Major Events from 1910-2010

  • Charleston

    Charleston is the second largest city in the U.S. state of South Carolina. It was made the county seat of Charleston County in 1901 when Charleston County was founded.
  • Women's Suffrage

    Women's Suffrage
    o What was it?
     It was for the women being able to vote
    o Who were important people?
     Elizabeth Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Charlotte Woodward
    o When were they able to vote?
     It took nearly 100 years for them to win this right but on August 26th 1920 then 19th amendment to the constitution was finally approved.
  • Saint Valentine's Day Massacre

    Saint Valentine's Day Massacre
    On this frigid morning, in a garage at 2122 North Clark Street, seven men were lined up against a whitewashed wall and pumped full of 90 bullets from submachine guns, shotguns and a revolver. It was the most infamous of all gang killings in America, and it achieved its purpose: the elimination of the last challenge to Al Capone for the mantle of crime boss in Chicago. The only threat to Capone at the time was George “Bugs” Moran, who had a gang of bootleggers similar to Capone. Moran had hated C
  • Stock Market Crash

    Stock Market Crash
    o Everyone was investing money in the stock market. It’s all anyone every talked about and everything went great until Black Tuesday on October 29th 1929. The stock prices plummeted. People were in panic everyone was trying to sell but no one wanted to buy, the stock prices collapsed. A new record hit when over 16.4 million shares of stock were sold. After the stock crash many people lost everything and businesses were ruined.
  • Hooverville

    Hoovervilles were not the nicest camps built up usually on the edge of a town to house the homeless and poor during the depression of 1930’s.
  • Empire State Building Opens

    Empire State Building Opens
    A skyscraper race was taking place in the 20’s and 30’s. France had recently completed the Eiffel Tower, taunting American architects to come up with something bigger. The greatest architectural minds in America got started on their marvelous creations, each new one even bigger than the previous. There was especially intense competition between John Jakob Raskob and Walter Chrysler. They both had plans for the tallest building in the world, with Chrysler’s building already being constructed. Whe
  • Social Security Act

    Social Security Act
    The social security act established a system of old-aged benefits for workers, benefits for victims of industrial accidents, unemployment insurance, aid for dependent mothers and children, the blind, and the physically handicapped.
  • Iwo Jima/D-Day

    Iwo Jima/D-Day
    Iwo Jima is a small island in between America and Japan. It served as a strategic air base during the war, and one of the most famous battles of WWII took place there. Initial bombardment on the island began in June 1944. The Navy continued to attack from afar for the next months, hoping to whittle down the Japanese defenses. Prior to the invasion of Iwo Jima, or D-Day, the island suffered from the longest continual bombardment ever, lasting 10 total days of non-stop bombing. Three days before t
  • VE Day

    VE Day
    o Victory in Europe (VE)
    o It marked the formal end of Hitler’s war
    o Tuesday May 8th 1945
  • China Becomes Communsit

    China Becomes Communsit
    Also known as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is the founding and ruling political party of the People's Republic of China although nominally it exists alongside the United Front.
  • Berlin Airlift

    Berlin Airlift
    Berlin Airlift was one of the first major international crises of the Cold War. During the multinational occupation of post–World War II Germany the Soviet Union blocked the Western Allies railway, road and canal access to the sectors of Berlin under Allied control.
  • Rock and Roll

    Rock and Roll
    Is a genre of popular music that originated and evolved in the United States during the late 1940s and early 1950s, primarily from a combination of African American blues country jazz and gospel music.
  • Color TV

    Color TV
    In its most basic form, a color broadcast can be created by broadcasting three monochrome images, one each in the three colors of red, green and blue (RGB). When displayed together or in rapid succession, these images will blend together to produce a full color image as seen by the viewer.
  • Rosa Parks

    Rosa Parks
    In Alabama on December 1st, 1955 a 42 year old African American refused to give her seat on a bus up to a white man and she was fined for breaking the law and had to go to jail. People said that she was the reason the modern civil rights movement began. She said the reason she didn’t let him have the seat was because she was tired, tired of giving in.
  • Sputnik 1

