1930-Present

Timeline created by hhalstead1
  • Walter Kraus is born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

  • Empire State Building Opens

    Empire State Building Opens
  • Yellow Fever Vaccine

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt Inauguration

    Franklin D. Roosevelt Inauguration
  • Hilter Appoints Himself Leader

    Hilter Appoints Himself Leader
  • Italy Invades Ethiopia

  • 4th Winter Olympics

    4th Winter Olympics
    Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
  • Pact of Belgrade

    Italy & Yugoslavia sign no-attack treaty
  • 1st March of Dimes

    1st March of Dimes
    March of Dimes established to fight polio
  • World War II Starts

    World War II Starts
    Nazi Germany invades Poland.
  • Mass Execution of Poles

    Committed by Germans in the city of Poznań, Warthegau.
  • Pearl Harbor

    Pearl Harbor
  • War Production Starts

    US auto factories switch from commercial to war production
  • Battle of Stalingrad Ends

    Battle of Stalingrad Ends
    German 6th Army surrenders at Stalingrad, turning point of WW II
  • Nazis out of Rome

  • FDR Dies in Office

  • Atom Bomb in Hiroshima

    Atom Bomb in Hiroshima
    Atom bomb dropped on Hiroshima by "Enola Gay"
  • End of World War II

  • 1st Radar Contact with the Moon

  • WW II peace treaties signed

  • Antonius van de Waals Sentenced to Death

    May 7th - Nazi collaborator V-Mann Antonius van de Waals sentence to death
  • First African American to Graduate US Naval Academy

    Wesley Anthony Brown
  • Silly Putty is Invented

    Mar 6th - Silly Putty invented
  • 22nd Amendment Ratified

    Feb 27th - 22nd amendment ratified, limiting president to 2 terms
  • Elizabeth II-Queen of UK.

    Elizabeth II is proclaimed Queen of the UK.
  • Eisenhower Inauguration Address

    1st live coast-to-coast inauguration address (Eisenhower)
  • Earthquake/Tsunami Hits Aleutians

    Earthquake/tsunami ravage Aleutians, 200 killed
  • "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" Opens

    Tennessee Williams, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" opens for 694 performances
  • Hudsonville-Standale Tornado-F5

    The western half of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan is struck by a deadly F5 tornado.
  • 1st Electric Portable Typewriter

    1st electric portable typewriter placed on sale (Syracuse NY)
  • Sputnik 1 Reenters Atomosphere

    Sputnik 1 reenters atmosphere & burns up
  • 1st Color Photograph of Earth from Outer Space

  • John F. Kennedy-35th President

    JFK beats VP Richard Nixon for US president
  • US Ends Diplomatic Relations with Cuba

  • Volcano Huascaran in Peru Erupts

    Volcano Huascaran in Peru, erupts; 4,000 die
  • JFK Assassinated in Dallas Texas

  • Lyndon B. Johnson is President

    36th president following assassination of JFK
  • "Christmas" Flood of 1964 Hits Oregon

    "Christmas" Flood of 1964 Hits Oregon
  • First American Troops in Vietnam

    3,500 U.S. Marines landed near Da Nang in South Vietnam; they are the first U.S. troops arrive in Vietnam.
  • Luna 9 is First Satellite to Land on Moon

    Soviet probe Luna 9 is the first artificial satellite to 'land' on the moon
  • Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons in Space

    US, USSR, UK sign treaty banning nuclear weapons in space.
  • Earthquake in Japan

    Earthquake kills 47 in Japan
  • Beatles Last Performance

    Beatles perform their last gig together, a free concert
  • US troops invade Cambodia

  • Bomb Attack on D.C.

  • First Hand-Held Scientific Calculator

    Feb 1st - 1st scientific hand-held calculator (HP-35) introduced ($395)
  • US launches Pioneer 11 to Jupiter & Saturn

  • 1st American Music Award

  • Vietnam War Ends

  • World's largest telescope begins operation (USSR)

    Feb 7th - World's largest telescope (600 cm) begins operation (USSR)
  • Apple Computers, Inc. is incorporated

  • Blizzard Hits Wash. D.C.

