US History timeline

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    The 1920's

  • F. Scott Fitzgerald

    He coined the term "Jazz Age" to describe the 1920's. In This Sid of PAradise and The Great Gatsby, he revealed the negative side of the period's gaiety and freedom.
  • Gertude Ederle

    At the age of 19, Gertude Ederle became the first woman to swim the English Channel.
  • Limbergh's Flight

    Charels A. Lindbergh took off near New York City in the Spirit of St. Louis, flew up the coast to Newfoundland. Paris threw a huge party. On his return to the U.S., New York showered Lindbergh with ticker tape.
  • Stock market crashes

    The stock market took a plundge. Panicked investors unloaded their shares. But the worst was yet to come.
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    The Great Depression

  • Hawley-smoot Tariff act

    Established the highest protective tariff in United States history.
  • Dust Bowl

    The drought that began in the early 1930's wreaked havoc o the Great plains. Farmers from Texas to North Dakota had used tractors to break up the grasslands.
  • Children suffer hardships

    By 1933, some 2,600 schools across the nation had shut down, leaving more than 300,000 students out of school.
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    World War 2

  • Martha Gellhorn

    Martha Gellhorn arrived in Madria in 1937 to cover the brutal civil war that had broken out in Spain the year before.
  • The German Offensive Begins

    As dawn broke on March 15, 1939, German troops poured into what remained of Czechoslovakia.
  • The Battle of Britian

    On September 15, 1940 the RAF shot down over 185 German planes; at the same time, they lost only 26 aircrafts. Six weeks later, Hitler called off the invasion of Britian indefinitely.
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    Cold War

  • Alger Hiss

    A former communist spy named Whittaker Chambers accused Alger Hiss of spying for the Soviet Union
  • Soviet Unoin bomb

    Americans learned that the Societ Unoin exploded an atomic bomb. Most American experts had predicted that it would take the Soviets three or five more years to make the bomb.
  • The Mccaran Act

    As Hollywood tried to rid itself of Communusts, Congress decided that Truman's Loyalty Review Board did not go far enough.