1932 The Lindbergh baby is kidnapped
1936 The Hoover Dam ( Boulder Dam ) is completed
1941 Nashville, Tennessee becomes the home of the very first FM radio station
1961 President John F. Kennedy establishes the Peace Corps
1971 The radical left organization Weather Underground / Weatherman bomb the United States Capitol
2005 Dennis Rader, accused of leading a double life as the BTK ( Bind, Torture and Kill, ) serial killer, was charged in Wichita, Kan
1917 Czar Nicholas II Abdicates
1933 The Original King Kong movie has its world premiere in New York
1949 First automatic street lights are installed in New Milford, Connecticut
1965 Operation Rolling Thunder begins Vietnam
1965 Movie version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "The Sound of Music" starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer in the lead roles has its world premiere in New York.
1969 British / French joint project, Concorde, has it's maiden flight
2008 Dmitry Medvedev wins the Russian presidential election
1923 The first issue of the weekly periodical, "TIME" appeared on newsstands
1952 Communist Teachers Banned From Public Schools
1991 Rodney King Beating In Los Angeles
1902 Triple AAA Founded
1933 Franklin D. Roosevelt inaugurated as the 32nd president of the United States
1933 U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt announced a four-day "bank holiday"
1956 US Supreme Court upholds a ban on racial segregation in state schools, colleges and universities
1966 A BOAC British Boeing 707 crashed on Mount Fuji, Japan
2004 Martha Stewart is convicted of the felony of obstructing justice
2008 Brett Favre ( 38 ) the quarterback for the Green Bay Packers announced his retirement.
1899 The Patent Office in Berlin registers Aspirin Patent
1936 The sleek new prototype (K5054) for what would become the Spitfire Fighter Aircraft takes off on its maiden flight
1951 The Rosenberg Trial Starts
1957 Ghana gains it's independence from Britain
1987 The British ferry, the Herald of Free Enterprise, capsized after leaving Zeebrugges
2007 Lewis ( Scooter ) Libby former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney is convicted
1876 Alexander Graham Bell receives a patent for his revolutionary new invention the telephone
1932 The Communist Party of America host a "March on Hunger"
1965 Civil Rights March Alabama attacked by Troopers with night sticks
1988 IRA gang shot dead in Gibraltar.
2007 The British House of Lords becomes 100% elected.
1917 The Russian Revolution Starts
1936 Daytona Car Racing Begins
1969 The Pontiac Firebird Trans Am the epitome of the American muscle car is introduced.
1959 Barbie doll makes debut at the American Toy Fair in New York
1974 Work on the 800 mile long Alaska Oil pipeline connecting oil fields in northern Alaska to the sea port at Valdez begins.
2004 John Allen Muhammad was sentenced to death in Virginia ( Beltway Sniper Attacks )
1945 B-29 fighter planes firebombed Tokyo
1959 Dalai Lama forced to flee to India who granted him political asylum.
1964 The first Ford Mustang is manufactured ready for release on April 16.
1918 Influenza Epidemic Begins in Fort Riley, Kansas
1931 The work on the Boulder Dam Begins
1977 Film director Roman Polanski is charged with four charges including rape, sodomy, child molestation and giving drugs to a minor
1912 Girl Scouts of America Founded
1928 St. Francis dam burst flooding into the San Francisquito Canyon in California
1930 Mahatma Gandhi and his followers begin March Against Tax On Salt
1933 President Roosevelt gives his first " fireside chat " radio broadcast
1938 German has forcibly "recruited" Austria to support the Third Reich
1945 Anne Frank, died at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp from Typhus
2003 Elizabeth Smart Found Alive and well
1925 The Butler Act becomes law
1936 Work on the Boulder Dam is completed
1969 The Love Bug, a popular Disney movie, was released
1996 Dunblane Massacre in kindergarten in Scotland
1940 Hitler and Mussolini meet and agree to fight together in war against France and Britain
2010 Drug Gangs Fighting increases over Territory in Mexico
1919 The American Legion has it's first meeting
1938 Jews Not Allowed To Vote In Germany
1956 The musical "My Fair Lady" opened on Broadway
1964 Actress Elizabeth Taylor and actor Richard Burton marry for the first time
1998 The Movie Titanic surpassed Star Wars to become the highest grossing film in North American box offices.
We spent many hours researching cost of living information for each year and I created this page after being asked a number of times about why I did not include current prices alongside our cost of living information for each year and thought this was the easiest way to make the information available. Includes Average Cost of New Home, Average Wages, New Car cost, Gallon of Gas, and a 1 lb Hamburger Meat, 1920 to 2021.Farm Stake Tonka Truck
1998 Rwanda began mass trials for the country's 1994 genocide of the hundreds of thousands of ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutu sympathizers
2005 Scott Peterson is sent to death row for the slaying of his pregnant wife, Laci Peterson.
1931 Nevada Legalizes Gambling
1949 The first car with a Porsche badge ( Porsche 356 ) is shown at International Automobile Show in Geneva
1969 Golda Meir becomes first female Prime Minister of Israel
1980 John Wayne Gacy Jr. ( also known as The Killer Clown ) found guilty of the murders of 33 boys and young men
2001 The Eden Project opens in England It is the worlds largest greenhouse
1925 Tri-state tornados strikes Missouri, Illinois and Indiana
1965 Soviet cosmonaut known as Lt. Col. Alexei Leonov Becomes First Man to walk in space
1967 The tanker "Torrey Canyon" runs aground on rocks between Land's End and the Scilly Isles
2005 Doctors in Florida, acting on orders of a state judge, removed Terri Schiavo's feeding tube. (She died 13 days later).
