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Do You Remember...? - 1000 Years of Memories by I. David Cohen

Do You Remember…?

To jog your memory take a look at the following list of some significant events highlighting the last 100 years.

  • October 8, 1918 – World War I: In the Argonne Forest in France, United States Cpl. Alvin C. York almost single handedly kills 25 German soldiers and captures 132.
  • August 11, 1919 – The Green Bay Packers are founded by Curly Lambeau.
  • August 18, 1920 –The 19th amendment gives women the right to vote.
  • July 29, 1921 – Adolf Hitler becomes Fuhrer of the Nazi party.
  • July 24, 1922 – Christian K. Nelson patents the Eskimo pie.
  • April 18, 1923 – Yankee Stadium opens its doors in the Bronx, New York.
  • January 21, 1924 – Vladimir Lenin dies in Russia.
  • April 10, 1925 – F. Scott Fitzgerald authors The Great Gatsby.
  • August 23, 1926 – The sudden death of popular Hollywood actor Rudolph Valentino at the age of 31 causes mass grief and hysteria around the world.
  • June 13, 1927 – A ticker – tape parade is held for aviator Charles Lindbergh down Fifth Avenue in New York City.
  • June 28, 1928 – At the Democratic National Convention in Houston, New York Governor, Alfred E. Smith, becomes the first Catholic nominated by a major political party for president of the United States.
  • October 24, 1929 – Wall Street crash: Three multi—digit percentage drops wipes out more than 30 billion dollars from the New York stock exchange (10 times greater than the annual budget of the Federal Government).
  • March 12, 1930 – Mahatma Gandhi sets off on a 200 mile protest march towards the sea with 78 followers to protest the British monopoly on salt. More will join them during the salt March that ends on April 5.
  • March 3, 1931 – The Star-Spangled Banner is adopted as the United States National Anthem.
  • May 2, 1932 – Comedian Jack Benny’s radio show airs for the first time.
  • March 4, 1933 – United States President Herbert Hoover is succeeded by Franklin D. Roosevelt who, in reference to the great depression proclaims, “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself” In his inauguration speech.
  • August 13, 1934 – The comic strip “Lil Abner” is first published in US newspapers.
  • June 12, 1935 – Senator Huey Long of Louisiana makes the longest speech on Senate record, taking 15 ½ hours, and containing 150,000 words.
  • March 1, 1936 – Construction of Hoover Dam is completed.
  • July 2, 1937 – A guard takes his place at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Washington, DC: continuous guards have been maintained there ever since.
  • June 22, 1938 – Heavyweight boxer Joe Louis knocks out Max Schmelling in the first round of their rematch at Yankee Stadium in New York City.
  • February 8, 1939Gone with the Wind wins best picture at the Academy Awards.
  • April 7, 1940 – Booker T. Washington becomes the first African- American to be depicted on a United States postage stamp.
  • December 7, 1941 –The Japanese Navy launches a surprise attack on the United States fleet at Pearl Harbor, thus drawing the United States into World War II.
  • April 9, 1942 – The Bataan peninsula falls and the Bataan death march began.
  • January 15, 1943 – The Japanese are driven off Guadalcanal.
  • June 6, 1944 –Battle of Normandy: Operation Overlord commonly known as D-Day.
  • August 10, 1945 – World War II: Japanese offers to surrender to the Allies.
  • January 10, 1946 – The first meeting of United Nations is held in London.
  • April 1, 1947 – Jackie Robinson, the first African-American in modern major league baseball, signs a contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
  • April 3, 1948 – President Harry S. Truman signs the Marshall Plan, which authorizes five million dollars in aid for 16 countries. It was the beginning of the Germany airlift.
  • June 24, 1949 – First television Western, “Hopalong Cassidy”, airs on NBC.
  • January 17, 1950 – Great Brinks robbery: 11 thieves steal more than two million dollars from an armored car in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • February 27, 1951 – The Twenty– second amendment to the United States Constitution, limiting presidents to two terms, is ratified.
  • January 14, 1952Today premieres on NBC, becoming one of the longest running television series in America.
  • June 30, 1953 – The first Chevrolet Corvette is built at Flint, Michigan.
  • January 14, 1954 – Marilyn Monroe marries baseball player Joe DiMaggio.
  • September 30, 1955 – Actor James Dean is killed when his automobile collides with another car in Chalaine, California.
  • April 27, 1956 – Heavyweight boxing champion Rocky Marciano retires without losing a professional boxing match.
  • September 26, 1957West Side Story has its first appearance on Broadway and runs for 732 performances.
  • July 7, 1958 – President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs the Alaska Statehood Act into US law.
  • February 16, 1959 – Fidel Castro becomes premier of Cuba.
  • September 5, 1960 – 1960’s summer Olympic Games: Cassius Clay wins the gold medal in light heavyweight boxing.
  • May 5, 1961 – Alan Shephard becomes the first American in space aboard Mercury – Redstone three.
  • May 31, 1962 – Nazi Adolf Eichmann is hanged at a prison in Israel.
  • November 22, 1963 – President Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, Texas: VP Lyndon Baines Johnson becomes the 36th president of the United States.
  • January 18, 1964 – Plans to build the New York Trade Center are announced.
  • March 2, 1965 – The Sound of Music premieres at the Rivoli Theater in New York City.
