Forest Gump Timeline

  • Nathan Bedford Forrest

    Nathan Bedford Forrest
    Gump was named after this man, he was a lieutenant general in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War. He served as the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, a secret organization which launched a reign of terrorism against African-Americans.
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  • Vietnam War

    Vietnam War
    The U.S. government viewed involvement in the war as a way to prevent a communist takeover of South Vietnam as part of their wider strategy of containment.
  • "Little Rock Nine"

    "Little Rock Nine"
    The Arkansas governer refused to follow the court order to desegregate schools. As a result president eisenhower sent in federal troops to allow the 9 students to attend school.
  • President Lyndon B. Johnson

    President Lyndon B. Johnson
    "A Great Society" for the American people and their fellow men elsewhere was the vision of Lyndon B. Johnson. In his first years of office he obtained passage of one of the most extensive legislative programs in the Nation's history. Maintaining collective security, he carried on the rapidly growing struggle to restrain Communist encroachment in Viet Nam.
  • Peace Riots

    Peace Riots
    the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), a civil rights activist group, led the first of several anti-war marches in Washington, D.C., with about 25,000 protesters; at president Johnsons explanation for the vietnam war.
  • Black Panthers

    Black Panthers
    Founded in Oakland, California by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale, the organization initially set forth a doctrine calling for the protection of African-American neighborhoods from police brutality. however, the Party's early black nationalist reputation attracted a diverse membership. The Black Panther Party's objectives and philosophy expanded and evolved rapidly during its exsistance.
  • President Richard Milhous Nixon

    President Richard Milhous Nixon
    The only president to resign the office, Nixon had previously served as a US representative and senator from California and as the 36th Vice President of the United States from 1953 to 1961.Although Nixon initially escalated the war in Vietnam, he subsequently ended US involvement in 1973. Nixon's visit to the People's Republic of China in 1972 opened diplomatic relations between the two nations, and he initiated détente and the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty with the Soviet Union the same year.
  • Moon Landing

    Moon Landing
    The United States achieved the first manned landing on Earth's Moon as part of the Apollo 11 mission commanded by Neil Armstrong accompanied by Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin.
  • George Corley Wallace

    George Corley Wallace
    A 1972 assassination attempt left Wallace paralyzed, and he used a wheelchair for the remainder of his life. He is remembered for his Southern populist and[3] segregationist attitudes during the desegregation period, convictions that he renounced later in life.
  • The Watergate Scandal

    The Watergate Scandal
    a political scandal that occurred in the United States in the 1970s as a result of the June 1972 break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C., and the Nixon administration's attempted cover-up of its involvement. The scandal eventually led to the resignation of Richard Nixon, the President of the United States, on August 9, 1974, the only resignation of a U.S. President. The scandal also resulted in the indictment, trial, convicti
  • Hurricane Carmen

    Hurricane Carmen
    the most intense tropical cyclone of the 1974 Atlantic hurricane season. A destructive and widespread storm, Carmen originated as a tropical disturbance that emerged from Africa toward the end of August.Upon entering the Gulf of Mexico, Carmen turned northward and re-intensified as it approached the United States. Initially threatening the major city of New Orleans, it veered westward and made landfall on the marshland of southern Louisiana, eventually dissipating over eastern Texas on September
  • Gerald Ford, Jr. Assassination attempts

    Gerald Ford, Jr. Assassination attempts
    Ford faced two assassination attempts during his presidency, occurring within three weeks of each other and in the same state; while in Sacramento, California, on September 5, 1975, Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, a follower of Charles Manson.
    Sara Jane Moore, standing in a crowd of onlookers across the street, pointed her .38-caliber revolver at him. Just before she fired, former Marine Oliver Sipple grabbed at the gun and deflected her shot.
  • John Lennon's Death

    John Lennon's Death
    an English musician who gained worldwide fame as one of the founders of The Beatles, for his subsequent solo career, and for his political activism and pacifism. He was shot by Mark David Chapman at the entrance of the building where he lived, The Dakota, in New York City
  • Reagan assassination attempt

    Reagan assassination attempt
    While leaving a speaking engagement at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., President Reagan and three others were shot and wounded by John Hinckley, Jr. Reagan suffered a punctured lung, but prompt medical attention allowed him to recover quickly.Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity and remains confined to a psychiatric facility.