Timeline Activity and 20 Events

Timeline

World War II: The "Battle of the Ruhr" begins.

1945

The Holocaust ended

1945

President Harry Truman re-elected in an upset over Republican Thomas Dewey

1948

Gen Douglas MacArthur ends his military career

1951

US explodes 15 megaton hydrogen bomb at Bikini Atoll

1954

Vietnam War begins

1954

US & Canada create North American Air Defense Command (NORAD)

1957

Senate passes Civil Rights Bill

1960

Equal Pay Act enacted

1963

President Kennedy was assassinated

1963

Martin Luther King, Jr. gives famous speech "I Have A Dream".

1963

Medicare goes into effect

1966

Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated

1968

US population reaches 200 million

1969

Richard Nixon becomes 1st US president to visit China

1972

Nelson Mandela (political prisoner-27 years) freed in South Africa

1990

President Bill Clinton - $20 billion loan to Mexico to stabilize its economy.

1995

The Centennial Olympic Park Bombing

1996

Y2K computer concern around the world

1999

Hillary Clinton is the first former First Lady to win a Senate Seat

2000