• U-2 plane shot down

    U-2 plane shot down
    U-2 plane got shot down over the USSR
  • sit in

    sit in
    The sit-ins spread to 15 cities in 5 southern states
  • civil rights act

    civil rights act
    President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs the Civil Rights Act of 1960.
  • president kennedy

    president kennedy
    John F. Kennedy narrowly wins the Presidential election over Vice-President Richard Nixon, Kennedy is the first Catholic to ascend to the Presidency. Lyndon Baines Johnson is elected Vice-President
  • kennedy-nixon debates

    kennedy-nixon debates
    70 million U.S. viewers tuned in to watch Senator John Kennedy of Massachusetts and Vice President Richard Nixon in the first-ever televised presidential debate
  • ivade cuba

    ivade cuba
    the Unites States invades Cuba at the Bay of Pigs and the mission is a failure
  • first american in space

    first american in space
    alan shepherd jr. first american in space
  • construction of the berlin wall

    construction of the berlin wall
    East German border guards begin construction of Berlin Wall. The Berlin Wall physically seperated Communist East Gernmany and Democratic West Germany
  • nuclear testing

    nuclear testing
    the United States starts underground nuclear testing.
  • cuban missile crisis

    cuban missile crisis
    Cuban Missile Crisis: Soviets establish missile bases in Cuba, Kennedy orders a naval blockade to divert any missiles from arriving in Cuba.
  • mlk and ralph abernathy arrested

    mlk and ralph abernathy arrested
    Martin Luther King and Ralph Abernathy are arrested and go to jail in Birmingham during the protests, King then writes his Letter from a Birmingham Jail.
  • civil rights bill

    civil rights bill
    President Kennedy proposes the Civil Rights Bill.
  • assassination

    In Jackson,Mississippi, the state's NAACP field secretary, 37-year-old Medgar Evers is assassinated outside his home. Byron De La Beckwith is tried twice in 1964, both trials resulted in hung juries. Only thirty years later is he convicted for murdering Evers
  • hotline connection

    hotline connection
    USA and USSR established a hotline connection
  • nuclear testing ban treaty

    nuclear testing ban treaty
    USA and USSR sign nuclear testing ban treaty
  • march to washington

    march to washington
    250,000 march on washington
  • president johnson

    president johnson
    johnson takes over presidency
  • kennedy assassinated

    kennedy assassinated
    President Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, Texas by Lee Harvey Oswald. Lyndon B. Johnson is sworn in as President on Air Force One with First Lady Jackie Kennedy present.
  • president johnson and civil rights act

    president johnson and civil rights act
    President Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964, making segregation in public facilities and discrimination in employment illegal
  • nobel peace prize

    nobel peace prize
    Announced that Martin Luther King Jr. has won the the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • malcom x assassination

    malcom x assassination
    Malcom X is assassinated in New York City. Malcolm X was a black nationalist and founder of the Organization of Afro-American Unity. It is believed the assailants are members of the Black Muslim faith, which Malcolm had recently abandoned
  • voting rights act

    voting rights act
    Congress passes the Voting Rights Act of 1965, making it easier for Southern blacks to register to vote. Literacy tests and other such requirements that tended to restrict black voting become illegal.
  • martin luther king jr. assassinated

    martin luther king jr. assassinated
    martin luther king jr. was assassinated.
  • nixon for president

    nixon for president
    nixon is elected for president