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  • John F. Kennedy elected president

    John F. Keninedy was elected president
  • U.S. involvement in Vietnam War begins

    In late January, 1968, during the lunar new year (or “Tet”) holiday, North Vietnamese and communist Viet Cong forces launched a coordinated attack against a number of targets in South Vietnam.
  • Bay of Pigs invasion

    When a CIA-financed and -trained group of Cuban refugees lands in Cuba and attempts to topple the communist government of Fidel Castro. It was not succsesful
  • Cuban Missile Crisis

    Oct. 14-28th leaders of the U.S. and the Soviet Union engaged in a tense, 13-day political and military standoff in October 1962 over the installation of nuclear-armed Soviet missiles on Cuba, just 90 miles from U.S. shores.
  • John F. Kennedy Assassinated

    President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in his car.
  • The Beatles perform in U.S. for the first time

    Their American debut on the Ed Sullivan show 1964
  • Gulf of Tonkin Resolution passed

    In early August 1964, two U.S. destroyers stationed in the Gulf of Tonkin in Vietnam radioed that they had been fired upon by North Vietnamese forces.
  • Tet Offensive

    On January 31, 1968, some 70,000 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces launched the Tet Offensive a coordinated series of fierce attacks on more than 100 cities and towns in South Vietnam.
  • Election of 1968

    Won by Richard M. Nixon angainst Hubert H. Humphrey, and George C. Wallace.