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How 100 Years Has Changed The World…

The most well educated and best prepared people all have one thing in common – they know their history…

We have all heard the saying “those who don’t know their history are doomed to repeat it” – well, that’s true. Take a moment to travel down memory lane with us and see how the world has changed starting with this incredible event…

1914…

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After the enthusiasm and celebration of a bright new century begins the joy and jubilation comes to a grounding halt as the world plunges into the first world War. Friends and distant relatives are set to fight each other to the death in the trenches of Europe.

On Christmas eve British Troops heard their enemies the Germans singing Christmas carols in their trenches. The Brits sang back. When dawn broke on Christmas day some German soldiers walked into no mans land unarmed and shouted Merry Christmas in English. The Brits joined them and exchanged presents in one of the most amazing war time events ever witnessed. But the good spirits would not last into the next year…

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1915… 

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Conditions in the trenches are atrocious and the reality has set in. Time is spent pondering when the day will come your sergeant orders you to go over the sandbags and run at the newly invented machine guns.

Failure to leave the trenches when ordered will result in your commander shooting you for disobeying an order. You pray the powers that be will agree to peace soon..

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1916…

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The war continues; but so does the spirit of American culture. In the face of great peril and loss worldwide; the Chicago Cubs walk out for the first time onto Weeghman Park ( later known as Wrigley Field ) on April 20th. After 11 innings the Cubs win against the Cincinnati Reds. A spirit of ferocity that would be needed more than ever in the coming year…


1917…

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America joins its ally Britain to fight in the trenches of Europe. Mothers and fathers, wives and sisters wave good bye to the enthusiastic young men who don’t fully understand what is waiting for them…

1918…

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After 4+ years of war and over 38 million casualties; the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month saw World War 1 officially come to an end. Germany signed an armistice and celebrations took place in the streets of America and all over the world…


1919…

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Prohibition comes to the United States in the form of the 18th Amendment. The transportation and sale of alcohol nationwide is banned. This causes mass crime waves and civil unrest as people are not allowed their freedom to drink alcohol. A lesson the current legislators against the war on drugs would soon forget. It will last until 1933 when it will become the only constitutional amendment to ever be repealed. The 19th Amendment was much more celebrated…

1920…

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It is August 18th, 1920 when the U.S Constitution was amended to allow women the right to vote. Women celebrated across the country and it will be considered a landmark victory for women’s rights. Hard work was paying off everywhere…


1921…

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Albert Einstein is awarded the Nobel Prize at 34 for his services on theoretical physics. His already accomplished career had not yet seen the limit of how his genius would shape the globe…


1922…

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With the roaring 20’s well underway; America celebrates a hero as the Lincoln Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C and becomes a symbolic center for the United States race relations. 1,000 miles away; two brothers in Kansas City, Missouri where about to change the world…


1923…

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An unknown 22 year old Kansas City animator Walt Disney and his brother Roy enjoy the attention brought by their short film “Alice’s Wonderland.” They move to Hollywood and continue making films. Over the next 93 years; the Walt Disney Company will become one of the largest mass media and entertainment conglomerate in the world…


1924…

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Ford Motor Company manufactured the ten millionth “Model T” automobile. The 20 Horse Power Model T has a top speed of 45 mph and many around the world credit Ford for bringing the affordable automobile “to the working class”…

1925…

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The leader of the National Socialist (Nazi) party Adolf Hitler publishes his autobiography- “Mien Kampf”. This book outlines his plan for Germany and his ideological views. The controversy and success of this literature plants the seeds for the rise of The Third Reich…

1926…

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Federal Radio Commission is spawned with support from Westinghouse, General Electric and RCA. The NBC radio network officially launches two dozen daily news radio stations spanning 19 cities. Within the next four years; there would be over 100 million radio sets in the United States…

1927…

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Philo Taylor Farnsworth; a young inventor who grew up without electricity – successfully demonstrates the worlds first “electronic television.” Stunning the city of San Francisco with his display and changing how the world would send and receive information forever…


1928…

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Amelia Earhart accepts an invitation to be a passenger on a plane called “Friendship” across the Atlantic Ocean. This makes her the first woman to cross the Atlantic. When she lands 20 hours later; President Coolidge personally calls her to offer congratulations and New York City throws a parade in her honor…


1929…

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Black Tuesday in October puts an end to the “roaring twenties”, catching almost everyone off guard and ushering in the Greatest Stock Market Crash the United States has ever seen. Known as the catalyst that set in motion the 12 year long Great Depression; over 30 billion dollars wiped out on just this one day…


