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1 Most Significant Events Most Significant Events Rebecca McDaniel HIS/135 3-6-2010 Wendy Payan
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2 Most Significant Events Introduction In this paper I will be choosing one major social, economic, or political event from each decade beginning with the 1950’s and ending with the 1990’s. The events I will be covering will be in my opinion the most important event from the decade, which had the most impact on the United States population. I will finish my paper with my hypothesis on the changes I expect to occur within the United States during the next 10 years. 1950’s The Space Race In October of 1957 the U.S.S.R. launched the first successful satellite into space. This satellite was called sputnik, and was roughly twice the size of a basketball. This really began the infamous space race. Then on January 1 st 1958 we successfully launched Explorer 1 which was officially known as Satellite 1958 Alpha. The reason I decided this was the most important event from this decade is due to the technological advances, which have come from the space race. Due to the space race, we now have many things, which would not be around. These items are; scratch resistant lenses, freeze dried foods, athletic shoes, CAT scans, and MRI’s, cool suits, cordless power tools, the cordless vacuum, virtual reality, lasers, enriched baby food,
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3 Most Significant Events water purification, portable coolers and warmers, flat screen televisions, cell phones, microwaves, fiber optics, fire resistant material, energy saving air conditioners, sewage treatment, air purification, ultrasounds, pacemakers, magnetic liquids, engine lubricants, personal alarms, jaws of life, light weight air tanks, Doppler radar, hand held radios, fire detectors, stud-less winter tires, microchips, micro processors, and the personal computer. Without all of these things I could not imagine how the world would have progressed so rapidly. The rate of technology advancement is in large part due to the space race. For instance if you go purchase a new computer, by the time it comes out of the box there is already a newer version. The rate of advancement is so rapid that every 2 years we are seeing completely new technologies we did not even think possible. 1960’s The Assassination of John F. Kennedy On November 22, 1963 President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated in the Deaely Plaza in Dallas, Texas. Thousands of people were first hand witnesses to the brutal murder. There were 4 shots fired as the motorcade passed. He died 30 minutes later at the Dallas Memorial Hospital. The controversy surrounding this
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4 Most Significant Events president and his administration, and the controversy surrounding his assassination are unlike any in our history.
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