  • March 12, 1966 – Bobby Hull of the Chicago Blackhawks sets the National Hockey League single scoring record against the New York Rangers, with his 51st goal.
  • October 26, 1967 – United States Navy pilot John McCain is shot down over North Vietnam and made a POW.
  • January 23, 1968 – North Korea seizes the USS Pueblo.
  • July 20, 1969 – The lunar module Eagle lands on the lunar surface. An estimated five hundred million people world- wide watch in awe as Neil Armstrong takes his first steps on the moon.
  • April 10, 1970 – Paul McCartney announces that the Beatles have disbanded.
  • February 8, 1971 – A new stock market index called the NASDAQ debuts. It was created by Bernie Madoff.
  • January 16, 1972 – Super bowl VI: the Dallas Cowboys defeat the Miami Dolphins 24 – 3.
  • January 27, 1973 – United States involvement in the Vietnam War ends with the signing of the Paris Peace Accords.
  • August 9, 1974 – Vice President Gerald Rudolph Ford succeeds Richard Milhouse Nixon as the 38th president of the United States.
  • March 9, 1975 – Construction of the trans-Alaska pipeline system begins.
  • April 1, 1976 – Apple Computer Company is formed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.
  • June 26, 1977 – Elvis Presley performs his last ever concert at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis.
  • June 12, 1978 – Serial killer David Berkowitz, the “Son of Sam,” is sentenced to 365 years in prison.
  • March 26, 1979 – In a ceremony at the White House, President Anwar Sadat of Egypt and Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel sign a peace treaty.
  • May 18, 1980 – Mount St. Helen erupts in Washington, killing 57 and causing The United States three billion dollars in damages.
  • January 20, 1981 – Iran releases 52 Americans held for 444 days within minutes of Ronald Reagan succeeding Jimmy Carter as the President of the United States.
  • January 13, 1982 – Shortly after takeoff, Air Florida flight 90 crashes into the Washington, DC’s 14th St. Bridge and falls into the Potomac River, killing 78.
  • March 23, 1983 – Strategic Defense Initiative: United States President Ronald Reagan makes his initial proposal to develop technology to intercept enemy missiles. The media dubbed this plan “Star Wars”.
  • December 3, 1984 – A leak from a union carbide plant in Bhopal, India kills 8000 people outright and injures over half a million in the worst industrial disaster in history.
  • October 18, 1985 – The Nintendo entertainment system, including the super Mario Brothers pack – man game is released.
  • April 26, 1986 – The Chernobyl disaster: 4056 people killed and seven billion dollars of property damage.
  • January 8, 1987 – The Dow Jones industrial average closes above 2,000 for the first time in history.
  • April 12, 1988 – Former pop singer Sonny Bono is elected mayor of Palm Springs, California.
  • January 24, 1989 – Serial killer Ted Bundy is executed in Florida’s electric chair.
  • February 11, 1990 – Nelson Mandela is released from Verster Prison, near Cape Town, South Africa, after twenty seven years behind bars.
  • January 16, 1991 – Gulf War: Operation Desert Storm begins with airstrikes against Iraq.
  • November 3, 1992 – Bill Clinton is elected 42nd president of the United States.
  • April 19, 1993 – David Koresh is killed in the fire at the branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas.
  • March 15, 1994 – United States troops are withdrawn from Somalia.
  • April 19, 1995 – Oklahoma City bombings: 168 people, including eight federal marshals and 19 children are killed at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.
  • May 11, 1996 – Florida to Atlanta bound ValuJet crashes in the Florida Everglades, killing all 110 on board.
  • August 1, 1997 – Steve Jobs returns to Apple Computer.
  • August 7, 1998 – Embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya kill 224 people and injure over 4500: they are linked to terrorist Osama Bin Laden.
  • January 1, 1999 – The Euro is established.
  • November 2, 2000 – The first resident crew enters the international space station.
  • September 11, 2001 – Terrorists destroy the World Trade Center in New York City.
  • March 12, 2002 – Andrea Yates is found guilty of drowning her five children.
  • October 24, 2003 – The Concorde makes its last commercial flight.
  • April 29, 2004 – The last Oldsmobile rolls off the assembly line.
  • April 19, 2005 – Pope Benedict XVI succeeds Pope John Paul II
  • November 5, 2006 – Former President of Iraq, Saddam Hussein is sentenced to death by hanging by the Special Iraqi Tribunal.
  • June 5, 2007 – NASA’s messenger spacecraft makes its second flyby of Venus in route to Mercury.
  • February 19, 2008 – Fidel Castro announces his resignation as president of Cuba.
  • June 25, 2009 – The death of American entertainer Michael Jackson triggers an outpouring of worldwide grief.
  • November 28, 2010 – Wiki-leaks releases a collection of more than 202,000 American diplomatic cables.
  • May 30, 2011 – Jim Tressel re-signs as football coach at The Ohio State University.
  • November 6, 2012 – President Barack Obama wins reelection by defeating Republican Mitt Romney.
  • March 13, 2013 – Pope Francis of Argentina is elected as the first Pope from the Americas.
  • November 10, 2014 – The Republican Party gains control of the United States Senate controlling both houses of Congress.
  • May 23, 201 5-The Republic of Ireland votes to legalize same- sex marriages.
  • November 5, 2016 -Donald J. Trump is elected President of the United States.
  • April 1, 2017 – Bob Dylan receives the Nobel Prize for Literature at a private ceremony in Stockholm.