World History Research Guide

World History Chronologies

Anyday Page lists birthdays, deaths, events, holidays, religious history and observances, searchable by any day of the year, or any month of a particular year.

Canada Timeline lists major events in Canadian history for the years 1893 through 1999.
Though the timeline was created for use with Micromedia Proquest subscription products, the timeline is available to non-subscribers.

Chronicle of the 20th Century. New York: DK Publishing, Inc., 1995. [Soc Sci Ref: .C53]. Year-by-year arrangement of newspaper-like articles. Includes world events as well as U.S. events. Heavily illustrated.

Chronicle of the World. New York: DK Publishing, Inc., 1996. [Soc Sci Ref: D 11 .C56]. Year-by-year arrangement of newspaper-like articles. Heavily illustrated.

Chronology of Ireland is an inclusive chronology. Much of site deals exclusively with conquests, wars, powerful individuals and political alignments. The site is intended to be politically neutral, and to give facts rather than interpretations."

Chronology of Russian History is arranged into major periods, and hyperlinked to other resources. Nicely illustrated and designed.

Chronology of Slavery. Compiled from Archive, library and Internet source documentation, this timeline on Slavery and in part the History of Racism, contains narratives, first hand accounts and photographs of slave holding pens located in Washington D.C.

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Chronology of the Expanding World, 1492-1762. New York: McKay, 1969 [Soc Sci Ref: D 11.5 .W48 1969b]. A chronology of the age of exploration.

Chronology of the Modern World, 1763-1965. New York: Penguin Books, 1975. [Soc Sci Ref: D 11 .W64]. Day-by-day chronology.

Chronology of World History. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 1999. [Soc Sci Ref: D 11 .M39]. Four volumes with day-by-day chronologies from Prehistory to 1998. Contains numerous columns including politics, technology, medicine, and arts. Over 100 special feature charts.

Chronology of World History: A Calendar of Principal Events from 3000 BC to AD 1976. London: Rex Collings, 1978. [Soc Sci Ref: D 11 .F75]. A year-by-year chronology in six columns: 1) Western, Northern & Central Europe, 2) Spain, Italy & Eastern Europe, 3) Africa & Egypt, 4) The Near East, 5) The Far East, 6) Religion & Culture.

Chronology of World Slavery. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO, 1999. [Soc Sci Ref: HT 861 .R63]. Chronology from 6800 B.C. to 1991. Includes maps, charts, sidebars, and important documents.

Day by Day: The Forties. New York: Facts on File, 1977. [Soc Sci Ref: D 427 .L4]. Monthly and daily chronology of events in ten columns: 1) World Affairs, 2) Europe, 3) Africa & Middle East, 4) The Americas, 5) Asia & the Pacific, 6) U.S. Politics & Social Issues, 7) U.S. Foreign Policy & Defense, 8) U.S. Economy & Environment, 9) Science, Technology & Nature, 10) Culture, Leisure & Life Style. Detailed Index.

Day by Day: The Fifties. New York: Facts on File, 1979. [Soc Sci Ref: D 840 .P269]. Monthly and daily chronology of events in ten columns: 1) World Affairs, 2) Europe, 3) Africa & Middle East, 4) The Americas, 5) Asia & the Pacific, 6) U.S. Politics & Social Issues, 7) U.S. Foreign Policy & Defense, 8) U.S. Economy & Environment, 9) Science, Technology & Nature, 10) Culture, Leisure & Life Style. Detailed Index.

Day by Day: The Sixties. New York: Facts on File, 1983. [Soc Sci Ref: D 840 .P27]. Monthly and daily chronology of events in ten columns: 1) World Affairs, 2) Europe, 3) Africa & Middle East, 4) The Americas, 5) Asia & the Pacific, 6) U.S. Politics & Social Issues, 7) U.S. Foreign Policy & Defense, 8) U.S. Economy & Environment, 9) Science, Technology & Nature, 10) Culture, Leisure & Life Style. Detailed Index.

Day by Day: The Seventies. New York: Facts on File, 1988. [Soc Sci Ref: D 848 .L4]. Monthly and daily chronology of events in ten columns: 1) World Affairs, 2) Europe, 3) Africa & Middle East, 4) The Americas, 5) Asia & the Pacific, 6) U.S. Politics & Social Issues, 7) U.S. Foreign Policy & Defense, 8) U.S. Economy & Environment, 9) Science, Technology & Nature, 10) Culture, Leisure & Life Style. Detailed Index.

