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A Fun Look Through the Decades

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A Fun Look Through the Decades

It seems there is an observed holiday for every day in a calendar year. Some of these may seem a bit outlandish, like National Kazoo Day (yes, this is a real thing). Others are just plain fun, like National Pizza Day. Did you know there's even a National Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day? It’s observed in early December, but we think it's a fun thing to consider anytime.

If you could time travel, what year would you travel? Here are some highlights from past decades to help you decide.

The 1900’s

In 1901, oil was found near Beaumont, Texas, marking the first major oil discovery for the state.

April of 1902 saw the opening of the first movie theater in the US, located in LA. It was called the Electric Theater.

1902 also saw the invention of the glorious air conditioner by William Haviland Carrier.


The 1910’s

The largest rail terminal in the world, Grand Central Station, was completed and opened in 1913.

In January of 1915, Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Watson held history’s first telephone conversation.

In 1919, a US Naval seaplane completed the first transatlantic flight.

The 20’s

In late 1920, the American Professional Football league was founded. Just two years later, it would be renamed the National Football League.

Time magazine celebrated its first published issue in 1923.

The first Winter Olympic Games were held in 1924 in Chamonix, France.

The 30’s

August of 1930 marked the invention of frozen food with a quick-freezing process by Clarence Birdseye.

In 1931, the Star Spangled banner was approved as our National anthem and Nevada legalized gambling.

In 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge opened and the Appalachian Trail was completed.

The 40’s

December 8, 1941, the US declared war on Japan, officially entering WWII, which it remained involved in until the war ended in 1945.

In 1946, the Basketball Association of America was founded. Three years later, it merged with its rival to create what is now the NBA.

In March of 1949, the first non-stop around the world flight was completed by Captain James Gallagher.

The 50’s

In December of 1953, the first color televisions went on sale.

In 1954, McDonald's was franchised.

Walt Disney’s Disneyland opened in Anaheim, California, in 1955.

The 60’s

The Beatle’s I Want To Hold Your Hand was released in the US in 1964, becoming their first number one hit in the States.

The very first Superbowl was held in Los Angeles in 1967. The Green Bay Packers beat The Kansas City Chiefs 35-10.

In 1969, the internet, which was initially called Arpanet, was invented.

The 70’s

In October of 1971, Walt Disney World opened in Orlando, Florida.

In 1973, the racing horse, Secretariat, won The Triple Crown after winning the Belmont Stakes by just 31 lengths.

Star Wars opened in theaters in 1977 and was the highest grossing movie of the time.

The 80’s

In 1981, IBM introduced the IBM-PC, a personal computer that retailed for over $1,500.

Sally Ride became the first American woman to travel into space in 1983.

In 1986, over 5 million Americans made a human chain across the US as a campaign for Hands Across America, which fought for hunger and homelessness.

The 90’s

In 1994, for the first time in 90 years, the World Series was canceled due to a player's strike.

At the Roslin Institute in Scotland, Dolly the sheep was the first mammal to be cloned in 1996.

In October of 1998, John Glen, 36 years after becoming the first American to orbit the earth, also earns the title of the oldest astronaut in space. He was 76 at that time.