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Dwight D. Eisenhower - 01/20/1953: Dwight D. Eisenhower is inaugurated as the thirty-…
Dwight D. Eisenhower is inaugurated as the thirty-fourth President of the United States. January 20, 1953

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 01/27/1953: Ralph Ellison wins a National Book Award for Invis…
Ralph Ellison wins a National Book Award for Invisible Man. January 27, 1953

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 03/05/1953: The Soviet Union announces the death of Josef Stal…
The Soviet Union announces the death of Josef Stalin. March 05, 1953

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 03/17/1953: All price controls officially ended by the Office …
All price controls officially ended by the Office of Price Stabilization. March 17, 1953

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 04/01/1953: The Department of Health, Education, and Welfare i…
The Department of Health, Education, and Welfare is created by joint congressional action. April 01, 1953

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 04/16/1953: Eisenhower delivers his “Chance for Peace” speech …
Eisenhower delivers his “Chance for Peace” speech to the American Society of Newspaper Editors. April 16, 1953

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 05/22/1953: Eisenhower signs the Submerged Lands Act…
Eisenhower signs the Submerged Lands Act. May 22, 1953

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 06/19/1953: Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are executed.…
Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are executed. June 19, 1953

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 07/26/1953: Eisenhower addresses the American public and annou…
Eisenhower addresses the American public and announces an armistice in Korea. July 26, 1953

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 08/01/1953: Eisenhower proposes broadening the provisions of t…
Eisenhower proposes broadening the provisions of the Social Security Act to cover more than 10 million additional Americans. August 01, 1953

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 08/07/1953: Eisenhower signs the Refugee Relief Act of 1953, a…
Eisenhower signs the Refugee Relief Act of 1953, admitting 214,000 more immigrants than permitted under existing immigration quotas. August 07, 1953

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 08/19/1953: Iranians, with the backing of the CIA, overthrow t…
Iranians, with the backing of the CIA, overthrow the government of Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh, ensuring Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlavi's hold on power. August 19, 1953

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 09/10/1953: Secretary of Labor Martin Durkin resigns, in large…
Secretary of Labor Martin Durkin resigns, in large part to protest the failure of the Eisenhower Administration to propose amendments to the Taft-Hartley Act. September 10, 1953

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 09/30/1953: Eisenhower appoints Earl Warren chief justice of t…
Eisenhower appoints Earl Warren chief justice of the Supreme Court. September 30, 1953

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 10/08/1953: Eisenhower announces that the Soviet Union has tes…
Eisenhower announces that the Soviet Union has tested a hydrogen bomb. October 08, 1953

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 12/08/1953: Eisenhower gives his “Atoms for Peace” speech to t…
Eisenhower gives his “Atoms for Peace” speech to the U.N. General Assembly in New York. December 08, 1953

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 01/11/1954: Eisenhower sends a special message to Congress ask…
Eisenhower sends a special message to Congress asking for changes in the Taft-Hartley labor law. January 11, 1954

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 03/08/1954: The United States and Japan sign a mutual defense …
The United States and Japan sign a mutual defense agreement that provides for the gradual and partial rearmament of Japan. March 08, 1954

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 04/23/1954: The Army-McCarthy hearings begin and continue for …
The Army-McCarthy hearings begin and continue for two months. April 23, 1954 - June 17, 1954

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 05/07/1954: France surrenders its garrison at Dien Bien Phu to…
France surrenders its garrison at Dien Bien Phu to the Vietminh. May 07, 1954

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 05/13/1954: Eisenhower signs the St. Lawrence Seaway…
Eisenhower signs the St. Lawrence Seaway Bill. May 13, 1954

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 05/17/1954: The Supreme Court announces a decision i…
The Supreme Court announces a decision in Brown v. Topeka Board of Education, ruling that racial segregation in public schools is unconstitutional. May 17, 1954

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 06/18/1954: A CIA-sponsored coup in Guatemala overthrows the g…
A CIA-sponsored coup in Guatemala overthrows the government of Jacobo Arbenz Guzman. June 18, 1954

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 07/11/1954: The first “White Citizens Council” is organized in…
The first “White Citizens Council” is organized in Indianola, Mississippi. July 11, 1954

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 07/21/1954: The Geneva Accords are signed, establishing a ceas…
The Geneva Accords are signed, establishing a cease-fire and partition of Vietnam. The United States refuses to sign. July 21, 1954

