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A Step in Time: 1952-2012

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    Cold War

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    Korean War

    Declared a truce and Korea divided.
  • Winston Churchill as Prime Minister of England

    Winston Churchill as Prime Minister of England
  • General Francisco Franco

    General Francisco Franco
    1952 picks up in the middle General Francisco Franco's rule. He was the dictator, essentially, from October 1, 1939 until 1975.
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    Fashion

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    Presidents of France

    Presidents:
    1947 Vincent Auriol
    1954 René Coty From
    1959 Charles de Gaulle
    1969 Georges Pompidou
    1974 Valéry Giscard d'Estaing
    1981 François Mitterrand
    1995 Jacques Chirac
    2007 Nicolas Sarkozy
    2012 Francois Hollande (Current President)
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    Prime Ministers of France

    20-Jan-1952 Edgar Faure
    8-Mar-1952 Antoine Pinay
    8-Jan-1953 René Mayer
    27-Jun-1953 Joseph Laniel
    18-Jun-1954 Pierre Mendès France
    17-Feb-1955 Christian Pineau
    23-Feb-1955 Edgar Faure
    31-Jan-1956 Guy Mollet
    12-Jun-1957 Maurice Bourgès Maunoury
    6-Nov-1957 Félix Gaillard
    13-May-1958 Pierre Pflimlin
    1-Jun-1958 Charles de Gaulle
    8-Jan-1959 Michel Debré
    14-Apr-1962 Georges Pompidou
    10-Jul-1968 Maurice Couve de Murville
    20-Jun-1969 Jacques Chaban Delmas
    6-Jul-1972 Pierre Messmer
  • Queen Elizabeth II assumes the throne

    Queen Elizabeth II assumes the throne
  • Special Forces (US Army) Created

  • Start of 1952 Summer Olympics

  • Dwight D. Eisenhower elected 34th President

    Dwight D. Eisenhower elected 34th President
  • "Mistake Out"

    "Mistake Out"
    Using a kitchen blender, Bette Nesmith invented "Mistake Out," the first Liquid Paper for whiting out mistakes on a typewriter.
  • Walt Disney's Peter Pan premiers

  • First Literature Censurship

    Georgia approves the first literature censorship board in the United States.
  • Longest Home Run

    Mickey Mantle hits a 565 foot (172 m) home run at Griffith Stadium in Washington D.C. Mantle's home run is believed to be the longest home run in baseball history by many historians.
  • First Chevrolet Corvette

    The first Chevrolet Corvette is built at Flint, Michigan.
  • McDonald's

    Ray Kroc opens a McDonald's fast food restaurant (the company's 9th since it was founded in 1940), but Kroc later takes over the company and oversees its worldwide expansion.
  • Adina de Zavala Dies

    Adina de Zavala Dies
    major Preserver of Texas history
  • Anthony Eden elected Prime Minister of England

    Anthony Eden elected Prime Minister of England
    He serves until 1957.
  • Pattilo Higgins Dies

    Pattilo Higgins Dies
    Wealthy business man and geologist
  • Disneyland

    Disneyland opens to the public in Anaheim, California
  • Hurricane Diane

    Hurricane Diane hits the northeastern United States, killing over 200 people, and causing over $1.0 billion in damage
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    Vietnam War

    We were defending South Vietnam, but we lost largely due to a lack of political will. 58,156 deaths
  • Rosa Parks on the Bus

    Rosa Parks on the Bus
    Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on the bus to a white passenger, which in turn kick starts the civil rights movement.
  • Elvis Presley

    Elvis Presley enters the United States music charts for the first time, with Heartbreak Hotel.
  • First Flag Day

    The Flag of the United States Army is formally dedicated.[2]
  • Instertate Highway System

    President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs the Federal Aid Highway Act, creating the Interstate Highway System
  • Henry B. Gonzalez

    Henry B. Gonzalez
  • First Electric Watch

    1st electric watch introduced, Lancaster Pa
  • Harold Macmillen elected Prime Minister of England

