• Television

    Television sets were un common in homes in the early 1940’s, only about 5,000
    in homes. On July 1, 1941 the first licenses were issued to NBC and CBS.
  • Pearl Harbor

    Pearl Harbor was bombed on the morning of December 7, 1941. 353 Japenese
    Fighters flew over the US naval base and bombed them. 2, 402 men were killed.
  • Penicillin

    Penicillin was first used to save a patient’s life on March 13, 1942.
    Although Penicillin was discovered prior to that date, it had never been used on a patient. Later that year, the company Merck manufactured the drug to use on
    more patients.
  • Frozen Dinners

    Frozen dinners were developed in 1944 by Maxson’s. They were served on
    airplanes. Then in 1948 were sold to households.
  • Teen Magazine

    Seventeen magazine is a magazine for teenagers and was first published in 1944.
    The magazine is still sold today.
  • Dr.Spock

    Dr. Spock’s book of Child Care and Rearing became a best selling book in 1946.
    It is still revised today. His book was said to change the way parenting was handled.
  • DNA

    DNA the secret of life discovered by James Watson and Frances Crick.
  • Pledge of Allegiance

    The Pledge of Allegiance was modified in 1954 to add the phrase “under
    God”. President Eisenhower had pushed to have this modified on Lincoln’s
  • 54% T.V.

    DNA the secret of life discovered by James Watson and Frances Crick.
  • Disney Land

    Disneyland was first opened by Walt Disney on July 17, 1955. It was opened
    In Los Angeles and is still the most popular theme park in the world.
  • Satallite

    Explorer, the first satellite orbits Earth. On January 31, 1958 it was launched.
    It first discovered the Van Allen Radiation Belt. It stayed in orbit until 1970.
  • Alaska Hawaii

    Alaska and Hawaii became the 49th and 50th states on August 21, 1959
  • Population

    The population in 1960-1970 was about 177,830,000
  • Birth Control

    Birth control pills were first approved for use in the United States in 1960. It is still a widely used form of birth control today.
  • Supreme Court

    The Supreme Court decided in that prayer in the public schools was unconstitutional. As the 1960's progressed, many young people turned from mainstream Protestant religions to mystic eastern religions such as Transcendental Meditation (Maharishi Mahesh Yogi) or Zen Buddhism.
  • John F. Kennedy

    President John F Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald on November 22, 1963. Lee Harvey Oswald denies the shooting and this is widely debated
    Whether he was responsible for the assassination
  • James Coleman

    In 1966, James S. Coleman, commissioned by the government, published Equality of Educational Opportunity, a landmark study that led the way to forced integration and busing in the 1970s.
  • Martin Luther King Jr.

    Martin Luther King Jr. s assassinated on April 4, 1968. James Earl Ray was arrested 2 months after his death for his assassination. Martin Luther
    King had started the civil rights movement and Jame Earl Ray was against it.
  • Population

    The population in the 1970s-1980s was 204,879,000
  • Floppy Disc

    The floppy disc appeared in 1970, and the next year Intel introduced the microprocessor, the "computer on a chip."
  • Vietnam War

    The Vietnam War continued to divide the country even after the Paris Peace Accords in January 1973 put an end to U.S. military participation in the war.
  • Fashion

    The fashion influence of Sixties hippies was mainstreamed in the Seventies, as men sported shoulder length hair and non-traditional clothing became the rage, including bellbottom pants, hip huggers, colorful patches, hot pants, platform shoes, earth shoes, clogs, T-shirts, and gypsy dresses
  • United States

    During the 1970's the United States underwent some profound changes. First a Vice President and then a President resigned under threat of impeachment.
  • Foreigners

    People from Third World countries came to this country in search of economic betterment or to escape political repression
  • Families

    Families changed drastically during these years. The 80s continued the trends of the 60s and 70s - more divorces, more unmarrieds living together, more single parent families.
  • UCLA

    A 1980 study by UCLA and American Council on Education indicated that college freshmen were more interested in status, power, and money than at any time during the past 15 years.
  • Status Seekers

    The 1980s became the Me! Me! Me! generation of status seekers. During the 1980s, hostile takeovers, leveraged buyouts, and mega-mergers spawned a new breed of billionaire
  • Computers

    Science and technology made terrific strides in the eighties. Large numbers of Americans began using personal computers in their homes, offices, and schools
  • U.S. Constitution

    US Constitution had its 200th birthday, Gone with the Wind turned 50, ET phoned home, and in 1989 Americans gave $115,000,000,000 to charity. And, Internationally, at the very end of the decade the Berlin Wall was removed - making great changes for the decade to come!
  • Population

    The population in the 1980s-1990s was 226,546,000
  • Population

    The population in the 1990s-2000s was about 281,421,906.
  • World Policemen

    The 1990's the United States played the role of world policeman, sometimes alone but more often in alliances.
  • Youth Fashion

    For youth, the fashion of the decade began with Grunge on one hand and preppie on the other. Hip Hop style was popular. Boys' jeans grew bigger and bigger, worn low on the hips, and girls wore bellbottoms and poor boy tops reminiscent of the 70's.
  • Politics

    A development in the nineties which made politics more interesting to the average person was the cross over from the business world and the entertainment world to politics.
  • Music

    There were more music choices available than ever, although radio stations tended to find a niche and stick to it rather than playing a mix. Latino music grew in popularity.
  • High School

    About eighty-three and one-half percent of the population in 1999 completed four years of high school as opposed to only forty-one percent in 1960.
  • Muslims

    United Nations tribunal sentences five Bosnian Croats to up to 25 years for the 1993 killing of over 100 Muslims in a Bosnian village.
  • Twin Towers

    On Tuesday September 11,2001 The twin towers were crashed into by an airplane high jacked by a terrorist.
  • Microsoft

    Microsoft chairman Bill Gates steps aside as chief executive and promotes company president Steve Ballmer to the position
  • Super Bowl XXXIV

    Super Bowl XXXIV: St. Louis Rams beat Tennessee Titans, 23-16 at the Georgia Dome Atlanta MVP: Kurt Warner, St. Louis, QB
    Jan 30th - Off the coast of Ivory Coast, Kenya Airways Flight 431 crashes into the Atlantic Ocean, killing 169
  • Alaska Airlines

    Alaska Airlines flight 261 MD-83, experiencing horizontal stabilizer problems, crashes in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Point Mugu, California, killing all 88 persons aboard.
  • 3D Software

    3D software developers are already hawking automatic conversion algorithms for converting normal movies into 3D.