1955 - 1975

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In History
  • Alaska and Hawaii

    Alaska and Hawaii
    Alaska and Hawaii become the 49th and 50th US states, respectively.
  • JFK Elected

    JFK Elected
    Democratic Party candidate John F Kennedy elected president, narrowly defeating his rival Richard Nixon.
  • Bay of Pigs

    Bay of Pigs
    Bay of Pigs invasion: an unsuccessful attempt to invade Cuba by Cuban exiles, organised and financed by Washington.
  • Cuban Missile Crisis

    Cuban Missile Crisis
    US compels Soviet Union to withdraw nuclear weapons from Cuba in what has become known as the Cuban missile crisis.
  • I have a dream

    I have a dream
    Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivers his “I Have a Dream” speech before a crowd of 200,000 during the civil rights march on Washington, DC.
  • JFK Assassination

    JFK Assassination
    President Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, Tex.
  • Boots on ground in Vietnam

    Boots on ground in Vietnam
    First U.S. combat troops arrive in South Vietnam.
  • Moon Landing

    Moon Landing
    Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, Jr., become the first men to land on the Moon.
  • Watergate

    Watergate
    President Nixon resigns in the Watergate scandal over a 1972 break-in at the Democratic Party headquarters.
  • End of Vietnam War

    End of Vietnam War
    South Vietnamese government surrenders to North Vietnam; U.S. embassy Marine guards and last U.S. civilians are evacuated.