Forrest Gump Timeline

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    The Vietnam War begins

    Forrest joins the Vietnam War. The Vietnam War was a long and unsecccesful war and created much protest in the United States
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    Hippie counterculture develops

    Forrest meets Hippies after he returns from the war. Hippies were people who protested the war and founded on psychedelic rock and brought about the the sexual revolution.
  • Elvis' first live show

    Forrest shows Elvis a funny dance while Elvis is staying at Forrest's home. Elvis later uses that dance in his first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show.
  • George Wallace's stance against integration

    Forrest witnesses George Wallace's stance against integration by standing in front of the schoolhouse doors to not allow the black students in.
  • JFK's assassination

    Forrest meets JFK in 1963 and he later talks about how JFK was assassinated.
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    The Black Panthers develop

    Forrest meets the Black Panthers in 1969. The Black Panthers were a civil rights group that used violence to gain rights for blacks and believed in black supremacy,
  • Moon landing

    Apollo 11 was the first spaceflight that landed humans on the Moon.
  • Charles manson is arested

    Forrest hears on T.V that cult leader Charles Manson has been found and arrested.
  • Watergate scandal

    Forrest is condecorated by Nixon for playing ping pong for the army. This condecoration grants him a stay at the Watergate complex, thus leading to Forrest watching the burglars breaking into it and calling security , thus leading to the Watergate Scandal, which resulted in Nixon resigning.
  • Hurricane Carmen hits

    Hurricane Carmen hits the southern USA, including Bayou La Batre.
  • The Apple company is developed

    In 1976, Dan tells Forrest he invested their money on a "fruit company". This fruit company was Apple, which was created by that time and turned into a huge profit very quickly.
  • John Lennon's assination

    Forrest meets John Lennon the December of 1971 and he later talks about how he was assassinated.
  • Attempted Reagan assassination

    While leaving a speaking engagement at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., President Reagan was shot and wounded by John Hinckley Jr. Hinckley'
  • Space Shuttle launch

    The first American space shuttle is launched.
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    HIV/AIDS outbreak

    In 1981, when Forrest meets Jenny again, she says she has a virus that doctors don't know. This virus was the HIV virus.