Russo moves to Gloversville, your run of the mill working town.
1954 - 1962
Parents split up.
"Lived a life of studied bad habits"
1967 - 1968
Went to college in Tucson, Arizona (University of Arizona).
Summers at College
1968 - 1971
He spent his college summers with his father (odd?).
1971 - 1979
He became bored of his studies, so he decided to write more professionally in his spare time.
1980 - 1996
Taught at many universities, such as "Arizona State, Penn State-Altoona, Southern Connecticut State University, South Illinois University, and Colby College in Waterville, Maine."
First Published Novel
Mohawk, his first published novel, was published in 1986.
Retired from Teaching
Russo retired from teaching to pursue a writing career.
He won the Pulitzer Prize for his novel, Empire Falls, in 2002.
President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963.
The Pentagon Papers were allowed to be published by both the NY Times and Washington Post in 1971.
In South Vietnam, the Communists have taken complete control by 1975.
Sarah Day O'Connor was voted into the Supreme Court in a 99-0 vote as the first female justice in history.
In Lebanon (Beirut International Airport), 241 keepers of the peace were killed in a car bombing incident in 1983.
Black Monday, where the stock market fell a record breaking 22.6%, occurs in 1987. This has a great affect on other nations' economies, as well.
The Hubble Telescoped is launched into orbit and becomes operational in 1990.
The Gulf War officially ends in 1991, forcing Iraqi troops to disband, as well as take their ballistic missiles and atomic weaponry with them.
Assault Weapons Ban
In 1994, Bill Clinton (President at the time) signed the Assault Weapons Ban. This made it illegal to use any assault weapon for 10 years. This referred to semi-automatic weapons primarily, and only weapons made after the bill was set into place.
In 2001, terrorists hijacked 4 commercial airlines and drove two into the World Trade Center, while the third hit the pentagon, and the fourth crashed in a Pennsylvanian field.