The Major Events Of The Decades

  • Television

    There were only 3 major broadcasting stations, mainly ABC, CBS, and NBC. The first live coast-to-coast telecast began. If you had a television in this time, you were considered "rich".
  • Mt. Everest

    Mt. Everest
    After 7 weeks of climbing, new Zealander Edmund Hillary and Nepalese Tenzing Norgay reached the top of Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, at 11:30a.m.
  • Rock and Roll

    Rock and Roll
    The 1950s Rock and Roll was everything the suburban 1950s wasn't. To the horror of the older generation, their children were twisting, thrusting, bumping, and grinding to the sounds of the rock and roll.
  • Disneyland

    The day Disneyland opened for a 6,000 special visitors and the next day it opened for the public. It was in Anaheim, California and it cost $17 billion to build.
  • Rosa Parks

    Rosa Parks
    A 42 year old African-American would not give her seat to a white man when riding on a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama. She was arrested and fined for breaking the laws of segregation. Her choice started the Civil Rights movement.
  • Lee Harvey Oswald

    Lee Harvey Oswald
    The man accused of assassignating President John F. Kennedy. Oswald was seen on the 6th floor of his work building holding a rifle. President JFK was reportedly shot in the throat and the head.
  • Civil Rights Act.

    Civil Rights Act.
    An act that outlawed major forms of discrimination against racial, ethnic, national and religious minorities, and women. It ended racial segregation in schools.
  • Detroit Riots

    Detroit Riots
    It started as a polic raid of an unlicensed, after-hours bar named the Blind Pig and it lasted 5 days in Detroit Michigan. To end it governor George W. Romney ordered the Michigan Guard into Detriot, and President Lyndon B. Johnson sent in Army troops. There were 43 died, 467 injured, and over 7,200 arrested, more than 2,000 buildings were destroyed.
  • Man On The Moon

    Man On The Moon
    Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took their first steps on the moon at 4:18p.m. the landing module landed on the moon's surface. Armstrong stated the famous quote "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."
  • Woodstock

    It was the start of the hippie movement. Although seen as peaceful, the woodstock did have some crimes and other misbehavor. Many of the best musicians of the time attended.
  • Watergate

    The arrest of five men for breaking and entering into the Democratic National Commitee (DNC) headquarters at the Watergate complex.
  • Roe vs Wade

    Roe vs Wade
    A trial between a husband and a wife when the wife was pregnant, but didn't want the baby, but the husband did. This court decision gave the women the right to choose if she wanted an abortion.
  • 200th Birthday

    200th Birthday
    It's the United States Bicentennial was a series of celebrations, that paid tribute to the historical events leading up to the creation of the United States of America.
  • First Test Tube Baby

    First Test Tube Baby
    Louise Joy brown was the first successful "test tube" baby. She was born in Great Britian.
  • Jonestown Massacre

    Jonestown Massacre
    One of the most deadly single non-natural disaster in U.S with a death toll of 918 people. Also the only time in history when a congressman was killed while on duty.
  • Star Wars

    Star Wars
    The 2nd movie of Star Wars was released
  • Death Of Aids

    Death Of Aids
    Nick Rock becomes the first known death of aids in New York City.
  • Crack Cocaine

    Crack Cocaine
    The use of crack was taking over the american city's and having a huge effect on pregnant woman and their new borns.
  • Sally Ride

    Sally Ride
    She was the first US woman to go into space, she recieved a medal for her achievment.
  • Black Monday

    Black Monday
    Stock markets around the world crashed, shedding a huge value in a very short time. The crash began in Hong Kong, and spread west to Europe, hitting the United States after other markets had already declined by a significant margin.
  • Hubble Telescope

    Hubble Telescope
    The telescope was a basic reflector with a 94.5 inch mirror that was packed with instruments that would give astronomers clear views of the universe in visible,infrared and ultraviolet light.
  • LA Riots

    LA Riots
    The riot started after 4 LAPD officers had beaten Rodney KIng. Thousands of people had poured into the streets of Los Angeles, in a few hours the riot had spread acrossed the LA metropolitan area. Conditions rapidly approached the level of Civil War. More than 5,500 building were burned down. People shot at the cops on the street and at media and police helicopters. 17 government buildings were destroyed.
  • Oklahoma City Bombing

    Oklahoma City Bombing
    Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was the main target of the Oklahoma City bombing. Which killed 168 people INcluding 19 children under the age of 6. Half of the buildings collapsed seconds after the truck bomb detonated.
  • Unabomber

    Unabomber sends 35,000 word manifesto to the Washington Post and New York Times. Threatens to bomb unspecified location if it is not published.
  • Dolly

    The first female domestic sheep, and the first mammal to be cloned from an adult somatic cell, using the process of nuclear transfer.
  • 9/11

    Four airliners were hijacked by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists so they could be flown into buildings in suicide attacks. Two of those planes were crashed into the Twin Towers. Within two hours, both towers collapsed. A third plane was crashed into the Pentagon leading to another collapse. The fourth plane was targeted at the U.S. Capitol but crashed into a field after its passengers tried to overcome the hijackers. Almost 3,000 people died in the attacks, including the 227 civilians and the 19 hijackers
  • Shoe Bomber

    Shoe Bomber
    An Englishman who detonate explosivies packed into the shoes he was wearing, while on America Airlines Flight 63 from Paris to Miami. Passengers subdued him on the plane.
  • Tsunami Asia

    Tsunami Asia
    The largest earthquake ever reported, it caused the entire planet to vibrate and triggered other earthquakes as far away as Alaska.
  • Virginia Tech Massacre

    Virginia Tech Massacre
    A school shooting on the campus of Virginia polytechnic Institute and State Univerisity.A senior shot and killed 32 people and wounded 17 others in 2 seperate attacks 2 hours apart before killing himself. This is the deadliest shooting incident by a single gunman in U.S. history.
  • Plane in Hudson

    Plane in Hudson
    They struck a flock of Canada Geese, lost engine power, and ditched in the Hudson River. All 155 occupants safely evacuated, and were quickly rescued.