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Japanese attack Pearl Harbor; US enters WWII


DDay invasion of France


President FDR dies; Harry Truman becomes president


first use of the atomic bomb; end of WWII


cold war begins


formation of the north atlantic treaty organization (NATO)


Korean Conflict


Dight Eisenhower elected president


Brown v. Board of Education rules segregation in public schools unconstitutional


federal highway act


eisenhower sends federal troops to Little Rock, AK


JFK elected president


Alan Shepard becomes the first american in space


berlin wall constructed


cuban missile crisis


kennedy assassinated; lyndon b. johnson becomes president


gulf of tonkin resolution


u.s troops engage in combat in vietnam


martin luther king jr. and Robert F. kennedy assassinated


riots at democratic party convention in chicago; richard nixon elected president


neil armstrong becomes the first man on the moon


break-in at democratic party headquarters in watergate complex


american combat troops leave vietnam


nixon resigns before he is impeached; gerald ford becomes president


bicentennial celebration; jimmy carter elected president`


camp david accords between israel and egypt signed


ronald regan elected president


"star wars" project to develop strategic defense weapons announced


george H.W. Bush elected president


USSR collapses; end of Cold War


Persian Gulf War


Bill Clinton elected president

Dwight Eisenhower

commanded the american forces in europe; elected president in 1952;

Douglas MacArthur

commanded american forces in the pacific

Franklin D. Roosevelt

president at the time of declaration of WWII; part of the "big three";

Harry S Truman

33rd pres of the US; "the average man's average man"; president at the time of the cold war

Joseph McCarthy

senator from Wisconsin; questioned the patriotism of hundreds of government employees; there was a mass hysteria over communism; led to trials on tv

J. Robert Oppenheimer

headed the research team that developed the first atomic bomb

Dwight D. Eisenhower

34th president of the US; supreme allied commander in Europe during WWII; planned the DDay invasion; first commander of the NATO forces;

Earl Warren

chief justice of the US Judicial Activism (1953-69)

Rosa Parks

refused to give up her bus seat to a white person; her actions led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott (1955-56)

Martin Luther King Jr.

founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference; "the prophet of nonviolent protests"; organized the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the March on Washington

Elvis Presley

Rock and Roll icon in the 1950s

Jack Kerouac

The "Beat Generation" in the 1950s

John F. Kennedy

35th president of the US; young and bright; youngest elected president; dealt with the Cuban Missile Crisis; assassinated in 1963

James Meredith

African American air force veteran; wanted to attend college through benefits provided by the GI Bill

Lyndon B. Johnson

36th President of the US; southern democrat; his strategy in Vietnam was escalation; great ability to work with congress; his domestic policy was "The Great Society"

Robert F. Kennedy

attorney general under his brother; senator from NY; assassinated in 1968 while on the campaign trail

Alan Shepard

became the first American in space in May 1961

John Glenn

became the first American to orbit the Earth in February 1962

Malcolm X

part of the Black Muslims

Betty Friedan

author of the Feminine Mystique

Andy Warhol

leader in pop art in the 1950s

Richard Nixon

37th president of the United States; republican conservative; his foreign strategy was to promote world peace; Kent State Issue

Henry Kissinger

led the Paris Peace talks; national security advisor; secretary of state (1973-77)

Ronald Reagan

"the great communicator"; 40th president of the US; returned to a policy of "New Federalism"; promoted "trickle down" economics

George H.W. Bush

41st president of the US; continued reagan politics; saw an end to the Cold War and collapse of the Soviet Union

Bill Clinton

42nd President of the US; enjoyed an improved economy; centered his domestic policies on healthcare and social reform; impeached on charges of perjury and instruction of justice

George W. Bush

declared war on terrorism; created the department of homeland security; sent American troops to Afghanistan

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