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A Concise 20th Century History of the United States is under construction
1953 Rosenberg's executed for being Russian Spies
1959 Castro Communist Government takes over in Cuba.
|1961 Bay of Pigs Cuban invasion fails||1970 Kent State Shootings by state national guardsmen during student antiwar protests kills four students..||1986 Iran-Contra investigation looks RR use of funds to help rebels and does little. Six officials eventually convicted. Bush I pardoned them in 1992.||1983 Granada invaded by US as a
result of a decade of political instability.
!989 Berlin Wall falls Ending The Cold War!
|1962 Berlin Wall built by Russia|
|1962 Cuban Missile Crises Kennedy uses blockade to get missals removed thus averting a possible nuclear war.|
|1964-73 Vietnam War
US 60,000+ killed, 300,000+ wounded, SK 1,000,000 casualties
|Middle East Conflict
|1961 Oil Kingdom Kuwait is formed by
England as part of the
Anglo-Ottoman Convention of 1913 in which Britain split Kuwait from
other Ottoman territories. She is quickly claimed by Iraq who
waited thirty years to make good the claim.
1967 Six-Day War proceeded by a period of high tension ends quickly as Israel defeats Egypt, Jordan and Syria using troops with US made arms and trained by the US military.
|1979 Iranian students, upset by US trying to influence Iranian politics take 52 hostages for 444 days at US Embassy. President Carter's rescue attempt fails as a helicopter and plane crash killing 8. Hostages released in 1981. Some say presidential candidate Ronald Reagan influenced a hostage release delay until after his election against President Carter.||1983 US Lebanese Embassy bombing
1986 US bombs Libyan terrorist bases to stop Gaddafi's support for terrorism and her attempts to become a nuclear power. Gaddafi quickly agrees to US demands.
Lockerbie, Scotland bombing of Pan-Am NY bound flight flight kills 270 i
|1991 Persian Gulf War US lead coalition forces stops Saddam Hussein from taking over Kuwait's oil.||2001 9/11 2,500 killed. Bush starts for a War on Terror, many say its just another incident in a long line of terrorist acts. Bush Wins!|
|1993 Clinton orders missile attack Iraq for an assassination attempt of Bush I||2001 Afghanistan War led by US forces
2003 Iraq War
|1998 US Missile attack on Sudan and Afghanistan following terror attacks on US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania|
1954 Brown vs. Board of Education begins Civil War 2. President Eisenhower sends troops to Little Rock, Arkansas. Johnson signs 1965 Civil Rights Act
|1961 Freedom Riders travel the south for Civil Rights.||1968 Civil Rights Act signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson the conservative Texas politician now representing all the people.||1988
Civil Rights Restoration Act
tying federal contracts to covering all civil rights laws passed when a
Democratically controlled Congress overrides President Ronald Reagan's
vetoed he felt gave the federal government overreaching powers
1990 Civil Rights Bill extending the rights of employees suing employers for discrimination was vetord by President George H.W. Bush because he felt it would impose quotas. A similar bill without quotas passes in 1991.
|1963 Medgar Evers assassinated|
|1965 Selma Alabama Civil Rights demonstrators attacked by state troopers.||1978 The Supreme Court rules, in a reverse discrimination case rules that medical school admission based on race are unconstitutional|
|Malcolm X is assassinated||1992 LA riots kill 53, injured 2000+ one billion in damages after the acquittal of 4 white officers charged with of brutality.|
|Watts California 6 day riots kill 35, 883 wounded.|
|1968 Martin L King assassinated|
1952 Polio crippling 58, 000, 1953- 35, 000, 1957 5,600 cases 1964 - 121 cases
|1977 Pneumonia vaccine lessens the affect of 750,000 annual cases.||1981 Aids identified
1985 Aids blood donation screening tests
1987 first antiretroviral drug
1992 Aids combination drug therapies
1995 Highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) dramatically lowers death rate.
|1995 Chicken Pox vaccine lowers
the 4,000,000 mostly children annual cases with about 12,000
hospitalizations and 125 mostly adult deaths
|2006 Shingles Vaccine|
|1957 "Asian" flu influenza pandemic causes estimated 70,000 US deaths||1967 Mumps vaccine lowers the 300,000 annual cases|
|1968-9 Hong Kong flu kills 33,800|
|us invades panama looking for Manuel Noriega||18 US soldiers killed by Somalia Militiamen|
1957 Russian launch
Sputnik, US math science education criticized, economist predict
Soviet economy will soon pass.
|1960's The New Math was a brief, dramatic change in the mathematics was taught stressing set theory and more verbal terminology. Much was added, little subtracted.||Standards based education ties federal funding to test results|
1951 Douglas MacArthur relieved of General of the Army of his commands by President Harry S. Truman relieved for making public statements that contradicted the administration's policy
|1972 Watergate brake in|
|1973 Vice President Agnew to resigns. because of corruption charges from earlier in his political life.|
|1974 President Nixon resigns after house votes impeachment|
1950 Puerto Rican terrorist fail to assassinate President Truman.
1954 Four Puerto Rican nationalists shoot and injure five US House members.
|1963 J. F.
Kennedy assassinated in Dallas
|1981 Ronald Reagan assassination attempt fails.|
|1968 R. Kennedy assassinated|
Abuse of Political Power
McCarthyism: A broad political and cultural purge against people suspected of sympathy with communism, starting near the end of World War II and reaching its climax in the investigations of Sen. Joseph McCarthy.
|1966 Miranda Rights try to stop police brutality.||1995 budget standoff results in partial three week shutdown of government|
|1998 house votes to impeach Clinton on perjury and obstruction of justice|
|Collateral damage from
There were 33,186 deaths on U.S. roads in 1950 when the country had less than 150 million people and fewer cars than our 330 million people have today. Car crashes killed 33,808 in 2009
|1979 Three Mile Island nuclear plant near meltdown caused two additional cancer deaths within ten miles.||1989 USS Valdez spill lots of oil in Alaska|
|1993 51-day Branch Davidian Texas standoff ended by the FBI with 80 cult members dead|
|2000 World Trade Center bombing kills 6, injuring about 1,000|
|1995 Oklahoma City Federal Office Building Bombing kills 168|
|1996 Centennial Olympic Park Bombing kills 2, injures 111.|
|1999 Columbine High school shoo9tings Colorado kills 14 including 2 shooters|
|Political Shenanigans||1969 Teddy Kennedy has a late night accident at Chappaquiddick Island killing his young female companion.||1994 Paula Jones files federal harassment against Clinton|
|1998 Monica Lewinski has relations with President Clinton.|