    Sputnik 1
    On this morning, the Soviet Union launched the first artificial satellite in space. Scientists led by Mikhail Tikhonravov had worked endlessly since the end of WWII to make the Soviet Union the first country to send a satellite into space. Sputnik 1 was about the size of a beach ball, weighed a meager 189 pounds, and took 98 minutes to orbit the earth. Its launch marked the start of the great space race between the US and the USSR and the long line of technical advancements in the aeronautical
  • Castro Takes Over

    Castro Takes Over
    Why: He was put in charge of the military but then just took over as leader. He made so many major changes in Cuba. He alienated the U.S. and created a good bond with the Soviet Union. Castro transformed Cuba into a communist country.
  • First Man in Space

    First Man in Space
    On this day, Russian Captain Yuri Gagarin was launched into space. Making a 108 minute orbital flight in his spacecraft, Vostok 1, he became the first man to ever go into space. Astronaut Alan Shepard became the first American in space less than a month later. Newspapers everywhere proclaimed the great achievements of both countries for a long time to come. Russia had beaten America in this part of the space race, but America would win the rest. After it was over, America and Russia started work
  • I Have a Dream Speech

    I Have a Dream Speech
    Who: Martin Luther King, Jr.
    What: He gave a 17 minute long public speech for racial equality and to stop discrimination.
    Where: Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.
    When: August 28th, 1963
    Why: To gain racial equality and to stop discrimination
  • Black Panther

    Black Panther
    Black Panthers are also reported as caryatids in areas such as the United States and the United Kingdom, and if these do exist, their species is not known. Captive black panthers may be black jaguars, or more commonly black leopards.
  • Super Bowl

    Super Bowl
    The Super Bowl is the annual championship game of the National Football League (NFL), the highest level of professional American Football in the United States, culminating a season that begins in the late summer of the previous calendar year. The Super Bowl uses Roman numerals to identify each game, rather than the year in which it is held.
  • Six Day War

    Six Day War
    Who: It was between Israel and Muslim countries

    What: Is a war by surrounding Muslim countries to get rid of
    Where: The middle East
    When: Took place in June 1967. Fought between June 5th and June 10th
    Why: The Muslim countries
    How: Within six days Israel defeated the Muslim countries and took some of their land.
  • Sears Tower

    Sears Tower
    Construction of this magnificent structure was started during this time. The Sears Tower had groundbreaking plans as far as architecture and design are concerned. A revolutionary method of support was used: a series of large columns on a wide base that supported a much taller and narrower top. This allowed for a column-free interior. When it was finished in May 1973, the Sears Tower was the tallest building in the country and third tallest in the world, standing at a whopping 1,450 and containin
  • Abortion Legalized

    Abortion Legalized
    Who: Row VS Wade
    What: It was a court case a women’s right to have an abortion and it made it all the way to the Supreme Court and they decided it was legal to get an abortion under certain conditions
    When: 1973
    Why: The women wanted to have an access to an abortion that wouldn’t hurt them and they wanted to be cared for
    How: The Supreme Court has the right to say if something is good or bad in America and they decided that women have a right to have an abortion.
  • Ozone Hole

    Ozone Hole
    Ozone depletion describes two distinct but related phenomena observed since the late 1970s a steady decline of about 4% per decade in the total volume of ozone in Earth’s stratosphere the ozone layer, and a much larger springtime decrease in stratospheric ozone over Earth's polar regions.
  • 3 Mile Island

    3 Mile Island
    Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station is a civilian nuclear power plant located on Three Mile Island in the Susquehanna River south of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania It has two separate units, known as TMI-1 and TMI-2.
  • Iran Hostage Crisis

