Major Events over the Decades

  • Prohibition

    A time period, 1919 to 1933, where some manufacture, sale and transportation was made illegal. It was instituted on January 16, 1919. Many people were not happy such as people who went out to clubs, gangsters, and many other people. It led to the 18th amendment to be the only one appealed for the use of alcohol again.
  • Women's suffrage

    For years women tried to have the same rights as men. In the 1920's their dream fianlly came true. Over time, as women began to work and pay taxes, they felt they should have a right to say what goes on in the government. The movement first began at the first women's rights convention in 1848.
  • Teapot Dome Scandal

    The Teapot Dome Scandal was a secret deal between the secretary of the interior and a private oil company. This deal was such a big scandal because the secretary was selling oil that belonged to the Navy to the private oil company for a profit. Secretary Fall (the secretary of the interior) went to jail for this incident.
  • The Scopes Trial

    The Scopes trial or "Monkey Trial" was between The State of Tennessee and John Thomas Scopes. The trial was over the issue of Scopes teaching evolution in his science class. According to the Butler Act, it is against the law to teach evolution in the classroom. Scopes was found guilty. Luckily for Scopes, the verdict was overturned due to a technicality.
  • Charles Lindbergh

    Charles Lindbergh was an American aviator and mechanic. This wasn't what made him famous though. What made him famous was his solo non-stop filght from New York to Paris. He flew nearly 3,600 miles in a monoplane. He was awarded the military Medal of Honor for his daring exploit.
  • Amelia Earheart

    She was an extraordinary woman of the 1930s. She was an aviator and a author. She was the first ever women to fly a plane because that was her ambition. Many people knew her by June 17. 1928, whenever she landed she was applaused and many people liked her. One of her ambitions for flying was to fly from the west to the east, around the world. Her first attempt failed, but she was granted with a second try. But during her attempt they lost transmission and Amelia was no where to be found, And st
  • The Saint Valentine's Day Massacre

    The Saint Valentine's Day Massacre is named obviously for the date it happened on. This brawl was between two main gangs in Chicago. One was the South Side Italian Gang led by Al Capone, and the other was the North Side Irish Gang led by Bugs Moran. This "massacre" was really the killing of seven mob associates. These seven men were killed execution style (being lined up against a wall and bombarded with a torrent of bulletts. This incident happened as a result of gang violence.
  • Fireside Chats

    These Fireside chats started happening during March 12, 1933 during the Great Depression. They were meant to be for comforting words and hoping to restore faith in the American people. President Roosevelt would try to be as nice and sweet and truthful as possible. For many people they were comforting and so after dinner they would gather around the radio and listen.
  • The Dustbowl

    the Dust Bowl was a major event in the 30's. It even had books written about it. Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas were caught in the Dust Bowl for the United States. There was a drought that caused all the plants to dry out. The top soil would dry out and the wind would pick it up and cause the “Dust Bowl”. It was devastating for farmers and people that lived in the country.
  • The Hindenburg Disaster

    The structure weighed about 242 tons; it was going to reach New Jersey as its final destination. What happened is still a mystery, but it seemed that a small fire happened and spread through the structure. Many people jumped out of it and survived it.
  • The Holocaust

    This was the first day that the Nazis started killing Jews. In the duration of the Holocaust, over 15 million people were killed. Hitler was the leader of this "movement". He had a vision of "the perfect race". They had blue eyes and blonde hair. Of course, they were not Jews. This was one of the biggest reasons that WWII started.
  • The Attack on Pearl Harbor

    In just one morning, an entire fleet of ships were demolished: the US Pacific Fleet. In Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, a catastrophic event happened. In reaction to the 353 fighter pilots annhilating over 2,000 American lives, America got involved in WWII.
  • The Dropping of the Atomic Bomb

    Combined, over 200,000 total people were killed in the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. These bombs were dropped by President Harry S. Truman. This action, although very destructive, ended WWII. This was the first and last time that the U.S. used atomic bombs.
  • VJ Day

    VJ Day or victory over Japan day was the day that Japan surender to the U.S. This day marked the end of World War II. The picture shows some of the people's reactions. In fact, these people didn't actually know each other. She was simply a nurse and he was in the Navy. A few moments after the kiss, she slapped him.
  • China becomes Communist

    China became communist because their Democratic government was very weak. This picture is Mao Zedong proclaiming that China is now the People's Republic of China. After the Chinese Civil War, Mao Zedong took over China. They copied Russia's governing style and still have it today.
  • Brown vs Board:

    A decision made by May 17, 1954 by the Supreme Court. It allowed separation white kids from black kids. It would soon lead to for integration and the civil right movement. The decision was made in Topeka, Kansas. People believed that the white and the black should not mix together, because the white people believed that they were better and so they disserved better.
  • Rosa Parks

