Cold War


Domino Theory

April 7, 1954

President Eisenhower coins term Domino Theory concerning countries becoming Communist.

Sputnik I Launched

October 4, 1957

Russians launch firs successful satellite

1960 Presidential Election


JFK defeats Nixon in Presidential Election. First time television played a significant role in determining President.

Bay of Pigs Invasion

April 17, 1961 - April 19, 1961

CIA backed invasion of Cuba. Intended to overthrow Castro. Failed because JFK withdrew air support.

Cuban Missile Crisis

October 14, 1962 - October 28, 1962

JFK ordered the U.S. Navy to blockade Cuba from incoming Russian missiles.

JFK Assassinated

November 22, 1963

JFK killed in Dallas, TX by Lee Harvey Oswald while driving through downtown Dallas.