    Harold Macmillen elected Prime Minister of England
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder Died

    Laura Ingalls Wilder Died
  • Little Rock Nine

  • Sputnik

    Sputnik 1 (launched on October 4, 1957) falls to Earth from its orbit and burns up.
  • Tomb of the Unknowns

    The bodies of unidentified United States soldiers killed in action during World War II and the Korean War are buried at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery.
  • NASA

    The U.S. Congress formally creates the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
  • On My Own

    On My Own
    A book by Eleanor Roosevelt is published sometime in 1958
  • Alaska Earns Statehood

    Alaska Earns Statehood
  • Barbie

    The Barbie doll debuts
  • Hawaii Earns Statehood

    Hawaii Earns Statehood
  • Lunch Counter Sit-In

    Lunch Counter Sit-In
  • Tibet

    The Dalai Lama appeals to the United Nations to restore the independence of Tibet.
  • 23rd Amendment

  • John F. Kennedy is elected the 35th President of the United States

    John F. Kennedy is elected the 35th President of the United States
  • Ruby Bridges

    Ruby Bridges
    Ruby Bridges became the first African American child to attend an all-white school in the south at age 6.
  • The Twist

    The twist dance craze takes off in the United States, inspired by the Chubby Checker song "The Twist."
  • Beatles

    Beatles
    The Beatles make their British debut at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England.
  • John Tower

    John Tower
  • Berlin Wall

    The Berlin Wall is built from August 15-17
  • Sam Rayburn

    Sam Rayburn
    First took position as Speaker of the house in 1940 and held it (or the Minority leader) for 17 years, which is the longest tenure in U.S. History.
    Passed Away in 1961
  • The Miracle Worker

    The Miracle Worker
    The award winning movie came out in 1962 which depicted Hellen Keller, a blind, deaf, mute girl, and her journey to language through her teacher Anne Sullivan. It was later remade in 2000
  • Marilyn Monroe

    Marilyn Monroe dies from an overdose of sleeping pills, at the age of 36.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt Dies

    Eleanor Roosevelt Dies
  • National Farm Workers Association

    National Farm Workers Association
    Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, and Gilbert Padilla begin the National Farm Workers Association in 1962. Through it, there were many boycotts.
  • First Audio Cassette Tape

    First Audio Cassette Tape
    Invented by Phillips Company of the Netherlands.
  • To Kill A Mockingbird

    The theater version of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is released on Christmas Day. It stars Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch.
  • Garret Morgan Dies

    Garret Morgan Dies
  • "I Have a Dream"

    "I Have a Dream"
  • Alec Douglas-Home elected Prime Minister of England

    Alec Douglas-Home elected Prime Minister of England
  • JFK Assassinated

    JFK Assassinated
    Lyndon B. Johnson, as Vice President, finished out JFK's first term.
  • Mary Kay Ash

    Mary Kay Ash
    Mary Kay Ash begins the Mary Kay cosmetic company in the year 1963. She passed away in 2001
  • A vaccine against measles was developed

  • 24th Amendment

    Poll Tax Barred
  • Civil Rights Act of 1964

  • Harold Wilson elected Prime Minister of England

    Harold Wilson elected Prime Minister of England
    He serves until 1970
  • Lyndon B. Johnson elected 36th President of the United States

    Lyndon B. Johnson elected 36th President of the United States
  • Barbara Jordan

    Barbara Jordan
  • 25th Amendment

    Presidential Disability and Succession
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Assassinated

  • Civil Rights Act 1968

    legally ends discrimination
  • Hellen Keller dies

    Hellen Keller dies
    Hellen Keller lived a full life as an author, political activist, and lecturere. She passed away in 1968.
  • Richard Nixon elected 37th President of the United States

    Richard Nixon elected 37th President of the United States
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower Dies

    Dwight D. Eisenhower Dies
  • First man on the Moon

    First man on the Moon
    Neil Armstrong is the first man to step on the moon in Apollo 11. His famous words were as he stepped on the moon, "That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."
  • Apollo 13

