Saturday, December 26, 2009

A Year Full of Anniversaries

A lot happened in years ending with a 9.


-The NAACP founded
-Louis Bleriot makes the first international plane flight across the English Channel.
-The Futurist Manifesto written by Filippo Marinetti is published in Le Figaro


-The Versailles Treaty
-The Spartacist Uprising in Germany
-The 18th Amendment and the beginning of Prohibition
-Mussolini founds the Fascist party
-The Bauhaus is founded in Weimar and issues its first manifesto


-The Lateran Treaty establishes the Vatican as an independent state in Italy
-The St. Valentine's Day Massacre in Chicago
-The first Academy Awards ceremony.
-The Stock Market Crash


-The Second World War in Europe started in September
-The Wizard of Oz was released
-Amelia Earhart disappears over the Pacific
-Art Kane's Batman appears in the comics,
-The Spanish Civil War ends in Falangist victory and Franco assuming power.
-Albert Einstein writes to President Roosevelt about Hitler's plans to develop an atomic bomb. This leads to the creation of the Manhattan Project.
-The first nylon stockings go on sale in Wilmington, Delaware.


-The Volkswagen beetle arrives in the USA.
-Communist forces enter Beizhing and Mao Zedong proclaims the People's Republic of China
-George Orwell's 1984 is published


-Fidel Castro overthrows the Batista government in Cuba.
-Charles de Gaulle elected President of the Fifth Republic of France
-Motown Records founded
-Pope John XXIII convenes the Second Vatican Council
-"The Day the Music Died," Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper perish in a plane crash in Iowa February 3rd
-"Barbie" makes her debut in toy stores.
-The Dalai Lama flees Tibet
-The first known death from HIV in the Congo
-pantyhose invented

-People walked on the moon.
-The gay and lesbian patrons of the Stonewall Bar rioted rather than face another police raid.
-The Beatles' last concert
-The first ATM machine installed in Rockville Center, NY.
-The Woodstock concert


-The Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia collapses; Pol Pot flees into the jungle near the Thai border.
-The Shah is overthrown, and the Islamic Republic of Iran founded
-The compact disc makes its public debut
-The Iran Hostage Crisis begins.

-The Berlin Wall came down as revolutions swept across eastern and central Europe; revolutions in Bulgaria, Hungary, and Poland; The Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia; the last Romanian Communist dictator, Nicolae Ceaucescu, dies in a violent revolution.
-A revolution in China ended in the Tienanmen Massacre.
-The Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska.


-The Euro makes its debut
-The Columbine Massacre

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