Major Events from the 20th Century

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  • Nixon

    Richard Milhous Nixon (January 9, 1913 – April 22, 1994) was the 37th President of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1974. The only president to resign the office, Nixon had previously served as a US representative and senator from California and as the 36th Vice President of the United States from 1953 to 1961.
  • Women's Suffrage

    Women's Suffrage
    Women would take the men's jobs in the factories to support the war. Months later a proposal was passed by a 304 to 90 vote stating: "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any States on Account of sex. The Congress shall have the power by appropriate legislation to enforce the provisions of this article."
  • Insulin

    First discovered in 1921, insulin is a naturaly occuring hormone that comes from your panceas. Insulin is used in the body to remove the glucose from your blood. Insulin is used for people and animals with diabetes. It's injected into the body through a needle either by pricking the finger or giving a shot.
  • Saint Valentine's Day Massacre

    Saint Valentine's Day Massacre
    Seven well dressed men were lined up against the wall, back to the executioners, and shot to death. A woman, eyewitness, who lived directly across the street from where the murder happened stated that she saw the police take away two men whom she thought were the suspected murderers. Later she found out that the men were dressed as if they were policemen, these 'policemen' made the men line up facing the wall while the other two men shot them to death. It was all a staged massacre.
  • Empire State Building

    Empire State Building
    Built in 1931, the Empire State Building was the tallest building in the world standing at 1.250 feet tall. This building began in a competition to 'Race to the Sky'. It all started with a simple question. "How high can you make it so that it won't fall down?"
  • Amelia Earhart

    Amelia Earhart
    Starting out at age ten, she wasn't really interested in flying until a decade later when she became very interested in aviation. "By the time I got two or three hundred feer off the ground, I knew I had to fly."
    She left in the middle of her second year of high school to work as nurse's aide in the military hospital during World War 1.
    Naming her plane 'Canary' and was used to set the first women's record of rising to 14,000 feet in the air. Amelia set out on May 20, 1932 from Harbor Grace.
  • Holocaust

    11 million people were wiped off the Earth. These deaths were all because of racism and hate. Groups such as handicaps, gypsies, homosexuals, Jehovah's Witnessses, Catholics, Poles, Soviet prisoners of war, political dissidents, etc. were persecuted by what they were versus who they were. Survivors say "the essence of this tragedy is that it can never be fully conveyed..."
  • Fireside Chat

    Fireside Chat
    The first fireside chat was introduced. This one being about 'Outlining the New Deal Program'. Fireside chats were contributed by Frankin Delano Roosevelt. These were used to inform the citizens through a radio production about political issues or information that would affect citizens across the country.
  • John Lenon

    John Lenon
    John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an English musician and singer-songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as one of the founder members of The Beatles, one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed acts in the history of popular music. Together with Paul McCartney, he formed one of the most celebrated songwriting partnerships of the 20th century.
  • Pearl Harbor

    Pearl Harbor
    More than 2,000 American soldiers and sailors died in the bombing of Pearl Harbor while another 1,000 were wounded. War was then declared on Japan from bombing the United States, as the US was then declared to war through Germany and Italy. This resulted in America being involved in World War 2.
  • Dropping of Atomic Bomb

    Dropping of Atomic Bomb
    The first seccessful atomic explosion was done in a deserted area which was call Jornada del Muerto which means 'Journey of the dead'.On August 6, the Enola Gay took off from the United States and dropped a bomb over Japan. The first atomic bomb dropped was nicknamed 'Little Boy' and it killed around 140,000 people; the second atomic bomb dropped was nicknamed 'Fat Man' and this one killed around 70,000 people.
  • VCR

    Experimentation with magnetic tape recording of video signals began just post World-War II. Prototype machines were built in the early 1950s. The first commercial broadcast quality video recorder was released by Ampex in 1956. The model VR-1000 cost $50,000 and used 2" wide videotape. KING-TV in Seattle got Serial Number 1. CBS in Hollywood had earlier received the first production prototype.
  • First man in Space

    First man in Space
    Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first human to enter space and orbit the Earth, helping boost the Soviet space program and intensify the space race with the United States.
  • LA Riots

    LA Riots
    On Wednesday, 11 August 1965, Marquette Frye, a 21-year-old black man, was arrested for drunk driving on the edge of Los Angeles’ Watts neighborhood. The ensuing struggle during his arrest sparked off 6 days of rioting, resulting in 34 deaths, over 1,000 injuries, nearly 4,000 arrests, and the destruction of property valued at $40 million.
  • First Super Bowl