    The worst storm in 57 years to strike the Washington area. Snow depths from the storm were up to 20 inches over Northern Virginia and Maryland. 4 died.
  • Mt. St. Helens Erupts

    The eruption of Mt. St. Helens in 1980 was the worst volcanic disaster in U.S. history.
  • First Woman on the Supreme Court

    President Ronald Reagan nominated Sandra Day O'Connor to be the first woman on the U.S. Supreme Court. On September 21, the United States Senate confirmed O'Connor in a vote of 99 for and zero against.
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial Dedication

  • Sally Ride Becomes the First American Woman in Space

  • Hole in Ozone Discovered

    The Antarctic ozone hole was discovered in 1985 by British scientists Joesph Farman, Brian Gardiner, and Jonathan Shanklin of the British Antarctic Survey.
  • Challenger Space Shuttle Explodes

  • Black Monday

    New York Stock Exchange Suffers Huge Drop on "Black Monday"
  • Pan Am Flight 103 is Bombed

    Pan Am Flight 103, a London to New York flight, exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland. A total of 270 people were killed, 259 of which had been on board the plane and another 11 had been killed from the debris that hit the ground.
  • Berlin Wall Falls

  • Hubble Space Telescope Launched

  • End of USSR

  • World Trade Center Bombing - 1993

    The 1993 World Trade Center bombing occurred on February 26, 1993, when a truck bomb was detonated below the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York, NY.
  • Rwanda Genocide - 800,000 die in 100 days

    Hutus began slaughtering the Tutsis in the African country of Rwanda. As the brutal killings continued, the world stood idly by and just watched the slaughter. Lasting 100 days, the Rwanda genocide left approximately 800,000 Tutsis and Hutu sympathizers dead.
  • Oklahoma City Bombing - 168 die

    Timothy McVeigh drove a truck containing a home-made bomb up to the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. When the bomb exploded at 9:02 a.m., the building was decimated and 168 people were left dead.
  • Unabomber Arrested in Montana

    Agents arrested Theodore Kaczynski on April 3, 1996, at his remote cabin outside Lincoln, Montana.
  • Princess Diana Dies

    Diana, Princess of Wales died after being involved in a car accident.
  • President Clinton Impeached

    Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States, was impeached by the House of Representatives on two charges, one of perjury and one of obstruction of justice.
  • Columbine HS Shootings

    Two students of Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado planted bombs and opened fire on students within their school. They had murderes twelve students and one teacher. It was the first mass, student shooting on a U.S. campus and it shocked the entire country.
  • New Millennium!

    Gisbourne, New Zealand population 32,754 is first city in the world to welcome in the new millennium.
  • Terrorist Attacks on America

    Terrorist Attacks on America
    --Terrorists hijack a passenger plane and crash it into the Pentagon causing the death of 125 people
    --Terrorists hijack two passenger planes crashing them into New York's World Trade Towers causing the collapse of both & death of 2,752 people
    --Attempt by passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 to retake control of their hijacked plane from terrorists causes plane to crash in Pennsylvania field killing all 64 people onboard
  • U.S. invasion of Afghanistan

  • Belgium Recognizes Same-Sex Marriage

  • Ashoura Massacre (Al Qaeda)

    War in Iraq: Al Qaeda carries out the Ashoura Massacre in Iraq, killing 170 and wounding over 500.
  • 265th Pope - Pope Benedict XVI

    Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is inaugurated as the 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church taking the name Pope Benedict XVI.
  • Deadly Tornado Outbreak in South

    Over 60 tornadoes break out, hardest hit is Tennessee with 29 people killed.
  • Steve Jobs Annouces iPhone

    Apple Inc CEO, Steve Jobs announces the iPhone.
  • Flood of 2008 (Cedar River Crests at 32 ft)

    Cedar Rapids is experiencing the worst flooding in the city’s history. And the water is still rising. By Thursday afternoon, the Cedar River was about 29 feet deep, or 17 feet above flood stage, according to the National Weather Service. The water was expected to rise another three feet by Friday morning, and reach a record crest, 12 feet higher than the previous record, set in 1851.
  • Obama's Inauguration - First African American President

    Jan 20th - Barack Obama, inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States of America, becomes the United States' first African-American president
  • Earthquake in Haiti - Kills 230,000

    Earthquake occurs in Haiti killing 230,000 and destroying the majority of the capital Port-au-Prince
  • Osama bin Laden Captured by US Special Forces

    Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind behind the September 11 attacks and the FBI's most wanted man is killed by the United States special forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
  • Earthquake in Philipines

    6.9 magnitude quake hits near the central Philipines with 43 confirmed deaths.
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    Great Depression

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    World War II