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1954-1975 Timeline APUSH by HIstory Rules

  • Start of the Vietnam War

    Start of the Vietnam War

    Vietnamese forces occupied the French comand post at Dien Bien Phu and the French commander ordered his troops to cease fire. The battle lasted 55 days. 3000 French troops were killed, 8,000 wounded. The Viet Minh suffered much worse, with 8,000 dead and 12,000 wounded, but the Vietnamese victory shattered France's resolve to carry on the war.
  • Brown vs. Board of Education

    Brown vs. Board of Education
    ny timesBrown vs. BoardThe Supreme Court struck down the "separate but equal" doctrine of Plessy for public education, ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, and required the desegregation of schools across America.
  • Montgomery Bus Boycott

    Montgomery Bus Boycott
    schoolworkhelperhref='' >infoplease</a>NAACP member Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat at the front of the "colored section" of a bus to a white passenger, defying a southern custom of the time. In response to her arrest the Montgomery black community launches a bus boycott, which will last for more than a year, until the buses are desegregated Dec. 21, 1956.
  • Interstate Highway and Defense Act of 1956

    Interstate Highway and Defense Act of 1956
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    This act was the largest legally funded construction project in US history. It built a network of controlled access highways. This led to: "white flight"; "urban blight"; de facto segregation; motels, fast food, campers; and expansion of dictionaries. "smog"
  • Eisenhower Gets Reelected

    Eisenhower Gets Reelected
    kshsinfoplease Eisenhower's opponent was Democrat Adlai Stevenson, who Eisenhower had defeated four years earlier.
  • Little Rock Central HIgh School Integration

    Little Rock Central HIgh School Integration
    On September 25, 1957 the students, now known as the Little Rock Nine, entered Central High School, an academically renowned school with an enrollment of approximately two thousand white students. Despite suffering constant torment and discrimination from their classmates, eight of the nine students completed the school year at Central High School.
  • National Defense Education Act

     National Defense Education Act
    Eisenhower was embarrassed when the Soviets launched Sputnik (the first fabricated object to orbit earth, it inspired awe in scientists and fear in America) so Eisenhower increased math and science funding and established NASA.
  • John F Kennedy Takes Office

    John F Kennedy Takes Office
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    Kennedy was a Democrat who named his domestic program the "New Frontier". He ended a period of tight fiscal policies, loosening the financial policy to keep interest rates down and encourage growth of the economy.
  • Bay of Pigs

    Bay of Pigs
    The Bay of Pigs Invasion was an unsuccessful attempt by United States-backed Cuban exiles to overthrow the government of the Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. Increasing friction between the U.S. government and Castro's leftist regime led President Dwight D. Eisenhower to break off diplomatic relations with Cuba
  • Cuban MIssile Crisis Starts

    Cuban MIssile Crisis Starts
    mcclQuizletThis was the closest approach to nuclear war at any time between the US and the USSR. The US discovered soviet nuclear missiles on Cuba, president John F. Kennedy demanded their removal and announced a naval blockade of the island; the soviet leader khrushchev acceded to the u.s. demands a week later.
  • King Writes Letter From Birmingham Jail

    King Writes Letter From Birmingham Jail
    thinkinfinityinfopleaseMartin Luther King is arrested and jailed during anti-segregation protests in Birmingham, Ala.; he writes his seminal "Letter from Birmingham Jail," arguing that individuals have the moral duty to disobey unjust laws.
  • March on Washington

    March on Washington
    infopleaseAttended by some 250,000 people, it was the largest demonstration ever seen in the nation's capital, and one of the first to have extensive television coverage.The stated demands of the march were the passage of meaningful civil rights legislation, the elimination of racial segregation in public schools and much more.
  • Birmingham Church Bombing

    Birmingham Church Bombing
    A bomb exploded before Sunday morning services at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. It was a predominantly black congregation that served as a meeting place for civil rights leaders. Four young girls were killed and many other people injured.
  • Johnson Takes Office

    Johnson Takes Office
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    Johnson took office after Kenenedy was assasinated. Johnson increasingly focused on the American military effort in Vietnam.
  • President Johnson Signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964

    President Johnson Signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964
    archivesinfopleaseThe most sweeping civil rights legislation since Reconstruction, the Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination of all kinds based on race, color, religion, or national origin. The law also provides the federal government with the powers to enforce desegregation.
  • Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

    Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
    findingulcineaabout.comThis gave President Johnson essentially a free hand to deploy American military forces to Vietnam without Congress' authorization (although it was Congress who passed this resoultion). It was basically an unofficial declaration of war against North Vietnam and the Vietcong
  • Malcom X is Assasinated

    Malcom X is Assasinated
    clarion ledgerinfo pleaseBlack nationalist and founder of the Organization of Afro-American Unity, is shot to death. It is believed the assailants are members of the Black Muslim faith, which Malcolm had recently abandoned in favor of orthodox Islam.
  • Selma March

    Selma March
    amistadresourceinfopleaseBlacks begin a march to Montgomery in support of voting rights but are stopped at the Pettus Bridge by a police blockade. Fifty marchers are hospitalized after police use tear gas, whips, and clubs against them. The incident is called "Bloody Sunday" by the media. The march is considered the catalyst for pushing through the voting rights act five months later.
  • Johnson Signs Voting Rights Act of 1965

    Johnson Signs Voting Rights Act of 1965
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    Congress passes the Voting Rights Act of 1965, making it easier for Southern blacks to register to vote. Literacy tests, poll taxes, and other such requirements that were used to restrict black voting were made illegal.
  • Executive Order 11246

    Executive Order 11246
    Today in African AmericaSaying that civil rights laws alone are not enough to remedy discrimination, President Johnson issues Executive Order 11246, which enforces affirmative action for the first time. It requires that government employers "take affirmative action" toward prospective minority employees in all aspects of hiring and employment.
  • Tet Offensive

    Tet Offensive
    authorsexpresspbsDuring the Buddhist holiday of Tet, it was assumed that there would be little to no military action taken until the VC, along with elements of the NVA, attacked virtually every city in South Vietnam along with several major American military installations. Though a tactical failure, the reaction by the US media was so depressing and gloomy, that nationwide morale and desire to continue the war sank considerably.
  • Martin Luther King is Assasinated

    Martin Luther King is Assasinated
    feedio.netAbout.comCivil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was hit by a sniper's bullet. He had been standing on the balcony in front of his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, when he was shot.
  • President Johnson signs Civil Rights Act of 1968

    President Johnson signs Civil Rights Act of 1968
    wikimediainfopleasePresident Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1968, prohibiting discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of housing.
  • Nixon Takes Office

    Nixon Takes Office
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    Nixon was a republican. Nixon approved the development of NASA's Space Shuttle program. He also traveled to China to try and encourage peace and more contact between the two nations
  • Nixon Establishes Consumer Product Safety Commision

    Nixon Establishes Consumer Product Safety Commision
    reall newshe CPSC was given authority to identify unsafe products, establish standards for labeling and product safety, recall defective products, and ban products.
  • Burglars arrested at Watergate

    Burglars arrested at Watergate
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    Several burglars were arrested inside the office of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), located in the Watergate building in Washington, D.C. They were connected to President Richard Nixon’s reelection campaign, and they had been caught while attempting to wiretap phones and steal secret documents.
  • End of the Vietnam War for the US

    End of the Vietnam War for the US
    utexasU.S. Department of StateThe Americans and North Vietnamese ironed out the last details of a peace settlement. All parties to the conflict, including South Vietnam, signed the final agreement in Paris. Only America honored the cease-fire. within 24 hours of the cease-fire coming into effect. The return of the almost 600 American prisoners began, as did the redeployment home of the remaining American and South Korean troops in South Vietnam.
  • Ford Takes Office

    Ford Takes Office
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    Ford was a Republican President. HIs nickname was Jerry. He served one term becuase he lost reelection.
  • Ford Issues Proclamation 4311

    Ford Issues Proclamation 4311
    researchnewsThe American Presidency Project This gave Nixon a full and unconditional pardon for any crimes he may have committed against the United States while President.
  • Nixon Introduces Amnesty Program

    Nixon Introduces Amnesty Program
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    Nixon introduced a conditional amnesty program for Vietnam War draft dodgers who had fled to countries such as Canada. He offered conditional amnesty to thousands of Vietnam era draft evaders and military deserters who agree to work for up to two years in public service jobs.
  • NFL Captures Saigon

    NFL Captures Saigon
    fallofsaigoncomBattlefield:VietnamGen. Van Tien Dung commanded the North Vietnamese forces that captured Saigon in the final act of the Vietnam War.