Major Events in History

  • D-Day

    This term was used during World War I on a written order to attack St. Mihiel on this day.
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  • Prohibiton

    The era where all alcohol is illegal. The 18th amendment was passed to make it illegal. It was illegal for 13 years. Many people became famous for illegally selling alcohol during this time.
  • Teapot Dome

    Teapot Dome
    This scandal was an oil reserve sandal, it happened in the beginning of Presidents Harding’s Administration.
  • KKK

    These group of people were all about white supremacy. They wore white robes, covered their faces, and met secretly at night.
  • Scopes Trial

    Scopes Trial
    A teacher by the name of John Scopes, was accused of teaching evolution, which according to Tennessee’s Butler Act, it made it unlawful to teach evolution in public school. He was found guilty, but the verdict was overturned. But at the end of it, he was still found guilty.
  • Al Capone

    Al Capone
    Al Capone was a gangster in New York. He was born on January 17, 1899 in Brooklyn, NY.
  • Stock Market Crash

    Stock Market Crash
    The stock market crash, also known as the Wall Street Crash of 1929, began on October 24, 1929. From the years before 1929, most of everyone was invested in the stock market and the bank. On October 24, also known as Black Thursday, the stock market was falling while people sold off the stocks they were invested in. Some sold to get out of further problems. The market plunged. This crash is not the total cause of the depression, but a part of it.
  • Empire State Building

    Empire State Building
    The Empire State Building was built in New York City. The Empire State Building is an architectural marvel, and one of the most striking attractions in New York City. The building itself was constructed during the Great Depression.
  • Hindenburg

    The Hindenburg disaster took place on Thursday, May 6, 1937, as the German passenger airship LZ 129 Hindenburg caught fire and was destroyed during its attempt to dock with its mooring mast at the Lakehurst Naval Air Station, which is located adjacent to the borough ofLakehurst, New Jersey. Of the 97 people on board [N 1] (36 passengers, 61 crew), there were 35 fatalities, including one death among the ground crew.
  • Amelia Earhart

    Amelia Earhart
    Amelia was named Amelia Mary Earhart. Amelia and Muriel often spent time in their backyard playing on a "Flying Dutchman" -- a leg-propelled merry-go-round built for them by their Uncle Nicey
  • Pearl Harbor

    Pearl Harbor
    In the morning of this day, many Japanese fighter planes attacked an American naval base located at Pearl Harbor. The Japanese destroyed eight massive battleships and about 200 airplanes. In the attack, about 2,000 American soldiers and sailors died, and about 1,000 were wounded.
  • Battle of Iwo Jima

    Battle of Iwo Jima
    This battle was fought during World War II, between the United States and Japan. This battle is the effect of Pearl Harbor. The Japanese thought Pearl Harbor would stop the U.S., however, the effect turned out to be the opposite. The battle was vicious. At the end, the United States won. There is a famous photo snapped by Joe Rosenthal, “Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima”.
  • Holocaust

    Most of the European Jews lived in the countries that were occupied by the Nazi during World War II. The Jews were sent to concentration camps located in the many locations occupied by the Nazi. The camps were torture to them. They were starved to death, seperated from family, small living spaces, and more. The Jews were later killed and left in huge piles. The Holocaust ended around this day, when the war in Europe officially ended.
  • First Atomic Bomb Testing

    First Atomic Bomb Testing
    The first atomic bomb was made at Los Alamos, New Mexico. The bomb was succesfully tested on this day.
  • Korean War

    Korean War
    The Korean War was in Korea. It was a war over the spread of Communism. In the end Korea split into two different nations. The two nations are now known as North and South Korea.
  • Cold War

    Cold War
    The Cold War was the war over who is the nuclear power of the world. The two biggest fighters were America and the Soviet Union. They never directly fought, but fought in a communist vs. democracy wars.
  • Color TV

    Color TV
    A German patent in 1904 contained the earliest recorded proposal for a color television system. Color TV was brand new to people, and it showed them how their shows were actually like.
  • Sputnik

    Sputnik 1 was launched into earths orbit on October 4th 1957. It was the first man made satellite and was made by the Soviet Union. To put sputnik into space the soviets used a powerful rocket to launch it high above Earth and shoot it  to the ground at a very high speed.
  • NASA

    Since its inception in 1958, NASA has accomplished many great scientific and technological feats in air and space. Our exploration of space has taught us to view Earth, ourselves, and the universe in a new way.
  • VCR

    Is a type of electro-mechanical device that uses removable videocassettes that contain magnetic tape for recording analog audio and analog video from broadcast television so that the images and sound can be played back at a more convenient time. it is found in homes. It was made back in record programs to playback at a more considerate time.
  • March on Washington

    March on Washington
    This event took place after Martin Luther King Jr. made his famous "I have a dream speech". It happened at the Washington Monument. The goal of this event was to establish racial equality.
  • JFK Assassination

    JFK Assassination
    Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated JFK on this day in history. Only two years into JFK's presidency, he is assassinated. On this day, JFK was shot at 12:30 noon. He was also the fourth president to be assassinated, also the most recent to be assassinated as well. Oswald shot JFK in the back of the head twice. Two hours later, Lyndon Johnson was sworn in as president.
  • Watts Riots

    Watts Riots
    It was a civil disturbance in the Watts neighborhood. Los Angeles, CA. August 5 to August 11, 1965. Marquette Frye, a 21-year-old African American man, was pulled over by white California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer Lee Minikus on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. How it happened was in a form of a riot.
  • Apollo 11 Lands on the Moon

