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We Didn't Start The Fire Project
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June 1 1926- August 5 1962
Norma Jean Mortenson was a famous actress, model, and singer during the early 1950's and late 1960's
Norma started modeling at the age of 17 after getting a contract with a 20th Century Fox Executive she changed her stage name to Marilyn Monroe.
Marilyn Monroe is one of the most notable actresses and is still referred to as an acting icon in the 20th century.
Mercury-Redstone 2 launched on January 21st 1961.
The spaceship contained a chimpanzee named Ham
The purpose was to see how space flight would affect humans. The flight was successful and Ham returned to earth safely.
After the results of the flight the first flight to carry a human launched on May 5th 1961.
Sending a chimpanzee into space contributed to out 20th century knowledge of space travel.
Time Frame: January 20, 1969 to August 9, 1974
What: 37th President of the United States
Some of Nixon’s notable achievements include making amends with China and ending Americas involvement in the Vietnam War.
Founded: 1852 in South Bend, Indiana
Manufactured From: 1852-1967
Studebaker was known for manufacturing wagons, carriages, and automobiles.
Studebaker ceased the production of their vehicles in 1963. The company was known for building quality and reliable cars.
The Studebaker was a blueprint for many of the cars we have now.
The Catcher In The Rye
The Catcher in the Rye is a book published in 1951 by J.D Salinger
The Catcher in the Rye was a popular book among teenagers because it epitomized their feelings.
The book is still very popular among young readers and is a common read in most schools.
England's Got a New Queen!
On June 2nd 1953 Queen Elizabeth II coronation was held shortly after the death King George VI.
Queen Elizabeth II was born on February 6th 1952.
Monarchy is still practiced in the United Kingdom
First established during 1908 in the UK
By 1953 the first television in color were broadcasted
Television usage in the United States skyrocketed after World War II with the lifting of the manufacturing freeze, war-related technological advances, the gradual expansion of the television networks westward, the drop in set prices caused by mass production, increased leisure time, and additional disposable income
The television is a commonly used advice in the 20th century and can be found in almost every house in America.
In 1953 Walt Disney released an adaption of the play "Peter Pan, or the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up by J.M. Barrie."
In 1954 A Broadway Musical was released based off the original play by J.M. Barrie.
In the play Peter Pan was played by an actress named Mary Martin.
The play is about a boy who can fly and never ages named Peter Pan. Peter Pan spends his childhood in Neverland leading a group called the Lost Boys and getting into several adventures.
Peter Pan is still a very popular Disney movie in the 20th century watched among millions of children
Dacron is a name brand of Polyethylene terephthalate or PET which is a polyester fiber.
Dacron was patented in 1953 by Dupont chemical company and commonly referred to as wonder fabric at the time.
Dacron is till commonly used in the 20th centuries some of it uses include the manufacturing of toys, clothing, climbing ropes, aquarium nets, tires.
Disneyland was opened in 1955 in Anaheim California.
The concept of the park derived from Walt Disney after visiting several amusement parks with his daughters.
50,00 guest attended Disneyland's opening day
Dinseyland is still a very popular amusement park in the 20th century millions of people all around the world come to California to visit Disneyland
In 1955 the Alabama Bus Boycott began.
The boycott went into affect after an NAACP member by the name of Rosa Parks refused to give up a bus seat designated for white people. Rosa Parks was arrested for being defiant towards the bus driver.
Alabama citizens of all races were outraged by the injustice committed towards Rosa Parks. As a result many people boycotted the Alabama bus system and refused to ride the bus instead the walked or carpooled to their destinations.
The boycott marked the beginning of the civil rights movement which gave minorities the rights that they have now in the 20th century.
Alabama (Bus Boycott)
On October 4th, 1957 the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1.
Sputnik 1 was the first artificial satellite that was capable of orbiting the earth.
Sputnik 1 helped advance the worlds knowledge in space travel. Many of the discoveries made due to Sputnik 1 have contributed to the evolution of 20th century space flight.
Thalidomide was a very popular drug during the late 1950’s and early 1960’s.
Thalidomide was seen as a miracle drug because it was able to heal multiple sicknesses and was commonly used in cancer research, as well as AIDS research.
There was not much of a regulation on pregnant women taking the drug. As a result many children born to the women who took the drug suffered from birth defects.
At the time more than 10,000 children in 46 countries were born with birth defects due to the drug.
Currently the drug is used to treat certain types of cancer and leprosy.
Children of Thalidomide
During the late 1950's the FBI began to focus their attention on the continuously growing Mafia's in america.
Most of the Mafia's originated in Italy and came over to America usually residing in northern states such as New York.
The mafias were involved in drug trafficking and accountable for numerous murders.
Some of the most notable mafia bosses include, Joe Bonanno, Vito Genovese, and Sam Giancana.
The Mafia had a large influence on many of the current gangs in America.
On May 1st 1960 a US pilot by the name of Francis Gary Powers was shot down by a USSR plane while flying an Airforce Loackhead U-2.
The incident marked the ending of an alliance between the two countries.
As rumors of Russia keeping nuclear weapons an missiles occurred the CIA made a Powersu0092 U-2 that could be manually controlled. They flew the plane over two suspected missile locations. The plan was successful due to the fact that the US CIA was able to figure out the the USSR had been hiding missiles after they tried to shoot down the decoy plane.
The U2 has influenced the design of newer airforce planes.
Psycho is a horror-thriller film by Alfred Hitchcock.
The movie was released on August 8th 1960.
The movie did exceptionally well in box offices and was ranked among the greatest films of all time.
The movie was said to have set a new level for violence in today's American films.
Woodstock was a musical festival held from August 15-17th 1969 in White Lake, NY on Max Yasgur’s Dairy Farm
Some of the artist who performed at the festival include Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead, the Who, Janis Joplin.
Around 600,000 people attended the festival making it the biggest rock concert ever held.
Woodstock caused the beginning of many other music festivals which have become relatively popular in the past decades.
Wheel of Fortune is a game show created by Merv Griffin based on the game hangman.
The show premiered on January 6th 1975 through NBC.
Wheel of Fortune is the longest running show with over 6,000 episodes and was ranked the #2 greatest game show by TV Guide magazine.
Wheel of Fortune
Sally Ride was the first woman to go into space.
Sally Ride joined NASA in 1978 at the age 32.
Sally received a PHD in physics and a bachelors degree in English.
Her first flight was aboard the challenger and she spent a total of 343 hours in space.
Thanks to Sally Ride the amount of women in space travel and space research have flourished
Crack is the hard form of cocaine when it is mixed with water and other solvents.
Crack is said to be the most addictive form of cocaine.
Crack was frequently found in impoverished neighborhoods in 1984 and 1985.
The increase in crack usage was known as the crack epidemic.
In 1985, the number of people who admitted using cocaine on a routine basis increased from 4.2 million to 5.8 million.
By 1987, crack was reported to be available in all but four states in the United States.
Due to the crack epidemic an effort to stop crack use has caused many organizations to speak out in the 20th century.
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