Decades- Morgan Alexander

  • Harry Truman

    Harry Truman
    Harry S. Truman became U.S. President when President Roosevelt died in 1945. He was responsible for dropping the atomic bombs on Japan and ending World War II. Truman started the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe after the war.
    Important People
  • H-Bomb

    H-Bomb
    The hydrogen bomb was many times more powerful than an atomic bomb and in fact required an atomic bomb to detonate.
    Political/ Economic
  • Liberache

    Liberache
    He was famous for playing the piana and he had his own TV show in the 50's
    Cultural Events
  • Vaccine

    Vaccine
    The vaccine to the dreaded disease polio was discovered by Jonas Salk and distributed to the world.
    Major
  • Rockfeller

    Rockfeller
    Nelson and Winthrop Rockefeller were grandsons of oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller.Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower appointed Nelson as chair of the President's Advisory Committee on Government Organization. He served as Governor of New York and he was the 41st Vice President of the United States of America.
    Important Peoples/ Cultural
  • Communist Block

    Communist Block
    USSR and their satellite countries formed what was called the Communist bloc.
    Political/Economics
  • Stalin

    Stalin
    Joseph Stalin was the dictator of the Soviet Union. He was a harsh leader who had millions of his people executed or sent to labor camps in Siberia. On his way to political power, he changed his name to Stalin, which means "steel" in Russian.
    Important People
  • Disneyland

    Disneyland
    Disneyland opened in 1955 in Anaheim, California. It was a theme park, developed by Walt Disney and based around his cartoon characters. It was designated as a place for family entertainment.
    Cultural
  • Peter Pan

    Peter Pan
    Peter Pan was a top Broadway play starring Mary Martin, who flew through the air as Peter Pan.
    Cultural
  • Khrushchev

    Khrushchev
    Nikita Khrushchev emerged as a leader in the Soviet Union after the death of dictator Josef Stalin. In 1956, he advocated reform and indirectly criticized Stalin and his methods. He became the Premier of the Soviet Union from 1958 to 1974.
    Important People
  • Princess Grace

    Princess Grace
    Actress Grace Kelly left Hollywood to marry Prince Ranier of Monaco. She then attained the title of Princess Grace.
    Important People
  • Chou En-Lai

    Chou En-Lai
    He was the Premier and Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of China.
    Important People
  • Sputnik

    Sputnik
    Sputnik was the name of the first orbiting satellite sent into space by the USSR.
    Poliitical/Economic
  • Hula Hoop

    Hula Hoop
    Hula Hoops became a national fad. Everywhere, you would see children and even adults trying to spin the large plastic hoop around their waist. TV celebrities would also display their skills with the hoop. The fad peaked and died out quickly.
    Cultural
  • Mafia

    Mafia
    Mafia leaders met in upstate New York to get better organized.
    Politics/Economic
  • Castro

    Castro
    He became involved in political activism and led the revolution to overthrow Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista. He was then sworn in as the Prime Minister of Cuba
    Important People
  • U-2

    U-2
    The United States had been sending the secret U-2 high-flying spy plane over the Soviet Union to take pictures and gather information, when one was shot down by a Russian missile.
    Political-Economic
  • Syngman Rhee

    Syngman Rhee
    Syngman Rhee was the first President of South Korea, serving from 1948 to 1960. His method of rule became unpopular, and he was forced to resign by a student-led democratic movement.
    Important People
  • Berlin Wall

    Berlin Wall
    The Soviets erected the Berlin Wall, dividing the city into the Russian-controlled part and the area controlled by the U.S., British and French.
    Major
  • JFK Dead

    JFK Dead
    President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas in 1963. Kennedy was riding in an open-top automobile in a presidential motorcade when Lee Harvey Oswald shot him through the head with a sniper rifle from a sixth floor window of a nearby building.
    Important People/ Major Event
  • Reagan

    Reagan
    Former movie actor Ronald Reagan became President of the United States.
    Inportant People
  • Birth Control

    Birth Control
    Birth Control became an issue with the advent of the birth control pill.
    Cultural
  • Richard Nixon back again

    Richard Nixon back again
    Nixon was elected President in 1968.
    Important People
  • Ho- Chi Minh

    Ho- Chi Minh
    Was the leader of the Communist North Vietnamese, who first fought the French and then the Americans.
    Important People
  • Moonshot

    Moonshot
    The United States landed the first man on the moon.
    Major/Political/Economic
  • Woodstock

    Woodstock
    A farmer in the Woodstock area of New York state donated his land for a rock concert. Surprisingly, 600,000 rock fans showed up, making it the biggest rock concert ever held.
    Major/Cultural
  • Attack on Israel

    Attack on Israel
    Egypt and Syria attack Israel; Egypt requests Soviet aid.
    Major
  • Wheel of Fortune

    Wheel of Fortune
    The Wheel of Fortune TV show became a favorite.
    Cultural
  • Palestine

    Palestine
    Palestinians protested unfair treatment by the Israelis.
    Political/Economic
  • Crack

    Crack
    A potent form of the highly addictive drug cocaine called "crack" or "rock" had been rapidly spreading in the United States, especially in troubled neighborhoods.
    Cultural
  • Russians in Afghanistan

    Russians in Afghanistan
    The Soviet Union entered Afghanistan to "protect" Communist interests in the country. Rebels were supported by the United States, and finally after a long, costly war, the Soviets were forced to withdraw from the country.
    Major
  • Gorbachev

    Gorbachev
    Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev is a former Soviet statesman, having served as General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
    Important People
  • AIDS

    AIDS
    AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) disease started to spread throughout the world.
    Cultural
  • Rock and Roller Cola Wars

    Rock and Roller Cola Wars
    Pepsi and Coke battle for supremacy in the marketplace.Each hired musicians to promote their drink.They then started to try to outdo each other by getting other musicians and celebrities to help promote their drinks.
    Cultural
  • Homeless Vets

    Homeless Vets
    Many veterans of the Vietnam conflict became homeless. A major problem with them was drug addiction or alcoholism.
    Cultural
  • Hypodermics On the the Shore

    Hypodermics On the the Shore
    News reports showed how hundreds of carelessly discarded hypodermic needles had washed up on the New Jersey shoreline.
    Major
  • Foreign Debts

    Foreign Debts
    Foreign debts were causing an increase in inflation, as well as a burden on American taxpayers.
    Political/Economic
  • China's Martial Martial Law

    China's Martial Martial Law
    In June 1989, thousands of protesters marched in Tiananmen Square in Bejing, China. Many were killed and China went under martial law until order was restored.
    Major