Forrest Gump is regarded as a contemporary American cultural classic. Through three turbulent decades of his life, what major political and cultural events and celebrities in contemporary American history has Forrest experienced and met?. Timeline of Historical Events and celebrities:
George Wallace (Civil Rights Movement/Negro Revolution)
(American Revolution/American Civil War/World War I/World War II)
8. President Johnson
9. Black Panthers
10. The Landing of Apollo 11 on the moon
11. Ping Pong Diplomacy
12. John Lennon
13. The Watergate Scandal/President Nixon
14. Apple Computer Inc. (Gump’s Investment)
resist the emancipation (setting free) of slaves
dedicated to the supremacy(至上) of white people
opposed to equal rights for black people
often engaged in violence against blacks
wear white hoods(头巾) and robes
burn a wooden cross outside the house of someone whom
they wish to threaten
Rock 'n' roll began with him in mid-50s. He defined its genre and gave its power.
"it was Elvis who made rock 'n' roll the international language of pop."
"an American music giant of the 20th century who single-handedly changed the course of music and culture in the mid-1950s."
"Before Elvis, there was nothing.“
(August 25, 1919 – September 13, 1998), the 45thGovernor of Alabama, serving four terms: 1963–1967, 1971–1979 and 1983–1987. "The most influential loser" in 20th-century U.S. politics
to gain full citizenship rights
to achieve racial equality
refusal to abide by segregation laws
Beginning---- the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955
Ending---- the Voting Rights Act of 1965
North Vietnamese &
National Liberation Front (NLF)
United States forces &
South Vietnamese army
Fear of spread of Communism
Vietnam was reunified
defeated by North Vietnamese
Soldiers carry a wounded comrade
through a swampy area
amid the dense jungles of South Vietnam.
The 'March on the Pentagon' in October 1967 drew over 50,000 protestors
and marked the beginning of large-scale anti-war protests.
Ping-Pong diplomacy Longest War
Ordinary people affect Chinese-U.S. relations
Ping Pong Diplomacy (Chinese: 乒乓外交) refers to the exchange of ping pong players of the United States and People's Republic of China (PRC) in the 1970s. The event marked a thaw(融化, 解冻) in U.S.–China relations that paved the way to a visit to Beijing by President Richard Nixon.
Premier Zhou said: "By visiting our country you have opened the gate for the exchanges between the people of the two nations. We believe that a friendly exchange will win approval and support from both the Chinese and American peoples."
John Winston Lennon Longest War (later John Ono Lennon): (Oct 9, 1940– Dec 8, 1980)
He was best known as a singer, songwriter, and guitarist for The Beatles. His creative career also included the roles of solo musician, political activist, artist, actor and author.
He is recognized as one of the musical icons of the 20th century.
In 2002, the BBC conducted a vote to discover the 100 Greatest Britons of all time, and the British public voted Lennon into 8th place.
The Watergate Scandal:
the name given to illegal activities designed to help President Nixon win re-election in nineteen seventy -two.
suffix -gate : scandals associated with the government.