Timeline Description: Jimmy Carter was America's 39th president. He was responsible for creating the Department of Energy and the Department of Education. He was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.
|1924||James Earl Carter is born
Jimmy was born as James Earl Carter in a small Georgia town. He was the first American president born in a hospital.
Jimmy attended high school and later Georgia Southwestern College. Eventually he went on to attend the United States Naval Academy.
While attending the Naval Academy, Jimmy married his sweetheart, Rosalynn. They had three children.
|1953||Leaving the Navy
Mr. Carter served in the Navy for several years, working his way up to a commanding officer. When his father died in 1953, Jimmy left the Navy to help run his family's business.
|1962||Jimmy enters politics
Mr. Carter's entrance into politics was through the Georgia State Senate. He served two full terms and later went on to become the governor of Georgia.
After the Watergate scandal of Richard Nixon, Mr. Carter found himself at an advantage in winning the election. No one associated him with Washington politics, and he easily won the election.
|September 1977||The Department of Energy
As the country faced a major energy crisis, President Carter took the matter seriously. He created the Department of Energy to help regulate nuclear energy and aid in energy research.
|1978||Peace between Egypt and Israel
Tension between Egypt and Israel had been growing. In order to avoid conflict, President Cater initiated the Camp David Accords, which was a peace treaty between the two countries.
|1979||Iran Hostage Crisis
Two years into his presidency, a group of Americans was taken hostage by Iran. President Carter was unsuccessful in having the hostages returned, and Iran finally set them free once Carter had left office.
|1979||The Department of Education
Educational departments had been attempted during other presidencies. Carter was the first to follow through with a successful launch of the Department of Education, though it was with much criticism.
|1980||America boycotts the Olympic Games
The 1980's Olympics were to be held in Moscow, Russia. When the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, President Carter announced the US would be boycotting the Olympics.
|1980||The end of his presidency
The 1980 presidential election was held between President Carter and former movie star Ronald Reagan. Mr. Reagan won the election, ending President Carter's presidency.
|1982||Founding of the Carter Center
Shortly after leaving office, Mr. Carter and his wife Rosalynn opened the Carter Center. It was a place to further human rights and help those who were suffering.
|2002||Nobel Peace Prize
Carter was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for his humanitarian work. He has also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among other honors.
|2006||Jimmy Carter the Writer
In 2006, President Carter added "writer" to his resume. He has written many books and memoirs, and he continues working for the American people today.