1954-1975 Timeline Activity

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    Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidency

    Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower lived from October 14, 1890 to March 28, 1969, and was the 34th President of the United States. He had previously been a five-star general in the United States Army during World War II. In addition, he became the first supreme commander of NATO in 1951.
  • Fall of Dien Bien Phu

    Fall of Dien Bien Phu
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    Dien Bien Phu fell to the Viet Minh. This marked the end of French involvement in Southeast Asia.
  • Brown vs Board of Education

    Brown vs Board of Education
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    In the case of Brown vs the Board of Education of Topeka, the case of separate but equal schools was argued. Due to the separation being due to race, it was argued to be unconstitutional. Thus, separate but equal schooling was banned.
  • Murder of Emmett Till

    Murder of Emmett Till
    Emmett Till was a regular 14 year old black boy in Mississippi. He allegedly whistled at a white woman working behind the cash register of a supermarket, and was kidnapped and killed. He was brutually murdered, and the photo of his mangled body was released in JET magazine. This spread awareness of the cruelty and inhumanity of the racism in the States.
  • Montgomery Bus Boycott

    Montgomery Bus Boycott
    When Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man on the bus, she was arrested. This ignited the Montgomery Bus Boycott led by Martine Luther King Jr., in which black citizens refused to take the bus to work for over a year. This led to the integration of buses in 1956.
  • New Deal and Fair Deal Programs

    New Deal and Fair Deal Programs
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    Dwight Eisenhower continued the New Deal and Fair Deal programs, which were originally created by FDR.
  • Creation of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference

    Creation of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference
    The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, created by Martin Luther King Jr., was formed after the Montgomery Buy Boycott. This boycott was the catalyst for the formation of the SCLC. This Conference was responsible for holding many civil rights events including the march on Washington and the St. Augustine protests.
  • Little Rock Nine

    Little Rock Nine
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    The Little Rock Nine was a group of nince black students that went to Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. On their first day of school, they had to pass through a mob of white protesters. Eventually they were let into the school.
  • Russian Sputnik

    Russian Sputnik
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    The Soviet Russian Sputnik was the first piece of machinery flown into space. It revolutionalized space travel and forced America to reevaluate and pour money into science programs.
  • Lunch Counter Sit-ins

    Lunch Counter Sit-ins
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    In this part of the Civil Rights movement, four black students bought school supplies from one side of a store and went to the other side to be served food. They were not served, and sat there until kicked out when the store was closed. It was nothing at first, but the crowd grew and grew.
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    John F. Kennedy Presidency

    John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy lived from May 29, 1917 to November 22, 1963. Often referred to by his initials JFK, he was the 35th President of the United States, serving from 1961 until his death in 1963.
  • Peace Corps

    Peace Corps
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    The Peace Corps was a program created by JFK in which Americans would share their skills with underdeveloped countries. This helped spark a wave of youth movement and youth volunteering in America, and it influenced involvement in helping of other countries.
  • Freedom Riders

    Freedom Riders
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    Freedom riders were civil rights activists who rode interstate buses into the segregated south of the United States. These Southern states did not abide by the laws of integrated buses and reacted with force, burning the buses.
  • Cuban Missile Crisis

    Cuban Missile Crisis
    Picture SourceSourceThe Cuban Missile Crisis was an intense 13 day standoff in which the Russians had Missiles aimed at America in Cuba and America had a naval blockade around the missiles. At the end of the standoff, the U.S. and Russians agreed on terms of taking the missiles out of Cuba and the U.S. agreed to take their missiles out of Turkey.
  • Great Society

    Great Society
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    The Great Society was one that overcame racial segregation among other domestic and foreign issues. This included the two major civil rights acts being passed, the Economic Opportunity Act, and two education acts.
  • Assassination of Medgar Evers

    Assassination of Medgar Evers
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    Medgar Evers, a civil rights activist in Mississippi and a field secretary for the NAACP was assassinated outside of his home. This act of aggression from white supremacists made the Civil Rights movement even more public and outrageous. His death inspired movement.
  • March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

    March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom
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    This march, consisting of 200-300 thousand people, was one of the largest movements for human rights in history. This was also when Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous "I have a dream" speech.
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    Lyndon B. Johnson Presidency

    Lyndon B. Johnson, often reffered to as LBJ, lived from August 27, 1908 to January 22, 1973. After JFK's assassination, LBJ succeeded the position of 36th president of the United States after being the 37th vice president. A democrat, LBJ was responsible for the Great Society movement.
  • Civil Rights Act of 1964

    Civil Rights Act of 1964
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    The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was a major piece of legislation in the history of the U.S.The Act outlawed major forms of discrimination against racial, ethnic, national and religious minorities, and women. It was the resolution to political segregation and civil rights.
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  • Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

    Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
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    The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution gave broad congressional approval for expansion of the Vietnam War. The only obstacle that government faced in waging expanded war in Vietnam was public approval, but the Tonkin resolution fixed helped them get over it.
  • Medicare and Medicaid

    Medicare and Medicaid
    The Medicare and Medicaid programs helped progress the urbanization of society and spread of healthcare. LBJ signed this off as a part of his new reforms and continuation of JFK's ideas.
  • Tet Offensive

    Tet Offensive
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    On the Vietnamese holiday of Tet, the Tet offensive began. North Vietnamese soldiers and Viet Cong attacked towns and cities in South Vietnam. This led to president LBJ ending escalation of U.S. involvement in Vietnam.
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    Richard Nixon Presidency

    Richard Nixon lived from January 9, 1913 to April 22, 1994 and was the 37th president of the United States. He was known for his extreme prowess in foreign affairs, as he was able to pull the U.S. out of Vietnam in 1973 with limited damage. Nixon resigned in 1974 after the Watergate scandal, and a rebuilding period would come soon after.
  • Dentente

    Picture SourceSourceIn a series of visits from Richard Nixon, the tensions between Russia and the U.S. eased up, allowing for more communications and less nuclear hostility.
  • Watergate Scandal

    Watergate Scandal
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    In the Watergate scandal, Nixon's supporters in government went and broke into the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C. This scandal escalated to a point in which Nixon was pressured to resign and did so in 1974.
  • U.S. Withdrawal from Vietnam

    U.S. Withdrawal from Vietnam
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    The U.S. and Vietnam reached an agreement of peace. This agreement provided for the end of hostilities, the withdrawal of U.S. and allied troops, the return of prisoners of war, and the formation of a four-nation international control commission.
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    Gerald R. Ford

    Gerald R. Ford lived from July 14, 1913 to December 26, 2006, and was the 38th president of the U.S. He was appointed to Vice President after Agnew resigned, and then he was the successor of the presidency after Nixon resigned.
  • Pardon of Nixon

    Pardon of Nixon
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    On this date, Gerald Ford pardoned Richard Nixon and his affiliation with the Watergate scandal. He claimed that a longer trial would only polarize the public even more.
  • Fall of Saigon

    Fall of Saigon
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    This event marked the end of the Vietnam War and the start of a transition period leading to the formal reunification of Vietnam into a communist state.