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 09/08/1954: The United States signs the SE…
The United States signs the SEATO (South East Asian Treaty Organization) Pact. September 08, 1954

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 11/02/1954: The Democratic Party narrowly regains control of b…
The Democratic Party narrowly regains control of both houses of Congress. November 02, 1954

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 12/02/1954: The United States signs a mutual defense pact with…
The United States signs a mutual defense pact with Taiwan. December 02, 1954

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 12/02/1954: The Senate votes to censure Senator Joseph McCarth…
The Senate votes to censure Senator Joseph McCarthy (R-WI). December 02, 1954

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 01/10/1955: Chinese Communist Air Force raid the nationalist-c…
Chinese Communist Air Force raid the nationalist-controlled Tachen Islands and seize Ichiang Island. January 10, 1955

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 01/19/1955: The first filming of a presidential press conferen…
The first filming of a presidential press conference. January 19, 1955

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 01/21/1955: Eisenhower meets with Secretary of State Dulles an…
Eisenhower meets with Secretary of State Dulles and Secretary of Defense Wilson to discuss a resolution that would authorize the U.S. defense of Taiwan and the Pescadores. Congress approves the resolution on January 28. January 21, 1955

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 03/16/1955: Eisenhower announces that the United States would …
Eisenhower announces that the United States would use atomic weapons in the event of war with Communist China. March 16, 1955

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 04/11/1955: Roy Wilkins becomes Executive Secretary of the NAA…
Roy Wilkins becomes Executive Secretary of the NAACP, succeeding Walter White. April 11, 1955

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 05/31/1955: In Brown II, the Supreme Court orders schoo…
In Brown II, the Supreme Court orders schools integrated “with all deliberate speed.” May 31, 1955

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 07/12/1955: Eisenhower tells congressional leaders that the Ge…
Eisenhower tells congressional leaders that the Geneva Conference will not be another Yalta. July 12, 1955

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 07/18/1955: The Geneva Conference opens, attended by the heads…
The Geneva Conference opens, attended by the heads of state of Britain, France, the U.S.S.R, and the United States. July 18, 1955

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 07/21/1955: Eisenhower makes his “open skies” proposal at Gene…
Eisenhower makes his “open skies” proposal at Geneva. July 21, 1955

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 07/29/1955: Plans for the first artificial satellites, schedul…
Plans for the first artificial satellites, scheduled to be launched in 1957, are announced by the United States. July 29, 1955

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 08/28/1955: Fourteen-year old Emmett Till is kidnapped and mur…
Fourteen-year old Emmett Till is kidnapped and murdered in Money, Mississippi. August 28, 1955

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 09/24/1955: Eisenhower suffers a “moderate” heart attack in De…
Eisenhower suffers a “moderate” heart attack in Denver, Colorado. September 24, 1955

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 10/10/1955: The Supreme Court orders Autherine Lucy admitted t…
The Supreme Court orders Autherine Lucy admitted to the University of Alabama. October 10, 1955

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 11/15/1955: Adlai Stevenson announces that he will run for Pre…
Adlai Stevenson announces that he will run for President in 1956. November 15, 1955

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 11/25/1955: The Interstate Commerce Commission bans racial seg…
The Interstate Commerce Commission bans racial segregation on interstate trains and buses. November 25, 1955

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 12/01/1955: Rosa Parks is arrested in Montgomery, Alabama, for…
Rosa Parks is arrested in Montgomery, Alabama, for refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white man. During the following week, the Montgomery African American community, led by Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., organizes a boycott of the city's buses that lasts for more than a year. December 01, 1955

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 12/05/1955: The merger of the American Federation of…
The merger of the American Federation of Labor (AFL) and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) is ratified. December 05, 1955

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 12/26/1955: Eisenhower tries to persuade Richard Nixon to take…
Eisenhower tries to persuade Richard Nixon to take a cabinet post and not stand for re-election in 1956 as vice president. December 26, 1955

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 01/30/1956: African American student Autherine Lucy is admitte…
African American student Autherine Lucy is admitted to the University of Alabama following a court order. January 30, 1956

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 02/22/1956: Eisenhower releases $1 billion worth of Uranium…
Eisenhower releases $1 billion worth of Uranium-235 for peaceful atomic purposes. February 22, 1956