    First Super Bowl
    Green Bay Packers 35
    Kansas City Chiefs 10
    One day Lamar Hunt, architect of the AFL and owner of the Kansas City Chiefs, came across his daughter's Super Ball and was given the inspiration for the name of the championship game.
  • Six Day War

    Six Day War
    The Six Day War was a war between Israel and her neighboring countries - Egypt, Syria and Jordan - which was conducted from June 5th until June 10th 1967. The tensions between Israel and the Arab countries intensified from the mid 1960's due to multiple terrorist attacks and infiltrations of Palestinian terrorists from Syria, Jordan, the Gaza Strip, and the Sinai Peninsula into Israeli territory.
  • Moon

    On Jul 20, 1969 Neil Armstrong was the first person to walk on the moon. The Apollo 11 was the name of the rocket that flew him to the moon. Neil and his partner that went with him spent two and a half hours exploring the moon. Then he came back he was congratulated by his family.
  • Crack Cocaine

    Crack Cocaine
    Crack cocaine is the freebase form of cocaine that can be smoked. It may also be termed rock, hard, iron, cavvy, base, or just crack; it is the most addictive form of cocaine. Crack rocks offer a short but intense high to smokers.
  • AIDS

    Acquired immune deficiency syndrome or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a disease of the human immune system caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The illness interferes with the immune system, making people with AIDS much more likely to get infections, including opportunistic infections and tumors that do not affect people with working immune systems.
  • Ozone Layer

    Ozone Layer
    Ozone depletion describes two distinct but related phenomena observed since the late 1970s: a steady decline of about 4% per decade in the total volume of ozone in Earth's stratosphere (the ozone layer), and a much larger springtime decrease in stratospheric ozone over Earth's polar regions. The latter phenomenon is referred to as the ozone hole.
  • Kent University

    Kent University
    Kent State University (also known as Kent, Kent State, and KSU) is a public research university located in Kent, Ohio, United States. The university has eight campuses around the Northeast Ohio region with the main campus in Kent being the largest. Other campuses are located in Ashtabula, Burton, East Liverpool, Jackson Township, New Philadelphia, Salem, and Warren, Ohio.
  • Sears Tower

    Sears Tower
    Willis Tower (formerly named Sears Tower) is a 108-story, 1,451-foot (442 m) skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois. At the time of its completion in 1973, it was the tallest building in the world, surpassing the World Trade Center towers in New York, and it held this rank for nearly 25 years. The Willis Tower is the tallest building in the United States and the seventh-tallest freestanding structure in the world.
  • Jeffery Dahmer

    Jeffery Dahmer
    As a little boy he would go around his neighborhood looking for dead animals that he could dissect, and by the time he graduated he was an alcoholic. He killed 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991, and sometimes he would pick up the men at gay bars. He would rape his victims, and the police found human heads and body parts in his refrigerator. When he got to prison he was attack twice, one of the two was when he was severely beaten with a broomstick and died of severe head trama.
  • Jonestown

    Jonestown was led by a man named Jim Jones. He convinced 909 people to have a “revolutionary suicide”. This took place in Guyana, South America, and in 1973 it was established. Jones and Peoples Temple members negotiated a lease of more than 3,800 acres in the middle of a jungle to start a new civilization. The members of Jonestown thought of this place as a type of paradise. Till Jones had killed them all with drink called Kool-Aid.
  • Jamestown Massacre

    Jamestown Massacre
    Jonestown was the informal name for the Peoples Temple Agricultural Project, an intentional community in northwestern Guyana formed by the Peoples Temple led by Jim Jones. It became internationally notorious when, on November 18, 1978, 918 people died in the settlement as well as in a nearby airstrip and in Georgetown, Guyana's capital. The name of the settlement became synonymous with the incidents at those locations.
  • Three Mile Island

    Three Mile Island
    The accident at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant near Middletown, Pa., on March 28, 1979, was the most serious in U.S. commercial nuclear power plant operating in history, even though no deaths or injuries happened to plant workers or members of the nearby community. But it brought changes involving emergency response planning, reactor operator training, human factors engineering, radiation protection, and many other areas of nuclear power plant operations.
  • DNA

    Deoxyribonucleic acid is a nucleic acid containing the genetic instructions used in the development and functioning of all known living organisms (with the exception of RNA viruses). The DNA segments carrying this genetic information are called genes. Likewise, other DNA sequences have structural purposes, or are involved in regulating the use of this genetic information.
  • O.J. Simpson Murder Case