1930…

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A man named Mohandas Gandhi, in an act of civil disobedience to protest the British Government, lead a small group of people to march over 240 miles. The march culminated at the sea; where demonstrators peacefully “made” salt with the saltwater – technically breaking the law. Gandhi and 80,000 others were arrested after acts of disobedience spread…


1931…

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Nevada legalizes gambling. Assembly Bill 98 passes and creates a brand new revenue for the state. Las Vegas becomes the U.S capital for gambling and an international tourist destination is born. By 2013; the state will bring in an incredible $230 million  per year in Casino revenue…


1932…

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American unemployment hits 24.1 % as many regular citizens are forced to live under diminished and harsh conditions. A change in the national political climate sees the landslide election of Franklin D Roosevelt and the Great Depression has now seen a worldwide impact…


1933…

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Hitler Becomes Chancellor of Germany on January 30, 1933 – just a few months before Teddy Roosevelt is Inaugurated as President of The United States on March 4, 1933. The United States has officially taken it’s currency off of the long held “Gold Standard” and begins relying solely on the Federal Reserve…


1934…

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United States Congress authorizes the creation of the FCC ( Federal Communications Commission ) to replace the previously created Federal Radio Commission in the role of regulating the radio waves…

1935…

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President Roosevelt signs the Social Security Act into law; securing assistance for the elderly, families with children and those unable to work. This system is financed with payroll taxes and lays the groundwork for the future United States welfare system…

1936…

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After re-electing Roosevelt for a second term, the United States completes construction on the Boulder Dam (re-named the “Hoover Dam” later in 1947) in Boulder, Nevada. This massive accomplishment costs over 100 lives of workers during the build; but the dam will continue generating electricity for the south-west well into the next century…

1937…

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The Hindenburg catches fire and falls 295 feet to the ground in New Jersey; killing 35 people. Radio reports began spreading and even though only 2,100 television sets were sold in England all year – newsreel coverage became a spectacle. Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) opens a Hollywood office and announces their intent to form an American Television Broadcast Network…

1938…

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As world population reaches over 2 billion people; Adolph Hitler re-draws the map of Europe with the Munich Agreement and is named Time magazine’s “Man of The Year”…

1939…

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Otto Frisch discovers nuclear fission; changing nuclear physics forever by making the possibility of an atom bomb a reality. Adolf Hitler’s Nazi invasion of Poland forces France and Britain to declare war on Germany and World War II begins…

1940…

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Benito Mussolini joins forces with Hitler to fight against France & Britain as the Nazis open a detention center for political prisoners called “Auschwitz” – where over a million people will be killed over the next 4 1/2 years…

1941…

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Japan launches a surprise attack on the United States; unleashing 353 aircraft over Hawaii bases and damaging all 8 of the U.S. Navy’s Battleships – sinking four of them. Over 2,400 people die – leading to widespread panic among Americans. Within 24 hours; President Roosevelt delivers a speech to Congress which is broadcast on radio – over 80 % of American households tune in to listen. Moments after the speech Congress decides in favor and America joins WWII…

1942…

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Executive order 9066 is signed by Roosevelt; calling for the immediate exclusion and internment of over 110,000 Japanese-Americans.

1943…

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The United States completes construction on the worlds “largest office building”- the Pentagon. World War II continues across the globe causing 6.7 million casualties so far and the Great Depression officially comes to an end…

1944…

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On “D-Day”; over 156,000 American, Canadian and British troops storm the beaches of Normandy, France. The Battle of Normandy lasts just under a month but before it is over; there are over 425,000 casualties…

1945…

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Adolf Hitler commits suicide in a bunker in Berlin and a week later, Nazi Germany surrenders to Allied Forces. President Harry S. Truman makes the decision to use nuclear weapons for the first time in history & the United States drops two Atomic Bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The effects of the blasts instantly vaporized 200,000 people; forcing Japan to surrender and ending WWII…

1946…

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Nuclear testing from Manhattan Project developed technology continues as the United States tests underwater nukes for the first time. “Baker” device is detonated at Bikini Atoll in “Operation Crossroads”; sinking the USS Saratoga…

1947…

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In the wake of WWII; The United States chooses to restructure the military and intelligence agencies; leading President Harry Truman to sign the National Security Act of 1947 and the formation of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)…

1948…

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NBC, CBS, ABC & DuMont launch the first “prime-time” broadcasts – seven days a week via 128 stations in the United States to the almost 6 million televisions now in American homes…

1949…

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United States, Canada and many Western European nations get together to form the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in order to provide security against growing threat of the Soviet Union…

1950…

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World population reaches 2.5 billion as President Truman orders American Military to aid in the Korean War. The technology of modern day computers had not yet arrived; but it was about to….

