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1920

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

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1930

Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow meet

1935

First canned beer is sold in America

1940

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

1946

The first Cannes Film Festival takes place

1952

U.S. successfully detonates the first hydrogen bomb

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1958

Bobby Fischer wins the U.S. Chess Championships

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1967

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

1972

Watergate Scandal

1976

Fidel Castro becomes the President of Cuba

1981

The Royal Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana

1987

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

1992

Formal end to the Cold War

1998

Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky scandal

2003

Apple launches iTunes

2008

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

2013

Twitter IPO

1920

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

1925

Silent horror classic “The Phantom of the Opera” (starring Lon Chaney) premieres

1925

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

1929

First car radio is made by Motorola

1931

Classic horror film “Dracula” is released

1934

One of the worst years of The Great Depression, political extremism and dictatorship became a way for people to envision a better life across the world.

1936

Adolf Hitler opens the 11th Olympic Games in Berlin

1940

Booker T Washington is the first black person to appear on a U.S. stamp

1940

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

1945

World War II ends

1946

The first Cannes Film Festival takes place

1951

The first oral contraceptive pill is invented

1953

Cigarette smoking is reported as causing lung cancer

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

1957

Elvis Presley purchases a mansion in Memphis and calls it Graceland

1959

“The Sound of Music” opens on Broadway

1961

First direct U.S. military involvement in Vietnam

1962

SoCal surf shop Val Surf begins making its own skateboards

1962

Kids begin referring to skating as “sidewalk surfing”

1965

San Diego skater Pat McGee is featured on the cover of Life magazine

1966

Vans shoes get their start in the surf and skateboard scene

1966

Miniskirts are in fashion

1967

Thurgood Marshall is the first black justice on the Supreme Court

1971

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

1972

Comeback of skateboarding with the invention of urethane wheels by Frank Nasworthy

1973

U.S. involvement in Vietnam War ends

1974

Nixon resigns

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

1978

Space Invaders launches craze for video games

1981

MTV is launched

1981

Scientists identify the AIDS virus

1983

“A-Team” with Mr. T premieres on NBC

1985

Route 66 is removed from the U.S. Highway system

1986

The Oprah Winfrey Show debuts nationally

1987

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

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

Officers indicted and acquitted in Rodney King beating

1993

Bill Clinton is President of the United States

1997

Tiger Woods is youngest golfer to win the Masters

1997

OJ Simpson found guilty in civil case

1998

Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky scandal

2001

Beginning of the U.S. “War on Terrorism” campaign

2003

Apple launches iTunes

2004

Martha Stewart convicted of a felony

2007

Apple introduces the iPhone

2008

Justin Beiber discovered on YouTube

2010

SpaceX successfully launches Dragon capsule

2012

Barack Obama is re-elected

2013

Twitter IPO

2016

Brexit

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