Day by Day: The Eighties. New York: Facts on File, 1988. [Soc Sci Ref: D 848 .M45]. Monthly and daily chronology of events in ten columns: 1) World Affairs, 2) Europe, 3) Africa & Middle East, 4) The Americas, 5) Asia & the Pacific, 6) U.S. Politics & Social Issues, 7) U.S. Foreign Policy & Defense, 8) U.S. Economy & Environment, 9) Science, Technology & Nature, 10) Culture, Leisure & Life Style. Detailed Index.

Dictionary of Dates. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. [Soc Sci Ref: D 11.5 .B37x]. Provides and informative and entertaining listing of important anniversaries for each day of the year.

DMarie Time Capsule enables users to create printable "Time Capsules" for any date in history from 1800 to 2001, although "data for the years 1800 - 1875 is probably spotty." A Quick Page includes headlines, famous birthdays, top songs, TV shows, top books, and top toys for the date given. An Advanced Page allows one to create a customized page with numerous items to choose from in the above categories with space for adding personalized choices. Results will also include Academy Award winners and economic indicators (e.g., the Dow and prices of staple goods). Created by a purveyor of archival scrapbook materials.

Encyclopedia of World Facts and Dates. New York: HaperCollins, 1993. [Soc Sci Ref: D 11.5 .C37]. From prehistory to 1992.

Encyclopedia of World History: Ancient, Medieval, and Modern Chronologically Arranged. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2001. [Soc Sci Ref: D 21 .E578].

Events: A Chronicle of the Twentieth Century. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992. [CB 425 .E85]. Year-by-year chronology with four columns: 1) Politics, 2) Society, 3) Culture, 4) Science.

Historical Tables 58 BC-AD 1985. London: Macmillan, 1986. [Soc Sci Ref: D 11 .S83]. Year-by-year chronology with various columns for various time periods: ecclesiastical history, political history, economic history, and cultural life.

History Channel—This Day in History has extensive lists including birth dates, events, and top songs.

HyperHistory Online has three major timeline indexes covering important People, major Events, and general world History. Names of people, places, and events on the timelines link to brief historical narratives. There is also a fourth section on Maps and an alphabetical Index of 800 people with hundreds of links to related Web sites. Based on the World History Chart.

Instant Almanac of Events, Anniversaries, Observances, Quotations, and Birthdays for Every Day of the Year. West Nyack, NY: Parker, 1972. [Soc Sci Ref: D 11.5 .S66].

Library of Congress—Today in History provides interesting historical information about events that happened today in history. Sometimes includes multimedia presentations.

People’s Chronology: A Year-by-Year Record of Human Events from Prehistory to the Present. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1979. [Soc Sci Ref: D 11 .T83]. Coded with thirty categories, including crime, nutrition, and human rights.

Timelines of History provides timelines of world history, starting with the Big Bang and up to the present. Each entry provides a bibliographical record, with an explanation of abbreviations under References. Browse by spans of years or specific dates, country, states and a few U.S. cities or subject.

Timetables of History. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1979. [Soc Sci Ref: D 11 .G78]. Year-by-year chronology with seven columns: 1) History/Politics, 2) Literature/Theater, 3) Religion/Philosophy/Learning, 4) Visual Arts, 5) Music, 6) Science Technology, 7) Daily Life.

Timetables of History. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1991. [Hum Ref: D 11 .G78]. Updated edition of the above.

20th Century Year By Year: 1900-2000. A page for each year in the 20th century: lists and briefly describes important world and United States events, lists sports champions and sports events, lists and briefly describes scientific discoveries, inventions, and cultural/entertainment events along with lists of Nobel prize winners, entertainment award winners, Pulitzer Prize winner, etc. Also gives basic U.S. population, economic, and social statistics. There is also a chronology of each decade.

WebChron: The Web Chronology Project, a program of the History Department at North Park University, is a series of hyperlinked chronologies developed by the instructors and historical articles prepared by students intended for use in history classes. Chronologies are for regions (such as Africa South of the Sahara) and for themes (such as urbanization or spread of Islam). There are links within the chronologies to brief articles and biographies.

World Almanac Dictionary of Dates. New York: Longman, 1982. [Soc Sci Ref: D 9 .W73]. Alphabetically-organized chronology of major events and phenomena throughout history.