American Studies

  • Teapot Dome Scandal

    Teapot Dome Scandal
    The Teapot Dome Scandal was a bribery that took place during the presidency of Warren G. Harding. Secretary Albert B. Fall leased Navy petroleum reserves at Teapot Dome and two other companies without competative bidding. Later the leases became subject of a sensational investigation, and Fall was later convicted of accepting bribes from the oil companies.
  • The Charleston

    The Charleston
    The Charleston is a dance named after the city Charleston, South Carolina. It originated on the Broadway show "Runnin' Wild" in 1923, and was made famous in the tune "The Charleston" by James P. Johnson. The Charleston peaked as a dance from 1926 to 1927.
  • Penicillin

    Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in a fortinate accident. In his laboratory he left a petri dish containing Staphylococcus plate culture open, and Penicillium mold grew on it. Fleming thought that Penicillin would be a useful disinfectant, but would not last long enough in the human body to kill bacteria. Penicillin's first successful cure wasn't until November 25, 1930 on an infant with Ophthalmia Neonatorum.
  • Saint Valentine's Day Massacre

    Saint Valentine's Day Massacre
    The Saint Valentine's Day Massacre resulted from prohibition era conflicts between two powerful criminal gangs in Chicago: the South Side Italian Gang led by Al Capone and the North Side Irish gang led by Bugs Moran. Five members of the North Side Gang where killed in the massacre, and one other. The murderers where hired from outside the city by Al Capone's mob, so that they would not be recognized by the victims.
  • Wall Street Crash

    Wall Street Crash
    The "Roaring 20's" was a time of wealth and excess, and most believed that the stock market wouldm continue to rise indefinately. But on October 24 (Black Thursday), the market lost 11% of its value. On October 28 (Black Monday) th market dropped 13% more, and on Black Tuesday it dropped another 12%. The Stock Market Crash of 1929 was the beggining of the ten-year Great Depression.
  • Empire State Building

    Empire State Building
    The Empire State Building is a 102-story skyscraper located in New York City. It stood as the tallest building in the world for forty years, until the construction of the world trade center in 1972. It is currently the third tallest building in the United States and the fifteenth tallest in the World.
  • Fireside Chats

    Fireside Chats
    Fireside chats were a series of evening radio addresses to the United States given by president Franklin D. Roosevelt between 1933 and 1944. He gave these chats during the Great Depression to help keep the people of the nation calm.
  • Repeal of Prohibition

    Repeal of Prohibition
    Prohibition is the legal act of prohibiting the manufacturing, transportation, and of alcohol and alcoholic beverages. Prohibition was successfully repeal in the United States with the passing of the twenty-first amendment. States were allowed to set there own terms for the control of alcohol.
  • Social Security Act

    Social Security Act
    The Social Security Act was a legislative act that created the Social Security system in the United States. The act was passed during Roosevelt's first term as president as part of the New Deal. It was an attempt to limit danger in the modern American life, including old age, poverty, unemployment, and burdens of widows and orphaned children.
  • Hindenburg Disaster

    Hindenburg Disaster
    The Hindenburg was a German passenger airship that caught fire and was destroyed in an attempt to dock at Lakehurst Naval Air Station. There were 36 passengers, and 61 crew members on board. Of the 97 people there were 35 fatalities, including one death among the ground crew. The disaster was all over the news the next day.
  • Attack on Pearl Harbor

    Attack on Pearl Harbor
    The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise military attack conducted by the Imperial Japanese Navy. The attack was intended to prevent the U.S. Pacific Fleet from interfering with military action of the Empire of Japan. 188 U.S. aircrafts were destroyed, 2,402 Americans were killed, 1,282 were wounded, The Japanese 29 aircraft and five submarines, 65 service men killed or wounded, and one captured.
  • D-Day

    D-Day was the Allied invasion of Normandy, in Operation Overlord, during World War ll. It was executed by land, sea, and air elements, and was the largest amphibious invasion in world history. There were 160,000 troops, 5,000 ships, and airborne troops involved in the invasion.
  • Hiroshima and Nagasaki

    Hiroshima and Nagasaki
    During the final stages of World War ll Allied forces conducted two atomic bombing on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan. These two events are the only use of nuclear weapons in war to date. Within the first couple months of the bombing 90,000-166,000 died in Hiroshima and 60,000-80,000 in Nagasaki, and many more from the radiation later.
  • Jackie Robinson

    Jackie Robinson
    Jackie Robinson was an American baseball player, and the first African American to be a Major League Baseball Player. As the first black man to play in the Major Leagues since the 1880's, he was instumental in bringing an end to racial segregation in professional baseball. Robinson contributed signifigantly to the Civil Rights Movement
  • Isrel Founded

    Isrel Founded
    The Israel declaration of independance was written the day before the British Mandate was due to expire. The executive head of the World Zionist Organization, and chairman of the Jewish Agency for Palestine declared the establishment of a Jewish State in Eretz-Israel, to be know as the State of Israel. This event is celebrated annually with a national holiday Yom Ha'atzmaut.
  • Korean War

    Korean War
  • Polio Vaccine

    Polio Vaccine
  • Rosa Parks

    Rosa Parks
  • Sputnik

  • NASA

  • First man in Space

    First man in Space
  • March on Washington

    March on Washington
  • I Have a Dream

    I Have a Dream
  • My Lai Massacre

    My Lai Massacre
  • Woodstock

  • LA Riots

    LA Riots
    Rodney Glen King is best known as a victim in a police brutality case involving the Los Angeles Police Department on March 3, 1991. This caused the LA Riots
  • OJ Simpson

    OJ Simpson
    On June 17th, 1994 OJ Simpson, the former NFL star, ran from the police after being suspected of killing his wife.
  • Oklamhoma City Bombing

    Oklamhoma City Bombing
    The Oklahoma City bombing was a terrorist bomb attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995. It would remain the most destructive act of terrorism on American soil until the September 11, 2001 attacks. The Oklahoma blast claimed 168 lives, including 19 children under the age of 6, and injured more than 680 people.
  • Dolly the Sheep

    Dolly the Sheep
    Dolly (5 July 1996 – 14 February 2003) was a female domestic sheep, and the first mammal to be cloned from an adult somatic cell, using the process of nuclear transfer.
  • Columbine High School Massacre

    Columbine High School Massacre
    The Columbine High School massacre (often known simply as Columbine) was a school shooting which occurred on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School in Columbine, an unincorporated area of Jefferson County, Colorado, United States. Two senior students, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, embarked on a shooting spree in which a total of 12 students and 1 teacher were murdered. They also injured 21 other students directly, with three further people being injured while attempting to escape the school.
  • 9/11

    On September 11, 2001 terrorist hijacked U.S. planes and crashed them into the World Trade Center in New York City.
  • iPhone

    During the 2000’s we have seen the development of the iPhone, made by Apple. This has enabled us to have unlimited knowledge and abilities at the touch of a screen.
  • Virginia Tech Massacre

    Virginia Tech Massacre
    The Virginia Tech massacre was a school shooting that took place on April 16, 2007, on the campus of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia, United States. Seung-Hui Cho shot and killed 32 people and wounded 17 others in two separate attacks, approximately two hours apart, before committing suicide.
  • Barrack Obama

    Barrack Obama
    On January 20th, 2009, Barack Obama became the 44th president of the United States, but more significantly, he became the first African-American president.
  • Death of Osama Bin Laden

    Death of Osama Bin Laden
    On May 1st, 2011, the US Seal Team 6, killed Osam Bin Laden, the man with plan of 9/11.