because, well, did you know that having fun is an important part of how your brain works? Well, it is! So keep reading!