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  1. 1. Forrest Gump Project • Michael Handel • Kevin Yang • Adam Lo
  2. 2. TIMELINE
  3. 3. Elvis Presley appears on The Ed Sullivan Show September 9, 1956 Elvis’ provocative dance moves caused much controversy in the media Brought in over 60 million viewers Helped jump start Elvis’ career
  4. 4. Desegregation of the University of Alabama June 11, 1963 George Wallace, governor of Alabama, tried to block two African-American students from entering the auditorium Caused national issue JFK eventually steps in, and ordered students be enrolled in the University
  5. 5. JFK Assassinated November 22, 1963 Shot during motorcade through Dallas, Texas Killed by Lee Harvey Oswald, who was then killed by Jack Ruby, not allowing Oswald to stand trial One of the most controversial events in American history, leading many to believe in conspiracy theories
  6. 6. Apollo 11 Moon Landing July 20, 1969 Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin become first to land on the moon Armstrong famously describes as “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Put the United States ahead in the “Moon Race” against the Soviet Union
  7. 7. Woodstock August 15-18, 1969 “3 Days of Peace and Music” Held on Max Yasgur’s dairy farm 32 acts performed in front of over 500,000 viewers One of the most important events in pop music history
  8. 8. Vietnam War November 1, 1955 - April 30, 1975 War against communism War not wanted by American public American casualties totaled over 50,000 Resulted as one of the worst military events in US history
  9. 9. Watergate Scandal June 17, 1972 Men arrested for breaking into Watergate Hotel, home of the 1972 Democratic National Convention President Nixon becomes target of investigation Nixon eventually resigned, and is later pardoned by President Ford, against the wishes of most Americans
  10. 10. Apple Goes Public December 12, 1980 Apple IPO opens at $22 per share Generated most capital for an IPO since Ford in 1956 Made many instant millionaires
  11. 11. DIRECTOR’S CUT
  12. 12. Montgomery Bus Boycott • Began when Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give her seat up on December 1, 1955 • Martin Luther King, Jr. became a prominent figure when he decided to lead the boycott against city buses • African-Americans were urged to use any and all types of transportation excluding the city buses • Carpooling, walking, and bicycles became ways of transportation • Ended on November 20, 1956, when Browder v. Gayle determined segregation of Montgomery city buses to be unconstitutional
  13. 13. Bay of Pigs Invasion April, 1961 Cuban exiles trained by the CIA were sent to invade part of Cuba in attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro Cuban exiles badly beaten by Cuban military without US aid International embarrassment for America JFK takes blame
  14. 14. “I have a Dream” Speech August 28, 1963 Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers speech on Lincoln Monument calling for racial equality 200,000+ supporters on hand Major event in the American Civil Rights Movement
  15. 15. Iran Hostage Crisis November 4, 1979 - January 20, 1981 Islamist students stormed and overtook the US embassy in Tehran, holding 52 Americans hostage for 444 days Rescue mission designed by Jimmy Carter fails miserably Hostages finally released as new president Ronald Reagan completed his inauguration address
  16. 16. Miracle on Ice February 22, 1980 USA men hockey team, made up of college players stun the heavily favored Soviet Union team 4-3 in the Winter Olympics at Lake Placid, New York Led to gold medal for the USA Named the Top Sports Moment of the 20th Century by Sports Illustrated
  18. 18. O.J. Simpson Trial Began on June 17, 1994 with infamous Ford Bronco car chase Simpson on trial for murder of ex-wife and her friend Became media spectacle, and brought racial tensions, causing a split amongst the people Simpson eventually acquitted of all charges Simpson found liable in wrongful death suit 3 years later
  19. 19. Monica Lewinsky Scandal 1998 Sex Scandal involving President Clinton, and White House intern, Monica Lewinsky Led to impeachment of President Clinton by the House of Representatives Eventually acquitted of impeachment charges in a Senate trial
  20. 20. Columbine School Shooting April 20, 1999 Columbine High School in Colorado Two students entered the school with weapons and opened fire, killing 12 students and 1 teacher Two students then committed suicide
