Norm and his family are forcibly removed from their home in San Jose, California, and sent to Heart Mountain WWII Internment Camp in Wyoming.
Norm's Cub Scout troop invites a local Cody, Wyoming troop to Heart Mountain, and the lifelong friendship between Alan Simpson and Norm Mineta begins.
Norm serves as an intelligence officer for the U.S. Army in the Korean War.
Norm returns home from war and joins his father in the family insurance business.
Norm is the first Japanese American member of Congress elected from the lower 48 states. He would win his election 10 times and serve 21 years in Congress.
HR 442, the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, is passed and signed by President Reagan—HR 442 becomes the most important legislation authored by Norm during his entire career.
ISTEA (The Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act) authored by Norm is signed into law by President George H.W. Bush. ISTEA created a national transportation system for highways and mass transit programs.
President Bill Clinton selects Norm as Secretary of Commerce, becoming the first Asian American Cabinet Member.
Norm is sworn in as Secretary of Transportation under President George W. Bush, becoming the first Asian American to serve in two Presidential Cabinets.
In 2 hours and 20 minutes, Secretary Mineta orders 4,638 planes to be grounded. In the following days, Norm ensures the American people that there will be no racial profiling at security check points at airports.
Presented by President Bush, Norm receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.
Norm is recognized by the government of Japan and awarded the Grand Cordon, Order of the Rising Sun.