Major Events in American History Part B

By libbie
  • The Invention of the Model T Ford

    The Invention of the Model T Ford
    Sometimes called the "Tin Lizzy" Ford's Model T was the most popular car back in the early 1900s. He said, "You can have any color you want, as long as it's black."
  • The Zimmerman Telegram

    The Zimmerman Telegram
    This telegram was sent to Mexico from Germany. They told Mexico that if they joined the war, Germany would give them back the land they had lost in the Mexican-American War. Luckily, America intercepted the telegram and deciphered the code in time. This is what brought America into the War.
  • The WWI Armistice

    The WWI Armistice
    Today, November 11 is called Veteran's Day. This is because on 11/11/1918 at 11:00 am the WWI Armistice was signed, putting an end to The Great War, as it was then known.
  • The 19th Amendment

    The 19th Amendment
    This Amendment gives women the right to vote, finally.
  • Charles Lindbergh’s Flight

    Charles Lindbergh’s Flight
    Charles Lindbergh was the first person to fly alone across the Atlantic Ocean. He flew from New York to Paris (a 33 1/2 hour trip) without stopping, by himself.
  • Black Thursday

    Black Thursday
    Black Thursday is that fateful day in 1929 when the stock market crashed. Although this is not the only cause of the Great Depression, it is one of the major factors. (The Dust-bowl in the 1930's (which destroyed our wheat crop) is also a factor, as are several other things.)
  • The New Deal

    The New Deal
    This was FDR's campaign platform. He promised, basically, to end the Great Depression with his New Deal. This New Deal would form government agencies and find jobs for people so that they could get money in order to provide for their families and to help get the nation's economy back on its feet.
  • Hitler Becomes Chancellor of Germany

    Hitler Becomes Chancellor of Germany
    Hitler and his fellow Nazis have taken over Germany politically and Hitler is "elected" High Chancellor of Germany.
  • The Munich Pact

    The Munich Pact
    An agreement between Britain and France, basically to let Germany do what ever they wanted, but officially to let them take over the parts of Czechoslovakia that spoke German. (Germany took all of it over.)
  • Hitler Invades Poland

    Hitler Invades Poland
    Hitler isn't satisfied with Czechoslovakia, so he decides to invade Poland and add to the "Third Reich". Because of this, Britain and France decide that enough is enough and declare war on Germany.
  • Pearl Harbor

    Pearl Harbor
    On Dec. 7, 1941 "A date which will live in Infamy" Pearl Harbor, where our biggest military ships were at harbor, was bombed by Japanese fighter planes. This made our nation angry, angry enough to drop our largely isolationist wishes and join the Allies in World War II.
  • The formation of United Nations

    The formation of United Nations
    United Nations was formed as a way to help prevent World War 3 from happening. Their goal is to promote peace between the nations and settle disputes.
  • D-Day

    D-Day
    This was the event that took months of planning, secrecy, and suspense. Not everything went as planned. The night before the invasion on the beaches, there were men dropped from planes from behind. Unfortunately there was enough wind that the men didn't land where they were supposed to. This caused a lot of confusion. Luckily, it wasn't only us that got confused, the Germans were also confused, and this confusion helped our men when they landed the next day.
  • Hiroshima & Nagasaki

    Hiroshima & Nagasaki
    Near the end of WWII, we decided to drop a bomb on Hiroshima & Nagasaki. We knew about the Japanese culture and that they would rather die than surrender. A bomb seemed like the only think terrifying enough to cause them to surrender. We dropped the bombs and Japan surrendered, the next day, Germany followed.
  • The Long Telegram

    The Long Telegram
    "The Long Telegram was a review of how the Soviet Union saw the world. The Clifford-Elsey Report took those facts and interpreted how they affected the world and what the United States should do about it." (Wikipedia)
  • The formation of NATO

    The formation of NATO
    NATO is short for North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The main reason for the formation of NATO was to get countries together who were willing to fight the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
  • Russians acquire the Atomic Bomb

    This caused a lot of unrest in the U.S. We later put atomic missiles in Turkey. This later lead to the Cuban Missile crisis.
  • The Korean War

    We, in America, didn't want Soviet control to spread any further than it already had. So, when North Korea invaded South Korea, we decided to take action under the direction of General Douglass McArthur. (President Truman thought that he was too aggressive and didn't want to cause WW3, so McArthur was later fired and replaced by someone else.)
  • Brown v Board of Education

    This was the decision made by the Supreme Court that overruled their previous decision on Plessy v Ferguson. It decided that "Separate but Equal" wasn't happening, and wasn't fair. This decision played a major role in the Civil Rights movement.
  • Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat

    Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat
  • The Cuban Missile Crisis

    The Cuban Missile Crisis
    The Cuban Missile Crisis is when the U.S. and Russia basically had a face down over atomic missiles. Russia had allied with Cuba's dictator and was placing missiles in Cuba. The United States government had to decided how it was going to deal with this situation. Thirteen days after it started, it ended. Russia pulled its missiles out of Cuba. As part of the agreement, the U.S. also pulled its missiles out of Turkey.
  • JFK’s Assassination

    JFK’s Assassination
  • The Vietnam War

    Yet again, the United States was afraid of the spreading control of the USSR and we decided that it was worth fighting for.
  • The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

  • The Apollo 11 Moon Landing

    The Apollo 11 Moon Landing
  • The Watergate Break-ins

  • The invention of the Internet

  • Nixon’s Resignation

  • The Fall of the Berlin Wall

  • The 9/11 Attacks

    The 9/11 Attacks