World War II and After-Dates and People

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