20th Century Events

By altman
  • Galveston Storm

    Galveston Storm
    No residents of Galveston knew it was coming. Six to eight thousand residents of Galveston lost their lives, and Galveston was destroyed. The Commission Plan was esatblished to elect a mayor to supervise different city service. It was the deadliest hurricane in US history, and the second costliest hurricane in U.S. history. Galveston Storm winds were up to 145mph.
  • Spindletop

    Spindletop oil production peaked in more than 17 million barrels of oil. Spindletop led to a boom in Texas Economy and let to more jobs. The more the oil they found the less the cost of oil dropped.
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    World War I

    Appr. 9,000,000 combatants died. The two opposing forces were the Allies and the Central Powers. World War I had many nicknames including the War to End All Wars, The War of the Nations, and The Great War.
  • 18th Amendment

    18th Amendment
    The 18th Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibited the manufacture, sale, transport, import, or export of alcoholic beverages. Repealed by the 21st amendment on December 5, 1933. Eighteenth ammendment was the result of temperance movement.
  • 19th Amendment

    19th Amendment
    Established women's suffrage. Was proposed over a year before it was enacted. Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton first wrote the amendment.
  • First Woman Governor of Texas

    First Woman Governor of Texas
    She studied at Salado College and Baylor Female College. Ma Ferguson ran herself as a Democrat for the office. During her first administration she averaged over 100 pardons a month. Accusations of both bribes and kickbacks overshadowed her term. In office January 17, 1933 – January 15, 1935.
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    Great Depression and Dust Bowl

    During the dust bowl, sometimes students would be sent home from school early to prevent "dust pneumonia", and other days students had to stay at school overnight because it was too dangerous to walk home in the outside conditions. Any crops that managed to grow in the dry conditions were usually eaten away by jackrabbits or grasshoppers. Because the money circulation in the Great Depression was so low, U.S. mints didn't mint nickels in 1932 or 1933.
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    World War ll

    During World War ll, the Allies dropped approximately 3.4 million tons of bombs. During World War ll, America produced more than 650,000 jeeps, 300,000 military aircraft, 89,000 tanks, 3 million machine guns, and 7 million rifles. 20-25 million people died in World War ll. Russia had the largest number of World War ll casualties, with over 21 million. When the Allies reached the Rhine River, the first thing the men did was pee in it.
  • Sweatt v. Painter

    Sweatt v. Painter
    The Sweatt ruling helped start the process of desegregation in education. Sweatt, was rejected from the University of Texas School of Law. Sued the school because the decision was based entirely on the fact that he was a black. Sweatt lost the argument in his state court, but the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the integration of the University of Texas School of Law. Case that successfully challenged the "separate but equal" doctrine of racial segregation.
  • Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka, KA

    Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka, KA
    The suit called for the school district to reverse its policy of racial segregation. United States Supreme Court case in which the Court declared state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students unconstitutional. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that racial segregation violated the 14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
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    Vietnam War

    This was one of the bloodiest wars during the Cold War era. The U.S. government viewed involvement in the war as a way to prevent a communist takeover of South Vietnam as part of their wider strategy of containment. The war ended in a devistating North Vietnamean win. The devistating war ended as a North Korean Victory.
  • Presidential Election

    Presidential Election
    John F Kennedy was elected with 303 electoral votes. Richard Nixon was elected as vice president with 219 electoral votes. Kennedy and Johnson were elected as president and vice-president, a phenomenon that has been repeated once
  • Henry B. Gonzalez Elected to US Congress

    Henry B. Gonzalez Elected to US Congress
    Henry B. Gonzalez was a democratic politician from the state of Texas. González ran in the special election for the San Antonio-based district in November and defeated a strong Republican candidate, John Goode. González became known for his liberal views. González became known for his liberal views.
  • Kennedy Assassination

    Kennedy Assassination
    Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, TX, at 12:30 p.m. Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated Kennedy with a carcano rifle. After the assassination, Oswald was killed by a man named Jack Ruby. Kennedy was fatally shot while traveling with his wife Jacqueline, Texas Governor John Connally, and Connally's wife Nellie, in a presidential motorcade. High probability that two gunmen fired at President Kennedy.
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    Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act

    Civil Rights Act outlawed major forms of discrimination against racial, ethnic, national and religious minorities, and women. Voting Rights Act outlawed discriminatory voting practices that had been responsible for the widespread disenfranchisement of African Americans in the U.S. An act to enforce the fifteenth amendment
  • Barbara Jordan Elected to US Congress

    Barbara Jordan Elected to US Congress
    Barbara Jordan was an American politician and a leader of the Civil Rights movement. In 1972, she was elected to Congress, the first woman to represent Texas in the House in her own right. She graduated from Phillis Wheatley High School in 1952 as an honor student.
  • First Republican Governor of TX since 1870

    First Republican Governor of TX since 1870
    William Clements was the first republican governer of TX since 1870. Bill Clements(1917-2011) William Clements served as the 42nd and 44th governor of Texas.
  • VP George Bush in Reagan Administration

    VP George Bush in Reagan Administration
    Bush launched a successful campaign to succeed Reagan as president, defeating Democratic opponent Michael Dukakis. He ran unsuccessfully for president of the United States in 1980. Ran VP January 20, 1981 – January 20, 1989
  • George Bush as President

    George Bush as President
    American politician who served as the 41st President of the United States (1989–1993). Bush served in the United States Navy. George gained 429 electoral votes becoming the 41st president.
  • Operation Desert Storm

    Operation Desert Storm
    Seven U.S. commanders were involved in this operation. More U.S. helicopters were lost in non-combat situations than in combat situations. More U.S. tanks were destroyed by accidental friendly-fire situations than by the enemy.
  • George W. Bush Gets Elected

    George W. Bush Gets Elected
    Race was between George Bush and Al Gore. Bush only won by five electoral college votes, beating out Gore 271 to 266. The election was noteworthy because of a controversy over Florida's 25 electoral college votes.
  • Governor Rick Perry Gets Elected

    Governor Rick Perry Gets Elected
    Got elected after Bush resigned. Switched to the Republican party just a few year prior. Re-elected as Governor until present-day.
  • 9/11 Terrorist Attack Upon U.S.

    9/11 Terrorist Attack Upon U.S.
    There were four attacks launched by the Al-Qaeda terrorist group. There were 19 hijakers directly involved in the attacks. Four commercial airlines, two American Airlines and two United Airlines, were hijacked and crashed into the North tower of the World Trade Center(WTC) and the pentagon, and
    the South tower of the WTC and a field in Pennsylvania, respectively.