1916 The first use of air combat by the US when Eight Curtiss "Jenny" planes of the First Aero Squadron are used in support for the 7,000 U.S. troops who invaded Mexico to capture Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa .
1918 The US Congress approves daylight-saving time.
1932 Sydney Harbor Bridge Opens
1953 The Academy Awards was televised for the first time with Bob Hope as the host.
1982 50 Argentines land at Leith Harbour, on South Georgia a British colony of the Falkland Islands
1987 Televangelist Jim Bakker resigned Over Sex Scandal
2001 California officials order the first of a further two days of rolling blackouts.
2003 President George W. Bush addresses the nation via live television and announces that Operation Iraqi Freedom has begun
2008 Fidel Castro steps down in Cuba
1922 The US Postmaster General orders all homes to get mailboxes
1995 Sarin Gas Terrorist Attack with sarin gas Japanese Subway
1945 Allied bombers began four days of heavy raids over Germany prior to Allied Forces capture
1960 Sharpeville Massacre in South Africa
1963 Alcatraz federal penitentiary known as "The Rock" Closes
1981 Prince Charles and Diana Wedding
1933 3.2% Beer And Wine Sales Made Legal when Bill signed by President Roosevelt
1963 The Beatles' first album, "Please Please Me," is released in England
1972 The Equal Rights Amendment Passed By U.S. Senate and sent to the states for ratification.
1919 Benito Mussolini establishes the Fascist Party in Italy
1956 The Islamic Republic of Pakistan becomes an independent republic
1983 President Ronald Reagan proposes Strategic Defense Initiative
2001 Mir Space Station Ends 15 yrs in space
2010 The House passes the healthcare reform bill and is signed into law by President Obama
1900 Work on the New York subway begins
1973 Pink Floyd release the album "Dark Side of the Moon"
1978 The tanker Amoco Cadiz splits in two off the coast of France
1989 The Exxon Valdez, ran aground on a reef and ripped holes in its hull, spilling crude oil into Alaska's Prince William Sound.
1998 Middle School Murders Jonesboro, Arkansas.
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From 1920s Appliances Page
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I included this Frigidaire Electric as the final Electric Item from the Twenties as it was significant in many ways 1. It was made by General Motors not General Electric. 2. The cost was pretty high and I suspect out of most people's reach and 3. It was sold by a dedicated salesman who visited your home rather than through a shop etc.
1957 France, West Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg sign the treaty in Rome establishing the European Economic Community (EEC)
1965 The Alabama Freedom March from Selma to Montgomery
2006 Rallies for immigrants held in Multiple US Cities
1953 Dr. Jonas E. Salk, announced Polio Vaccine Success
1958 Great Chinese Famine Begins Lasted 3 years
1964 The musical 'Funny Girl' starring Barbra Streisand Opens On Broadway
1979 Camp David Peace Treaty Signed Between Egypt's Anwar Sadat and Israel's Menachem Begin
1982 Groundbreaking ceremonies took place in Washington, D.C., for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
1997 Heaven's Gate Cult Suicides California
1999 Dr. Jack Kevorkian, was found guilty of second-degree murder
2000 Vladimir Putin was elected president of Russia.
1909 First Fingerprint Evidence Used in Murder Case
1964 "Good Friday Earthquake," Alaska
1980 Mount St. Helens Erupts
1998 The FDA approves the drug Viagra for use against impotence in men.
1930 City of Constantinople name is changed to Istanbul
1939 Spanish civil war ends with control by General Francisco Franco
1942 The Smalll Island Country of Malta awarded the George Cross Medal for Bravery
1979 Three Mile Island Nuclear Disaster
2001 California Electricity Price Increase 46%
1943 Rationing of meat, cheese, butter and cooking oils goes into effect in US
1951 Rosenbergs found guilty of conspiracy to commit espionage
1951 The 23rd Amendment to the Constitution is ratified
1971 Charles Manson and three of his followers receive the death penalty
1981 first London Marathon organised by Chris Brasher is run
2010 Suicide bombs on the Moscow Metro
1867 U.S.A. Buys Alaska for $7.2 million
1909 The Queensboro Bridge also known as the 59th Street Bridge Opens
1964 The Beatles have 10 hits on Billboard's Hot 100 at the same time
2002 The British Queen Mother Dies
1943 The musical "Oklahoma!" debuts on Broadway
1949 Newfoundland and Labrador entered the Canadian confederation as the 10th province
1951 The first commercially built U.S. computer The UNIVAC I sold
1959 The spiritual leader of Tibet, the Dalai Lama, crosses the border into India seeking asylum
1990 100,000 people take to the streets in Poll Tax Demonstrations in England
2005 Terri Schiavo, the center of the most heavily litigated right-to-die dispute in U.S. history, died