SEM Timeline

By ercup
  • Period: Jan 1, 1550 to

    Outdoor Entertainment

    Introduction of outdoor entertainment including bowling, primitive amusement rides, music and dancing.
  • First Baseball Game

    Fans had to pay to watch game between two teams in the New York City area at Fashion Rack Course in Queens.
  • NCAA

    National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) was officially formed to govern collegiate athletics.
  • Sound in a Motion Picture

    Development of recording of sound on motion picture film.
  • First Commercial Radio Stations

    First commercial radio stations with regularly scheduled broadcasts.
  • Founding of NBC

    RCA established the National Broadcasting Company (NBC)
  • First electronic TV picture

    Farnsworth transmits first electronic television picture; receives patent.
  • CBS is founded

    The Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) is founded.
  • Great Depression

    The Stock Market Crash leads to the Great Depression closing nearly three-fourths of amusement parks.
  • First Person on a Wheaties Box

    Lou Gehrig appeared on a Wheaties box.
  • 1st TV sold

  • Womens Pro Baseball

    All-American Girls Professional Baseball League was formed due to many Major League Baseball players serving in WWII.
  • TVs become popular

    Televisions are in over one million homes.
  • Wilson signs golfer Zaharias

    Wilson Sporting Goods signed golfer Babe Didrickson Zaharias to an endorsement contract for $100,000 per year.
  • Color television is introduced.

  • Disneyland

    Disneyland in Anaheim, California opens costing $17 million to build.
  • 100 million Tvs worldwide

    Over 100 million television sets are in homes around the world.
  • Six Flags opens in Texas

  • Founding of Nike

    Phil Knight opens Blue Ribbon Sports. In 1972, the name is changed to Nike.
  • Title IX

    Title IX is enacted, mandating equal access to educational opportunities for men and women.
  • Naming Rights to a Stadium

    Rich Foods pays $60,000/year for the naming rights to the Buffalo Bills football stadium.
  • Boycott Olympics

    The US boycotts the Summer Olympics in Moscow.
  • Personal Computers

    First IBM Personal Computers are available for retail sales
  • MTV Debuts

  • Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” sells 20 million albums

  • First compact disc is released

  • Olympics Commercialized

    The Olympics becomes commercialized. Peter Ueberoth helps to make the Olympics profitable.
  • Nintendo

    Nintendo home entertainment system is introduced
  • Time Warner Co.

    Time and Warner merge to become Time Warner Inc.
  • TV merges with Internet

    First television program delivered via the Internet (webcast)
  • Olympic Bombings

    Olympic Park in Atlanta, GA is bombed.
  • Princess Diana is killed in an automobile accident