Find a timeline of the major events in history at Fincher.org, a website that contains geologic and world timelines spanning billions of years. About.com has a timeline available for major events in ancient history, while History Central has a world history timeline divided into four major periods.
The Fincher.org timeline begins with the major geologic periods of which the formation of the Earth during the Hadean Eon 4.6 to 3.9 billion years ago is the first major event. The beginning of life in the form of single-celled organisms occurred between 3.9 and 2.5 billion years ago. Visible life began 540 million years ago with primitive plants, fish, winged insects, reptiles and finally dinosaurs and mammals. Human activity began 11,000 years ago.
The first major event in human history is the creation of the wheel in Mesopotamia or Iraq in 3500 B.C. The Bronze Age and rise of Greece civilization occurs in 2000 B.C. The alphabetic script is created by the Phoenicians in 1100 B.C. Roman civilization starts in 753 B.C. Alexander the Great rises in 333 B.C., and Jesus is born in the meridian of time.
In 30 A.D., Jesus is crucified and Christianity rises in 313 A.D. The Crusades begin in 1009 and ends with the Fourth Crusade in 1204 while England rises in 1066. Europeans arrive in America in 1492, and the American colonies declare their independence in 1776 followed by the American Civil War in 1861 and the outlawing of slavery. World War I and II occur in 1917 and 1939, and the first atomic bomb is built in 1945.