Alexis' Top Ten
The most important events in American history
Release of "What a Wonderful World" (Oct. 18, 1967)
Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World" became a popular hit when it was released. Armstrong became an icon for African Americans especially during the Harlem Renaissance Movement. Personally, this song represents my grandparents due to the lyrics and by the fact that my grandpa used it at my grandma's memorial service.
What a wonderful world - LOUIS ARMSTRONG.
Publication of The Hobbit in the USA (Spring of 1938)
The Hobbit is the prequel to the fantastical Lord of the Rings trilogy. The Hobbit marks the beginning of an epic that stretches the limits of imagination and fantasy. The Hobbit is one of my favorite books and it is what helped me expand my imagination and creativity.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - HD 'Bilbo Baggins Hates' Clip - Official Warner Bros. UK
Star Wars Episode 4 (May 25, 1977)
The original first episode of the Star Wars trilogy was the beginning of a journey of Sci-fi and fantasy. My dad has the boxed set from when the films were remastered in the 90's, therefore it was a big part of me growing up. I don't think I would have been as interested in science fiction if I didn't grow up with Star Wars.
These Are The Droids You're Looking For Star Wars
Sega Genesis released in the USA (August 14, 1989)
The Sega Genesis is a Japanese game console that was released in the United States a year after it was released in Japan. The first video game I've ever played was Sonic 2, which influenced my opinion on video game playing and such like it.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Sega Genesis / Mega Drive) - Retro Video Game Commercial / Ad
Election of Lyndon B. Johnson (November 22, 1963)
Due to LBJ's previous terms as a senate member, he knew where all of the skeletons were buried in the Senate. He was a very forceful president, but in a good way. Lyndon B. Johnson is one of my favorite presidents, especially since he pushed for the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Excerpt: LBJ's Voting Rights Speech "The American Promise"
Women in the Air Force (1948)
During the Second World War, women were allowed into the Air Force in order to supply women with limited roles in the military. This proved to be a huge step towards gender equality. Personally, I wish to be a part of the military, especially the Air Force, and the WAF makes that possible.
Heart of Flying: Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II
Establishment of the Motion Picture Association of America (1922)
The Motion Picture Association of America was the beginning of the massive movie franchise of America. The fact that it is still here today shows how dependent America is on the film business. I, particularly, love movies and it makes me glad to be an American.
Motion Picture Association of America logo 2000
First Amendment (Dec. 15, 1791)
The First Amendment not only ensures freedom of speech but also freedom of religion. If I didn't have the chance to be able to peacefully speak my mind, I don't think I'd be able to live here. Also, I'm not religious so I appreciate not having a religion forced upon me.
Civil Rights Act of 1964 (July 2, 1964)
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was one of the significant points in the Civil Rights Movement because it showed that the federal government sided with racial equality. Personally, I'm not big on strong central government, but this renewed my hope in the government.
LBJ signs Civil Rights Act of 1964
Battle of Gettysburg (July 1-3, 1863)
The death and carnage of the Battle of Gettysburg was the reason why Lincoln announced his Emancipation Proclamation without this event, there also wouldn't have been such a rush to end the Civil War.
Gettysburg 150th Reenactment First Person POV (BGA)