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Top 5 Events That Changed American History

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The United States of America has had a number of defining and path altering moments since it became a civilization.

These events have changed the way citizens relate to each other and are etched in everyone’s memories.

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Here are five major events that changed American history.


President Barack Obama’s election

Barack Obama’s election into office in 2008 was one of the most historic things that have ever happened in American history.

Of all the 45 presidents of America, he was the first African-American man to take the highest office of the land in the nation.

Obama served the country for two consecutive terms. He was the 44th president of the USA serving between 2009 and 2017 under the Democratic Party.


Gay marriage

The process of legalizing gay marriage started slowly and gradually with human rights activists propping up from all parts of the country in its defense. 

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The first legal same-sex marriage ceremony in the United States happened on February 12, 2004, when the mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom, ordered city hall to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The first state in America to legalize gay marriage was Massachusetts in May 2004.

Gay marriage was legalized in all the fifty states of America by the Supreme Court on June 26, 2015. Same-sex marriages are now on the rise and their support has increased in the country.


President John F. Kennedy Assassination

President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas during a campaign visit on November 22, 1963, at 12:30 p.m.

He was struck twice by bullets in his back and neck. He was rushed to Parkland Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead after 30 minutes.

Lee Harvey Oswald who worked at the Book Depository was arrested in relation to the murder but was killed soon after by local club owner  Jack Ruby. 

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According to the official investigation, Oswald acted alone, firing three bullets from a sixth-floor window at the southeast corner of the Book Depository.


September 11, 2001 terrorist bombing

On September 11, 2001, American history was altered drastically after the death of 2,973 people due to a terrorist attack. A series of attacks were set for America by terrorists.

The extremist Islamic groups targetted the World Trade Center towers in Manhattan and caused at least $10 billion in infrastructure and property damage. The hijackers were Islamic terrorists from Saudi Arabia and several other Arab nations.

Reportedly financed by the al Qaeda terrorist organization of Saudi fugitive Osama bin Laden, they were allegedly acting in retaliation for America’s support of Israel, its involvement in the Persian Gulf War and its continued military presence in the Middle East.

On a fateful day, two passenger planes were hijacked by 19 suicidal Al-Qaeda militants.  

American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, were crashed into the 110 stories North and south towers of the World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan.

There were live recordings of the event as soon as evacuations started. The economy, as well as global markets, were seriously affected by the attack on the World Trade Centre.

A third plane hit the Pentagon and partly crashed the West Side of the building.


Orlando Shooting

49 people were killed in a gay nightclub called Pulse in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016. It was instigated by 29-year old Omar Mateen who was a security guard. 

The three-hour standoff between Marteen and the police left him dead.

“We know enough to say this was an act of terror and act of hate. This is an especially heartbreaking day for our friends who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender,” President Obama said in an address to the nation from the White House.

Mateen’s ex-wife stated that she believed he had a bipolar mental disorder.  According to his parents, he had been triggered by an incident he had experienced earlier.

Mateen’s parents, who are from Afghanistan, said he’d expressed outrage after seeing two men kiss in Miami, but they didn’t consider him particularly religious and didn’t know of any connection he had to ISIS.

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