Major Events From 1950's-2000's

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  • TV

    The first television was created on August 27, 1950; which consisted of just a round simple box shaped TV. Programs such as I love Lucy, Father knows Best, Our Miss Brooks and Burns & Allen were some popular shows in the 50’s. "The Golden Age of Television" was the nickname of the 50’s, because all families wanted a TV for the source of cheap, simple entertainment.
  • Rock and Roll

    Rock and Roll
    Rock and Roll was developed in 1954 from Rhythm and Blues, which was developed from blues. Early rock primarily consisted of three of the most popular musical genres of the time: mainstream popular music, country and western, and rhythm and blues. Rock and roll originated in the United States, and then later was spread throughout the world.
  • 4 Minute Mile

    4 Minute Mile
    A man by the name of Roger Bannister ran the first 4 minute mile run ever in history. Many people now days try to beat his timing, which was accomplished by 25 year old El Guerrouj by getting the fastest time ever which was 3:43.13. This first 4 minute mile run was achieved in Oxford, England.
  • Disney Land

    Disney Land
    On July 18, 1955 Disney Land opened to the public where it then became the biggest tourist attraction throughout that year. It was a total cost of $17 million when built in Anaheim, California. Walt Disney was a brilliant man who had always dreamed of opening up an exciting, breath-taking amusement park where all the public and even his kids could enjoy life.
  • NASA

    NASA was created in 1958 from NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics) and other organizations. NASA’s chief historian named Steven J. Dick who was most noted for his work in the field of astrobiology.
  • JFK

    John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States. He was in office from January 20, 1961 to November 22, 1968. Sadly died from being shot by Lee Harvey Oswald, while in a presidential motorcade.
  • Civil Rights Act

    Civil Rights Act
    In 1964 a law was passed which outlawed major forms of discrimination against racial, ethnic, national and religious minorities, and women. This changed the perspective of how blacks and whites saw each other and communicated. All was one, a unity was formed.
  • Malcolm X

    Malcolm X
    A man that believed blacks should “fight fire with fire.” Malcolm X was against what MLK believed. Malcolm X believed that we should fight physically for black rights. A famous quote to define Malcolm X is, “Early in life, I had learned that if you want something, you had better make some noise.” Malcolm X died on February 21, 1965.
  • Black Panthers

    Black Panthers
    The Black Panthers were a party that was founded in 1966 in Oakland, California by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale. The main purpose of the party was to patrol black ghettoes to protect the black public of police brutality.
  • First Man On The Moon

    First Man On The Moon
    July 20, 1969 was the year Neil Armstrong; (a NASA astronaut) successfully landed on the moon and became the first man on the moon. Neil Armstrong had the famous quote, “this is one small step for man, and one giant leap for man-kind,” which to this day is still very popular. We will always remember Neil Armstrong’s famous accomplishment not just for himself, but also everyone else on Earth.
  • Abortion

    Abortion was legalized in 1973, there were 1.6 million abortions recorded in the 90’s. New York allows abortion on demand. Colorado is the first state to liberalize its abortion laws. Abortion is still an option many people take into hands now days.
  • Sears Tower

    Sears Tower
    The Willis Tower, now known as the Sears Tower was built in 1974. The Sears Tower was the tallest tower in the world over-lapping the World Trade Center. The Sears Towers is a 108 story, 1451 ft. skyscraper in Chicago, IL. This skyscraper was the tallest tower at its time but is not anymore once a taller one was created.
  • 200th Birthday

    200th Birthday
    The 200th birthday of America was on 1976 to celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It’s a special day of when America came to be. There were special events on that day and even including the President; for example many fireworks were launched throughout that week.
  • VCR

    1970 VCRs cost around $50,000 and were mainly made by the more popular TV companies of the 70’s. The products began to be mass produced and marketed to people.
  • Test Tube Baby

    Test Tube Baby
    On July 25, 1978 a baby by the name of Louise Joy Brown was successfully the first baby born to be a test-tube experiment. “Test tube babies are babies that are created in a test tube by taking one sperm cell and one egg cell and combining them. So the baby starts to develop in the test tube and is then implanted into the mother’s uterus.” ("What Are Test Tube Babies?" WikiAnswers. Answers, n.d. Web. 29 May 2013.)
  • Ozone Hole

