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Forrest Gump Timeline
Transcript of Forrest Gump Timeline
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Began on June 25, 1950. Was begun when the North Korean Communist army began its invasion on South Korea and crossing the 38th parallel. The U.S then intervened and aided South Korea. To no avail, the end of the war had no decisive results and the border stayed the 38th parallel.
Joseph McCarthy and McCarthyism
Was appointed as a U.S Senator for Wisconsin and then pushing his power and creating the term McCarthyism through his actions from the 1950-1954 period. He then began making accusations of treason against the government when the Red Scare came along. To justify his accusations he claimed to have a list of the names of 200+ members of the Department of State that were supposedly known communists.
John F. Kennedy Election
John F. Kennedy was a candidate for the Democratic Party to become president in 1961 and he won the election. The outcome of that election was said to have been swayed by his appearance in the first televised presidential debate. He was the youngest man to have been elected as president, his youth a large factor in the sway of voters provided by the televised debate.
Cuban Missile Crisis
A 13 day confrontation from October 16-28 in 1962 of the Soviet Union and the United states. Both sides were prepared to attack at any instant and launch their nuclear weapons to cause mass destruction. It ended when the United States and the Soviet Union agreed on several terms to which they would lower their guard and ease the tension between them.
The first of this film series was released on May 25, 1977. This film was partly based off of the Strategic Defense Initiative(SDI). This plan was to launch a system of lasers into space to intercept ICBMs and was too ludicrous of an idea to attempt. A parody movie series was based off of this which showed a few political ideals and the SDI.
Occurred in 1972 on June 17 when multiple burglars were caught and arrested inside the office of the Democratic National Committee. The event was later connected to President Richard Nixon and he was put on trial and found guilty. After he was found guilty he resigned from office before he could be impeached and he was later pardoned by Gerald R. Ford in the beginning of their presidency.
Boycott of Moscow Olympics
Was held in 1980 to protest the invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviets. The U.S. part of the 65 nations ended up refusing to participate in the games. The SALT II agreement was also withdrawn around this time due to the political tensions created by the invasion.
Iran Hostage Crisis
Diplomatic standoff in which 52 American diplomats and citizens were held hostage for 444 days from November 4, 1971 to January 20, 1981. This was doen by a group of Iranian students who belonged to the Muslim Student Followers of the Imam's Line, who supported the Iranian Revolution. This occurred at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.
Space Shuttle Challenger
During its launch on January 28, 1986 the space shuttle the "Challenger" exploded. This was a highly publicized event and was emotional for the nation because as well as expensive equipment being destroyed, seven crew members were on the space shuttle who died from the explosion. These deaths created much unrest in the public regarding safety of space missions and ethics in government organizations like NASA.
Soviets in Afghanistan
The Soviets had invaded Afghanistan in the recent years and caused much global unrest and they then pulled their troops out of Afghanistan in 1988. This was a huge event because it lessened great international tensions with the Soviets. This was also the saving of many lives due to the war going between them being extricated from. This is connected to America due to the fact that the tensions which made them boycott the Moscow Olympics were resolved and relations somewhat restored from it.
From August 1, 1990 to the 28 of February, 1991, the Gulf War was began in the Middle East. This was due to a war waged by military forces from 35 nations led by the U.S against Iraq which was a response to Iraq's invasion and it's annexation of Kuwait. Kuwait was liberated during this war which was a major success especially for the U.S.'s global reputation.