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Some Headline Events in the History of Civilization III 

 1215 A.D.     King John of England signs Magna Carta. 
 1295 A.D.     Marco Polo returns to Italy from China. 
 1341 A.D.     Petrarch crowned poet laureate in Rome. 
 1401 A.D.     Ghiberti wins arts competition in Florence. 
 1454 A.D.     Gutenberg prints copies of Bible. 
 1469 A.D.     Lorenzo de' Medici rules Florence. 
 1492 A.D.     Columbus discovers America. 
 1498 A.D.     Vasco da Gama sails around Africa to India. 
 1503 A.D.     Leonardo da Vinci paints Mona Lisa. 
 1506 A.D.     Bramante appointed architect of St. Peters. 
 1511 A.D.     Portuguese establish base at Malacca. 
 1513 A.D.     Machiavelli begins writing The Prince. 
 1521 A.D.     Cortes conquers Aztec empire. 
 1522 A.D.     Magellan's crew circumnavigates the earth. 
 1530 A.D.     Pizarro invades Peru. 
 1543 A.D.     Copernicus publishes book about solar system. 
 1557 A.D.     Spanish crown is bankrupt. 
 1567 A.D.     Dutch revolt against Spain begins. 
 1583 A.D.     Sir Walter Raleigh's expedition to Virginia.  
 1588 A.D.     English defeat Spanish Armada. 
 1600 A.D.     Elizabeth I charters East India Company. 
 1605 A.D.     Shakespeare writes Macbeth and King Lear. 
 1606 A.D.     Virginia Company is founded. 
 1609 A.D.     Bank of Amsterdam is established. 
 1620 A.D.     English Pilgrims found New England colony. 
 1649 A.D.     Charles I of England is beheaded. 
 1681 A.D.     William Penn receives charter for colony. 
 1687 A.D.     Newton publishes Principia Mathematica. 
 1694 A.D.     Bank of England is established. 
 1709 A.D.     Czar Peter I defeats Swedes at Poltava. 
 1720 A.D.     John Law's Mississippi scheme collapses. 
 1757 A.D.     Clive wins battle of Plassey in India. 
 1759 A.D.     Wolfe defeats Montcalm at battle of Quebec. 
 1769 A.D.     Watt patents invention of steam engine. 
 1776 A.D.     Americans issue Declaration of Independence. 
 1789 A.D.     French Estates-General is convened. 
 1803 A.D.     Jefferson purchases Louisiana from Napoleon. 
 1815 A.D.     Napoleon defeated at battle of Waterloo. 
 1819 A.D.     British Parliament passes First Factory Act. 
 1825 A.D.     Parliament legalizes trade unions. 
 1842 A.D.     Chinese Opium Wars end. 
 1848 A.D.     Gold is discovered in California. 
 1854 A.D.     Admiral Perry reopens Japan. 
 1863 A.D.     Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation. 
 1869 A.D.     Last spike driven in transcontinental railroad. 
 1886 A.D.     American workers conduct "May Day" strike. 
 1888 A.D.     Cecil Rhodes gains diamond-mining monopoly. 
 1901 A.D.     Carnegie sells steel company to J.P. Morgan. 
 1914 A.D.     Henry Ford offers $5-a-day minimum wage. 
 1917 A.D.     Bolsheviks seize power in Russia. 
 1929 A.D.     Stock market crashes in New York. 
 1947 A.D.     British grant independence to India and Pakistan. 

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