U.S. History: 1877-2008

Timeline created by Kailey.phillips
In History
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    Early American History

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    Civil War/Reconstruction

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    The Gilded Age

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    The Progressive Era

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  • Containment

    The concept is from George F. Kennan. It explains to counter soviet expansion with political, economic, military power.
  • Arms Race/Space Race

    competition between two Cold War rivals, the Soviet Union (USSR) and the United States (US), for supremacy in spaceflight capability. The competition between 2 sides to see who's better.
  • The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

    the Soviet Union and the United States of America were the two world superpowers that dominated the global agenda of economic policy, foreign affairs, military operations, cultural exchange, scientific advancements including the pioneering of space exploration, and sports
  • Communism

    a political theory derived from Karl Marx, advocating class war and leading to a society in which all property is publicly owned and each person works and is paid according to their abilities and needs.
  • Domino Theory

    the theory that a political event in one country will cause similar events in neighboring countries, like a falling domino causing an entire row of upended dominoes to fall.
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    World War I

  • 1955 : Jonas Salk invents the  Polio Vaccine

    Salk's inactivated polio vaccine was the first vaccine for the disease; it came into use in 1955. It is on the World Health Organization's List of Essential Medicines, the safest and most effective medicines needed in a health system.
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    roaring twenties

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    great depression

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    world war 2

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    Early Cold War

  • 1945: United Nations formed

    The United Nations officially came into existence on October 24, 1945, when the Charter had been ratified by China, France, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, the United States and by a majority of other signatories.
  • Truman Doctrine (1947)

    U.S. policy that gave military and economic aid to countries threatened by communism.
  • 22nd Amendment

    prohibits anyone who has been elected president twice from being elected again
  • Marshall Plan (1948):

    program to help European countries rebuild after World War II
  • 1948: Berlin Airlift

    The Berlin airlift was the end of the Blockade after work war 2
  • 1949: NATO established

    North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), military alliance established by the North Atlantic Treaty, which sought to create a counterweight to Soviet armies stationed in central and eastern Europe after World War II.
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    civil rights era

  • 1950-1953: Korean War

    The Korean War was a war between North Korea (with the support of China and the Soviet Union) and South Korea (with the support of the United Nations, principally from the United States). The war began on 25 June 1950 when North Korea invaded South Korea following clashes along the border and insurrections in the south.
  • 1951: Rosenbergs trial

    After Greenglass pleaded guilty, the trial for the Rosenbergs and Sobell began on March 6, 1951, in the Southern District of New York. Making little attempt to portray himself as impartial, Judge Irving R. Kaufman opened the proceedings by declaring: "The evidence will show that the loyalty and alliance of the Rosenbergs and Sobell were not to our country, but that it was to Communism."
  • 1952 :  First  H-Bomb detonated by the United States

    The first series of thermonuclear tests conducted by the United States took place in November 1952 during Operation IVY. The first test took place on November 1, 1952 on the small Pacific island of Elugelab at Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands. The explosion, nicknamed the "Mike Shot", was very successful
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    vietnam war

  • 1957 : USSR launches Sputnik

    the Soviet Union launched the earth's first artificial satellite, Sputnik I. The successful launch came as a shock to experts and citizens in the United States, who had hoped that the United States would accomplish this scientific advancement first.
  • Cuban Missile Crisis

    a 1 month, 4 days confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union
  • Medicare and Medicaid established

    On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law legislation that established the Medicare and Medicaid programs
  • Tet Offensive

    officially called The General Offensive and Uprising of Tet Mau Than 1968 was a major escalation and one of the largest military campaigns of the Vietnam War
  • Tinker v. Des Moines

    a landmark decision by the United States Supreme Court that defined First Amendment rights of students in U.S. public schools.
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    end of cold war

  • Pentagon Papers leaked

    The Pentagon Papers, officially titled "Report of the Office of the Secretary of Defense Vietnam Task Force", was commissioned by Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara in 1967. In June of 1971, small portions of the report were leaked to the press and widely distributed.
  • 26th Amendment

    Passed by Congress March 23, 1971, and ratified July 1, 1971, the 26th amendment granted the right to vote to American citizens aged eighteen or older.
  • Fall of Saigon, marks the end of the Vietnam War

    On this day, Saigon, the capital of the Republic of Vietnam at the time, fell to the People's Army of Vietnam.
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    1990's-21st century