Time Line

Time Line

First Organ Transplant

1950

Korean War Begins

1950

First Modern Credit Card Introduced

1950

First "Peanuts" Cartoon Strip

1950

Color TV Introduced

1951

South Africans Forced to Carry ID Cards Identifying Race

1951

Winston Churchill Again Prime Minister of Great Britain

1951

Truman Signs Peace Treaty With Japan, Officially Ending WWII

1951

Car Seat Belts Introduced

1952

The Great Smog of 1952

1952

Princess Elizabeth Becomes Queen at Age 25

1952

Polio Vaccine Created

1952

DNA Discovered

1953

Hillary and Norgay Climb Mt. Everest

1953

Julius and Ethel Rosenberg Executed for Espionage

1953

Joseph Stalin Dies

1953

Britain Sponsors an Expedition to Search for the Abominable Snowman

1954

Report Says Cigarettes Cause Cancer

1954

First Atomic Submarine Launched

1954

Segregation Ruled Illegal in U.S.

1954

Rosa Parks Refuses to Give Up Her Seat on a Bus

1955

Disneyland Opens

1955

McDonald's Corporation Founded

1955

Warsaw Pact Signed

1955

Elvis Gyrates on Ed Sullivan's Show

1956

Grace Kelly Marries Prince Rainier III of Monaco

1956

Khrushchev Denounces Stalin

1956

Velcro Introduced

1956

Soviet Satellite Sputnik Launches Space Age

1957

First Living Animal to Enter Orbit

1957

European Economic Community Established

1957

Dr. Seuss Publishes The Cat in the Hat

1957

Chinese Leader Mao Zedong Launches the "Great Leap Forward"

1958

Hula Hoops Become Popular

1958

LEGO Toy Bricks First Introduced

1958

NASA Founded

1958

The Sound of Music Opens on Broadway

1959

International Treaty Makes Antarctica Scientific Preserve

1959

Kitchen Debate Between Nixon and Khrushchev

1959

Castro Becomes Dictator of Cuba

1959

Most Powerful Earthquake Ever Recorded Hits Chile

1960

Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho Released

1960

First Televised Presidential Debates

1960

The Birth Control Pill Is Approved by the FDA

1960

Bay of Pigs Invasion

1961

Berlin Wall Built

1961

Adolf Eichmann on Trial for Role in Holocaust

1961

Freedom Riders Challenge Segregation on Interstate Buses

1961

Marilyn Monroe Found Dead

1962

First Wal-Mart Opens

1962

Famous Escape From Alcatraz

1962

First Person Killed Trying to Cross the Berlin Wall

1962

First Woman in Space

1963

First Dr. Who Episode Airs

1963

JFK Assassinated

1963

Martin Luther King Jr. Makes His "I Have a Dream" Speech

1963

Beatles Become Popular in U.S.

1964

Civil Rights Act Passes in U.S.

1964

Italy Asks for Help to Stabilize the Leaning Tower of Pisa

1964

Hasbro Launches GI Joe Action Figure

1964

Los Angeles Riots

1965

New York City Great Blackout

1965

U.S. Sends Troops to Vietnam

1965

The Rolling Stones’ Mega Hit Song, “Satisfaction”

1965

First Kwanzaa Celebrated

1966

National Organization for Women (NOW)

1966

Founded Star Trek T.V. Series Airs

1966

Two Multi-Ton Chunks of the Mundrabilla Meteorite Found

1966

First Heart Transplant

1967

Six-Day War in the Middle East

1967

First Super Bowl

1967

Three U.S. Astronauts Killed During Simulated Launch

1967

Nerve Gas Leak in Utah Kills 6,000 Sheep

1968

Zodiac Killer Strikes

1968

Martin Luther King Jr. Assassinated

1968

Spy Ship USS Pueblo Captured

1968

Rock-and-Roll Concert at Woodstock

1969

Senator Edward Kennedy Leaves the Scene of an Accident

1969

Neil Armstrong Becomes the First Man on the Moon

1969

Sesame Street First Airs

1969

Kent State Shootings

1970

Computer Floppy Disks Introduced

1970

Beatles Break Up

1970

Palestinian Group Hijacks Five Planes

1970

US dollar floods the European currency markets

1971

VCRs Introduced

1971

London Bridge Brought to the U.S.

