Era of Divided Government


Assassination of Kennedy


The opinion that Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone, but whether he knew or not, he was accompanied by at least one other gunman, possibly several. The important thing is what this event did to American morale: devastated it.

Nixon defeats Hubert Humphrey


The election had a strong third-party effort from American Independent Party candidate George Wallace

President Nixon Retains White House


He routed the choice of the still divided Democrats, Senator George McGovern of South Dakota.

Water Gate Scandal


The Watergate Scandal forced Senator George McGovern from his office

Presidency lost


Mr. Ford lost the presidency and the voters rejected his bid for a full term, preferring instead the Democratic Party's candidate, Jimmy Carter, the former governor of Georgia

Defeat for Jimmy Carter


A steadily worsening economy, political fallout from the Iranian hostage crisis, and his own inability to establish himself as an effective President spelled out defeat for Carter.

GOP In White House


The GOP kept the White House with a third straight win.

Hubble Space Telescope Launching


The launch of the Hubble Telescope sped humanity to one of its greatest advances in that journey. Hubble is a telescope that orbits Earth. Its position above the atmosphere, which distorts and blocks the light that reaches our planet, gives it a view of the universe that typically far surpasses that of ground-based telescopes.

Bill Clinton Victory


Bill Clinton won a second term, handily defeating the Republican candidate, long-time senator from Kansas, Bob Dole, and at the same time thwarting a third-party bid by Mr. Perot.

GOP Regains the White House


The GOP regains the white house in the exceedingly close presidential contest.

Hurricane Katrina

August 23, 2005 - August 31, 2005

Hurricane Katrina devastates the Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama coastlines killing at least 1,836 people and causing $81 billion in damage, making it the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history. Weeks later, Hurricane Rita causes $10 billion damage along the Louisiana and Texas coastlines. In October, Hurricane Wilma kills 35 and causes $20 billion in damage in Florida.

In Attack’s Wake, Political Repercussions


Representative Gabrielle Giffords, an Arizona Democrat, and at least 17 others were shot Saturday morning when a gunman opened fire outside a supermarket where Ms. Giffords was meeting with constituents. It has been said that she was the target of the attack in front of a supermarket.