1956 Eisenhower


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The timeline of events in Dwight Eisenhower's life prior to his first term as President, Eisenhower's 1953 - 1955 timeline of events, Eisenhower's 1956 - 1961 timeline of events:

  • 1890Born in Denison, Texas on October 14th
  • 1915Graduated from West Point
  • 1916 Married Mamie Geneva Doud
  • 1917Birth of first son, Doud (deceased in 1921)
  • 1922Birth of second son, John
  • 1942Became the commanding general of American forces in Europe
  • 1944Led Allied invasion of Europe
  • 1950Became Supreme Commander of NATO forces throughout Europe
  • 1952Elected as the 34th President of the United States
  • January 20, 1953Dwight David Eisenhower inaugurated as president
  • March 5, 1953Russian dictator, Joseph Stalin, dies
  • April 1, 1953The Department of Health, Education and Welfare is created by Congress
  • April 16, 1953President Eisenhower delivers his "Chance for Peace" speech
  • July 26, 1953The armistice in Korea is signed
  • August 1, 1953President Dwight Eisenhower asks Congress to broaden the Social Security Act
  • August 7, 1953Eisenhower signs the Refugee Relief Act of 1953 increasing the immigrant quotas
  • September 30, 1953Eisenhower appoints Earl Warren chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
  • October 8, 1953The Soviet Union tests a hydrogen bomb
  • December 8, 1953President Eisenhower delivers his "Atoms for Peace" speech to the United Nations
  • May 17, 1954The Supreme Court rules that racial segregation in public schools is unconstitutional
  • March 16, 1955President Eisenhower promises to use atomic weapons in potential war with China
  • May 31, 1955The Supreme Court order the integration of all public schools
  • July 29, 1955The U.S. announces the first artificial satellite will launch in 1957
  • September 24, 1955President Eisenhower has a light heart attack in Denver, Colorado
  • October 10, 1955The Supreme Court orders Autherine Lucy to be admitted to the University of Alabama
  • November 25, 1955The Interstate Commerce Commission bans racial segregation on interstate trains/busses
  • December 1, 1955Rosa Parks is arrested in Montgomery, Alabama for not giving up her seat on the bus
  • February 22, 1956President Eisenhower gives uranium to "have not" countries for peaceful use
  • February 29, 1956President Eisenhower announces candidacy for second term
  • June 29, 1956President Eisenhower signs the Federal Aid Highway Act for funding interstate roads
  • August 1, 1956Eisenhower signs Social Security Act to permit women to retire at sixty-two
  • September 29, 1956President Eisenhower appoints William J. Brennan to the Supreme Court
  • November 6, 1956Eisenhower wins re-election to a second term
  • January 20, 1957President Eisenhower is inaugurated for his second term
  • September 9, 1957President Eisenhower signs the Civil Rights Act of 1957, the first since Reconstruction
  • September 24, 1957President Eisenhower sends federal troops to Little Rock, Arkansas to end segregation
  • October 4, 1957The Soviets launch Suptnik
  • July 7, 1958Eisenhower signs the bill to make Alaska the 49th state
  • September 2, 1958Eisenhower signs the National Defense Education Act providing federal funding
  • March 18, 1959Eisenhower signs the bill to make Hawaii the 50th state
  • February 1, 1960A civil rights sit in takes place in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • May 6, 1960Eisenhower signs the Civil Rights Act of 1960
  • January 3, 1961President Eisenhower severs all diplomatic relations with Cuba
  • January 17, 1961President Eisenhower delivers his Farewell Address to the nation