1971

United Kingdom Changes to Decimal System for Currency

1971

M*A*S*H T.V. Show Premiers

1972

Mark Spitz Wins Seven Gold Medals

1972

Pocket Calculators Introduced

1972

Terrorists Attack at the Olympic Games

1972

U.S. Pulls Out of Vietnam

1973

Paul Getty Kidnapped

1973

Sears Tower Built

1973

U.S. Vice President Resigns

1973

Mikhail Baryshnikov Defects

1974

Patty Hearst Kidnapped

1974

Terracotta Army Discovered in China U.S. President Nixon Resigns

1974

U.S. President Nixon Resigns

1974

Cambodian Genocide Begins

1975

Civil War in Lebanon

1975

Microsoft Founded

1975

Pol Pot Becomes the Communist Dictator of Cambodia

1975

Nadia Comaneci Given Seven Perfect Tens

1976

North and South Vietnam Join to Form the Socialist Republic of Vietnam

1976

Tangshan Earthquake Kills Over 240,000

1976

First Ebola Virus Outbreaks Strike Sudan and Zaire

1976

Miniseries Roots Airs

1977

South African Anti-Apartheid Leader Steve Biko Tortured to Death

1977

Star Wars Movie Released

1977

Elvis Found Dead

1977

Air India B747 explodes near Bombay killing 213

1978

First Test-Tube Baby Born

1978

John Paul II Becomes Pope

1978

Jonestown Massacre

1978

Sony Introduces the Walkman

1979

Nuclear Accident at Three Mile Island

1979

Margaret Thatcher First Woman Prime Minister of Great Britain

1979

Mother Teresa Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

1979

John Lennon Assassinated

1980

Pac-Man Video Game Released

1980

Mount St. Helens Erupts

1980

Failed U.S. Rescue Attempt to Save Hostages in Tehran

1980

First Woman Appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court

1981

Assassination Attempt on the Pope

1981

Millions Watch Royal Wedding on T.V.

1981

Assassination Attempt on U.S. President Reagan

1981

Michael Jackson Releases Thriller

1982

E.T. Movie Released

1982

Falkland Islands Invaded by Argentina

1982

King Henry VIII's Ship the Mary Rose Raised After 437 Years

1982

Cabbage Patch Kids Are Popular

1983

Reagan Announces Defense Plan Called Star Wars

1983

Soviets Shoot Down a Korean Airliner

1983

Sally Ride Becomes the First American Woman in Space

1983

PG-13 Movie Rating Created

1984

Huge Poison Gas Leak in Bhopal, India

1984

Indira Gandhi, India's Prime Minister, Killed by Two Bodyguards

1984

Riot in Tunis kills over 100

1984

Wreck of the Titanic Found

1985

Mikhail Gorbachev Calls for Glasnost and Perestroika

1985

New Coke Hits the Market

1985

Hole in the Ozone Layer Discovered

1985

Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster

1986

Space Shuttle Challenger Explodes

1986

Ferdinand Marcos Flees the Philippines

1986

Iran-Contra Scandal Unfolds

1986

DNA First Used to Convict Criminals

1987

Klaus Barbie, the Nazi Butcher of Lyons, Sentenced to Life in Prison

1987

West German Pilot Lands Unchallenged in Russia's Red Square

1987

New York Stock Exchange Suffers Huge Drop on "Black Monday"

