Decades from 1950's-2000's

  • DNA

    In 1950 the discovery for DNA was on. And James Watson had an interest to DNA. In 1952 Watson an Crick were on the brink of discovery and later that year they did. They learned the proses of DNA and how it multiplies and or divides. DNA discovery has been called the most important discovery out of all time.
  • Polio Vaccine

    Polio Vaccine
    Dr. Jonas Salk has now successfully created a polio vaccine. Polio, a very deadly disease, paralyzed thousands attacking the nervous system. A disease like this was a huge threat beginning in the 1920’s up until 1953 when Salk created a cure. Salk's first attempt at the cure was a fail but with a determination to help others he pulled through and made a huge milestone for the 50's.
  • Mt. Everest

    Mt. Everest
    May 29, 1953 Two men finally reached the summit of Mt. Everest. Hillary and Tenzing were the mens names. It only took the men 7 hours to reach to peak. Once they got to the top they only had 15 mins to take some pictures and enjoy the view before they had to start there decent to the ground.
  • Disneyland

    Walt Disney was the maker of Disneyland. He bought over 160 acres in orange groves around Anaheim. His original plans called for 9 million dollars and only 45 acres. But by the opening day the park covered 160 acres and had a cost of 17 million dollars. By the second year Disneyland was turning out a profit. And already new rides were already getting planned to be made.
  • Little Rock Nine

    Little Rock Nine
    In Little Rock, Arkansas nine children took a stand to go to Central High School, an all white school, and were nearly killed in the process. Such a violent protest broke out and the national guard was called upon. Today nine audacious kids began the Civil Rights movement.
  • Vietnam War

    Vietnam War
    Once Ho Chi Minh got to power in North Vietnam the Vietnam War and the race to stop communism continued. More than 3 million people died in the war including 58,000 Americans.
  • Bay Of Pigs

    Bay Of Pigs
    Today an estimated 1,200 intensely trained Cuban refugees were sent to Cuba to overthrow, the communist dictator, Fidel Castro. Before, Kennedy had been told success was slim, but he gave them the "go ahead" anyway. The mission had been failing, so the refugees called on air force back. Kennedy knew better than to grant that so it was denied. Once everyone found out Kennedy was behind the mission it made him look very weak for not overthrowing Castro right then.
  • March On Washington

    March On Washington
    Today an estimated quarter of a million people showed up for the historic protest. A quarter of these protesters were white, but fighting for the same thing. This march is noted for its peacefulness and significant speeches. Dr. King broadcasted his Dream speech here leaving the biggest impact on multiple lives. No police were needed during this unfathomable event.
  • Kennedy Assassinated

    Kennedy Assassinated
    Robert Kennedy on June 4, 1968 after winning the California’s primaries was assassinated in Las Angeles. He dies two days later on the 6th.
  • First Man on the Moon

    First Man on the Moon
    Persistent Kennedy insisted we land humans on the moon. In reaction to this NASA put three experienced astronauts: Neil Armstrong, Mike Collins, and Buzz Aldrin on a shipped titled Apollo 11. The monumental trip began on July 16th and four days later Neil Armstrong was the first to step foot on the moon. Neil and Buzz walked around conducting experiments for hours while Mike orbited the moon taking pictures.
  • VCR Prices

    VCR Prices
    Creation of the VCR happened in the 50's, but this extravagant new invention was an exclusive item. VCR's in the 50's were only for major television productions, and not for the everyday household. As all electronics go new and improved things are released and the value of the old electronics reduce. In the VCR situation competition was the motivator. Japanese and European countries were making and distributing VCR's for cheaper, so this caused the VCR value to go from $50,000 to $1,000.
  • America's Bicentennial

    America's Bicentennial
    On July 4 1976 the bicentennial was in full effect in the United States because it was its 200th birthday. They celebrated it with elaborate firework display. Also they had huge ships that appeared together in Washington DC on that day to celebrate the birth of America.
  • Jonestown

    Jonestown became notorious when, on November 18, 1978, 918 people died. A total of 909 Temple members died in Jonestown, all but two from apparent cyanide poisoning, in an event termed "revolutionary suicide" by Jones and some members on an audio tape of the event and in prior discussions. All because they thought it was right.
  • 3 Mile Island

    3 Mile Island
    The 3 Mile Island is a nuclear powerplant between Middletown and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Today this commercial plant experienced an enormous scare of three things: the plant would explode, radiation would be released, or nuclear fluids would leak out. This was clearly a false alarm, but a very significant one. Due to hopes of this never actually happening changes such as: better emergency response planning, reactor operator training, and radiation protection were made.
  • # Mile

