Jimmy Carter Timeline
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.

Date Event
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.
1946 Jimmy's education

Jimmy attended high school and later Georgia Southwestern College. Eventually he went on to attend the United States Naval Academy.
1946 Marriage

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.
1977 President!

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.