1987

U.S. Shoots Down Iranian Airliner

1988

Pan Am Flight 103 Is Bombed Over Lockerbie

1988

China confirms earthquake death toll will rise above current 938

1988

NY's MTA announces it may replace tokens with credit card type passes

1988

Students Massacred in China's Tiananmen Square

1989

Students Massacred in China's Tiananmen Square

1989

Berlin Wall Falls

1989

Exxon Valdez Spills Millions of Gallons of Oil on Coastline

1989

AT&T experiences long distance problems due to a computer glitch

1990

Hubble Telescope Launched Into Space

1990

Nelson Mandela Freed

1990

Lech Walesa Becomes First President of Poland

1990

The US and Soviet Union Sign The START Treaty

1991

Dead Sea Scroll is Unveiled in Israel

1991

911 Emergency Number tested in US northwestern cities

1991

Birmingham Six Released in the UK

1991

Hurricane Andrew hits South Florida

1992

Riots in Los Angeles After the Rodney King Verdict

1992

Official End of the Cold War

1992

McDonalds opens in Beijing China

1992

World Trade Center Bombed

1993

Cult Compound in Waco, Texas Raided

1993

Lorena Bobbitt Takes Brutal Revenge

1993

Use of the Internet Grows Exponentially

1993

Rwandan Genocide

1994

O.J. Simpson Arrested for Double Murder

1994

Channel Tunnel Opens, Connecting Britain and France

1994

Nelson Mandela Elected President of South Africa

1994

Oklahoma City Bombing

1995

Sarin Gas Attack in Tokyo Subway

1995

Sarin Gas Attack in Tokyo Subway

1995

Syria has Peace talks with Israel

1995

Divers discover the ancient port of Alexandria in Egypt

1996

Unabomber Arrested

1996

Mad Cow Disease Hits Britain

1996

Two Royal Divorces

1996

Scientists Clone Sheep

1997

Tiger Woods Wins Masters

1997

Hong Kong Returned to China

1997

British Au Pair on Trial for Murder

1997

Titanic Most Successful Movie Ever

1998

U.S. President Clinton Impeached

1998

Viagra on the Market

1998

India and Pakistan Test Nuclear Weapons

1998

Panama Canal Returns to Panama

1999

The Euro the New European Currency

1999

Fear of Y2K Bug

1999

JFK Jr. Dies in Plane Accident

1999

Microsoft Ordered to Split

2000

Russian Submarine Sunk in Barents Sea

2000

Elian Gonzalez Goes Home

2000

USS Cole Bombed

2000

Rapper Vanilla Ice spends night in jail

2001

ABC-TV deputs "The Mole" for the first time

2001

The London Stock Exchange goes public

2001

Millionaire Dennis Tito becomes the world's first space tourist

2001

XIX Winter Olympics closes in Salt Lake City

2002

Álvaro Uribe becomes President of Colombia

2002

Switzerland, traditionally a neutral country, joins the United Nations

2002

Angolan political and rebel leader Jonas Savimbi is killed in a military ambush

2002

The May 2003 tornado outbreak sequence takes place

2003

New Hampshire's famous Old Man of the Mountain collapses

2003

The United Communist Party of Armenia is formed

2003

Widescale power blackout in the northeast United States and Canada

2003

President Hamid Karzai signs the new constitution of Afghanistan

2004

Jean-Bertrand Aristide resigns as President of Haiti

2004

Opportunity rover (MER-B) lands on surface of Mars

2004

New Democracy wins the national elections in Greece

2004

107 die in Amagasaki rail crash in Japan

2005

An intense solar flare blasts X-rays across the solar system

2005

A major explosion at the Texas City Refinery kills 15 workers

2005

The Patent Law Treaty goes into effect

2005

A Slovak Air Force Antonov An-24 crashes in Hungary

2006

New Horizons probe is launched by NASA on the first mission to Pluto

2006

A stampede occurs in the ULTRA Stadium near Manila killing 71

2006

Western Union discontinues use of its telegram service

2006

Burnley Tunnel catastrophe occurs in Australia

2007

Republic Protests in Turkey

2007

In Sydney, Australia, 2.2 million people take part in the first Earth Hour

2007

The tomb of Herod the Great is discovered

2007

Kosovo declares independence from Serbia

2008

The United States Air Force retires the F-117 Nighthawk

2008

Start of Papal Journey of Pope Benedict XVI to the United States

2008

Chaiten Volcano erupts in Chile

2008

First day of legal same-sex marriage in California

2008

61 die in nightclub fire in Thailand

2009

A 6.3 magnitude earthquake strikes near Italy

2009

Israeli ground forces invade Gaza

2009

Bushfires in Victoria left 173 dead

2009

Sachin Tendulkar scored the the first double century in One Day

2010

Car bomb fails to go off in New York City

2010

The Netherlands Antilles are dissolved

2010

Sebastián Piñera become chilean president

2010

Neptune completes its first orbit since its discovery in 1846.

2011

Plane crash in Russia kills 43

2011

Pope John Paul II is beatified by his successor

2011

At least 300 people killed in deadliest tornado outbreak

2011

Barack Obama accepts the Democratic nomination for President

2012

Hot air balloon crashes in Carterton, New Zealand, killing 11

2012

Suicide bomber attacks a wedding reception

2012

17 people are killed in a helicopter crash as a result of bad weather in Turkey

2012

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