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20th Century Women

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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

1934

Dorthea Fields is born

1939

"The Wizard of Oz" film premieres

1944

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

1950

Persecution of Communists is initiated by Senator McCarthy

Abbie

b1954

1958

Bobby Fischer wins the U.S. Chess Championships

Julie

b1962

1967

Thurgood Marshall is the first black justice on the Supreme Court

1972

Munich Olympics Terrorist Attack

1977

New York City blackout

1982

Sally Ride is first female American astronaut in space

1989

“The Simpsons” seen on TV for the first time

1994

Kurt Cobain commits suicide

1998

Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky scandal

2004

Facebook is launched and expands to select colleges and Ivy leagues

2010

Healthcare Reform Bill / Affordable Care Act is signed into law

2016

David Bowie dies

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.

1927

The Great Mississippi Flood

1928

Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly across the Atlantic

1931

Classic horror film “Dracula” is released

1934

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

1937

Amelia Earhart mysteriously disappears over the Pacific Ocean

1938

Orson Welles's radio adaptation of "The War of the Worlds" (by H.G. Wells) is broadcasted

1942

Instant coffee is introduced

1944

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

1948

Gandhi is assassinated

1949

The first Polaroid camera is sold

1953

Cigarette smoking is reported as causing lung cancer

1954

Sports Illustrated releases first issue

1955

Disneyland opens in California

1958

Bobby Fischer wins the U.S. Chess Championships

1960

Aluminum cans are used for the first time

1961

Yuri Gagarin becomes the first human in space

1962

Kids begin referring to skating as “sidewalk surfing”

1964

U.S. Surgeon General reports that smoking may lead to lung cancer

1964

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

1965

The Quarterly Skateboarder is released (later called Skateboarder magazine)

1967

Evel Knievel jumps his motorcycle over 16 cars lined up in a row

1968

MLK Jr is assassinated

1968

Emergency 911 telephone service is started in the U.S.

1971

Soft contact lenses go on sale in the U.S.

1972

Munich Olympics Terrorist Attack

1973

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

1974

Nixon resigns

1976

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

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

In August 1979, Talking Heads release their third album Fear Of Music. In his review Lester Bangs wrote; “So of course I always thought Talking Heads were about the individual human units response to cybernation, depersonalization, the effect of corporate consciousness on individual identity, all those great contemporary questions nobody can seem to come up with any real or workable answers for. Richard Hell was about the same thing on a darker, more hermetically self- enclosed/obsessed/possessed level, in fact the Ramones, Clash, just about all these New Wave bands that really count seem to be trying to deal with these questions which is why no matter what happens to it commercially New Wave for me will always be a lot more crucial than the R’n’R bands explosion of the Sixties, when it was all too easy to croon how there’s somethin’ happenin’ in here and what it is ain’t exactly clear. The point is, now we’re all “in here,” and apart from each other, and how are we gonna get out? “

1981

MTV is launched

1984

Sony makes the first 3 1/2” computer disk

1984

First Apple Macintosh goes on sale

1985

“Back to the Future” is released

1985

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

1990

Demolition of the Berlin Wall begins

1991

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

1991

Collapse of the Soviet Union

1993

Bill Clinton is President of the United States

1995

Oklahoma City bombing

1995

First X-Games held by ESPN

1996

Princess Diana is killed in a car crash in Paris

1999

Napster initial release

2001

iPod is introduced to the market

2001

Wikipedia goes online

2004

Facebook is launched and expands to select colleges and Ivy leagues

2007

Apple introduces the iPhone

2008

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

2009

Michael Jackson dies

2012

Barack Obama is re-elected

2012

Austrian Felix Baumgartner becomes first person to break the sound barrier without mechanical assistance

2015

Gay marriage becomes Constitutional Right in the U.S.

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