1951…

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As nuclear testing starts in Nevada; progress was being made in other places, too. The worlds first commercial computer, created by J. Presper Eckert and John Mauchly, is named “Univac 1” becomes available in the U.S…

1952…

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The worlds first hydrogen bomb is detonated by the U.S; named “Eniwetok atoll” and set off in the Pacific ocean; it fuels the growing arms race between The Soviet Union and The United States. The Cold War is well under way.

1953…

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After the success of the “Manhattan Project” the United States of America begins “Project MK Ultra”. The goal is to preform various experiments in interrogation, torture and mind control. The project will continue until 1966 and the public won’t be aware of it until 1973 – when Gerald Ford begins investigating the CIA…

1954…

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Seventeen million dollars worth of construction begins on Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Even though it is a huge project; it will be completed and have it’s Grand Opening within one year…

1955…

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United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower takes advantage of the growing popularity and availability of television broadcasting by giving the first presidential news conference to be filmed for TV…

1956…

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A 21 year old musician named Elvis Presley makes his first television appearance on the “The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show”. Over the next 46 years; he will go on to record 149 hit singles on the “Billboard Hot 100” and sell over a billion albums…

1957…

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Russia successfully launches the first artificial Earth satellite, “Sputnik 1”. This contributes to the rapid start of the space race…

1958…

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The United States launches “Vanguard 1” – the fourth artificial satellite to be launched into orbit. At the end of the century; there will be over 2,200…

1959…

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World population passes 3 billion people as a new psychological horror series called “The Twilight Zone” debuts on the CBS network…

1960…

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Over 90 % of homes in the U.S have a Television now – with over a hundred million TV set’s worldwide…

1961…

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During the ongoing Cold War; Communist German Authorities builds a stone wall over one night to separate West and East Berlin. Families are separated, employees can’t get to work and visitors are stuck. The USSR did this to stop the flood of 20,000 people fleeing communism every single day at the Berlin crossings.

1962…

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Amidst rising cold war activity; the Cuban Missile Crisis lasts 13 days and almost plunges the world into a full blown nuclear war. The final result is the creation of the nuclear hotline between the Soviet Union and the United States; but tensions remain high…

1963…

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The world is in shock as the 35th President of The United States is assassinated in public in Dallas, Texas. The entire story of what happened has yet to come to light but recent polls show over 50% of the American people believe the truth was covered up by American authorities.

1964…

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President Lyndon Johnson introduces America to the “A-11” – A jet aircraft capable of flying at over 2,000 mph and higher than 70,000 feet in the sky…

1965…

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America expands in Vietnam as “Operation Rolling Thunder” commences; starting a 3 1/2 year bombardment campaign on North Vietnam – it will be known as the most intense air and ground battle during the Cold War…

1966…

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Anti-War protests continue to spread across the United States; as protestors clash with police and with political opposition. Over 170,000 men had already been drafted by this time…

1967…

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Martin Luther King Jr speaks out about Vietnam; calling to action those who oppose the war. Racial tensions run high in the United States amid a break out of race riots and a week later; over 1 million people march in the streets of New York to protest the war in Vietnam…

1968…

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Martin Luther King Jr is shot and killed while standing outside of Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee and the nation erupts in outrage in absence of the Civil Rights Leader. MLK Jr’s wife; Coretta Scott King will later testify that after J.F.K’s assassination in 1963 her husband turned and said to her: “This is what is going to happen to me also. I keep telling you, this is a sick society.”…

1969…

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600 million people watched live on television as American Astronaut Neil Armstrong on board Apollo 11 becomes the first man to step foot on the moon’s surface. Costing an estimated 25 billion dollars; it will be one of the last times man steps foot on the moon…

1970…

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The Advanced Research Projects Agency Network ( ARPANET ) begins developing the foundations of what will soon become the internet. DARPA funds most of the project and it is largely contained within a select few universities…

1971…

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After meeting with the Federal Reserve in secret at Camp David, Nixon officially severs the tie between gold and the US dollar; cancelling the ability to exchange United States dollars for gold worldwide…

1972…

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The United States launches an unmanned NASA probe named “Mariner 9” to take pictures of Mars. In a few months “Mariner 9” will begin sending back a total of 7329 images of the red planet – the first the world has ever seen…

1973…

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As the US Dollar devalues by 10 % due to President Nixon’s changes to the financial system; over 1.5 billion people tune in to watch Elvis headline “Aloha from Hawaii” via satellite. This is more than twice the amount of people who watched the Apollo 11 moon landing…

1974…

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As world population passes 4 billion people; President of The United States Richard Nixon steps down in order to avoid impeachment procedures due to the “Watergate Scandal.” He would be pardoned by his successor; Gerald Ford…

