1963
President John F. Kennedy is shot in Dallas, Texas, by 24-year-old Lee Harvey Oswald from New Orleans. 

1963
The bald cypress is named Louisiana’s state tree.

1964
Governor McKeithen becomes an active salesman for the state of Louisiana

1964 John McKeithen is elected Louisiana Governor.The federal Civil Rights Act is passed.
  1969
Scientists begin to realize that the Louisiana coastline is shrinking at a rate of 16.5 square miles a year.

1969
“Moon” Landrieu assembles a coalition of blacks and whites in New Orleans that helps him get elected Mayor.

1970
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.
  1976
Petrified palmwood and agate are named Louisiana’s state fossil and gemstone respectively.

1977
Organized Labor and organized business clash in a battle over the so-called “Right-to-Work” law. 


 
1977  Ernest N. Morial is New Orleans’ first black mayor.
  1985
Tulane University no longer supports a basketball program, after a point-shaving scandal.

1985
Governor Edwin Edwards is “indicted on federal racketeering charges”.

1986
Governor Edwin Edwards is acquitted of all charges. 
  1991
The U.S. Geological Survey confirms Louisiana wetlands loss has dropped to 25 square miles a year.

1992   
Edwin Edwards is elected governor

1992
The black bear is named Louisiana’s state mammal.
1998
Bobby Jindal is selected to head a Medicare improvement program in Washington, D.C.

1999
The largest Dead Zone appears in the Gulf of Mexico at 20,000 square kilometers

1999
Mike Foster is re-elected one hundred years after his grandfather held the same office.

 
1960
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1960
Two public schools in New Orleans are desegregated

1960
Construction begins on Louisiana’s two east-west interstate highways, I-10 and I-20.

1960   On November 14th, 1960, three black first graders enrolled in a whites-only elementary school.

1960
In the 1960s, the state’s farming population would drop from 233,000 to 171,000 by the end of the decade.
1965 New Orleans native Shirley Ann Grau wins the Pulitzer Prize

1965
Hurricane Betsy moves through Southern Louisiana destroying hundreds of homes.

1966
The brown pelican is named Louisiana’s state bird.

1967
The state legislature appropriates the funds to build the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans

1967
Voters approve an amendment to the state constitution allowing the re-election of Governor John McKeithen.
  1971
Dorothy Mae Taylor becomes the first African-American woman to hold a state office.

1972   Edwin Edward becomes governor on a “reform platform.”

1973
Governor Edwards changes the way the state taxes the oil and gas industry.

1973
Corrine “Lindy” Boggs becomes Louisiana’s first congresswoman.

1974
Louisiana rewrites its constitution

1976  Governor Edwin Edwards begins his second term as governor


 
1979
Between 1979 and 1982, oil and gas revenues produced more than $1 billion dollars for Louisiana.

1979 David Treen is elected governor, the first Republican governor since Reconstruction

1979
The catahoula leopard dog is named Louisiana’s state dog.

1981 John Kennedy Toole is posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for “A Confederacy of Dunces.”

1983
Despite dramatic budget cuts, Louisiana ends the fiscal year with a $100 million dollar deficit. 

1983
The coldest December ever is recorded
  1987
New Orleans hosts a visit from Pope John Paul II.

1988
Louisiana voters approve creation of the Wetland Conservation and Restoration Fund

1988
Buddy Roemer is elected Governor

1989
David Duke is elected to legislature.

1990
Congress passes the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act

1990
A new state lottery is approved as “gaming”
  1993
The green tree frog and the white perch are named Louisiana’s state amphibian and freshwater fish respectively.
1994
Marc Morial, son of Ernest Morial, is elected Mayor of New Orleans

1995
Harrah’s casino, Louisiana’s only land-based casino files for Chapter 11 protection.

1995
Mike Foster is elected to the first of two terms as Louisiana governor.

1996
Louisiana voters choose whether they want to ban video poker in their parishes

1996
Mary Landrieu becomes the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate from Louisiana.
  2002
Edwin Edwards begins serving a ten-year sentence in a federal penitentiary in Fort Worth, Texas.

2003
Kathleen Blanco defeats Bobby Jindal and becomes the first female governor
                   
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