Living History Project

  • Technological Advances Of The Time Period

    Technological Advances Of The Time Period
    Credit Card 31 Oct 1950
    Telvision 27 Oct 1951
    First Video Recorder 31 Oct 1951
    Passenger Jets 27 Oct 1952
    Chevy Corevette 27 Oct 1953
    Transistor Radio 31 Oct 1953
    Solar Cell 31 Oct 1954
    First Computer Hardisk 31 Oct 1956
    31 Oct 1956 31 Oct 1959
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    United States History

  • The Brinks Robbery

    The Brinks Robbery
    The Brink's robbery was an armed robbery carried out by Black Liberation Army members. These Army members stole $1.2 million in cash and $1.6 million in checks and securities. Took place in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • The Korean war

    The Korean war
    The Korean war was between the United Nations, supported by the United States, and the communist Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) The Korean war began when North Korea invaded South Korea.
  • The Anzus Treaty

    The Anzus Treaty
    Treaty Between Australia, New Zealand and the United States of America. The ANZUS treaty recognised that an armed attack in the Pacific area on one member endangered the peace.
  • Civil Rights Movement

    Civil Rights Movement
    The civil rights movement was a movement to give African Americans equal access to opportunities for the basic privileges and rights of U.S. citizenship. These Africans Americans just wanted to be treated equal, they wanted to be able to vote, have a good education, equal rigjhts.
  • Joseph McCarthy- McCarthyism

    Joseph McCarthy- McCarthyism
    McCarthyism is a campaign against alleged communists in the US government and other institutions carried out under Senator Joseph McCarthy. McCarthy was an American politician who served as a Republican U.S. Senator from the state of Wisconsin from 1947 until his death in 1957.
  • Brown V.Board of Education

    Brown V.Board of Education
    Brown V.Board of Education was concerning the issue of segregation in public schools. This trail was a three-judge panel at the U.S. District Court The Court ruled by saying "We conclude that in the field of public education the doctrine of ‘separate but equal’ has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal. . ."
  • DisneyLand Opens

    DisneyLand Opens
    Walt Disney's very first theme park Disneyland opened its gates at 2:30PM on Sunday July 17, 1955 in Anaheim. The park offered 5 themed lands with a total of 18 attractions. Six thousand invitations to the Grand Opening were mailed to studio workers, construction workers, the press and officials of company sponsors.
  • Emmett Till's Murder

      Emmett Till's Murder
    Till was an African-American boy who was murdered in Mississippi at the age of 14 after reportedly flirting with a white woman. The two men who were tried and acquitted of killing Emmett Till in 1955 are both dead.
  • The "Little Rock Nine"

    The "Little Rock Nine"
    The "Little Rock Nine" were the nine African Americans students involved in the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School. The Nine suffered repeated harassment—such as kicking, shoving, and name calling—the military assigned guards to escort them to classes.
  • The Space Race

    The Space Race
    The Space Race is the competition between nations regarding achievements in the field of space exploration. On October 4, 1957, during a reception for the IGY participants at the Soviet embassy, the news came that the Soviet Union had just launched Sputnik, the first Earth satellite.
  • Unemployment

    Unemployment is the number or proportion of unemployed people. (no jobs) 1958 6.8%
  • Barbie

    The Barbie doll was invented in 1959 by Ruth Handler, whose own daughter was called Barbara. The first Barbie was sold for $3. Additional clothing based on the latest runway trends from Paris were sold, costing from $1 to $5. The best-selling Barbie doll ever was in 1992 Totally Hair Barbie, with hair from the top of her head to her toes.
  • Fidel Castro Recognition

    Fidel Castro Recognition
    Fidel Castro is a Cuban communist revolutionary and politician who was Prime Minister of Cuba from 1959 to 1976, and President from 1976 to 2008. U.S. officials recognize the new provisional government of the island nation. Despite fears that Fidel Castro, whose rebel army helped to overthrow Batista, might have communist leanings, the U.S. government believed that it could work with the new regime and protect American interests in Cuba.
  • Astronauts