1975…

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Celebrations across the world take place as after 20 years the war in Vietnam ends; following the capture of Saigon by the North Vietnamese Army – leading to the uniting of North and South Vietnam…

1976…

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Apple releases the “Apple 1” – their first personal computer. It is designed and hand built by Steve Wozniak – decades into the future, this prototype will be sold at auction for over $380,000…

1977…

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George Lucas’s “Star Wars” film is released in theaters for the first time. It will grow into one of the largest movie franchises in history…

1978…

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Serial Killer Ted Bundy is caught. Bundy is accused of murdering over 30 victims in the United States since 1961. After escaping custody twice and being caught twice; Bundy would be sentenced to death and executed after ten years of incarceration…

1979…

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Music Television Channel (MTV) premiers the first music video – “Video killed the radio star”; reaching the # 1 spot on 16 different billboard charts internationally and give birth to the “Music Video” era…

1980…

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Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington. It is the biggest volcanic eruption to occur in the United States in 65 years and results in 57 deaths…

1981…

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United States President Ronald Reagan is shot in the chest while leaving a labor meeting in Washington, D.C. – he survives the shooting and his attacker is later found “Not Guilty” due to insanity…

1982…

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A suicide bomber kills 63 people at The United States Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. This comes as a response to the U.S intervening in the Lebanese civil war and marks the beginning of a trend of islamic attacks on America…

1983…

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In Los Angeles; LAPD chief Daryl Gates pioneers the D.A.R.E ( Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program ) in local school systems. The program invites police officers into schools in the K – 12 grades to speak about the governments views on recreational drugs, gangs and other issues. It will grow to be taught in thousands of schools and 52 other countries…

1984…

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A new and highly addictive drug called “Crack Cocaine” explodes on the streets of the United States. It is known as the Crack Epidemic and as it sweeps America over the next four years – the homicide rate for black males between 14 -17 will more than double…

1985…

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WrestleMania I debuts as a pay-per-view event put on by the World Wrestling Federation in Madison Square Garden in New York. Just over 19,000 people attend the event and over 1 million people watch via closed-circuit television…

1986…

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Seven crew members aboard the space shuttle “Challenger” are killed as an o-ring seal in the right solid rocket booster fails – the spacecraft breaks apart just 73 seconds into flight. All American space shuttle flights will be grounded for the next 3 years…

1987…

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World population reaches 5 billion people as President Ronald Reagan speaks in West Berlin. In referring to the previously built Berlin Wall; He famously calls for the Soviet Union leader ( Mikhail Gorbachev ) to “Tear down this wall”…

1988…

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Former Director of the CIA and Republican George H.W Bush is elected as Americas 41st President. It is the first time a Vice President is elected president since 1836…

1989…

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Following civil unrest and a drunken blunder by a soviet spokesman; Germany announces that West and East Germany can now visit each other. Germans from both sides crowd the wall and climb over in a celebration that culminates in the destruction of the wall…

1990…

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Computer Scientist Tim Berners-Lee invents the World Wide Web while working for CERN in Switzerland, forever changing the way the world will share information…

1991…

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Tim Berners-Lee’s World Wide Web quickly goes live to the world and the Cold War comes to an end as the Soviet Union collapses. The result is an impressive nuclear arsenal built up to defend the country against an enemy that no longer exists…

1992…

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After efforts to enforce a warrant on American Randy Weaver do not work; an event known as “Ruby Ridge Siege” took place in Idaho. The eleven day stand off was televised and concluded only after 3 people had been killed…

1993…

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A compound ranch belonging to religious group “Branch Davidians” comes under siege at the initiation of the FBI; led by the American Federal Government and the U.S. Military. It lasts several months and concludes with 76 people dying after the building was set on fire…

1994…

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President Bill Clinton gives his first State of The Union speech, calling for a ban on assault rifles. Later this year he will sign the Federal Assault Weapons Ban – prohibiting the manufacture for civilian use of semi-automatic firearms…

1995…

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Timothy McVeah; motivated by the events of Ruby Ridge, The Waco Siege and what he considers an unfair response from the government, commits the Oklahoma City Bombing. The blast kills 168 people…

1996…

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On Christmas night in Boulder, Colorado; Six year old JonBenet Ramsey is murdered in her family’s basement. It is 8 hours before her body is found; her 9 year old brother was a suspect for two years as the case plays out in the media but her murder will go unsolved…

1997…

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The Princess of Wales; Diana Frances is killed in a car accident that shocks the world. The media believes it may be due to aggravated chasing from paparazzi; but a court later determines that the driver of her car was drunk…