    Rosa Parks is a major Civil Rights impactor. On the day, December 1, 1955, Rosa was 42 when she got on a normal bus. She sat where the black people were suppose to sit, the bus soon quickly filled up and a whit man entered the bus. The driver insisted that the black people give up their seats, all the other blacks got off but Rosa stayed right where she was. She was arrested and convicted for violating the laws of segregation. It was one of the major movements during segregation.
  • Sputnik

    It was the first artificial satellite to be put in orbit; the first launch was on May 15, 1957. It was launched by the Soviet Union, which left the United States freaking out that they weren’t the first to launch something into space. The launch left a period called the Space Race. It revolutionized military, technology, and society.
  • NASA

    It was formed on July 29, 1958; it was a project specifically for space and the exploration of space. It was responsible for the nation’s civilian space program and for aeronautics and aerospace. Its mission statement was “Pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery, and aerospace research.
  • Macolm X Assassination

    February 21, 1965, Malcolm X was shot 21 times by 3 different shooters. One man shot Malcolm X and two other guys ran up and shot him 20 more times. In Manhattan's Audubon Ballroom during the last speech Malcolm X would give. This picture shows the scene after Malcolm X was shot. The white circles show the bullets that went through and missed Malcolm X.
  • LA Riots

    August 11-15 1965, Watts Riots in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. By the time the riot over, 34 people had been killed, 2,032 injured, and 3,952 arrested. It would stand as the most severe riot in Los Angeles history until the Los Angeles riots of 1992. The riot is viewed by some as a reaction to the record of police brutality by the LAPD and other racial injustices suffered by black Americans in Los Angeles, including job and housing discrimination.
  • Black Panther

    Founded in Oakland, California by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale on October 15, 1966, the organization initially set forth a doctrine calling primarily for the protection of African-American neighborhoods from police beatings. The Black Panther Party achieved national and international notoriety. They instituted a variety of community social programs designed to alleviate poverty, improve health among inner city black communities, and soften the Party's public image.
  • The First Super Bowl

    January 15, 1967, at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs met in the first meeting between AFL and NFL, the much older league NFL was expected to blow out the newly formed AFL. This is what ended up happening, but not until the 2nd half. The Green Bay Packers ended up winning the first super bowl 35-10.
  • My Lai Massacre

    March 16, 1968, U.S soldiers killed between 347 and 504 unarmed civilians in South Vietnam. Most of the victims were women, children, infants, and elderly people. Some of the bodies were later found to be mutilated and many women allegedly raped prior to the killings.
  • Kent State Shooting

    The Kent state is also known as the May 4 Massacre. On May 4, 1970 there was a shooting at unarmed college students. The guardsmen shot 67 rounds in 13 seconds killing 4 and wounding 9. It caused of outbreak of protesting students of 4 million that caused high schools and colleges to close.
  • The Sears Tower

    Formaly named the Willis Tower, it is a 108 story, 1451 ft skyscraper in Chicago, IL. It was built 1973 and surprised the world.It was the tallest building in the world, putting the World Trade Center to shame and held the record for 25 years. It was a very big thing for the American people to come up and build such a big structure.
  • Resignation of Nixon

    On the day August 9, 1974; President Nixon resigned from the presidency. After 2 years of horrible debates on the case of Watergate, many people did not the like what was happening and so Nixon resigned for the pleasure of the public. He was the first president to resign out of the office. And later to take the presidency was Gerald Ford.
  • Test Tube Baby

    On July 25, 1976; Louise Joy Brown was the first successful “test tube baby”. He was born in Great Britain. It revolutionized science but made many people consider the future and ill-use. It is a process just like conception. Except grown in an artificial uterus. It is a process for couples that cannot get pregnant.
  • Three Mile Island

    The 3 mile island was an accident of nuclear meltdown. It was the worst accident in US history of commercial nuclear power. It happened on March 28, 1979. The power plant was owned by General Public Utilities. The accident began at 4 a.m. on Wednesday, March 28, 1979, with failures in the non-nuclear secondary system, followed by a stuck-open pilot operated relief valve. (PORV) in the primary system, which allowed large amounts of nuclear reactor coolant to escape.
  • The Eruption of Mount Saint Helens

    At 8:30 AM, the Earth shook and ash rained down from the sky until nearly 6:00 PM. The blast cloud had a radius nearly 17 miles long, affecting 250 miles of plant and animal life. A 5.1 magnitude, 15 second earthquake set off the explosion and started a landslide which disturbed the molten lava at the volcano's center. Mount Saint Helens is located just south of Seattle. On this day, 57 human lives were lost and countless others were affected.
  • Assassination Attempt on the Pope