    Apollo 13
    Apollo 13, exploration to the moon, was almost disastrous had it not been for the brilliance of James A. Lovell changing the spaceship's course mid-flight.
  • Edward Heath elected Prime Minister of England

    Edward Heath elected Prime Minister of England
    Serves until 1974
  • Audie Murphy Dies

    Audie Murphy Dies
  • 26th Amendment

    Voting age set to 18.
  • Watergate

    Watergate
    The Watergate building was broken into, which turned into a huge political scandal over the next 2 years.
  • Jackie Robinson Dies

    Jackie Robinson, the first black player in the major leagues, dies in Stamford, Connecticut on October 24
  • Pong

    Pong
    The first video game was released by the American company Atari.
  • Roe v Wade

    Abortions could not be restricted in the first trimester.
  • First Mobile Cell Phone

    First Mobile Cell Phone
    Martin Cooper of Motorola made the first movile telephone call. He called the other company competeing to make a mobile device, Bell Labs.
  • Harold Wilson elected Prime Minister of England again

    Harold Wilson elected Prime Minister of England again
    Serves until 1976
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    Prime Ministers of France Continued

    27-May-1974 Jacques Chirac
    26-Aug-1976 Raymond Barre
    21-May-1981 Pierre Mauroy
    17-Jul-1984 Laurent Fabius
    20-Mar-1986 Jacques Chirac
    10-May-1988 Michel Rocard
    15-May-1991 Edith Cresson
    2-Apr-1992 Pierre Bérégovoy
    29-Mar-1993 Édouard Balladur
    18-May-1995 Alain Juppé
    3-Jun-1997 Lionel Jospin
    6-May-2002 Jean-Pierre Raffarin
    31-May-2005 Dominique de Villepin
    17 May 2007 François Fillon
    16 May 2012 Jean-Marc Ayrault (Current Prim Minister)
  • I'm Not a Crook

    I'm Not a Crook
    Richard Nixon resigns as President, the only president to do so.

    Gerald Ford resumed the presidency, making him the 38th president. Gerald Frod did not run again for president at the end of the term.
  • The Post-It Note

    The Post-It Note
    Arthur Fry, an inventor at 3M, discovered that using Spencer Silver's weak adheasive, which had yet to be given a use, was a great adhesive for keeping page markers in his hymnal without destroying the pages. The first Post-It Note
  • Wallace "Wally" Amos

    Wallace "Wally" Amos
    Wallace (Wally) Amos opened a Famous Amos cookie store (Keebler later made the cookies after him in 1998)
  • Bill Gates

    Bill Gates
    Bill Gates and Paul Allen develop Microsoft.
    November of 1985, Microsoft Windows was launched.
    Microsoft and Macintosh worked hand in hand toward the beginning and yet rivaled for years. Macintosh is what becomes today's Apple products (hence MacBook, iMac, etc)
  • King Juan Carlos I assumes the throne

    King Juan Carlos I assumes the throne
    After the death of General Francisco Franco, Juan Carlos I was able to take the throne as the rightful heir.
  • James Callaghan elected Prime Minister of England

    James Callaghan elected Prime Minister of England
    Serves until 1979
  • Jimmy Carter elected 39th President of the United States

    Jimmy Carter elected 39th President of the United States
  • Margaret Thatcher elected Prime Minister of England

    Margaret Thatcher elected Prime Minister of England
  • Mt. St. Helens erupts

    Mt. St. Helens erupts
    In Washintong, 50 miles NW of Portland, Oregon
  • Ronald Reagan elected 40th President of the United States

    Ronald Reagan elected 40th President of the United States
  • Rubik's Cube becomes popular

  • Thriller

    Michael Jackson released Thriller
  • Hector P. Garcia Honored

    Hector P. Garcia Honored
    Hector P. Garcia, who helped for the American GI Forum, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Ronald Reagan. He was the first mexican American to receive such a high civilian honor.
  • Raul Gonzalez Jr.