1998…

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President Bill Clinton is impeached after committing perjury; resulting from a lie he told to the United States in a televised speech- “I did not have sexual relations with that woman”. Clinton is disbarred from presenting any legal cases before the Supreme Court & will be accused in the future of sexual misconduct on three different occasions…

1999…

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The population of the world reaches 6 billion as a high school in Columbine, Colorado experiences a school shooting that leaves 22 dead. Highly televised and sparking many debates across the country about firearms and anti-depressants; the outcome is that school’s adopt “zero tolerance” policies…

2000…

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Just a few days into the new millennium; members of Al-Qaeda meet at the “2000 al-Qaeda Summit” in Malaysia to discuss plans for future attacks on the United States. Their efforts to cause mass violence will be successful…

2001…

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In perhaps the most influential event since president J.F.K had been assassinated; the United States of America is subject to several attacks at the same time by Islamic terrorists. The U.S responds by launching the “War on Terror”, creating the “Patriot Act” and founding the “TSA”…

2002…

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NASA’s Mars orbiter – the “2001 Mars Odyssey” begins mapping the surface of Mars to determine if there is any evidence of life. Before the decade is out; it will break the record for longest space craft orbiting Mars…

2003…

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The Iraq war begins with the United States invading the country in order to topple the regime of Saddam Hussein. It is warranted in the context of “declared war against international terrorism and its sponsors” and ordered by George W. Bush. It will last nearly ten years…

2004…

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Indonesia experiences a violent undersea megathrust earthquake that triggers devastating tsunamis on the coasts of the Indian Ocean. 230,000 to 280,000 people throughout 14 countries were killed and the waves are 30 feet high…

2005…

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The Gulf Coast is hit with “Hurricane Katrina” – a category 5 hurricane that takes the lives of 1,245 people and causes well over 108 billion dollars in damage. Many parts of the southern coast become immobile for weeks at a time; guns are confiscated in New Orleans under state of emergency as FEMA is criticized for it’s handling of the event…

2006…

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The 2006 Lebanon War was between primarily Hezbollah paramilitary forces and the Israel Defense Forces. It lasts about a month, resulting in the death of 1,200 Lebanese people and is ended when Israel removes their Naval blockade.

2007…

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After a high tension presidential election in Kenya; riots erupt in Mombasa as Mwai Kibaki wins the election and politics turn into a humanitarian crisis – over 1,000 people die…

2008…

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Financial Crisis threatens the global economy as stock markets plunge. Rising food prices trigger riots in third world countries as an earthquake measuring 7.9 in Sichuan, China kills 87,000 people…

2009…

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The United States elects it’s first ever African-American President; Barack Obama. He will attempt to fix the financial system with a massive stimulus plan that will lead to the weakest post war recovery and be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize within one year…

2010…

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The Deepwater Horizon, an ultra-deep water semi-submersible drilling rig owned by BP, has a blowout that causes an explosion on the rig – killing 11 crew members and making a fireball that was visible 40 miles away. After two days; the oil rig sinks and leaves an underwater well spilling well over 210 million gallons of oil…

2011…

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Osama Bin Laden, the number one wanted terrorist in the world who is largely considered the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks, is shot and killed at his home in Pakistan by a member of United State’s Seal Team 6. The world and The United States particularly, celebrate…

2012…

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President Barack Obama signs the “2012 NDAA” ( National Defense Authorization Act) authorizing “the indefinite military detention of persons the government suspects of involvement in Terrorism, including US citizens arrested on American soil”.

2013…

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Former CIA employee who worked for the NSA, Edward Snowden, comes forth as the source of the recent leaks of information to the American public via whistleblower site “Wiki-leaks”. The information leaked regarding surveillance of the public in the name of national security, and sparks public debate…

2014…

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Radical Islamic terrorist group, ISIS formerly declare an Islamic state called a caliphate and demands allegiance. Known for public displays of murder and violence; they continue to attack the United States and others…

2015…

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Charleston, South Carolina is shaken when a racially motivated mass shooting takes place at The Charleston Church; leaving 9 people dead. The confederate flag becomes a subject of public debate on race and hate crimes; leading to a nationwide effort to ban the flag from public places…

2016…

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49 people are killed and 58 others are wounded in the deadliest terror attack on US soil since 9/11 when a gunman enters “Pulse” Nightclub in Orlando, Florida and opens fire on everyone…

2017…

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After a heated presidential campaign in the U.S that heavily divided the country; President Donald Trump is elected in a landslide electoral college victory. It signifies the nations desire to move in a new direction away from globalism. He vows in his inauguration speech to “Make America Great Again”…