44 Must Know Dates for AP World History

3 min readdecember 14, 2021

Amanda DoAmaral

Amanda DoAmaral


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AP World Dates to Remember!

There will never be a question on the AP World History exam that specifically requires you to remember a date. However, you do need to know the timeline of events to place cause and effect. Plus, you can earn evidence points for knowing dates. The following are the most important dates to remember:
Study Tip: Create your own quizlet deck and study these dates! There are tons of decks already made with these dates (ex. here), but actually creating the deck is an important step in studying.

Period 1 - 1200-1450

Watch: AP World History - 🎥 Unit 1 and Unit 2 Review
1258 CE - Mongols sack Baghdad 1271 - 1295 CE - Marco Polo's Travels 1324 CE - Mansa Musa's pilgrimage 1325 - 1349 CE - Ibn Battuta's Travels 1347 - 1348 CE - Bubonic Plague in Europe 1405 - 1433 CE - Zheng He's voyages

Period 2 - 1450-1750

Watch: AP World History - 🎥 Unit 3 and Unit 4 Review
1453 CE - Ottomans seized Constantinople 1492 CE - Columbus sailed to Americas 1502 CE - First slaves to the Americas 1517 CE - Martin Luther/95 Theses 1521 CE - Cortez conquered the Aztecs 1533 CE - Pizarro conquered the Incas 1618 - 1648 CE - 30 Years War 1689 CE - Glorious Revolution

Period 3 - 1750-1900

Watch: AP World History - 🎥 Unit 5 and Unit 6 Review + 🎮 Trivia 
1750s CE - Industrialization begins in England 1756 - 1763 CE - 7 Years' War 1776 CE - Declaration of Independence 1789 CE - French Revolution begins 1804 CE - Haitian Independence 1839 - 1860s CE - Opium Wars in China 1848 CE - Communist Manifesto (Marx & Engels) 1857 CE - Sepoy Mutiny in India 1885 CE - Berlin Conference (Scramble for Africa)

Period 4 - 1900 to the Present

Watch: AP World History - 🎥 Unit 7, Unit 8, and Unit 9 Review
1905 CE - Russo-Japanese War 1910 - 1920 CE - Mexican Revolution 1911 CE - Chinese Revolution 1914 - 1918 CE - World War I 1917 CE - Russian Revolution 1929 CE - Start of Great Depression 1931 CE - Japanese Invasion of Manchuria 1939 CE - German invasion of Poland 1945 CE - End of WWII 1947 CE - Partition of India & Pakistan 1948 CE - Creation of state of Israel 1949 CE - Mao Zedong comes to power in China 1950 - 1953 CE - Korean War 1954 CE - Vietnam defeats France, Dien Bien Phu 1959 CE - Cuban Revolution 1962 CE - Cuban Missile Crisis 1967 CE - Chinese Cultural Revolution 1979 CE - Iranian Revolution 1989 CE - Fall of Berlin Wall 1991 CE - Fall of USSR/First Gulf War 2001 CE - 9/11 Terror Attacks on US

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🐎Unit 1 – The Global Tapestry, 1200-1450
🐫Unit 2 – Networks of Exchange, 1200-1450
🕌Unit 3 – Land-Based Empires, 1450-1750
🍕Unit 4 – Transoceanic Interactions, 1450-1750
✊🏽Unit 5 – Revolutions, 1750-1900
🚂Unit 6 – Consequences of Industrialization, 1750-1900
💣Unit 7 – Global Conflict, 1900-Present
🥶Unit 8 – Cold War & Decolonization, 1900-Present
✈️Unit 9 – Globalization, 1900-Present
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