Forrest Gump Historical Events

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    The Vietnam War

    The Vietnam War was one of the controversial conflicts during the 20th century. Many people were against the war as they believed that the soldiers were only being sent to their deaths, and that the war was not very productive for the United States.
  • Elvis Presley "Hound Dog"

    Elvis Presley "Hound Dog"
    Elvis Presley sings and dances to "Hound Dog" on live TV. This was the most famous recording of this song. "Hound Dog" has been recorded more that 250 times.
  • The Ku Klux Klan

    The Ku Klux Klan
    Nathan Bedford Forrest served as the first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. Forrest began an association with the newly formed Ku Klux Klan, a secret society that terrorized blacks and opposed Reconstruction efforts. The civil rights movement of the 1960s saw a surge of local Klan activity across the South, including the bombings, beatings and shootings of black and white activists.
  • Desegregation at the University of Alabama

    Desegregation at the University of Alabama
    Facing federalized Alabama National Guard troops, Alabama Governor George Wallace ends his blockade of the University of Alabama. He allowed two African American students to enroll. two African American students–Vivian Malone and James A. Hood–successfully enrolled.
  • John F. Kennedy Assassination

    John F. Kennedy Assassination
    President John F. Kennedy was assassinated as he rode in a motorcade through Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas, Texas. Police arrested Lee Harvey Oswald, a recently hired employee at the Texas School Book Depository. He was being held for the assassination of President Kennedy.
  • The Black Panther Party

    The Black Panther Party
    The Black Panther Party was a revolutionary black nationalist and socialist organization. The Panthers practiced militant self-defense of minority communities against the U.S. government. The party was one of the first organizations in U.S. history to militantly struggle for ethnic minority and working class emancipation.
  • Robert Kennedy Assassination

    Robert Kennedy Assassination
    The assassination of Robert Kennedy took place on June 5, 1968, in Los Angeles, California. This was during the campaign season for the 1968 presidential election.
  • The Moon Landing

    The Moon Landing
    The first moon landing was Apollo 11 and Neil Armstrong was the first person to step foot on the moon. The launch was broadcast on tv. This took place at the Kennedy Space Center.
  • The Watergate Scandal

    The Watergate Scandal
    The Watergate scandal was a political scandal during the 1970's which involved a break-in of the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate Office Complex. The prowlers were connected to President Richard Nixon’s reelection campaign, and they had been caught while attempting to wiretap phones and steal secret documents.
  • Hurricane Carmen

    Hurricane Carmen
    Hurricane Carmen hit the Southern US, including Bayou La Batre. It was the most intense tropical cyclone of the 1974 hurricane season. The hurricane went over Texas on September 10th, 1974.
  • HIV/AIDS Breakout

    HIV/AIDS Breakout
    This marks the AIDS breakout in the world. This went on to infect many people throughout the 1980s. Jenny was infected and died.
  • Ronald Reagan Assassination Attempt

    Ronald Reagan Assassination Attempt
    69 days into his presidency, Ronald Reagan was shot by John Hinckley Jr. He was shot in the chest but survived. Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity on charges of attempting to assassinate the President.