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1954-1975 Timeline APUSH by tdub21

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  • Brown v. Board of Education

    Brown v. Board of Education
    In the Brown v. Board of Education, the US Supreme Court ruled that segregated schools for blacks and whites was unconstitutional. Schools would now have to be integrated. Brown Picture
  • Rosa Parks

    Rosa Parks
    Rosa Parks refused to give her seat up to a white man on December 1, 1955 and was arrested. She stood up for what she believed in because she was tired of waiting for equal rights. Rosa Parks Picture
  • Montgomery Bus Boycott

    Montgomery Bus Boycott
    The Montgomery Bus Boycott began four days after Rosa Parks' arrest and lasted for 381 days. African Americans boycotted public buses, trying to end segregation. It is known as the first large demonstration against segregation. It ended when the Supreme Court demanded that buses be integrated in Montgomery. Montgomery Bus Boycott <a href='http://www.history.com/images/media/slideshow/martin-luther-king-jr/mlk-montgomery-bus-bo
  • Interstate Highway System

    Interstate Highway System
    Eisenhower signed the Federal-Aid Highway Act which created 41,000 miles of roads. It was also built in case of a nuclear attack. Interstate Highway System Picture
  • Eisenhower Wins Re-Election

    Eisenhower Wins Re-Election
    Eisenhower won re-election in 1956 greatly because of his efforts in Korea.Eisenhower Picture
  • Central High School

    Central High School
    Eisenhower sent in federal troops into Little Rock to escort the "Little Rock Nine" attend school after the Arkansas governor called the national guard to protect black students from entering. Central High School Picture
  • 1st Presidential Debate on TV

    1st Presidential Debate on TV
    For the first time, a presidential debate was aired on TV. Many Americans watched the debate between JFK and Richard Nixon. Picture
  • Kennedy is Elected

    Kennedy is Elected
    John F. Kennedy is elected in 1960 becoming the first Catholic president. He is also the youngest president at this time at 43 years old.The televised debates strongly influenced his election. JFK Picture
  • Peace Corps

    Peace Corps
    Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961. It was designed to assist underdeveloped nations in any way they could. Peace Corps Picture
  • Bay of Pigs Invasion

    Bay of Pigs Invasion
    The Bay of Pigs Invasion was an unsuccessful invasion launched by Kennedy. It involved Cubans who fled to the US once Castro took over. They were outnumbered and the US failoed to provide the backup they had promised. Bay of Pigs Picture
  • Cuban Missile Crisis

    Cuban Missile Crisis
    Aerial photos taken by American spy planes revealed that the Soviets were secretly installing missiles in Cuba. Kennedy then issued a naval blockade of Cuba. Shortly after, Soviet leader, Nikita Khrushchev, agreed to remove the missiles as long as the US wouldn't attack Cuba. Cuban Missile Crisis Picture
  • Birmingham Campaign

    Birmingham Campaign
    The SCLC launched the Birmingham Campign in 1963 in an effort to change the segregation in the city. Martin Luther King Jr. was a leading figure. Birmingham Campiagn Picture
  • March on Washington

    March on Washington
    Martin Luther King Jr. led a peaceful March on Washington in 1963. It was here that he delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech on equality. March on Washington Picture
  • JFK Assassination

    JFK Assassination
    JFK is assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas while traveling in an open convertible. He was pronounced dead 30 minutes later. JFK Assassination Picture
  • Civil Rights Act

    Civil Rights Act
    Lyndon B Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, ending segregation in all public places and banned employment discrimination. Civil Rights Act Picture<a
  • Gulf of Tonkin Incident

    Gulf of Tonkin Incident
    The Gulf of Tonkin Incident occured when North Vietnamese torpedo boats attacked the USS Maddox. It gave the US a reason to declare war on Vietnam. Gulf of Tonkin Incident Picture
  • LBJ is Re-Elected

    LBJ is Re-Elected
    LBJ is re-elected, winning over Barry Goldwater. He also won 44 states.LBJ Picture
  • Malcom X is Killed

    Malcom X is Killed
    Malcom X was killed on February 21, 1965 by Black Muslims while speaking in New York. He preached violence for equality, unlike MLK. Malcom X Picture
  • Battle of la Drang

    Battle of la Drang
    US and North Vietnamese forces fought in the la Drang Valley in 1965. It was the first significant battle of the war and lasted three days. North Vietnamese learned that by keeping their forces close to US forces, the US could not use airstrikes. Battle of la Drang Picture
  • Tet Offensive

    Tet Offensive
    North Vietnamese forces launched the Tet Offensive in January of 1968 on the South Vietnamese. It marked the slow withdrawal of American troops. Tet Offensive Picture
  • MLK is Assassinated

    MLK is Assassinated
    MLK is shot and killed in Memphis, Tennessee. He had a huge impact on the civil rights era. MLK Picture
  • Nixon Becomes President

    Nixon Becomes President
    Richard Nixon was elected president in 1968 in one of the closest elections in history. He promised to bring peace in Vietnam. Nixon Picture
  • US Lands on the Moon

    US Lands on the Moon
    Buzz Aldrin and Lance Armstrong land on the moon, 8 years after JFK announced he wanted to reach the moon. Armstrong was the first to walk on it. The Moon Picture
  • Nixon Introduces Vietnamization

    Nixon Introduces Vietnamization
    Nixon introduces the policy of Vietnamization in order to pull US troops out of Vietnam slowly. It called for more South Vietnamese soldiers to step in. Vietnamization Picture
  • Shooting at Kent State

    Shooting at Kent State
    Ohio National Guard opens fire on the Kent State student body after days of protest. Kent State Picture
  • Detente

    Nixon tries to improve relations by visiting China in 1971 and later visited Moscow in 1972. He wanted to use them to pressure North Vietnaam intto peace. Detente Picture
  • Watergate

    5 men were arrested at the Watergate apartment-office complex in Washington. They were attempting to bug the Democratic Convention. The men were sent by Nixon. Watergate Picture
  • Nixon Resigns

    Nixon Resigns
    Richard Nixon announces he will resign following the Watergate scandal. Nixon Picture
  • Gerald Ford Becomes President

    Gerald Ford Becomes President
    Ford becomes president after Nixon resignes. He is the only unelected president in history. Ford Picture
  • The Fall of South Vietnam

    The Fall of South Vietnam
    North Vietnamese take over the South Vietnam capital, Saigon, and rename it Ho Chi Minh City. Saigon Falls Picture