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Mason’s Fun Fact! Did you know that Londonderry, New Hampshire, claims to be home to the first potato planted in North America? See if you can find it on the Timeline!

Timelines help you organize historical events so you can see how they relate to one another. They are usually organized chronologically, which means in date order. The timeline below is separated into two parts: New Hampshire events and events happening elsewhere in America and sometimes the world. An event on one side of the timeline might influence an event on the other side in the same way that New Hampshire is influenced by events in America and the world. You can also see how the Granite State has made a big impact on America. 

NEW HAMPSHIRE EVENTS

U.S. & WORLD EVENTS

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1952
First presidential primary
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1952
First presidential primary
New Hampshire is now famous for holding the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, which means the people of New Hampshire get to pick before people in other states who should run for president. A presidential primary is not an election to see who becomes president—it’s an election to see who will be nominated to run for president by one of the major political parties, the Democrats and the Republicans...
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1953
Chippa Granite is created
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1953
Chippa Granite is created
In the 1950s, the state government wanted people to use more products made or grown in New Hampshire. The government asked artist Alice Cosgrove to design a character who could be used for this type of promotion. Cosgrove created Chippa Granite, a fresh-faced boy who appeared on all sorts of posters and flyers promoting everything to do with New Hampshire, from skiing to apples.
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1954
Birth of rock n’ roll
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1954
Birth of rock n’ roll
In the 1950s, a new kind of music swept through America known as rock and roll. Rock and roll music had simple melodies, usually played on guitars, and a loud beat with lots of drums. It was particularly popular with American teenagers as dance music...
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1955
Rosa Parks arrested
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1955
Rosa Parks arrested
Even though slavery had ended at the end of the Civil War, many African Americans still were not treated equally with other Americans. For example, for many years African Americans went to different schools than other Americans, had to use different drinking fountains, and were only allowed to sit in some sections of movie theaters...
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1959
Hawaii becomes the 50th state
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1959
Hawaii becomes the 50th state
How many states are there in America? 50! The 50th state, Hawaii, became a state on August 21, 1959. Hawaii was known for being a tropical paradise. The weather was always warm, and there were beautiful beaches. It was also known for growing sugar cane and pineapples...
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1963
Martin Luther King Jr. speech
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1963
Martin Luther King Jr. speech
One of the most important leaders of the civil rights movement was a man named Martin Luther King Jr., who was a minister from Georgia. He led many protests for more equality for African Americans. He believed that all protests should be peaceful and that eventually Americans would come to agree with him that whether people were black or white they should be treated the same...
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1964
Beatles come to America
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1964
Beatles come to America
Although rock and roll had been popular in America since the 1950s, a new kind of rock and roll music became popular in the early 1960s when a British rock band called the Beatles came to America. The Beatles were four handsome, young men who played an upbeat, fun form of rock and roll that made people want to sing along...
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1969
Apollo 11 lands on the moon
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1969
Apollo 11 lands on the moon
In 1960, President John F. Kennedy promised the American people that the United States would be able to send a man to the moon within 10 years. Nine years later, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to stand on the surface of the moon on July 20, 1969...
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1970
First Earth Day
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1970
First Earth Day
By the middle of the 20th century, some people began to realize that the earth was a precious resource that needed to be cared for and preserved, not just used up. To remind everyone to care for the planet, some Americans started celebrating Earth Day in 1970 to draw attention to the environment and the need to protect it.
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1980
Refugee resettlement communities
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1980
Refugee resettlement communities
Thousands of people fled from war-torn countries in the 1970s and 1980s. The American government made arrangements with several cities around the country to take in these refugees and help them get settled in new communities...
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1990
Internet invented
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1990
Internet invented
Although computers had been around since the 1940s, they could not communicate with one another until 1990. That’s the year that a British man named Tim Berners-Lee invented the internet, which is also called the world wide web. The internet is a way for computers to “talk” to one another...
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2001
September 11 attacks
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2001
September 11 attacks
The largest terrorist attack on American soil happened on September 11, 2001, when terrorists hijacked four airplanes and flew them into important buildings. Two of the planes hit the World Trade Center in New York City, one hit the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and a fourth was headed for the U.S. Capitol building before it crashed in a field in Pennsylvania...
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2001
Segway is unveiled
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2001
Segway is unveiled
Although New Hampshire faced hard times after most of the mills and factories in the state closed in the early part of the 20th century, new businesses began to emerge in the state by the end of the 1900s. Many of these businesses focused on new technology, like video games and computers...
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2003
Old Man of the Mountain falls
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2003
Old Man of the Mountain falls
The Old Man of the Mountain has been one of New Hampshire’s most popular tourist destinations since the 1800s. By the early 1900s, though, there were signs that the Old Man wasn’t as stable as he should be. In the 1920s, scientists installed a series of steel rods and clamps to keep the Old Man in place...
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2012
Women represent New Hampshire
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2012
Women represent New Hampshire
In 2012, New Hampshire became the first state in the country to have all its representatives to the federal government be women. The Granite State’s two senators that year were Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte. New Hampshire’s two delegates to the House of Representatives were Ann McLane Kuster and Carol Shea Porter. New Hampshire’s governor was also a woman, Maggie Hassan.
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