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1920

19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution grants women the legal right to vote

Dorothea

b1924

1928

Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly across the Atlantic

1932

Radio City Music Hall opens in NYC

1937

Amelia Earhart mysteriously disappears over the Pacific Ocean

1941

The U.S. enters WWII after the attack on Pearl Harbor

1945

The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki mark the first time nuclear weapons are used in war

1950

Persecution of Communists is initiated by Senator McCarthy

Abbie

b1954

1959

“The Sound of Music” opens on Broadway

Julie

b1962

1967

Summer of Love

1972

Watergate Scandal

1977

New York City blackout

1981

The Royal Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana

1985

“Back to the Future” is released

1990

Demolition of the Berlin Wall begins

1995

First X-Games held by ESPN

1999

Columbine High School massacre

2004

Facebook is launched and expands to select colleges and Ivy leagues

2010

Healthcare Reform Bill / Affordable Care Act is signed into law

2015

Gay marriage becomes Constitutional Right in the U.S.

1920

19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution grants women the legal right to vote

1924

Ford manufactures its 10 millionth Model T automobile

1926

Chicago Al Capone gangster turf wars

1928

Mickey Mouse makes his first appearance in "Steamboat Willie"

1930

Frozen foods are sold commercially for the first time

1934

Shirley Temple appears in her first movie "Stand Up & Cheer"

1937

Amelia Earhart mysteriously disappears over the Pacific Ocean

1940

McDonald's opens its first restaurant in San Bernardino, Ca

1941

"Citizen Kane" film by Orson Welles is released

1944

Anne Frank pens her last diary entry and is arrested 3 days later by the Germans

1945

World War II ends

1948

Gandhi is assassinated

1951

“I Love Lucy” premieres on CBS

1954

The words “under God” are added to the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance and signed into law

1954

Sports Illustrated releases first issue

1956

Alabama Bus segregation laws declared illegal by the U.S. Supreme Court.

1958

Bobby Fischer wins the U.S. Chess Championships

1960

U.S. launches the first weather satellite

1962

Cuban Missile Crisis

1962

Marilyn Monroe sings Happy Birthday to President Kennedy

1963

First known skateboard contest in Hermosa, CA

1965

The Quarterly Skateboarder is released (later called Skateboarder magazine)

1968

China celebrates 20 years of communist rule by Mao Tse-Tung

1968

MLK Jr is assassinated

1969

The Who release “Tommy” rock opera

1970

Isle of Wight Festival

1973

First skateboard trucks specifically designed for skateboarding is designed by Ron Bennett

1974

Nixon resigns

1974

Rumble in the Jungle (Muhammad Ali)

1976

LA drought causes resident to drain swimming pools to conserve water—these became skate bowls.

1978

The “ollie” skate trick was invented by Alan Gelfand, nicknamed Ollie

1979

The Clash release London Calling in the UK in December of 1979. The record heralded a post-punk era, by incorporating a range of styles, including punk, reggae, rockabilly, ska, New Orleans R&B, pop, and jazz. The album’s subject matter included social displacement, unemployment, racial conflict, drug use, and the responsibilities of adulthood.

1979

NASA launched the two Voyager spacecrafts in 1977, and by the summer of 1979 Voyager 2 was approaching Jupiter, carrying Carl Sagan’s infamous “Golden Record” of life on earth with the following statement by president Carter. “This is a present from a small distant world, a token of our sounds, our science, our images, our music, our thoughts, and our feelings. We are attempting to survive our time so we may live into yours. We hope someday, having solved the problems we face, to join a community of galactic civilizations. This record represents our hope and our determination, and our good will in a vast and awesome universe - Jimmy Carter”

1981

Scientists identify the AIDS virus

1983

“A-Team” with Mr. T premieres on NBC

1984

Sony and Philips introduce the first commercial CD players

1985

“We Are The World” is reordered as USA for Africa to raise money for famine relief

1989

“The Simpsons” seen on TV for the first time

1991

Release of Nirvana's “Nevermind” marks the start of the grunge era in music

1992

Formal end to the Cold War

1992

Officers indicted and acquitted in Rodney King beating

1996

Princess Diana is killed in a car crash in Paris

1997

Tiger Woods is youngest golfer to win the Masters

1998

Google is founded

2001

iPod is introduced to the market

2001

“Dog town and Z-Boys” releases directed and co-written by skateboard legend Stacy Peralta

2005

Hurricane Katrina

2007

Nancy Pelosi elected as first female Speaker of the U.S. Congress

2008

Justin Beiber discovered on YouTube

2010

SpaceX successfully launches Dragon capsule

2011

The Royal Wedding between Kate Middleton and Prince William

2012

Barack Obama is re-elected

2015

Gay marriage becomes Constitutional Right in the U.S.

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