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 02/29/1956: Eisenhower announces that he will run for a second…
Eisenhower announces that he will run for a second term as President. February 29, 1956

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 03/12/1956: Nineteen senators and eighty-one representatives s…
Nineteen senators and eighty-one representatives sign the “Southern Manifesto,” promising to use “all lawful means” to reverse the Brown decisions. March 12, 1956

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 04/09/1956: Eisenhower again urges Nixon to take a cabinet pos…
Eisenhower again urges Nixon to take a cabinet post. April 09, 1956

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 04/25/1956: Eisenhower announces that Nixon will be his runnin…
Eisenhower announces that Nixon will be his running mate in 1956. April 25, 1956

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 05/31/1956: Eisenhower approves U-2 spy flights over the Sovie…
Eisenhower approves U-2 spy flights over the Soviet Union. May 31, 1956

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 06/04/1956: In Browder v. Gayle, a three-judge district…
In Browder v. Gayle, a three-judge district court rules that bus segregation in Montgomery, Alabama, is unconstitutional. June 04, 1956

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 06/29/1956: Eisenhower signs the Federal Aid Highway Act, prov…
Eisenhower signs the Federal Aid Highway Act, providing federal funding for the construction of a system of interstate highways for transportation and national defense. June 29, 1956

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 07/26/1956: Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser nationalizes…
Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser nationalizes the Suez Canal. July 26, 1956

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 08/01/1956: Eisenhower signs the Social Security Act, permitti…
Eisenhower signs the Social Security Act, permitting women to retire at age sixty-two and disabled workers at age fifty. August 01, 1956

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 08/01/1956: The recently discovered Salk Polio Vaccine is sold…
The recently discovered Salk Polio Vaccine is sold on the open market. August 01, 1956

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 08/17/1956: The Democratic National Convention nominates Adlai…
The Democratic National Convention nominates Adlai Stevenson for President. August 17, 1956

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 08/21/1956: Eisenhower attends the Republican National Convent…
Eisenhower attends the Republican National Convention and accepts nomination as the party's candidate for President. August 21, 1956

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 09/29/1956: Eisenhower appoints William J. Brennan to the Supr…
Eisenhower appoints William J. Brennan to the Supreme Court. September 29, 1956

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 10/22/1956: The Hungarian Revolution begin…
The Hungarian Revolution begins. October 22, 1956

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 10/31/1956: Israel, Britain, and France attack Egypt…
Israel, Britain, and France attack Egypt; Eisenhower condemns the attack. October 31, 1956

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 11/04/1956: The Soviet Union crushes the Hungarian Revolution …
The Soviet Union crushes the Hungarian Revolution via armed intervention. November 04, 1956

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 11/05/1956: A cease-fire is established in…
A cease-fire is established in Egypt. November 05, 1956

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 11/06/1956: Eisenhower defeats Stevenson by nine million votes…
Eisenhower defeats Stevenson by nine million votes to win a second term. Congress remains in the hands of the Democratic Party. November 06, 1956

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 11/13/1956: Supreme Court holds up Browder v. Gayle…
Supreme Court holds up Browder v. Gayle. November 13, 1956

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 12/20/1956: The Montgomery Bus Boycott comes to an e…
The Montgomery Bus Boycott comes to an end. December 20, 1956

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 01/05/1957: Eisenhower proposes the “Eisenhower Doctrine” rega…
Eisenhower proposes the “Eisenhower Doctrine” regarding defense of the Middle East. January 05, 1957

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 01/06/1957: Elvis Presley makes his third appearance on the Ed…
Elvis Presley makes his third appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show; and concern that his gyrating dance style is too lewd lead network executives to show him only from the waist up. January 06, 1957

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 01/20/1957: Eisenhower is inaugurated for a second term as Pre…
Eisenhower is inaugurated for a second term as President. January 20, 1957

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 02/14/1957: The Southern Christian Leadership Confer…
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) is organized in New Orleans. Martin Luther King, Jr., is elected president of the organization. February 14, 1957

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 03/07/1957: Congress sanctions the “Eisenhower Doctr…
Congress sanctions the “Eisenhower Doctrine.” March 07, 1957

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 05/06/1957: John F. Kennedy wins a Pulitzer Prize for his book…
John F. Kennedy wins a Pulitzer Prize for his book Profiles in Courage. May 06, 1957

