1960's - 1980's

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  • Brown v. board of education

    Brown v. board of education
    (1954) U.S. Supreme Court case in which the court ruled unanimously that racial segregation in public schools violated the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The amendment says that no state may deny equal protection of the laws to any person within its jurisdiction. The court declared separate educational facilities to be inherently unequal, thus reversing its 1896 ruling in Plessy v. Ferguson. The Brown ruling was limited to public schools, but it was believed to imply that segregation i
  • SNCC

    SNCC
    The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) (conventionally) was one of the principal organizations of the American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. It emerged from a series of student meetings led by Ella Baker held at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina in April 1960
  • Laser invented

    Laser invented
    Laser was made by Theodore H. Maiman in 1960, in California.
  • John F Kennedy

    John F Kennedy
    (Democrat) Massachusttes president 1961- 1963
  • Soviet launchfurst man to space

    Soviet launchfurst man to space
    The Soviet Union has beaten the USA in the race to get the first man into space.
    At just after 0700BST, Major Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin was fired from the Baikonur launch pad in Kazakhstan, Soviet central Asia, in the space craft Vostok (East).
  • First person killed trying to cross berlin wall

    First person killed trying to cross berlin wall
    Nikita Khrushchev reacts to President Kennedy’s speech to the leaders of the Warsaw Treaty Organization. Khrushchev was preparing to seal the borders of East Berlin with a concrete wall, but the plan was kept top secret. The speech betrays Khrushchev’s concern with the new Kennedy government and the possibility of a war beginning with confrontation in Berlin — and possibly ending in nuclear destruction. “You convinced yourself that Khrushchev will never go to war ... so you scare us [expecting]
  • Marilyn monre

    Marilyn monre
    Marilyn MonroeShe obtained an order from the City Court of the State of New York and legally changed her name to Marilyn Monroe on February 23, 1956. (June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962), born Norma Jeane Mortenson, but baptized Norma Jeane Baker, was an American actress, singer and model
  • 24 amendment

    24 amendment
    an amendment to the U.S. constitution, ratified in 1964, forbidding the use of the poll tax as a requirement for voting in national or U.S. Congressional elections.
  • Lyndon B. Johnson

    Lyndon B. Johnson
    (Democrat) texas president 1963 - 1969
  • March on Washington

    March on Washington
    The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (or "The Great March on Washington," as styled in a sound recording released after the event) was a large political rally in support of civil and economic rights for African-Americans that took place in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, August 28, 1963
  • JFK Killed

    JFK Killed
    The assassination of John F. Kennedy, the thirty-fifth President of the United States, took place on Friday, November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas, at 12:30 p.m. Central Standard Time (18:30 UTC) in Dealey Plaza
  • Civil rights acts

    Civil rights acts
    A federal law that authorized federal action against segregation in public accommodations, public facilities, and employment. The law was passed during a period of great strength for the civil rights movement, and President Lyndon Johnson persuaded many reluctant members of Congress to support the law.
  • Malcom X

    Malcom X
    1925–65), US political activist; born Malcolm Little. He joined the Nation of Islam in 1946 and became a vigorous campaigner for black rights, initially advocating the use of violence. In 1964, he converted to orthodox Islam and moderated his views on black separatism; he was assassinated the following year
  • Voting rights act

    Voting rights act
    A law passed at the time of the civil rights movement. It eliminated various devices, such as literacy tests, that had traditionally been used to restrict voting by black people. It authorized the enrollment of voters by federal registrars in states where fewer than fifty percent of the eligible voters were registered or voted. All such states were in the South.
  • Mao zedong established party

    Mao zedong established party
    Chinese Communist leader and theorist. A founder of the Chinese Communist Party (1921), he led the Long March (1934-1935) and proclaimed the People's Republic of China in 1949. As party chairman and the country's first head of state (1949-1959) he initiated the Great Leap Forward and the founding of communes. He continued as party chairman after 1959 and was a leading figure in the Cultural Revolution (1966-1969). In the 1970s he consolidated his political power and established ties with the Wes
  • 3 Us astronauts killed during launch

    3 Us astronauts killed during launch
    Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee are killed on the launch pad when a flash fire engulfs their command module during testing for the first Apollo/Saturn mission. They are the first U.S. astronauts to die in the line of duty.
  • First heart transplant

    First heart transplant
    South African surgeon named Dr. Christiaan Barnard in Cape Town. In early December, Dr. Barnard's surgical team removed the heart of a 25-year-old woman who had died following an auto accident and placed it in the chest of Louis Washkansky, a 55-year-old man dying of heart damage. The patient survived for 18 days. Dr. Barnard had learned much of his technique from studying with the Stanford group. This first clinical heart transplantation experience stimulated world-wide notoriety, and many surg
  • Martin Luther King

    Martin Luther King
    Martin Luther King, Jr., a prominent American leader of the African-American civil rights movement and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968, at the age of 39. On June 10, 1968, James Earl Ray, a fugitive from the Missouri State Penitentiary, was arrested in London at Heathrow Airport, extradited to the United States, and charged with the crime. On March 10, 1969, Ray entered a plea of guilty and was sentenced to 99 years in th
  • Fair housing act

    Fair housing act
    Legislation in the United States, passed in 1968, that prohibited discrimination in the sale or rental of a private home based on the buyer's or renter's race, religion, or national origin. The Act was later amended to include gender, ability, and families with children under its protected classes. Critics allege that it provides few enforcement mechanisms and discrimination still occurs. It is also called the Civil Rights Act of 1968
  • Richard M. Nixon

    Richard M. Nixon
    (Repulican) New York 1969 - 1974
  • Gerald R Ford

    Gerald R Ford
    (Repulican) Michigan 1974 - 1976
  • Jimmy E. Carter

    Jimmy E. Carter
    (Democrat) Georgia 1977 - 1981
  • Ronald W. Reagan

    Ronald W. Reagan
    (Republicans) California 1981 - 1989