    Ozone Hole
    The Ozone Hole which took place as early as 1980 in the Arctic had begun to cause destruction to the Arctic. This mess is still happening to this day but not as bad as it was throughout the 80’s.
  • Crack Cocaine

    Crack Cocaine
    From 1981-1990 across the United States crack cocaine was used often. There was a huge glut of cocaine powder in Miami, the Bahamas and Dominican Republic throughout the 1980’s, which caused money/economy to drop by 80%. As early as 1981 crack cocaine appeared throughout big cities such as Los Angeles, San Diego, Miami, Houston, and the Caribbean.
  • Star Wars

    Star Wars
    SDI, better known as “Star Wars,” was a Strategic Defense Initiative. The point of this strategy was to build an antimissile defense shield. Ronald Reagan was a huge part in this plan. “As Cold War tensions eased in the second half of the 1980s, the SDI program was scaled down and later evolved into the plans for a limited defense shield from a small-scale or accidental missile attack.” ("Ronald Reagan." Ronald Reagan. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 May 2013.)
  • Black Monday

    Black Monday
    On Monday October 19, 1987 stock markets all around the world crashed. It began in Hong Kong and quickly spread around the rest of the world, leading to Europe next then America. This was a day of hectic caution. Percentages and money were decreasing by the second that day across the world.
  • Aids

    AIDS is triggered by a virus acquired through direct contact with infected body fluids. The virus causes an immune deficiency by attacking a type of white blood cell that helps to fight infections. Aids are a very dangerous thing that many people can contain in their body if one comes across unsafe sex.
  • Rap Music

    Rap Music
    Rap, a powerful music genre consisting of rhythmic beats, was a huge step in the 1990’s that was a huge step in where music evolved into something much more. Some main rap groups of the 1990’s were Notorious B.I.G., Tupac, LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Public Enemy, etc.
  • Desert Storm

    Desert Storm
    Operation Desert Storm which lasted from (January 17, 1991- February 28, 1991) was a hard and rough time for many people. On January 16, 1991, Operation Desert Storm began. President Bush declared fire and was then begun. The US had once again a long but remembering war.
  • LA Riots

    LA Riots
    The 1992 Los Angeles riots were race riots among the largest riots in US history. There was much police brutality, for example many citizens became upset with the beating by police of Rodney King. There were also many other causes of the LA riots.
  • Clone Sheep

    Clone Sheep
    Dolly, the first cloned sheep was born on July 5, 1996. Dolly was created using the technique of somatic cell nuclear transfer. Many scientists have taken this famous technique of cloning not only animals but even the idea of “cloning humans.”
  • OJ Simpson

    OJ Simpson
    OJ Simpson was a rich football player and actor who took great power in certain things, whether it was a football game or a movie. In 1994 OJ Simpson was found guilty of the death of Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman, and still to this date has a penalty of $33.5 million.
  • 9/11

    The September 11 attacks were four coordinated terrorist attacks that were launched by the Islamic terrorist. They flew planes into the world trade center and took both buildings out. The planes were high jacked and then flew by the terrorist.
  • DC Sniper

    DC Sniper
    A series of coordinated shootings that took place during three weeks in October 2002. These shooting took place in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia. 10 people were killed and 3 were injured.
  • Iraq

    The Iraq War was an armed conflict in Iraq that consisted of two phases. The first phase was a invasion starting on 20 March 2003 it was force led by the United States. The United States completed its withdrawal of military personnel in December 2011.
  • Fort Hood

    Fort Hood
    Fort Hood is a United States military post located in Texas. The post was named after General John Bell Hood. This is located halfway between Austin and Waco. It was used to test and train with World War II tank destroyers. They announced the location on January 1942.
  • Gay Marriage

    Gay Marriage
    Gay marriage is marriage between two persons of the same sex. Same sex marriage or the possibility to perform a same-sex marriage is sometimes referred to as marriage equality or equal marriage. In some states this is legal and in others it isn’t.