One of the things that I have looked and looked for is a great webpage with a great timeline. I have found two that I LOVE. Let me begin with this website that is an online timeline: http://www.hyperhistory.com/online_n2/History_n2/a.html
You can click on "Events in History" and read about everything from Vikings to Voltaire to Verdi to Viruses and Pandemics. And current events ARE Events in History!
Clicking on artists, writers, dancers and other interesting people in history and in many cultures will take you to further pages within the website itself OR to other pages on the web with more information. Honestly, this is the website I, the homeschooling history nut would create if I had any time. It's not perfect, but it's good enough for now.
THIS timeline is not for printing out, but for ordering. But if you, like we, are the type to have a timeline down the hallway with lots of writing and pictures and such...this timeline, I like. Plus, they have these really cool packs of stickers to use on the timeline, or on the wall. This set of timelines can go into a three-ring binder OR can streeeetch twenty feel down your hall way...it's GREAT.
I am not going to kid you, my kids are less enthusiastic about history and time in general. But I try. And these cool website have kept them clicking for awhile now...and I'll buy that.
So, there you go.
AND, both of these options are secular.
P.S. On the Pandia Press timeline page, read Kate's "Timeline Story". I'm actually mentioned in the story...I'm the "angel"...though I NEVER mentioned her "butt" to her. LOL