Chapter 25 and 26 Timeline By Cale Smells Weird May 7, 1954 French force at Dien Bien Phu falls to the Vietminh The defest convinced the French to make peace and withdraw from Indochina May 17, 1954 Brown Vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decided to combine several cases and issue a general ruling on segregation in schools. One girl, Linda Brown, who was denied admission to a school in Topeka, Kansas due to her race. Dec 1, 1955 Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat Rosa sat in the front of the bus (the front seats were resevered for white folk) and refused to give up their seat. The police were called. Dec 9, 1956 Seperate-but-equal doctrine overturned Supreme Court decalres seprerate-but-equal doctrine is no longer constitutional. Jan 10, 1957 Creation of the SCLC Martin Luther King Junior and a group of other Southern ministers create the Southern Christian Leadership Coference. Apr 14, 1960 Formation of SNCC Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee is formed when students from Greesboro, North Carolina stage a sit-in at a local lunch counter (spreading causes formation of the committee May 4, 1961 Freedom Riders organized James Farmer organizes the Freedom Riders in order to desegregate interstate bus travel Sep 24, 1961 James Meredith tries to register at University of Mississippi James Meredith attempts to register at UM. Riots force Kennedy to send troops to contain them. May 21, 1963 MLK Jr. leads protests in Birmingham, Alabama Martin Luther King Junior leads the protests, police assualt the portestors and King becomes jailed. Aug 28, 1963 I Have A Dream Speech MLK recites speech in support of a new civil rights act. Jul 18, 1964 Johnson signs civil rights act President Johnson signed the act after the senate passed the bill with ease. Aug 2, 1964 Johnson announces North Vietnamese torbedo boats attacked destroyers American destroyers were attacked in the Gulf of Tonkin Aug 7, 1964 Gulf of Tonkin Resolution AUthorized the president to take all necessary measures to repel any armed attack against the forces of the United States Mar 15, 1965 National Teach-in Discussed issues concerning the war and reaffirmed their reasons for opposing it Apr 18, 1965 Students for a Democratic Society SDS (left-wing student organization) organized a march in Washington with more than 20,000 participants. March scheduled due to anger over the draft. Jan 30, 1968 Vietnamnese Tet Offensive attack Guerilla fighters attacked most American air bases in South Vietnam Mar 31, 1968 Johnson adresses the public Johnson announces that he would not accept the nomination of his party for another term as President Jun 8, 1969 Nixon announces withdrawal Nixon announces the withdrawal of 25,000 soldiers, but still wanted to keep a strong presence in vietnam. May 4, 1970 Kent State shooting Ohio National Guad soldiers, armed with tear gas and rifles, fired on demonstrators without an order to do so. Four students were killed. Jan 27, 1973 Waring sides sign an agreement Fighting was halted. "ending the war and restoring peace in Vietnam."