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1920s- The decade known as “the roaring '20s” saw the mainstreaming of radio, movies, television's early start, and the acknowledgment of the telephone and electricity. The League of Nations was formed in the 1920s, and women were given the right to vote. The decade also saw the first-ever winter Olympics, the founding of Time magazine, Babe Ruth's home-run record, Lindbergh's flight across the Atlantic, and the crash of the New York stock market. The U.S. Presidents of the 1920s were Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding, Calvin Coolidge, and Herbert Hoover.

1930s-
The thirties marked a period of the scarceness of money due to the Depression. This has been considered one of the hardest decades of American History with the economy at its worst. The 30s did see many good things though, such as the invention of bubble gum, the discovery of penicillin, Social Security, the first helicopter, sliced bread, the completion of the Empire State Building, and air conditioning. Prohibition ended in the 1930s, and the Dust Bowl part of the U.S. forced thousands of farmers to move. In 1939, World War II began. The U.S. Presidents of the 1930s were Herbert Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt.
 
1940s- The focal point of the ’40s was World War II, which brought the country from the depths of the Depression. Women were given a much more needed role having to replace the jobs of all the men that left to go fight the war. Rationing seriously affected the food supply encouraging people not to eat certain necessities needed on the war front. 1945 was an eventful year, with the death of President Roosevelt, the dropping of the first atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the founding of the United Nations, the invention of the microwave, and the completion of the first computer. In 1949, China became a communist nation and NATO was established. The U.S. Presidents of the 1940s were Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman.
 
1950s- The 1950s saw the men from the war returning to America. This caused the Baby Boom, where millions of children were born in a short period of time. American industry increased at a rate never before seen to catch back up to the post-war era. This caused people to buy many goods that they weren’t allowed to purchase during the war; the effect of this was a great expansion in the corporation world and increased the number of jobs available. In 1951, President Truman signed a treaty with Japan, ending WWI. The 1950s saw the invention of credit cards, the first organ transplant, the Peanuts cartoon, The Cat in the Hat, the Korean War, color TV, remote controls, velcro, seat belts, Disneyland, McDonald's, the discovery of DNA, the death of Stalin, a vaccine for Polio, and the discovery that cigarettes cause cancer. Race was a main issue of the decade, with the supreme court ruling that segregation was illegal in 1954, and Rosa Park's refusal to give up her seat in 1955. At the end of the decade, NASA was founded, Sputnik had been launched, and The Sound of Music opened on Broadway. The U.S. Presidents of the 1950s were Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower.

1960s-
The 1960s was distinguished by a great movement away from the conservative styles of the fifties to more liberal ideas as the "baby boomers" became adolescents. The sixties saw the release of the moviePsycho, the invention of lasers, the building of the Berlin Wall, the launching of the first man into space by the Soviets, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the assassination of President Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous speech and assassination, the Beatles rise to fame, the invention of G.I. Joe, the passing of the Civil Rights Act, the sending of troops to Vietnam, the Los Angeles Riots, the beginning of Star Trek, the first Superbowl, the first heart transplant, Sesame Street, and Neil Armstrong become the first man to walk on the moon. The U.S. Presidents of the 1960s were Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and Richard Nixon.
 
1970s- The events of war and the tumult of the sixties naturally continued into the 1970s. The 1970s saw the break-up of the Beatles, the introduction of computer floppy disks, the movement of the London Bridge to America, the introduction of VCRs, the premier of M.A.S.H., pocket calculators, terrorist attacks at the Olympics in Munich, the Watergate Scandal, the legalization of abortion, the construction of the Sears Tower in Chicago, U.S. troops pulled out of Vietnam, the resignation of President Nixon and Vice President Agnew, the Terracotta Army found in China, the Civil War in Lebanon, the founding of Microsoft, the death of 240,000 people in the Tangshan earthquake, the death of Elvis, the release of the Star Wars movie, John Paul II become pope, the first female British Prime Minister - Margaret Thatcher, the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island, and Sony's introduction of the Walkman. The U.S. Presidents of the 1970s were Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Jimmy Carter.
 
1980's- The eighties saw hostile take over and huge mergers of company giants forming a new meaning and style to the word “billionaire.” Shopping also became a way of life in the 80s. The Berlin Wall came down, and by the end of the decade, most of the world had rejected communism. The 1980s also saw the eruption of Mount St. Helen's, the creation of CNN, assassination attempts on Pope John Paul II and President Ronald Reagan, the appointment of the first woman to the Supreme Court, the discovery of AIDS, the invention of Pac-Man, and PCs, the movie E.T., the popularity of Cabbage Patch Kids, Sally Ride become the first American woman in space, the bombing of the US Embassy in Beirut, Indira Gandhi assassinated, rating PG-13 created, new Coca-Cola introduced, the discovery of the Titanic and the hole in the Ozone layer, the explosion of the Challenger and the accident at Chernobyl, the launching of the Mir space station, Pan Am flight 103 bombing over Scotland, the Exxon Valdez spill, and the Tiananmen Square massacre. The U.S. Presidents of the 1980s were Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. Bush.
 
1990's- The 1990s was considered the electronic age of America, due largely to the widespread use of computers and a tremendous expansion of the Internet that started in 1992, changing the way Americans communicate. The 1990s saw the launching of the Hubble Telescope, the collapse of the Soviet Union, Operation Desert Storm, the end of the Cold War, the bombing of the World Trade Center, the O.J. Simpson trial, the Oklahoma City bombing, the arrest of the Unabomber, the return of Hong Kong to China, the death of Princess Diana, the cloning of sheep, the construction of the tallest buildings in the world in Kuala Lampur, Tiger Woods win the Masters, the movie Titanic, President Clinton's impeachment, and the massacre at Columbine High School. The U.S. Presidents of the 1990s were George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
 
2000's- After a heated presidential election, the new millennium was just getting started when America was attacked by terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001, killing 3,000 people. America led attacks in Afghanistan and Iraq to bring down the Taliban and Saddam Hussein. Corporate scandals and an economic recession also marked the beginning of the new millennium. The 2000s saw the attack of the U.S.S. Cole, the space shuttle Columbia disaster, the crash of the Concorde in France, Anthrax scares in America, heated debates over stem-cell research and homosexual rights, the gubernatorial recall in California, and the expanse of the European Union to 15 nations. Bill Clinton was president at the beginning of the 2000s, and George W. Bush is the current president.

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