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1776: 
July 4: Declaration of Independence  (Declaring Independence: Creating and Re-creating America's Document, University of Virginia Library)

1787: 
September 17: United States Constitution

1807: 
January 11: Ezra Cornell born at Westchester Landing in the town and county of Westchester, New York.

1809:
February 12:  Abraham Lincoln born in a log cabin near present day Hodgenville, Kentucky.

1831:
September 24:Mount Auburn Cemetery founded in Cambridge, MA.

1834: 
August 4: Lincoln elected as a Whig to the Illinois House of Representatives.

1848:
July 19-20:  First Women's Rights Convention held in Senec Falls, NY.

1860:
February 27:  Lincoln's Cooper Union Speech 

1861: 
March 3: Ezra Cornell meets Lincoln in Washington.

March 4: Lincoln's First Inaugural Address

April 12: Civil War begins with the firing on Ft. Sumner in Charleston harbor.

1862: 
July 2: Morrill Act, the Land Grant College Act signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln.

1863: 
January 1: Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation.

July 1 - 3: Battle of Gettysburg.

November 19: Lincoln delivers his Gettysburg Address.

1865:
March 4:  Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address

April 14: Lincoln assassinated.

April 27:  The New York Assembly and Senate approve a bill to establish Cornell University as the state's land grant college.

December 6: Thirteenth Amendment to the  US Constitution abolishing slavery ratified.

1868: 
July 9: Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution providing equal protection under the law to all persons ratified.

October 7: Cornell University opens and classes begin. South Hall, the first building on campus, was later renamed Morrill Hall to honor Sen. Justin Morrill of Vermont, author of the Land Grant Act of 1862.

1870:
February 3: Fifteenth Amendment to the US Constitution prohibiting race as a voting qualification ratified.

1874:
December 9: Death of Ezra Cornell.

1888:
Lincoln Hall was dedicated "in honor of President Abraham Lincoln, by whose approval the Act of Congress donating public land for Liberal and Practical Education became a Law." (Text from the memorial stone on the west side of the building.)

1895:
February 11: President Grover Cleveland signed legislation sponsored by Dan Sickles to establish Gettysburg National Military Park.

1922:
May 30: Lincoln Memorial dedicated at ceremonies attended by Lincoln's only surviving son, Robert Todd Lincoln.

1949:
Bancroft copy of the Gettysburg Address donated to Cornell by Nicholas and Marguerite Lilly Noyes.

1963: 
August 28: Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers his "I have a dream speech" from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

1964: 
July 2: Civil Rights Act signed into law.

1968: 
April 4: Robert Kennedy's remarks on the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Delivered 4 April 1968, Indianapolis, IN.)

2008: 
March 18: Remarks of Senator Barack Obama: 'A More Perfect Union'