Baby Boomers Baby boomers are people born during the demographic Post–World War II baby boom. The Baby Boom actually started in 1946 and ended sometime in 1964.
Korean War The Korean War was a war between North (supported by China and the Soviet Union) and South Korea (supported by the United Nations). It was the result of the political division of Korea due to an agreement of the Allies at the end of the Pacific War at the end of World War II.
On January 3rd, 1953 Alaska becomes a part of the United States.
Joseph Stalin Died
History Today On March 5th, 1953, Joseph Stalin died after having a stroke.
First People To Reach The Top of Mount Everest
Mt. Everest After seven weeks of climbing, New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Nepalese Tenzing Norgay reached the top of Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, at 11:30 a.m. on May 29, 1953.
Segregation Rule Illegal in The U.S.
Segregation Ruled Illegal In the case of Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896, the Supreme Court ruled that the belief ‘separate but equal’ was just. However, on May 17, 1954, segregation was ruled to be illegal.
The Space Race
Space Race The Space Race was a competition between the United States and Russia. The Space Race ended in 1972. The Space Race started when the Soviet Union announced that would be launching a satellite "in the near future."
Emmet Till Murder
Emmet Till Article On August 28th, 1955 when Emmet Till was visiting family in Mississippi he was brutally murdered after supposedly flirting with a white woman. After his body was found his mother insisted he be flown back to Chicago and have an open-casket funeral, his photo was shown all over the country and sparked the Civil Rights Movement.
Rosa Parks Refuses To Give Up Her Seat
Rosa Parks Article On December 1st, 1955 a woman named Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man while riding a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Parks was arrested for breaking segregation laws and started the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Mongomery Bus Boycott
Montgomery Bus Boycott On December 1st, 1955, Rosa Parks refsued to give up her seat on a public bus in Montgomery, Alabama. After the news spread 50 African-American leaders gathered and organized the Montgomery Bus Boycott to demand a bus system in which passengers would be treated equally.
Civil Rights Act of 1957
History Learning Site On September 9, 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1957. It was the first civil rights legislation passed by Congress in the United States. The act ensured that all Americans could exercise their right to vote.
Nasa/Sputnik 1 On October 4th, 1957, the Soviet Union won the first "lap" of the Space Race with the launching of the Sputnik 1, the first artificial Earth satellite. The Space Race officially began with the launch of the Sputnik 1.
Hawaii became a part of the United States on August 21st, 1959.
Actions at Woolworth
Greensboro Sit-Ins In Greensboro, North Carolina, four black students begin a sit-in at a segregated Woolworth's lunch counter. Although they are refused service, they are allowed to stay at the counter. The event triggers many similar nonviolent protests throughout the Southern United States, and 6 months later the original 4 protesters are served lunch at the same counter.
Ruby Bridges Attends All-White School
Ruby Bridges Biography In the spring of 1960, Ruby Bridges was the first black child to attend William Frantz Elementary School, an all-white school.
Cuban Missile Crisis
Cuban Missile Crisis The Cuban Missile Crisis was a 13-day confrontation between the Soviet Union and Cuba on one side and the United States on the other. The Cuban Missile Crisis began on October 14th, 1962 and ended on October 28th, 1962. The crisis is generally regarded as the moment in which the Cold War came closest to becoming a nuclear conflict.
The Great March on Washington
March on Washington On August 27th, 1963, the March on Washington was one of the largest political rallies for human rights in United States history and called for civil and economic rights for African Americans.
I Have A Dream Speech
I Have A Dream On August 28th, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. gave his "I Have A Dream Speech" to end racism in the United States.
16th Street Baptist Church Bombing
Birmingham Church Bombing Article The 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama was bombed on Sunday, September 15, 1963 as an act of white supremacist terrorism. The explosion at the church killed four girls and marked a turning point in the United States 1960s Civil Rights Movement and contributed to support for passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
U.S. Sends Troops to Vietnam On March 8th, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson, with permission from Congress, sends 3,500 U.S. ground troops to Vietnam.
Vietnam War: History.com The Vietnam War was fought between North Vietnam and the government of South Vietnam. South Vietnam was supported by the US and other anti-communist countries and North Vietnam was supported by the Soviet Union, China, and other communist countires. The Vietnam war was a result of consequences from the Cold War.
The Tet Offensive was one of the largest military campaigns of the Vietnam War, launched on January 30, 1968 by forces of the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army against the forces of South Vietnam, the United States, and their allies.
Martin Luther King Jr. Assassinated
Martin Luther King Assassination On April 4th, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was believed to be assassinated by an escaped convict by the name of James Earl Ray but many people, including some of King's family, believe he was innocent.
First Man on The Moon
NASA On July 20th, 1969, Neil Armstrong was the first man on the moon. When he landed on the moon, he place a U.S. flag as well as a sign that reads "Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the moon July 1969, A.D. We came in peace for all mankind."