    The Mercury Seven were the group of seven Mercury astronauts selected by NASA. The flight lasted about 30 minutes from liftoff to splashdown, but the spacecraft was only in space for 15 minutes.
  • Vietnam War

    Vietnam War
    A war between communist North Vietnam and US-backed South Vietnam. North Vietnamese fired directly upon two U.S. ships in international waters on August 2 and 4, 1964. President Lyndon Johnson used that authority to order the first U.S. ground troops to Vietnam in March 1965.
  • War Protests

    War Protests
    Protests raged all over the country. San Francisco, New York , Oakland, and Berkeley were all demonstration hubs, especially during the height of the war in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Peaceful demonstrations turned violent. The growing antiwar movement was getting big with more followers but a silent majority of Americans still supported the Vietnam effort.
  • Hippie Culture

    Hippie Culture
    The hippies’ primary tenet was that life was about being happy, not about what others thought you should be. The origin of the word “hippie” came from “hipster” which was first coined by Harry Gibson in 1940 in a song titled “Harry the Hipster”. Called the Hippies Movement The Woodstock Music Festival of 1969 has become an icon of the 1960s hippie counterculture.
  • George Wallace, Governor of Alabama

    George Wallace, Governor of Alabama
    George Wallace was an American politician and the 45th governor of Alabama, having served two nonconsecutive terms and two consecutive terms as a Democrat.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr

    Martin Luther King, Jr
    Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American pastor, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. Died at the age of 39. James Earl Ray, a fugitive from the Missouri State Penitentiary, was arrested on June 8, 1968 charged with the crime. Ray entered a plea of guilty and was sentenced to 99 years in the Tennessee State Penitentiary
  • Civil Rights March

    Civil Rights March
    The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom took place in Washington, D.C. Attended by some 250,000 people, it was the largest demonstration ever seen in the nation's capital, and one of the first to have extensive television coverage.
  • Assassination of John F. Kennedy

    Assassination of John F. Kennedy
    John F. Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States. President Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a motorcade through Dealey Plaza in Dallas at 12:30 p.m. Lee Harvey Oswald, a 24 year old former Marine and employee at the Texas School Book Depository was arrested at the Texas Theatre charged with murdering a police officer named J.D. Tippit. Later that night he was also charged with the murder of President Kennedy.
  • Lyndon B.Johnson

    Lyndon B.Johnson
    Lyndon Baines Johnson was the 36th President of the United States. He seved as the President of the United States from November 22, 1963 to January 20, 1969.
  • Malcolm X

    Malcolm X
    Malcolm X was an African-American Muslim minister and a human rights activist. Malcolm X, was born Malcolm Little and changed his name becsude he considered "Little" a slave name and chose the "X" to signify his lost tribal name. Malcolm X Assassinated February 21, 1965
  • Cold War

    Cold War
    Cold War is a state of political hostility between countries characterized by threats, propaganda, and other measures short of open warfare, in particular. It was "cold" because there was no large-scale fighting directly between the two sides, although there were major regional wars in Korea, Vietnam and Afghanistan that the two sides supported.
  • Labor Rights

    Labor Rights
    Labor rights or workers' rights are a group of legal rights and claimed human rights having to do with labor relations between workers and their employers, usually obtained under labor and employment law. The labor movement pushes for guaranteed minimum wage laws, and there are continuing negotiations about increases to the minimum wage. Jan 25, 1950 $0.75
    Mar 1, 1956 $1.00
    Sep 3, 1961 $1.15 $1.00
    Apr 1, 19904 $3.80 for all covered, nonexempt workers
  • Richard Nixon/ Watergate scandal

    Richard Nixon/ Watergate scandal
    Richard Milhous Nixon was the 37th President of the United States. Served as the President from January 20, 1969 to August 9, 1974. The Watergate scandal was a major political scandal that occurred in the United States in the 1970s as a result of the June 17, 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.
  • Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy

    Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy
    Robert Francis Kennedy was the a United States Senator, Also President John F. Kennedys brother. Kennedy was shot three times by Palestinian immigrant Sirhan Sirhan after giving a speech at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California. He died at 1:44 AM June 6, 1968.
  • Woodstock

    The Woodstock Music & Art Fair—informally, the Woodstock Festival or simply Woodstock—was a music festival, billed as "An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music". Woodstock involved lots of sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll - plus a lot of mud.
  • Disco Music/Culture

    Disco Music/Culture
    The genre emerged out of an urban subculture in the early 1970s. By 1974 the dance club scene was regularly responsible for breaking major hits; within another year it was helping determine the way records were made. Album-sized singles were introduced to fill deejay needs; these "disco singles" became so popular that a large number of them were released commercially.
  • John Lennons Murder

    John Lennons Murder
    John Lennons was an English musician, singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a founder member of the rock group the Beatles. John Lennon was shot and killed outside of his New York City apartment. 25-year-old crazed fan Mark David Chapman shot him at close range.
  • Assassination attempt of Ronald Reagan

    Assassination attempt of Ronald Reagan
    Ronald Wilson Reagan was an American actor and politician. He was the 40th President of the United States.
    Hinckley fired one bullet entered Reagan’s chest, puncturing a lung and lodging one inch from his heart. Reagan joked with doctors as he was being wheeled into the operating room: “I hope you’re all Republicans.” To try to comfort his wife, Nancy, Reagan also told her “Honey, I forgot to duck.”
    Washington University Hospital
    Just 12 day after the shooting Reagan was released.

    The virus that would become known as HIV was mentioned for the first time in a medical publication. Like so many gay men in the 1980s, White struggled with an illness that seemed like a death sentence and isolated him from those who feared contagion. "The attitude was, these (diseases) are only in gays and IV drug users, underdogs, people who didn't deserve any special attention," At the end of 1981, 5 to 6 new cases of the disease were being reported each week.
  • The Vietnam War Memorial

    The Vietnam War Memorial
    The Wall That Heals The Vietnam Veterans Memorial chronologically lists the names of more than 58,000 Americans who gave their lives in service to their country. It too a little over eight million dollars to make, most of which was donated.
  • Terrorist Truck Bomb/Beirut barracks bombing

    Terrorist Truck Bomb/Beirut barracks bombing
    Occurred during the Lebanese Civil War when two truck bombs struck separate buildings housing United States and French military forces. This bombing killed 299 American and French servicemen.
  • Olympics

    Olympics is the modern revival of the ancient games held once every 4 years in a selected country The 3rd Summer United States Olymics games was held in Los Angeles.
  • The Korean War Memorial

    The Korean War Memorial
    The Korean War Veterans Memorial is located in Washington, D.C.'s West Potomac Park. Designed by Frank Gaylord and dedicated on July 27, 1995 by American President Bill Clinton and South Korean President Kim Young Sam, this memorial depicts 19 Korean War MemorialAmerican soldiers making their way through the rough terrain of Korea.
  • Ronald Reagan/ Reaganomics

    Ronald Reagan/ Reaganomics
    Ronald Wilson Reagan was an American actor and politician. He was the 40th President of the United States. Reaganomics is the economic policies of the former US president Ronald Reagan, associated especially with the reduction of taxes and the promotion of unrestricted free-market activity.
  • The falling of the berlin wall

    The falling of the berlin wall
    The Berlin Wall was erected in the dead of night and for 28 years kept East Germans from fleeing to the West. It consisted of concrete slabs reaching nearly 12-feet high (3.6 m) and 4-feet wide (1.2 m), plus it had a smooth pipe running across the top to hinder people from scaling the Wall. It took about three decades until the Wall was torn down. The deadly border was opened by East Germans peacefully.
  • Jimmy Carter/Iran Hostage Crisis

    Jimmy Carter/Iran Hostage Crisis
    James Earl is an American politician and member of the Democratic Party who served as the 39th President of the United States from 1977 to 1981. The Iran hostage crisis was a diplomatic crisis between Iran and the United States.