May 28, 1754: Virginia militiamen under Lt. Col. George Washington clash with French troops at Jumonville Glen.
July 3, 1754: French troops and Indians attack Washington's force at Fort Necessity. He surrenders and is allowed to retreat the next day.
Oct. 16, 1755: Delawares kill or capture two dozen people at Penns Creek, near Selinsgrove, in first attack on a white settlement in Pennsylvania.
Nov. 24, 1755: Indian warriors under a Munsee, Captain Jachebus, attack Gnadenhuetten, killing or capturing a dozen Moravians.
Nov. 25, 1755: Pennsylvania's first militia law, proposed by Benjamin Franklin, goes into effect. Two days later, another law creates a defense fund.
Dec. 10, 1755: Eastern Delawares make their first raids, hitting homesteads in present-day Carbon, Monroe and Northampton counties.
Dec. 19, 1755: Franklin and two other commissioners in charge of defense fund arrive in Bethlehem to assess danger.
Dec. 20, 1755: Franklin and his party come to Easton to help town defend itself in case of Indian raids. They leave after 10 days.
Jan. 1, 1756: Indians rout militia company at Gnadenhuetten. Eastern Delaware leader Teedyuscung starts two days of raids in southern Smithfield Township, killing seven settlers and capturing five. Franklin arrives in Reading to meet with Gov. Robert Hunter Morris.
Jan. 7, 1756: Franklin is back in Bethlehem under Morris' orders to raise troops and set up Northampton County's defenses.
Jan. 15, 1756: Franklin and troops march to Gnadenhuetten to build Fort Allen in today's Weissport.
April 14, 1756: Gov. Morris declares war on Delawares.
April 15, 1756: Assembly passes law putting provincial troops under military discipline.
July 24-31, 1756: Gov. Morris and Teedyuscung get acquainted in Easton as peace talks begin.
July 30, 1756: Frenchmen and Indians attack and burn a key fort, Granville, on Juniata River near today's Lewistown.
Sept. 8, 1756: Lt. Col. John Armstrong leads 300 men in raid on Kittanning, western Delawares' main base. They kill about 50 Indians.
Nov. 8-17, 1756: Peace talks resume in Easton, with Teedyuscung charging that Walking Purchase of 1737 cheated Delawares out of their land.
March 29, 1757: Pennsylvania Assembly makes military service compulsory.
July 25 to Aug. 7, 1757: At Easton conference, Pennsylvania and Teedyuscung's eastern Delawares make peace.
Aug. 27, 1758: French surrender Fort Frontenac on Lake Ontario, crippling their ability to supply troops in Ohio country.
Oct. 7-26, 1758: Meeting in Easton, Pennsylvania officials and western Delawares make peace.
Nov. 23, 1758: As British and colonial troops under Brig. Gen. John Forbes approach, French blow up Fort Duquesne and retreat up Allegheny River.
June-July 1759: British take Fort Ticonderoga, Fort Niagara and Crown Point in upstate New York.
Sept. 13, 1759: British under Maj. Gen. James Wolfe defeat French led by Maj. Gen. Louis-Joseph de Montcalm at Quebec.
Sept. 8, 1760: France's other stronghold on St. Lawrence River, Montreal, falls to British.
June 8 to Aug. 13, 1762: British capture Havana, Cuba, bringing Spain into the war.
Feb. 10, 1763: With France defeated, Treaty of Paris ends Seven Years' War and secures North America for Britain.