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1920

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

Dorothea

b1924

1930

Frozen foods are sold commercially for the first time

1936

Adolf Hitler opens the 11th Olympic Games in Berlin

1940

Hattie McDaniel becomes the first black woman to win an Oscar/Academy Award for her role in “Gone With the Wind”

1946

The first Cannes Film Festival takes place

1952

U.S. successfully detonates the first hydrogen bomb

Abbie

b1954

1959

Barbie is launched by Mattel

Julie

b1962

1968

MLK Jr is assassinated

1974

Nixon resigns

1980

Post-It notes are invented by 3M

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

1995

Oklahoma City bombing

2001

iPod is introduced to the market

2007

Apple introduces the iPhone

2012

Hurricane Sandy

1920

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

1924

Ellis Island closes as immigration entry point for the U.S.

1925

Scopes Monkey Trial (on teaching evolution in public school) comes to an end

1930

Frozen foods are sold commercially for the first time

1931

Classic horror film “Dracula” is released

1937

Amelia Earhart mysteriously disappears over the Pacific Ocean

1937

DuPont Corp patents nylon

1942

The minimum draft age is lowered from 21 to 18

1943

The Great Depression ends in the U.S. with unemployment figures falling due to WWII-related work

1948

Gandhi is assassinated

1949

The first Polaroid camera is sold

1954

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

1954

Ellis Island in NY closes as a point of immigration

1955

Rosa Parks is arrested in Montgomery Alabama sets the American Civil Rights Movement in motion

1959

“The Sound of Music” opens on Broadway

1959

“Twilight Zone” airs for the first time

1960

U.S. launches the first weather satellite

1962

Kids begin referring to skating as “sidewalk surfing”

1964

The Beatles have 13 singles Billboard's Hot 100 at the same time

1965

“Days of Our Lives” debuts

1965

The Quarterly Skateboarder is released (later called Skateboarder magazine)

1966

Miniskirts are in fashion

1969

Woodstock

1971

The voting age in the U.S. is lowered to 18 years when the 26th Amendment is ratified

1974

Nixon resigns

1975

“Jaws” film is released

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.

1980

Post-It notes are invented by 3M

1982

Highest unemployment rates and worst recession in the U.S. since the Depression

1984

Sony makes the first 3 1/2” computer disk

1984

First Apple Macintosh goes on sale

1984

Skateboarding: Vert riding takes off, followed closely by street style skating — launch ramps become popular

1986

First 10 musicians are inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

1990

Demolition of the Berlin Wall begins

1991

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

1992

Officers indicted and acquitted in Rodney King beating

1996

Spice Girls first #1 “Wannabe”

1997

OJ Simpson found guilty in civil case

1997

Tiger Woods is youngest golfer to win the Masters

1998

Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky scandal

2002

Kelly Clarkson wins first American Idol competition

2003

Apple launches iTunes

2003

Saddam Hussein is captured by U.S. forces

2007

Apple introduces the iPhone

2008

Fidel Castro steps down as president of Cuba after 50 years in power

2011

Amy Winehouse dies

2013

Google releases Google Glass

2014

Robin Williams dies

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