Forrest Gump annotated timeline

  • Nathan Beford Forrest joins/forms the first iteration of the Klu Klux Klan.

    Nathan Beford Forrest joins/forms the first iteration of the Klu Klux Klan.
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  • Winston Groom (author) born

    Winston Groom (author) born
  • Jenny born

    Jenny born
  • Bill Clinton born

    Bill Clinton born
  • Hank Williams "Lovesick Blues" released

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    US involvement (various forms) in Vietnam conflict.

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    Korean War

  • Robert Zemeckis (director) born

    Robert Zemeckis (director) born
  • Tom Hanks born

    Tom Hanks born
  • Elvis Presley "Hound Dog" released

    ST#1-01. Big Mama Thorton version released Feb, 1953
  • Duane Eddy "Rebel Rouser" released.

  • First known recording of "Jesus is on the Main Line"

    Not featured on soundtrack or included song trivia on FG soundtrack Wikipedia page. Unknown version plays over montage where FG prays for shrimp and becomes successful/gives Bubba's mom check, she faints.
  • Clarence "Frogman" Henry "(I Don't Know Why) But I Do" released

  • The Rooftop Singers "Walk Right In" released

  • Pete Seeger "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" released

    EX-10. Written by Seeger in 1955, covered by many artists before Seeger's 1962 recording.
  • Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs "Sugar Shack" released

  • Tommy James and the Shondells "Hanky Panky" released

  • George Wallace's pro-segregation "Stand at the Schoolhouse Door"

    George Wallace's pro-segregation "Stand at the Schoolhouse Door"
  • JFK assassinated

    JFK assassinated
  • Jackie DeShannon "What the World Needs Now is Love" released

  • The Four Tops "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" released

  • The Byrds "Turn! Turn! Turn!" released

    ST#02-03. Written by P. Seeger in the late 50's, originally released in late 1962 by the Linelighters and some months later by Seeger himself on "The Bitter and the Sweet" album.
  • The Mamas and the Papas "California Dreamin'" released

  • Wilson Pickett "Land of 1000 Dances" released

  • Bob Dylan "Rainy Day Woman #12 & #35" released

  • Beach Boys "Sloop John B" released

  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience "Hey Joe" released

    EX-09. Originally released by The Leaves in late 1965.
  • Buffalo Springfield "For What It's Worth" released

    st#01-13. Recorded in November, 1966, the song has often been interpreted as anti-war but was inspired by the Sunset Strip curfew riots.
  • The Doors "Break on Through (to the Other Side)" released

  • The Youngbloods "Let's Get Together" released

  • The Doors "People Are Strange" released

  • The Doors "Soul Kitchen" released

  • Aretha Franklin "Respect" released

  • Scott McKenzie "San Fransisco" released

  • Harry Nillson "Everybody's Talkin'" released

  • The Doors "Hello I Love You" released

  • Simon and Garfunkel "Mrs. Robinson" released

  • RFK assassinated

    RFK assassinated
  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience "All Along the Watchtower" released

    EX-04. Original Bob Dylan version released November 22, 1968. Recorded on November 6, 1967.
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival "Fortunate Son" released.

  • Jefferson Airplane "Volunteers" released

  • The 5th Dimension "Aquarius: Medley" released.

  • B.J. Thomas "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" released

  • Canned Heat "Let's Stick Together" released

    EX-11. Cover of 1962 R&B song by Wilbert Harrison.
  • The Supremes "Stoned Love" released

  • Three Dog Night "Joy to the World" released

  • The Doors "Love Her Madly" released

  • John Lennon/Yoko Ono first appearance on Dick Cavett show/premier of "Imagine"

    John Lennon/Yoko Ono first appearance on Dick Cavett show/premier of "Imagine"
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    Nixon visits China

  • George Wallace assassination attempt

    George Wallace assassination attempt
  • "Plumbers" break-in at Watergate Hotel.

    FG observes break-in, calling the front desk. "Plumbers" were arrested at 2:30 AM.
  • Gladys Knight and the Pips "I've Got to Use My Imagination" released

  • Tony Orlando and Dawn "Tie A Yellow Ribbon" released.

  • Lynyrd Skynyrd "Free Bird" released

  • Lynyrd Skynyrd "Sweet Home Alabama" released

    ST#02-11. Neil Young's "Southern Man" released September 19th, 1970.
  • Randy Newman "Mr. President (Have Pity on the Working Man)" released

  • KC and the Sunshine Band "Get Down Tonight" released

  • Gerald Ford assassination attempt

    Gerald Ford assassination attempt
    Overheard on radio when FG and LtD are shrimping.
  • The Doobie Brothers "It Keeps You Runnin'" released

  • Joan Baez "Blowin' in the Wind (live)" released

    ST#01-06. On "From Every Stage" live album. Bob Dylan version released August 1963.
  • Fleetwood Mac "Go Your Own Way" released

    ST#02-15*. Only available on 2001 collectors edition reprint.
  • Jackson Browne "Running On Empty" released

    ST#02-12*. Only available on 2001 Collectors edition reprint.
  • Jimmy Carter collapses during 6.2 mi road race in Catoctin Mts., MD

    Jimmy Carter collapses during 6.2 mi road race in Catoctin Mts., MD
    Overheard on radio when FG runs through town to begin his long run.
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    Forrest Gump long run

    "I ran for 3 years, 2 months, 14 days and 16 hours."
  • Willie Nelson "On the Road Again" released

  • Bob Seger "Against the Wind" released

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    Approx. story telling present of FG. (bench sitting)

  • John Lennon assassination

    John Lennon assassination
  • Reagan assassination attempt

    Reagan assassination attempt
    FG sees news on TV after he finishes his run.
  • Jenny dies

    Jenny dies
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    Invasion of Grenada

  • Winston Groom's Forrest Gump (novel) released

    Winston Groom's Forrest Gump (novel) released
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    Gulf War I

  • Bill Clinton elected president.

    Bill Clinton elected president.
    Electoral votes: 370/168
    Popular vote (millions): 44.9/39.1
    Pop vote %: 43.01/37.45
  • Alan Silvestri "Forrest Gump Suite" and orchestral soundtrack released.

  • Forrest Gump film released nationwide

    Forrest Gump film released nationwide
    Budget: 55 million.
    Box office: 655 million.
  • Winston Groom's Gump and Co. (novel) released

    Winston Groom's Gump and Co. (novel) released
  • September, 11th terrorist attacks

    September, 11th terrorist attacks