In one convenient, user-friendly volume, The Encyclopedia of American Facts and Dates explores more than 1,000 years of American history and popular culture. Covering from the 10th century through the 20th, readers will discover all the details, dates and events from the first Norse explorers in 986 through the end of 1996. Organized in four parallel columns for each year, and chronologically within each column, the book enables readers to see the progression of events in any given field as well as get a picture of all the important events of any year. In addition, the book contains an extensive index that allows readers to find specific entries quickly and easily. With more than 15,000 entries, this unique reference belongs in everyone's home library.