    # Mile
    The Three Mile Island accident was a core meltdown in Unit 2 of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating near Harrisburg, PA which occurred on March 28, 1979. It resulted in the release of 2.5 million curies of radioactive gases.
  • Aids Outbreak

    Aids Outbreak
    The aids outbreak began in states such as: New York and California. The thought was aids had only been effecting "gays", therefore they were labeled GRID (gay-related immune deficiency). As time went on and aids spread researchers came to the conclusion that it's transferred through blood and didn't favor any specific sexuality.
  • First Woman to Space

    First Woman to Space
    Sally Ride responded to a newspaper add recruiting astronauts. Sally being very unaware of the grand further ahead. A year following her application NASA took her in and put her to work. Sally slowly worked her way to the top and received the opportunity to be flown to space. Today the Challenger took of with Sally. She had done what no other women ever has.
  • Columbia was launched

    Columbia was launched
    Columbia was successfully launched on April 12, 1981 and returned on April 14, 1981, after orbiting the Earth 36 times, landing on the runway at Edwards Air Force Base in California. Columbia then undertook three further research missions to test its technical characteristics and performance. Its first operational mission, with a four-man crew, was STS-5, which launched on November 11, 1982.
  • Challenger Blows Up

    Challenger Blows Up
    The Space Shuttle Challenger disaster occurred on January 28, 1986, when Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart 73 seconds into its flight, leading to the deaths of its seven crew members. The spacecraft disintegrated over the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of central Florida at 11:30 am.
  • Fall of the Berlin Wall

    Fall of the Berlin Wall
    After multiple demonstrations, complaining, and protesting of the Berlin Wall it finally hit a break through. Eager citizens waited patiently to discuss new travel laws back and forth of the wall. Today around 7:00 pm the wall became accessible for "private trips abroad". This was not enough though, so we continued to fight. November 10th through July 1st, 1990 the wall had fallen. The separation had ended. This was a gradual process. Throughout time bits and pieces of the wall would open.
  • Oklahoma City

    Oklahoma City
    The Oklahoma City bombing was a terrorist bomb attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995. The Oklahoma blast claimed 168 lives, including 19 children, and injured more than 680 people. The blast destroyed or damaged 324 buildings within a sixteen-block radius, and destroyed 86 cars.
  • Cloned Sheep

    Cloned Sheep
    Today controversy sparked. The first cloning in history took place. Dolly, a finn dorset sheep, was cloned in Scotland. Dolly's cloning was not publicized until seven months after the success. Society reacted as if cloning was immoral, as for others were thrilled at the amazing scientific breakthrough.
  • The Pathfinder

    The Pathfinder
    Mars Pathfinder was an American spacecraft that landed a base station with a roving probe on Mars in 1997. It consisted of a lander and a lightweight (23 pounds) wheeled robotic rover named Sojourner. It launched on December 4, 1996.
  • Desert Fox

    The December 1998 bombing of Iraq was a major four-day bombing campaign on Iraqi targets from December 16–19, 1998 by the United States and United Kingdom. The reason we bombed Iraq was because they weren’t keeping up with our United Nations Security Council.
  • Columbine Shooting

    Columbine Shooting
    Today terror shook Littleton, Colorado when two seniors at Columbine High School brought two guns to school. This was a terrifying moment for the entire nation. Catching everyone by surprise 12 students were killed plus one teacher along with 21 others injured. The boys were good students, but researches have found that one prepared for suicide and another had been previously arrested.
  • The Japan Disaster

    The Japan Disaster
    Today devastation surprised Japan. Over 2,000 bodies found dead. Horrifying tsunamis and earthquakes took over. Families struggled to cope throughout this disaster. Japan suffered through over 150 aftershocks, not having: heat, food, or water, and losing family member upon family member .
  • Bin Ladens Death

    Bin Ladens Death
    President Obama announced bin Laden's death shortly before midnight ET on May 1, 2011, more than an hour after the Internet and social media began exploding with reports of his death.
  • Sandy Hook Shooting

    Sandy Hook Shooting
    Today at 9:00am we lost a total of twenty children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary. Adam Lanaza, the shooter, proceeded to kill his mother previously that morning. Directly after he drove to Sandy Hook Elementary School and shot his way through the entrance. This massacre stunned schools throughout the nation.
  • New Pope

    New Pope
    Today Pope Francis has taken over. Our catholic faith is now in his hands. Pope Francis is known for his humility, concern for poor, and commitment.