    Iran Hostage Crisis
    On November 4, 1979, an angry mob of some 300 to 500 students who called themselves "Imam's Disciples," laid siege to the American Embassy in Teheran, Iran, to capture and hold hostage 66 U.S. citizens and diplomats. Although women and African-Americans were released a short time later, 51 hostages remained imprisoned for 444 days with another individual released because of illness midway through the ordeal. The CIA had made a deal with Iran dubbed “Operation Ajax,” which reinstated the true sha
  • Lennon Killed

    Lennon Killed
    Who: John Lennon
    - Mark David Chapman killed him
    What: He was shot at the entrance of where he lived. He was shot 5 times
    Where: The Dakota, in New York City
    When: Monday December 8th, 1980

    Why: Mark had a plan to kill him
    How: He waited for him outside his home and shot him 5 times
  • Assassination Attempt: Pope John Paul

    Assassination Attempt: Pope John Paul
    Shooter: Mehmet Ali Agca
    Where: St. Peter’s Square at Vatican City
    Why: He said he was assigned the mission by Turk and two Bulgarians
    Mehmet was waiting in St. Peters Square on May 13th 1981 for the pope. After the man waited for him he showed up and Mehmet shot the Pope 4 times. John suffered serious blood lose but he still survived. During Mehmet’s trial he said he was assassinating the pope.
  • AIDS

    Acquired immune deficiency syndrome or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a disease of the human immune system caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
  • Challenger Disaster

    Challenger Disaster
    The Space Shuttle Challenger Mission was the 25th Space Shuttle mission and the 10th launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger. The crew of Space Shuttle Challenger consisted of 7 astronauts. After several launch delays, NASA officials ordered a lift off on a cold morning, at 11:38 a.m. on January 28, 1986 . The mission ended in tragedy. Challenger disintegrated into a ball of fire. The accident occurred 73 seconds into flight, at an altitude of 46,000 feet and at about twice the speed of sound.
  • Chernobyl

    The April 1986 disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine was the product of a flawed Soviet reactor design coupled with serious mistakes made by the plant operators. The accident destroyed the Chernobyl 4 reactor, killing 30 operators and firemen and several further deaths later. One person was killed immediately and a second died in hospital soon after as a result of ARS within a few weeks of the accident. It was the only accident in nuclear power to have radiation deaths.
  • Operation Desert Storm

    Operation Desert Storm
    Iraq dictator Saddam Hussein invades Kuwait, the fifth largest oil supplier in the world. Within a number of hours, Iraqi forces had seized downtown Kuwait City and were headed south toward the Saudi Arabia border. Word of the Iraqi attack reached Washington, D.C., as Iraqi forces assembled at the Saudi border. The Pentagon had plans in place to aid the Saudis, and U.S. forces went on standby for the Saudis' request. Within minutes of the meeting, orders were issued, and thus began the largest b
  • Gulf War

    Gulf War
    Who: UN-authorized coalition force from 34 nations led by the U.S. against Iraq
    What: Persian Gulf War- Code name Operation Desert Storm
    Where: Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Israel
    When: August 2, 1990, February 28th, 1991(210 days), ended November 30th, 1995
    Why: Because of Iraq’s invasion and annexation of Kuwait
  • 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

    9/11 Terrorist Attacks
    Nineteen Al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four American commercial planes, crashing two of them into the World Trade Center and another one into the Pentagon. After learning about the other crashes, the passengers on the fourth plane tried to fight the terrorists and take back the plane. It crashed in a field in western Pennsylvania. Almost 3,000 people were killed that day making it the largest loss of life on American soil by foreign attack. The attacks resulted in extensive death and destruction,
  • DC Sniper Attacks

    DC Sniper Attacks
    John Muhammad was a spree killer from the United States. He, along with his younger partner, Lee Malvo, carried out the 2002 Beltway sniper attacks, killing at least 10 people. Muhammad and Malvo were arrested in connection with the attacks on October 24, 2002, following tips from alert citizens. Although the paring actions were classified as psychopath attributable to serial killer characteristics by the media, whether or not their psychopath meets this classification is debated by researchers.