Some key events for a timeline regarding Dwight D. Eisenhower include his command of Allied troops in the Normandy invasion during World War II, his victory in the 1952 presidential election, and his 1961 presidential farewell address. Born on Oct. 14, 1890 in Denison, Texas, Eisenhower's life revolved around a career in the military and in public service. He died on March 28, 1969 in Washington, D.C.Continue Reading
In 1942, Eisenhower became commander-in-chief of the Allied Forces. His leadership led the Allies to push Germany out of North Africa. His successful invasion on the Normandy coast in 1944 led to the end of World War II less than one year later. Following the war, he became a military governor in West Germany, and in 1950, he was appointed as the Supreme Allied Commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
In 1952, he became the first Republican president in over 20 years with a landslide victory over Adlai Stevenson. He pushed to reduce tensions with the Soviet Union and continued Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal policies. He also oversaw the statehood of Alaska and Hawaii and signed in the 1957 Civil Rights Act into law.
Before leaving office, he gave a televised farewell address to the country warning of the growing "military industrial complex" and the effect it would have on the future of the country.Learn more about US History