American History 1955-1975

Timeline created by JennySwaim15
In History
  • Public school integration

    The Supreme Court orders that all public schools be integrated.
  • Rosa Parks bus ride

    Rosa Parks, a black woman, refuses to give up her seat on the bus to a white man, prompting a boycott that would lead to the declaration that bus segregation laws were unconstitutional by a federal court.
  • Sit-in at Woolworth lunch counter

    Four black college students stage a sit-in at a segregated Woolworth lunch counter, protesting their refusal of service.
  • Kennedy elected president

    John F. Kennedy was elected 35th president of the United States.
  • Bay of Pigs

    Invasion of Cuba that was repulsed by Cuban forces in an attempt by Cuban exiles under the direction of the United States government to overthrow the regime if Fidel Castro.
  • Construction of the Berlin Wall

    The construction of the Berlin Wall begins by the Soviet bloc, dividing the German city between the East and West.
  • Cuban Missile Crisis

    The Soviet Union began building offensive missiles in Cuba. President Kennedy orders a naval and air blockade of military equipment to the island. An agreement was reached With Khrushchev on the removal of the missiles and the U.S. would remove it's missiles from Turkey.
  • Civil Rights March

    Civil Rights March in Washington, D.C. where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his "I have a dream" speech.
  • Kennedy assassinated

    President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas during a motorcade through downtown Dallas by Lee Harvey Oswald.
  • MLK assassinated

    Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee while standing on a hotel balcony by James Earl Ray.
  • Nixon elected president

    Richard Nixon was elected 37th president of the United States.
  • Nixon resigns

    Richard Nixon resigns as president of the United States avoiding impeachment for his part in the Watergate break-in of the Democratic Headquarters.