Previous: Modern India and PakistanBack to Main Index POST-WAR AMERICA & CANADA: 1947 to 2000 Combined chronological listing covering this period Back to First: Prehistory

1947 US Marshall Plan aid spurs European economic recovery
1949 William Faulkner wins Nobel Prize for Literature
1950 US becomes involved in Korean War
1952 Dwight Eisenhower becomes US President
1953 Crick and Watson demonstrate double-helix structure of DNA
1954 Rock'n'Roll music becomes popular - Bill Haley, Elvis Presley, etc
1954 Anti-Communist McCarthyism censured in US
1956 "My Fair Lady" popular musical
1958 Oral contraceptive pill becomes available
1961 Death of Ernest Hemingway (writer)
1961 Cuban Missile Crisis after US-backed anti-Castro invasion
1962 Death of Marilyn Monroe (actress)
1962 Rachael Carson's book "Silent Spring" launches environmental movement
1963 US President John F Kennedy shot
1964 Civil Rights Act passed in US
1964 US becomes involved in Vietnam War
1967 "Flower Power" at its height in California
1968 Pierre Trudeau becomes Prime Minister of Canada
1968 Black rights campaigner Martin Luther King assassinated
1969 Neil Armstrong becomes first man to walk on Moon
1969 US involvement in Vietnam War peaks
1971 Rapprochement between US and China - Richard Nixon's visit
1972 "Detente" - Strategic Arms Pact with USSR
1972 Francis Ford Coppola's movie "The Godfather" released
1973 US launches Pioneer II to explore outer planets
1973 Henry Kissinger becomes US Secretary of State
1974 Watergate Scandal - Richard Nixon quits as President
1975 US pulls out of Vietnam War
1979 Three Mile Island nuclear reactor incident in US
1980 Iranian Hostage Crisis - hostages held in US Embassy in Tehran
1980 Eruption of Mount St Helens (60 killed)
1980 Ronald Reagan becomes US President
1987 Iran-Contra Affair - arms for aid scandal
1987 US and USSR sign first of several treaties to reduce nuclear arms
1988 US and Canada sign free trade agreement
1989 Exxon Valdez oil-spill in Alaska
1990 Hubble Space Telescope launched
1991 US involvement in Persian Gulf War starts after Iraq invades Kuwait
1993 Bill Clinton elected US President
1993 New York World Trade Center bombing
1994 Jean Chrétien becomes Canadian Prime Minister
1994 North American Free Trade Agreement between US, Canada and Mexico
1994 Sovereignty of Quebec narrowly defeated in referendum
1997 US spacecraft begins exploration of Mars
1998 Male impotence drug Viagra licensed for use in USA
1999 Bill Clinton acquitted in impeachment trial
1999 Columbine High School murders

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