    Raul Gonzalez Jr.
    Raul Gonzalez Jr. became the first Hispanic to serve as Justice of the Texas Supreme Court starting in 1984. He served until 1998. Still living.
  • Poison Gas Leak in Bhopal, India

  • Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Explosion

  • Andy Warhol

    Andy Warhol
  • DNA first used to convict criminals

  • George Bushe elected 41st President of the United States

    George Bushe elected 41st President of the United States
  • Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

  • Ending Apartheid

    Nelson Mandella was released from prison!
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    Gulf War

  • John Major elected Prime Minister of England

    John Major elected Prime Minister of England
    Serves until 1997
  • Ann Richards

    Ann Richards
  • Ellen Ochoa

    Ellen Ochoa
    Ellen Ochoa became the first female Hispanic astronaut. She has had more than 950 hours in space!
  • Collapse of the Soviet Untion

  • Sam Walton & Walmart

    Sam Walton & Walmart
    In 1962, Sam Walton founded the first Walmart, which is now a major corporation in America. Sam Walton died in 1992.
  • Amendment 27

    Limits changes to congressional pay.
  • Bill Clinton elected 42nd President of the United States

    Bill Clinton elected 42nd President of the United States
  • Tony Blair elected Prime Minister of England

    Tony Blair elected Prime Minister of England
    Serves until 2007
  • Death of Princess Diana

    Death of Princess Diana
    Princess Diana, heir to the English throne, died in a car accident.
  • Impeachment of Bill Clinton

    Impeachment of Bill Clinton
  • Columbine shooting

  • Vermont Legalizes same sex marriage

  • Hillary Clinton elected senator

    first First Lady to be elected office.
  • George W. Bush elected 43rd President of the United States

    George W. Bush elected 43rd President of the United States
  • Colin Powell

    Colin Powell
    With the election of George W. Bush, Colin Powell became the first African American to serve as United States Secretary of State
  • Todd Beamer on Flight 93

    Todd Beamer on Flight 93
    Todd Beamer died aboard United Airlines Flight 93 in a fight against the hijackers. The plane crashed in an open field, sill killing everyone on board.
  • World Trade Centers

    World Trade Centers
    We probably all remember what we were doing on the frightful day that the World Trade Centers collapsed, which in turn trigured the Iraq War on Terrorism.
  • First Case of Anthrax

  • "Dulcimer"

    "Dulcimer"
    Apple first released the iPad in 2001. The project was called "Dulcimer" before it was released.
  • Brothers of the Knight Illustrated by Kadir Nelson

    Brothers of the Knight Illustrated by Kadir Nelson
    Kadir Nelson is an African American artist and illustrator whose work was first published with Brothers of the Knight by Debbie Allen. He even illustrated the cover to a Michael Jackson album in 2010
  • Stanley Marcus

    Stanley Marcus
    Stanley Marcus, leader, innovator, merchant and CEO of Neiman Marcus Group, died
  • Bill Martin Jr.

    Bill Martin Jr.
    Author of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, and Little Squeegy Bug--The Story of the Firefly (his first 1945). He passed away in 2004
  • John "Danny" Olivas

    John "Danny" Olivas
    John "Danny" Olivas, an American Astronaut of Mexican descent goes on the Atlantis shuttle mission.
  • Gordon Brown elected Prime Minister of England

    Gordon Brown elected Prime Minister of England
    Serves until 2010
  • Obama elected 44th President of the United States (Current President)

    Obama elected 44th President of the United States (Current President)
  • David Cameron elected Prime Minister of England

    David Cameron elected Prime Minister of England
    Current Prime Minister
  • Osama Bin Laden Killed

    Osama Bin Laden Killed
  • Neil Armstrong Died

    Neil Armstrong Died
  • This Presentation

    In case we missed anything, here is a video that pretty much covers the rest of history.
    We Didn't Start the Fire
    Compiled by Megan Taggart and Caleb Gentry