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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

1929

Wall Street Crash marks the period of The Great Depression for the U.S. and the rest of the world

1933

Nearly 1 in 3 people are unemployed in the U.S., the highest level during The Great Depression

1938

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

1943

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

1947

Peter Parken, a San Diego surfer, first person known to skateboard on a wooden plank mounted with roller-skate trucks

1951

The term “rock n roll” is coined by Cleveland DJ Alan Freed

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b1954

1958

Bobby Fischer wins the U.S. Chess Championships

Julie

b1962

1967

Ali is stripped of his heavyweight title for refusing induction into the U.S. army

1973

Dorthea gets divorced

1979

The Iranian Revolution, also known as the Islamic Revolution or the 1979 Revolution; refers to events involving the overthrow of the Pahlavi dynasty under Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, who was supported by the United States and its eventual replacement with an Islamic republic under the Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of the revolution, supported by various leftist and Islamist organizations and Iranian student movements.

1984

Sony and Philips introduce the first commercial CD players

1989

“The Simpsons” seen on TV for the first time

1993

Bill Clinton is President of the United States

1998

Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky scandal

2004

Martha Stewart convicted of a felony

2009

Barack Obama is inaugurated as President of the United States

2013

Boston Marathon bombings

1920

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

1924

Ford manufactures its 10 millionth Model T automobile

1925

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

1928

Mickey Mouse makes his first appearance in "Steamboat Willie"

1931

Empire State Building is completed

1934

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

1937

DuPont Corp patents nylon

1940

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

1941

Race Riots in Chicago, Harlem, Los Angeles and Detroit

1945

Adolf Hitler and his wife of one day, Eva Braun, commit suicide

1948

Gandhi is assassinated

1950

Persecution of Communists is initiated by Senator McCarthy

1953

Cigarette smoking is reported as causing lung cancer

1954

Ellis Island in NY closes as a point of immigration

1956

Elvis Presley releases his first pop single “Heartbreak Hotel”

1959

“The Sound of Music” opens on Broadway

1959

Barbie is launched by Mattel

1960

U.S. launches the first weather satellite

1962

SoCal surf shop Val Surf begins making its own skateboards

1963

Larry Stevenson design and manufactures the first professional skateboards, which becomes Makaha

1964

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

1965

The Quarterly Skateboarder is released (later called Skateboarder magazine)

1968

MLK Jr is assassinated

1969

Woodstock

1970

Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin die of overdose

1970

Isle of Wight Festival

1972

Watergate Scandal

1975

“Jaws” film is released

1976

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

1977

New York City blackout

1978

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

1980

Pac-Man arcade game is released

1982

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

1983

“A-Team” with Mr. T premieres on NBC

1983

President Reagan ends U.S. arms embargo against Guatemala

1987

Prozac makes it debut in the U.S. for treating depression

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

1992

Formal end to the Cold War

1995

First X-Games held by ESPN

1996

Spice Girls first #1 “Wannabe”

1997

OJ Simpson found guilty in civil case

1997

Tiger Woods is youngest golfer to win the Masters

2002

Kelly Clarkson wins first American Idol competition

2003

Apple launches iTunes

2003

Department of Homeland Security begins operation

2007

Apple introduces the iPhone

2008

Justin Beiber discovered on YouTube

2008

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

2011

The Royal Wedding between Kate Middleton and Prince William

2012

Hurricane Sandy

2013

Boston Marathon bombings

2016

Zika virus outbreak

2016

David Bowie dies

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