Oral History Timeline

  • Date of Birth

  • World War II Begins

  • Roosevelt Elected

  • Pearl Harbor

    Japanese attack Pearl Harbor
  • "Declaration of the United Nations"

    A Joint Declaration by the United States and many other countries is made
  • German Army Surrenders

    The German army surrenders to the Soviet Union.
  • D-Day

    D-Day Operation Overlord begins
  • Auschwitz

    Auschwitz is liberated
  • Hiroshima

    Atomic bomb is dropped on Hiroshima
  • Nagasaki

    Atomic bomb is dropped on Nagasaki.
  • World War II Ends

  • World War II Ends

    Japan surrenders to Allies.
  • Israel Created

  • Harry Truman elected

  • Korean War is sparked

    North Korea invades South Korea
  • Korean War Begins

  • Dwight Eisenhower Elected

  • Joseph Stalin Dies

  • Korean War Ends

  • Korean War Ends

    Armistice signed
  • Albert Einstein Dies

  • Eisenhower Reelected

  • Sputnik I Launched

  • First American Satellite Goes into Orbit

  • Cuban Revolution

    Fidel Castro begins Communist rule
  • JFK Elected

  • Berlin Wall Contruction Begins

  • Cuban Missile Crisis

  • JFK Assassinated

  • Johnon Elected full term

  • First Daughter is Born

    First daughter Beth is born.
  • Troops sent to Vietnam

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated

    Assassinated in Memphis and violence breaks out is 125 cities
  • Robert Kennedy Assassinated

  • Nixon Elected

  • First Son is Born

    First son David is born.
  • First Man on Moon

    Apollo 11 lands and Armstrong is the first man on the moon
  • EPA established

  • Nixon reelected

  • Paris Peace accounts assigned

  • Last U.S Combat troops withdrawn from Vietnam

  • Nixon Resigns, Ford Becomes President

  • Jimmy Carter Elected

  • Global Oil Shortage

  • Nuclear Accident at Three Mile Island

  • Ronald Reagan Elected

  • Scientists Identify AIDS

  • Reagan Almost Assassinated

    John Hinckley Jr. attempts to assassinate Reagan
  • Economy Rebound

  • Reagan Reelected

  • Challenger Explodes

  • George H.W Bush Elected

  • Poland Breaks away from Soviet Union

    This starts the fall of communism in Europe
  • Desert Strom Launched

  • Bill Clinton Elected

  • Last U.S troops leave Somalia

  • Clinton Reelected

  • Columbine High School Shootings

  • Election Undecided

    Election between Al Gore and Geroge W Bush Undecided
  • 9/11: Planes crash into world trade center

    a total of four planes are hijacked, two hitting the world trade center, one hitting the pentagon, and another crashing in a Pennsylvania field.
  • Hurricane Katrina

  • Iowa Floods

  • Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami

  • Osama Bin Laden killed