  21. 21. September 11, 2001 Terrorists hijack 4 airplanes on the morning of September 11th 2 planes crash into the World Trade Center in New York City Another plane crashes into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Nearly 9,000 dead or injured
  22. 22. Iraq War March 20, 2003 – December 15, 2011 Allegedly, weapons of mass destruction were in Iraq Part of the “War on Terror”
  23. 23. Hurricane Katrina • August 23 – August 30, 2005 • Deadliest and most destructive Atlantic hurricane of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season • The storm led to major levee breaches in the federally built levee system of New Orleans, leading to large floods and major casualties
  24. 24. Election of Barack Obama • November 4, 2008 • Democratic candidate Barack Obama defeats Republican candidate John McCain in the 56th presidential election • Marked the 1st African American president in United States history
  25. 25. BP Oil Spill • April 20 to July 15, 2010 • Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico which flowed for 3 months • Largest marine oil spill in history of petroleum infustry • Resulted from explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, which was operated by BP • Had many adverse effects on the ecosystems of the area
  26. 26. Death of Osama Bin Laden • May 2, 2011 • Leader of Al-Qaeda, terrorist group known for orchestrating 9/11 attacks • Killed by Navy Seals in “Operation Neptune Spear”, ordered by President Obama • Brought a surge of nationalism throughout the country
  27. 27. Occupy Wall Street • Protest began on September 17, 2011 • Main issues are social and economic inequality, greed, corruption and the influence of corporations on government • Emphasizes the growing gap between the rich and the poor, pitting the 99% versus the wealthiest 1%
  28. 28. SOUNDTRACK
  29. 29. “Sound of the Police” by KRS-One • O.J. Simpson Trial • Shows the feeling of resentment from African Americans towards the police • Portrays how the black community felt towards racial discrimination in the justice system during the O.J. Simpson case
  30. 30. “Devil With a Blue Dress On” by Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels • Monica Lewinsky Scandal • Coincidentally, President Clinton’s DNA was found on Monica Lewinsky’s blue dress • The Mitch Ryder sings “Devil with the blue dress on” as Lewinsky can be interpreted as the “devil” that created chaos in the nation, scandal, and distrust
  31. 31. “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” by Santa Esmeralda • Columbine • Portrays the feelings most likely felt by the two shooters of alienation from their peers • The song shows that “no one alive can always be an angel” when they feel misunderstood
  32. 32. “Hero” by Enrique Iglesias • 9/11 • Honors all the people who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of 9/11, especially the first responders, firefighters, emergency personnel, who attempted to save lives • Played in many 9/11 tributes
  33. 33. “Testify” by Rage Against the Machine • Iraq War • Captures the anti-war sentiment felt by many throughout the years of the Iraq war • The song quotes “mass graves for the pump and the price is set”
  34. 34. “Fix You” by Coldplay • Hurricane Katrina • The Coldplay song brings light to tragedy and hopes to inspire future optimism in tragic situations such as the hurricane • Coldplay’s “Fix You EP” was made to benefit Hurricane Katrina victims
  35. 35. “Change Gon’ Come” by B.o.B. • Election of Obama • Samples Sam Cooke’s “Change is Gonna Come” which exemplified the civil rights movements of the 1960’s • Displays the major advancements made in American society to finally achieve a black president
  36. 36. “Clean Up” by Barney the Dinosaur • BP Oil Spill • Shows how the American people had to work together in order to clean up the spill • Displayed how the government, BP employees, and volunteers all did their share to show that they cared about the environment
  37. 37. “Party in the U.S.A.” by Miley Cyrus • Death of Osama Bin Laden • Portrays a feeling of nationalism and patriotism throughout the country as they celebrated the death of the nation’s enemy
  38. 38. “I Need a Dollar” by Aloe Blacc • Occupy Wall Street • Portrays the sentiment of the “99%” vs. the wealthiest “1%” • Shows how the 99% struggled while the rich prospered with no consequence