1955 - 1975

Timeline created by schawannagray
  • Civil Rights Movement

    1955 was also a landmark year for the Civil Rights Movement in America. In December of this year, Rosa Parks famously refused to obey a bus drivers’ order to get out of her seat to make room for a white passenger. This sparked several significant protests in her city of Montgomery, Alabama.
  • Sit-In at the Lunch Counter

    Four black college students from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College in Greensboro, North Carolina stage a sit-in at a segregated Woolworth lunch counter, protesting their denial of service. This action caused a national campaign, waged by seventy-thousand students, both white and black, over the next eight months, in sit-ins across the nation for Civil Rights.
  • Voting Rights

    August 6, 1965 - The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Two significant portions of the act; the outlawing of the requirement of potential voters to take a literacy test in order to qualify and the provision of federal registration of voters in areas with less than 50% of all voters registered.
  • Bullet Proof Vest Invented

    Kevlar is developed by Dupont scientist Stephanie Louise Kwolek. She would patent the compound, used extensively in bullet proof vests, in 1966.
  • First Black Senator

    November 8, 1966 - The first black United States Senator in eighty-five years, Edward Brooke, is elected to Congress. Brooke was the Republican candidate from Massachusetts and former Attorney General of that state.
  • Diana Ross & Supremes last concert

    Diana Ross and the Supremes perform their last concert in Las Vegas.
  • Houston, We have a problem

    Apollo 13 announces “Okay, Houston, we’ve had a problem here” as an oxygen tank explodes whilst they are on the way to the Moon.
  • Voting Rights Act Amendments

    U.S. President Richard Nixon signs the Voting Rights Act Amendments of 1970, a measure lowering the voting age to 18. June 24
  • Oil Shock

    Henry Kissinger hints at military action against oil countries in case of "actual strangulation of the industrialized world" in the wake of oil shock
  • Rubiks Cube

    Ernő Rubik applies for a patent for his "Magic Cube" invention, later to be known as a Rubik's cub
  • Watergate Scandal

    Watergate figures John Mitchell, H. R. Haldeman & John D Ehrlichman sentenced to 2½-8 yrs for conspiracy and obstruction of justice
  • African Baseball Manager

    Frank Robinson debuts as 1st African American baseball manager (Cleveland Indians beat New York Yankees
  • Natalie Cole

    Natalie Cole releases her debut album "Inseparable