Jonas SalkIn 1955, Jonas Salk invented the polio vaccine. As a result, the number of polio cases worldwide plummeted.
Birth Control Pill
The birth control pill hit the market in 1957 and usage soared. Now, birth control pills are not only used to regulate pregnancy. They can also be used to help women through menopause and help teenage girls who have severe acne.
First Successful Commerical Jet Airliner Debuted
In 1958, the Boeing 707-120 became the first succesful commericial airliner. It had four engines and could carry 181 passengers. A tank of gas lasted for 5280 miles.
Bar Codes First Used Commercially
We probably can't remember a time when you didn't scan your items as you checked out at the cash register, but our parents probably can. UPC codes weren't used till the 1970s.
First Cordless Tool Released
Black and Decker released the first cordless drill in 1961.
LED Invented by Nick Holonyak
Nick HolonyakThe first LED was in\vented by Nick Holonyak, who worked for General Electric. LEDs are now used in hundreds of products that we see and come in contact with on a daily basis.
Smoke Detector Invented
In 1969, the battery-powered smoke detector was invented and smoke detectors became available for homes in America.
ATM Machine Invented
ATM machines provide quick and easy access to cash 24/7, 365 days a year.