1960s to Modern Era in America

The 1960s was a period in American history that was marked with conflict and social revolution. Here you can find information about major events that took place in the 1960s and events in the modern era.

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Famous locomotives, such as the John Bull locomotive, have helped shape the history of American railroads. These trains are well-known to many railroad historians. Learn more about some famous locomotives.

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Railroad super-engines were produced in the mid-1990s with the same size but more power than standard locomotives. They were produced by General Motors and General Electric, the two largest engine manufacturers. Learn about railroad super-engines.

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Railroad technology has greatly changed the way in which railroads conduct business. Computers have automated much of what used to be done by the work of several people. Learn about some of the developments in railroad technology.

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On the day Ronald Reagan was inaugurated as President, January 20, 1981. the Iranian government released the American hostages, the culmination of months of negotiations.

Black Power Movement, in United States history, an effort among black Americans to gain control of the institutions that affect their daily lives by acquiring independent economic, social, and political power.

Counterculture , a set of behaviors and beliefs that are radically different from those of mainstream society.

Cuban Missile Crisis , a confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union, October 22 - 28, 1962, that threatened to precipitate nuclear war.

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Iranian Hostage Crisis, a diplomatic conflict caused by the holding in captivity of United States embassy personnel by Iranian militants from November 4, 1979, to January 20, 1981.

SALT, in international diplomacy, the common name for negotiations and treaties between the United States and the Soviet Union intended to limit strategic nuclear weapon strength of each nation.

War Powers Act, the common name for the War Powers Resolution, which was passed by Congress in 1973 as a check on the President's war powers.

The Presidential election of 1960 was held in an atmosphere of strained international relations and increasing racial tension in the United States.

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President Nixon began his term of office in 1969 with a pledge to seek peace abroad and tranquility at home.

The nation's economy continued to grow in 1989, although at a slightly slower rate than in the preceding five years.

With the end of the Cold War, the United States concentrated its attention on the economy.

On September 11, 2001, members of an Islamic terrorist network called A1 Qaeda hijacked four commercial airliners.

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On August 15, 16 and 17, 1969, just a month after the famous moon landing of Apollo 11, nearly 500,000 people attended the Woodstock music festival.

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Five men were arrested at an office suite in the Watergate complex. Learn how the Watergate break-in eventually led to the impeachment and resignation of President Nixon.

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