Contemporary America 1970 - 2010

by Jake Williamson

1970

One cultural event of the 70s is the breaking up of the Beattles just before they released their last album "Let It Be"

1970

A social event of the 70s was the introduction of a new musical movement known as Punk

1972

One political event of the 70s was Nixon visiting China

1973

A economical event of the 70s was the oil embargo imposed on the United States by OPEC

1980

One cultural event of the 80s was the biggest coming together of people that watched "Who Shot J.R."

1983

One global event of the 80s was the discovery of AIDS

1983

A political event of the 80s was when Reagan announced the defense plan known as Star Wars

1987

An economic event of the 80s was when the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost almost 22% in a single day

1990

An economic event of the 90s was the recession that followed after "Black Monday"

1995

One global event of the 90s is the establishment of the "World Online Marketplace" known as eBay

1997

A cultural event of the 90s was the make up of the popular series, Harry Potter

1998

A political event of the 90s was the impeachment of President Clinton

2001

A global event of the 2000s is the attacks on the World Trade Center by "Al Qaeda operatives"

2003

A political event of the 2000s was the "Invasion of Iraq" which signaled the start of the Iraq war

2005

A economical event of the 2000s is when Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast of the U.S.

2008

A cultural event of the 2000s was the release of the IPhone