    Apollo 11 Lands on the Moon
    During Richard Nixon's presidency, the first manned ship to the moon was a success. Three men landed on the moon, they are Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, and Micheal Collins. When they landed on the moon, they had completed JFK's goals of landing on the moon. The United States was the first country to have a man on the moon.
  • Nixon Doctrine

    Nixon Doctrine
    Richard Nixon put held a conference concerning the Vietnam War. This conference was held in Guam. Nixon had planned to pull troops out of Vietnam. This was known as Vietnamization. Which was to train South Vietnamese to fight the North Vietnamese rather than Americans fighting. With this, he started pulling troops out of Vietnam.
  • Watergate

    The Watergate scandal was when the Democratic National Committee was broken into, which is the Watergate Hotel. Five men were caught when they broke into the Watergate Hotel. They broke in to find information about the Democratic candidate for president. They did this to ensure a reelection for Nixon. After the break-in, Nixon had tried to cover up the scandal. Nixon had spoke over the phone telling someone that he will cover it up. The call was recorded. After this, Nixon resigned from office.
  • Vietnam War Ends

    Vietnam War Ends
    After 15 and a half years, the Americans finally pulled out of Vietnam. After losing 55 thousand men, Nixon started pulling troops out. Gerald Ford was the president when the war ended. A loss to America with 58 thousand men dead from the war.
  • Three Mile Island

    Three Mile Island
    Three Mile Island was a nuclear accident in Pennsylvannia. When this accident occured, people had to be exacuated from the area. One key vavle got stuck in the accident, which allowed for nuclear reactor coolant to escape. With that escaping, there is no way for the reactors to cool. It let nuclear material into the air. The disaster officially ended in 1993.
  • Mount St. Helens

    Mount St. Helens
    Who: Mt. St. Helens What: volcanoes erupting When: May 18, 1980, at 8:32 am PDT Where: Skamania County, Washington, Why: because of several eruptions around the volcanoes vents. how: debris avalanche.
  • Iran Hostage Crisis

    Iran Hostage Crisis
    This crisis was when a group of terrorists held 66 Americans hostage for 444 days. Jimmy Carter had not acted in the case of this event. A few minutes into Ronald Reagan's presidency, the hostages were released.
  • Star Wars

    Star Wars
    During the Cold War, Ronald Reagan told Russia about a satellite known as Star Wars. The idea of this satellite was that it could shoot down any nuclear missiles that were shot at the US. “Star Wars” was able to defend America from a nuclear attack, and in turn, allow American missiles to reach Russia. A major piece that was unpredictable, gained protection for America.
  • Challenger Explosion

    Challenger Explosion
    The first space ship accident going into space. The Challenger was set to go to space and it never did. The crew is remembered for the sacrifice they took and the original risk they had going into space.
  • Chernobyl

    This was a major nuclear disaster in Ukraine. It is one of the worst nuclear accidents in history. Over 500 thousand workers were affected by this disaster. The Soviet Union economy took a major hit on the economy from this. Crippling their economy.
  • Tear down this wall!

    Tear down this wall!
    This speech was given at the Berlin Wall. Reagan had challenged the citizens of Berlin to tear down the wall separating the city. The speech was spoken to Mikhail Gorbachev telling him and the citizens to tear down the wall. To tear down the sign of communism.
  • Bill Clinton

    Bill Clinton
    Bill Clinton was the 42nd president of the United States. He had many made decisions while he was president. He passsed DOMA and tightened gun control. His presidency ended in 2001 after 2 terms. When he left he wasn't thought high-of due to the Monica Lewinsky Scandal.
  • Nelson Mandela

    Nelson Mandela
    Nelson Mandela was a major support of racial equality and integration in South Africa. He was arrested for his protesting and after he was freed from jail, he was very well known throughout South Africa. He eventually became president of South Africa.
  • Oklahoma City Bombing

    Oklahoma City Bombing
    A terrorist attack in the United States. The result of this resulted in 168 lives being lost. The person behind the attacks was Timothy McVeigh. He was executed a few years later due to the attack he made. This was one of the first terrorist attacks in the United States.
  • Y2K

    Y2K was the scare about how on New Years Day of 2000, all of the technology would be gone. There would be no technology left due to a massive technological error.
  • 9/11

    For 102 minutes on September 11, 2001, the world looked on in horror as terrorists flew hijacked passenger planes into New York City's mighty twin towers, destroying the iconic buildings and killing more than 2,700 people.
  • Death of Ronald Reagan

    Death of Ronald Reagan
    After 10 years of the fight with Alzheimers, Ronald Reagan passed away. Ronald Reagan died at the age of 93, The death was caused by pneumonia. Which was caused by Alzheimers. Ronald Reagan is also the second longest living president. After Gerald Ford and the first in the 21st century.
  • Gay Marriage

    Gay Marriage
    Is marriage between two persons of the same biological sex or gender identity. It happens all over the world. It happens to anybody. It could happen at any time. Because people are wanting to marry people of the same sex.
  • Virginia Tech Massacre

    Virginia Tech Massacre
    33 people are reported dead -- 32 victims plus the gunman, Cho, who killed himself -- making this the deadliest known campus shooting rampage in American history.
  • Barack Obama

    Barack Obama
    Former Illinois Senator Barack Obama is the 44th and current president of the United States. Inaugurated on January 27, 2009, he is the first African-American to serve as U.S. president.
    (We all hate him)
  • Gulf War

    Gulf War
    Led by George H.W. Bush, America invaded the Middle East to overthrow Saddam Hussein. Only over a month later, the Unites States and other allies were victorius in the war. This was the last war portion in the Cold War.