    The Pope at the time was John Paul II. He was shot by Mehmet Ali Ağca. He was almost killed. There are still severeal theories of why he did it. Some say he was working for KGB. Others say that he was part of Marxist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. The reasoning behind these alligations was that the Pope was in favor of Poland's solidarity movement. Poland would not have had to rely on USSR for trade if this happened.
  • Chernobyl Disaster

    The only reasons Chernobyl happened were inadequately trained workers and a faulty reactor. When the reactor exploded, it released more radiation than the nuclear bombs that were dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima. This instantly killed 30 operators. Nearly 800,000 workers were affected by radiation. Several people had problems with their health and suffered from deformations.
  • Black Monday

    Black Monday refers to the biggest loss in the stock market since the Great Depression. Indices all over the world dropped significantly. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped over 500 points. Each major country's economy dropped 20% or more on Black Monday. This included China, America, Canada, and Australia. The markets crashed because of program trading and overconfidence in the markets.
  • Tiananamen Square

    Tianamen Square is an event that the Chinese government denies to this very day. Hundreds of people were protesting against communism. They wanted democracy to prevail over the current communist goverment. Several hundred people were killed by the military becasue the goverment didn't want to be overthrown. This picture is a picture of a Chinese citizen standing in front of four tanks not letting them pass. To this day, no one knows if the man was killed.
  • Rodney King

    Rodney Glen King is best known as a victim in a police brutality case involving the Los Angeles Police Department. The public outrage increased tension between the black community and the LAPD and increased anger over police brutality, racism and social inequalities. Four LAPD officers were later tried in a state court for the beating; three were acquitted and the jury failed to reach a verdict for the fourth. The announcement of the acquittals sparked the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
  • Hale- Bopp Comet

    Hale Bopp comet- Hale–Bopp was discovered on July 23, 1995, at a great distance from the Sun, raising expectations that the comet would brighten considerably by the time it passed close to Earth. Although predicting the brightness of comets with any degree of accuracy is very difficult, Hale Bopp met or exceeded most predictions when it passed perihelion on April 1, 1997. The comet was dubbed the Great Comet of 1997.
  • OJ Simpson Trial

    OJ Simpson- In 1995, Simpson was acquitted of the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman after a lengthy, internationally publicized criminal trial the People v. Simpson. In 1997 a civil court awarded a judgment against Simpson for their wrongful deaths; to date he has paid little of the $33.5 million penalty.
  • Dolly the Sheep

    Dolly was a female domestic sheep, and the first mammal to be cloned from an adult somatic cell, using the process of nuclear transfer. She was cloned by Ian Wilmot, Keith Campbell and colleagues at the Roslin Institute and the biotechnology company PPL Therapeutics near Edinburgh in Scotland. She was born on July 5, 1996 and she lived until the age of six, at which point she died from a progressive lung disease.
  • Y2K

    Companies and organizations worldwide checked, fixed, and upgraded their computer systems. The number of computer failures that occurred when the clocks rolled over into 2000 in spite of remedial work is not known; amongst other reasons is the reticence of organizations to report problems. There is evidence of at least one date-related banking failure due to Y2K.
  • Terrorist Attack on the Twin Towers

    Nineteen terrorists from the Islamist militant group al-Qaeda hijacked four passenger jets. The hijackers intentionally piloted two of those planes into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center complex in New York City; both towers collapsed within two hours. The hijackers also intentionally crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. Nearly 3,000 people died in the attacks.
  • Shoe Bomber Terrorist

    Shoe Bomber- Richard Colvin Reid also known as the Shoe Bomber, is a self-admitted member of al-Qaeda who pled guilty in 2002 in U.S. federal court to eight criminal counts of terrorism stemming from his attempt to destroy a commercial aircraft in-flight by detonating explosives hidden in his shoes. He is currently serving a life sentence without parole in a super maximum security prison in the United States.
  • Indonesia Tsunami

    Tsunami- The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, which had a moment magnitude of 9.3, triggered a series of lethal tsunamis on December 26, 2004, that killed approximately 230,210 people, making it the deadliest tsunami as well as one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history. It was also caused by the third largest earthquake in recorded history. The initial surge was measured at a height of approximately 108 ft, making it the largest earthquake-generated tsunami in recorded history.
  • Hurricane Katrina

    Katrina- Hurricane Katrina was the deadliest and most destructive Atlantic hurricane of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season. It is the costliest natural disaster, as well as one of the five deadliest hurricanes, in the history of the United States. Among recorded Atlantic hurricanes, it was the sixth strongest overall. At least 1,836 people died in the actual hurricane and in the subsequent floods. It formed on Aug. 23, 2005 and fell apart on Aug. 30, 2005.
  • 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.