Browse a chronology of major international events that occurred during Johnson's presidency.

1963
  • French president Charles de Gaulle prevents Great Britain's entry into the Common Market
  • Nuclear test ban treaty signed by the U.S., U.K., and U.S.S.R.
  • Buddhist-led military group overthrows the government of South Vietnam
  • Hurricane in East Pakistan and India kills 22,000
  • Kenya becomes an independent republic
  • John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963

1964
  • Zanzibar and Tanganyika merge to form Tanzania
  • Republic of Zambia is created
  • UN peace forces take over Cyprus
  • Pandit Nehru dies
  • War in Vietnam escalates
  • Malawi and Malta join the British Commonwealth
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. wins the Nobel Prize for Peace
  • Nikita Khruschev replaced by Leonid Brezhnev as party secretary
  • King Saud of Saudi Arabia deposed from throne
  • Yassir Arafat becomes leader of Arab guerilla forces
  • World's Fair opens in Queens, New York

1965
  • Winston Churchill dies
  • Vietnamese leader Ho Chi Minh rejects peace talks with the U.S.
  • France withdraws from NATO
  • Revolution occurs in Algeria
  • Rhodesia declares independence from Great Britain
  • Gambia, Singapore, and the Maldives join the United Nations
  • Entire northeast U.S. and parts of Canada experience an electrical blackout
  • Malcolm X assassinated

1966
  • Indira Gandhi becomes prime minister of India
  • Chinese "cultural revolution" begins
  • 48-hour Christmas truce declared in Vietnam
  • Guyana, formerly British Guiana, becomes independent

1967
  • Six-Day War between Israel and Arab nations occurs
  • First successful heart transplant is performed by Dr. Christian Barnard in South Africa
  • Shah of Iran crowns himself and his wife, Farah
  • Royalists fail to overthrow the military government in Greece

1968
  • U.S. Navy ship "Pueblo" captured by North Korea
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. assassinated
  • Robert Kennedy assassinated
  • Pierre Trudeau becomes prime minister of Canada
  • Student protest riots occur in Paris
  • Czechoslovakia is invaded by Soviet forces to quell a liberation movement

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