US History 1955-1975

Timeline created by Riley Hinton
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower is elected as President for a second term

    Dwight D. Eisenhower has won the election by getting 457 Electoral College votes compared to his competitor Adlai E. Stevenson who got 73 Electoral College votes.
  • Incident with nine African American kids at an all white High School

    Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus had refused to allow nine black kids to go to Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. President Eisenhower had sent in Federal troops to protect the kids from threats.
  • Boeing 707 enters production

    Boeing 707 enters production
    The Boeing 707 was a big, four engine airliner that could travel 3,300 miles without refueling, and the plane can carry 179 people per flight. Boeing 707s were used all over the world with almost every major airline in the world. Boeing 707s were in production from 1958 to 1979 and it only ended when the Boeing 747 had entered production that killed the production of the obsolete 707s.
  • Explorer 1 was launched into space

    Explorer 1 was launched into space
    Explorer 1 was the first U.S. satellite launched into space because when Sputnik was launched into space a few years before the Explorer 1 was launched, had panicked the U.S. to launch their own satellite that was Explorer 1.
  • Nikita Khrushchev visits America

    Nikita Khrushchev came to visit America because he wanted to have diplomatic relations with the U.S., so Eisenhower had invited Nikita Khrushchev to his farm in Gettysburg to discuss relation between the two countries.
  • Gary Powers crashes in the Soviet Union

    Gary Powers crashes in the Soviet Union
    Gary Powers was flying over the Soviet Union in his U-2 spy plane, but a missile had hit his aircraft and he landed in the Soviet Union. Gary Powers returned to the U.S. when the U.S. had exchanged a captured Soviet spy for Gary Powers.
  • John F. Kennedy wins the election for President

    John F. Kennedy wins the election for President
    John F. Kennedy has won the election by getting 303 Electoral College votes compared to his competitor Richard M. Nixon who got 219 Electoral College votes.
  • Cuban Missile Crisis

    Russians were building Nuclear missile silos in Cuba, so America decided to blockade the entirety of Cuba to stop the shipment of missiles. Thirty-eight days later, JFK would remove missiles from Turkey if Soviet Premier Khrushchev removed the missiles from Cuba.
  • John F. Kennedy is assassinated

    While John F. Kennedy was in a motorcade in Dallas, Lee Harvey Oswald had shot John F. Kennedy with a fatal gunshot wound that killed him later that day. Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in as President to finish John F. Kennedy's term in office.
  • Lyndon B. Johnson wins the election for President

    Lyndon B. Johnson wins the election for President
    Lyndon B. Johnson has won the election by getting 486 Electoral College votes compared to his competitor Barry M. Goldwater who got 52 Electoral College votes.
  • The Voting Rights Act of 1965

    The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed because most voters would need to pass a literary test and have federal registration of voters in areas that had less than 50% of voters are registered.
  • Richard M. Nixon wins the Presidency

    Richard M. Nixon wins the Presidency
    Richard M. Nixon has won the election by getting 301 Electoral College votes compared to his competitor Humphrey who got 191 Electoral College votes and his other competitor George Wallace who got 46 Electoral College votes.
  • The Moon Landing

    The Moon Landing
    Neil Armstrong and Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr., had taken the first step on the moon after they had launched from Cape Canaveral four days earlier.
  • Richard M. Nixon new Vietnam policy

    Richard M. Nixon new Vietnam policy was that all of the Asian allies that the U.S. had at the time, had to take care of their own military forces so that the U.S. can focus on the Vietnam War.
  • Richard M. Nixon wins the Presidency for a second term

    Richard M. Nixon has won the election by getting 520 Electoral College votes compared to his competitor George S. McGovern who got 17 Electoral College votes.
  • Watergate Scandal

    The Watergate Scandal was about the break in of the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Washington, D.C. Watergate Office Building that Richard M. Nixon was involved in and was forced to resign the Presidency.
  • Richard M. Nixon Resigns the Presidency

    Richard M. Nixon resigns the presidency to avoid the impeachment process and had admitted his involvement in the Watergate Scandal.
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    Vietnam War ends

    The war in Vietnam had ended when the communist forces of North Vietnam had captured Saigon and lead to the unconditional surrender of South Vietnam.