Jacque Cousteau's Lifetime events.

Jacque's Incredible Story

IN 1942, Cousteau designed a Aqua lung, an early breathing device. He then started reseaching a boat removed from the mines at the bottom of the sea, called Calypso. In 1960 Cousteau was an important part of the movement to prevent the dumping of French atomic waste into the mediterranean sea. This movement ended in a success.

Throughout cousteau's life he enjoyed the much recognation for his tirless support or ocean ecology. In 1959 he addressed the first World Oceanic Congress; an event that received widespread coverage and made its appearence on the cover of Time Magazine ine March 18, 1960. In april of 1961 Cousteau was awarded the National Geographic's Gold metal at a white house ceremony hosted by president John F. Kennedy. In 1966 Cousteau's first hour long television special "The World of Jacques-Yves Cousteau," was broadcast. The program's high ratings were important in landing Cousteau a contract with the American Broadcasting Company (ABC), which resulted in the series "The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau" in 1986. In 1975 he founded the Cousteau Society, an organization with branches in several countries like United States and Belgium.

In honor of his achievements, Cousteau received the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1985. In 1987 he inducted into television Academy's Hall of Fame, and later received the founder's award from the International Council of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. In 1988 the National Geographic Society honored him with its centennial Award, and in 1989 France admitted him membership in its prestigous academy.