President John F. Kennedy is shot in Dallas, Texas, by 24-year-old Lee Harvey Oswald from New Orleans.
The bald cypress is named Louisiana’s state tree.
Governor McKeithen becomes an active salesman for the state of Louisiana
Scientists begin to realize that the Louisiana coastline is shrinking at a rate of 16.5 square miles a year.
“Moon” Landrieu assembles a coalition of blacks and whites in New Orleans that helps him get elected Mayor.
LSU professor T. Harry Williams wins a Pulitzer Prize for his biography of Huey Long.
Through the 70s, Crude oil prices skyrocketed producing tremendous revenues for Louisiana.
Petrified palmwood and agate are named Louisiana’s state fossil and gemstone respectively.
Organized Labor and organized business clash in a battle over the so-called “Right-to-Work” law.
Tulane University no longer supports a basketball program, after a point-shaving scandal.
Governor Edwin Edwards is “indicted on federal racketeering charges”.
Governor Edwin Edwards is acquitted of all charges.
The U.S. Geological Survey confirms Louisiana wetlands loss has dropped to 25 square miles a year.
Edwin Edwards is elected governor
The black bear is named Louisiana’s state mammal.
Bobby Jindal is selected to head a Medicare improvement program in Washington, D.C.
The largest Dead Zone appears in the Gulf of Mexico at 20,000 square kilometers
Mike Foster is re-elected one hundred years after his grandfather held the same office.
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Two public schools in New Orleans are desegregated
Construction begins on Louisiana’s two east-west interstate highways, I-10 and I-20.
In the 1960s, the state’s farming population would drop from 233,000 to 171,000 by the end of the decade.
Hurricane Betsy moves through Southern Louisiana destroying hundreds of homes.
The brown pelican is named Louisiana’s state bird.
The state legislature appropriates the funds to build the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans
Voters approve an amendment to the state constitution allowing the re-election of Governor John McKeithen.
Dorothy Mae Taylor becomes the first African-American woman to hold a state office.
Governor Edwards changes the way the state taxes the oil and gas industry.
Corrine “Lindy” Boggs becomes Louisiana’s first congresswoman.
Louisiana rewrites its constitution
Between 1979 and 1982, oil and gas revenues produced more than $1 billion dollars for Louisiana.
The catahoula leopard dog is named Louisiana’s state dog.
Despite dramatic budget cuts, Louisiana ends the fiscal year with a $100 million dollar deficit.
The coldest December ever is recorded
New Orleans hosts a visit from Pope John Paul II.
Louisiana voters approve creation of the Wetland Conservation and Restoration Fund
Buddy Roemer is elected Governor
David Duke is elected to legislature.
Congress passes the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act
A new state lottery is approved as “gaming”
The green tree frog and the white perch are named Louisiana’s state amphibian and freshwater fish respectively.
Marc Morial, son of Ernest Morial, is elected Mayor of New Orleans
Harrah’s casino, Louisiana’s only land-based casino files for Chapter 11 protection.
Mike Foster is elected to the first of two terms as Louisiana governor.
Louisiana voters choose whether they want to ban video poker in their parishes
Mary Landrieu becomes the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate from Louisiana.
Edwin Edwards begins serving a ten-year sentence in a federal penitentiary in Fort Worth, Texas.
Kathleen Blanco defeats Bobby Jindal and becomes the first female governor
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