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 05/29/1957: Secretary of the Treasury George Humphre…
Secretary of the Treasury George Humphrey resigns; Eisenhower selects Robert B. Anderson as his replacement. May 29, 1957

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 07/12/1957: The Surgeon General reports that scientific resear…
The Surgeon General reports that scientific research has established a link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer. July 12, 1957

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 08/30/1957: Senator Strom Thurmond (D-SC) filibusters against…
Senator Strom Thurmond (D-SC) filibusters against pending civil rights legislation for a record twenty-four hours, twenty-seven minutes. August 30, 1957

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 09/09/1957: Eisenhower signs the Civil Rights Act of 1957, the…
Eisenhower signs the Civil Rights Act of 1957, the first civil rights bill since Reconstruction. September 09, 1957

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 09/24/1957: Eisenhower orders federal troops to Little Rock, A…
Eisenhower orders federal troops to Little Rock, Arkansas, to end the school desegregation crisis. September 24, 1957

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 10/04/1957: The Soviet Union launches Sputnik…
The Soviet Union launches Sputnik. October 04, 1957

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 11/25/1957: Eisenhower suffers a vascular …
Eisenhower suffers a vascular spasm. November 25, 1957

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 01/27/1958: Eisenhower asks Congress for federal aid for educa…
Eisenhower asks Congress for federal aid for education. January 27, 1958

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 04/01/1958: Eisenhower signs legislation he hopes will stimula…
Eisenhower signs legislation he hopes will stimulate housing construction and help combat a developing economic recession. April 01, 1958

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 04/02/1958: Eisenhower recommends the formation of a civilian …
Eisenhower recommends the formation of a civilian agency to direct space exploration. April 02, 1958

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 04/27/1958: Vice President Nixon embarks on an eighteen-day to…
Vice President Nixon embarks on an eighteen-day tour of Latin America. April 27, 1958

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 05/13/1958: Eisenhower orders 1,000 troops from Caribbean base…
Eisenhower orders 1,000 troops from Caribbean bases to rescue Nixon, if necessary, after the Vice President was threatened on his tour of Latin America. May 13, 1958

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 05/14/1958: Eisenhower doubles the strength of the Sixth Fleet…
Eisenhower doubles the strength of the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean. May 14, 1958

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 06/23/1958: Eisenhower meets with African American leaders Mar…
Eisenhower meets with African American leaders Martin Luther King, Roy Wilkins, A. Philip Randolph, and Lester Granger. June 23, 1958

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 07/07/1958: Eisenhower signs a bill making Alaska the forty-ni…
Eisenhower signs a bill making Alaska the forty-ninth state. July 07, 1958

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 07/15/1958: Eisenhower orders the U.S. Marines into …
Eisenhower orders the U.S. Marines into Lebanon. July 15, 1958

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 08/23/1958: The People’s Republic of China resumes the shellin…
The People's Republic of China resumes the shelling of Nationalist Chinese islands Quemoy and Matsu. August 23, 1958

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 09/02/1958: Eisenhower signs the National Defense Education Ac…
Eisenhower signs the National Defense Education Act. September 02, 1958

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 09/22/1958: Eisenhower accepts the resignation of Sherman Adam…
Eisenhower accepts the resignation of Sherman Adams, his chief of staff, after Adams is found to have accepted improper gifts from businessmen. September 22, 1958

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 10/25/1958: Eisenhower orders the withdrawal of the last U.S. …
Eisenhower orders the withdrawal of the last U.S. Marines from Lebanon. October 25, 1958

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 01/01/1959: Fidel Castro’s revolutionaries overthrow Cuban dic…
Fidel Castro's revolutionaries overthrow Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista. January 01, 1959

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 03/18/1959: Eisenhower signs a bill admitting Hawaii as the fi…
Eisenhower signs a bill admitting Hawaii as the fiftieth state. March 18, 1959

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 04/13/1959: Eisenhower asks Nikita Khrushchev for a partial te…
Eisenhower asks Nikita Khrushchev for a partial test-ban agreement. April 13, 1959

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 04/15/1959: Secretary of State John Foster Dulles resigns beca…
Secretary of State John Foster Dulles resigns because of illness; he dies on May 24. April 15, 1959

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 04/18/1959: Eisenhower names Christian Herter secretary of sta…
Eisenhower names Christian Herter secretary of state. April 18, 1959

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