    O.J. Simpson Murder Case
    Simpson was tried on the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown. He was considered not guilty after a nine month long trial. Simpson was seen in a car with his friend, A.C. Cowlings, after missing a court date, and sending in a suicidal note. When an officer found the car he turned his sirens on. Cowlings then yelled that Simpson was in the back seat with a gun pointed at his head. The officer then backed off and followed at 35 mph, with 20 other police cars involved in the chase.
  • Oklahoma Bombing

    Oklahoma Bombing
    There were 168 deaths. The blast of the bomb destroyed 324 buildings. A participant in the bombing, was pulled over for not having a license plate and was arrested for having weapons in his car. The other participants were Terry Nichols, and Michael and Lori Fortier. McVeigh was executed on June 11th, 2001, Nichols was sentenced life in prison. The couple was against McVeigh and Nichols, Michael got 12 years for not warning the government, and Lori was granted immunity from prosecution.
  • Columbine High School Massacre

    Columbine High School Massacre
    Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 13 people, 12 students and 1 teacher, then committed suicide. This massacre was considered the deadliest for an American high school. These two young men planned on a bomb going off in the cafeteria and then kill everyone that tried running. But the bomb didn’t have a big enough blast. Klebold then threw a pipe bomb. One victim was asked if she believed in God, she answered yes, and they shot her. Many were shot because of their race.
  • USS Cole Bombing

    USS Cole Bombing
    17 American soldiers were killed and 39 were injured by an organization called al-Qaeda. It was considered the deadliest attack against a U.S. Navy since 1987. At around 11:18 a 40-by-40-foot hole was in the side of the ship from the bomb. The blast was caused by explosives against the hull of the boat, and there was around 400-700 pounds of explosive used. In June 2001, there was a video with Osama bin Laden stating he’s proud the attack happened and he encouraged more attacks like it.
  • 9/11 Attacks

    9/11 Attacks
    This was a series of four suicide attacks, where 19 hijackers took 4 airplanes and intentionally ran two of them into the Twin Towers, which both collapsed within two hours. Another airplane was intentionally crashed into the pentagon in Virginia. And the last airplanes destination was the White House in Washingtion D.C. but a couple passengers attempted to control the plane and it crashed in Pennsylvania instead. Nearly 3,000 people dead, including the 19 hijackers and 227 civilians.
  • DC Sniper

    DC Sniper
    October 2002 was the beginning of what seemed like the longest three weeks in the Washington Metropolitan Area. What appeared to be a random killing spree by an enraged lunatic, turned out to be part of a massive plan that claimed the lives of 10 innocent people in DC, Maryland, and Virginia! These shootings were being carried out by a man named John Allen Muhammad, in a blue 1990 Chevrolet Caprice sedan.
  • Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster

    Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster
    After the shuttle entered Earth’s atmosphere over Texas and Louisiana it disintegrated. None of the seven crew members survived. The loss was a because of damage that happened during launch when a piece of foam insulation the size of a small briefcase broke off from the shuttles tank.
  • Abu Ghraib Torture and Prison Abuse

    Abu Ghraib Torture and Prison Abuse
    American soldiers abused prisoners, sexually and physically, and torture. There were pictures taken of soldiers raping prisoners. There are pictures of prisoners being forced to masturbate in front of the soldiers. Lt. Col. Bill Cowan said “We went into Iraq to stop things like this from happening”. There was even a diary entry from a Sgt. that was a participant in the abuse stating, “They stressed him out so bad the man died. The next day the medics came in and put his body on stretcher.
  • Hurricane Katrina

    Hurricane Katrina
    Hurricane Katrina was one of the five worst hurricanes in U.S. history. 1,836 people dead, and $108 billion worth of damage, nearly triple the damage by Hurricane Andrew in 1992. When she hit Florida she was a Category 1 hurricane, but by the time she reached Louisiana she was Category 3. After entering the Gulf of Mexico, she jumped up to a Category 5 in only 9 hours. This hurricane lasted 7 days at 175 mph, hitting the Bahamas, South Florida, Cuba, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.
  • Abortion

    Abortion is defined as the termination of pregnancy by the removal or expulsion from the uterus of a fetus or embryo prior to viability. An abortion can occur spontaneously, in which case it is usually called a miscarriage, or it can be purposely induced. The term abortion most commonly refers to the induced abortion of a human pregnancy.
  • Woodstock

    Woodstock 1969 marked the peak for hippie counterculture. The ideals of peace, love, and expansion flowed throughout the country, and the world had little choice but to pay attention when 500,000 supports of these ideals met in the 600 acre farm where Woodstock was held. The long list of Woodstock which would shape the history of the art is unparalleled.