Remark: This decade was marked with many deceptions and lies.
1921-1930: The first radio transmission of a baseball game is broadcast in Pittsburgh. A fire purportedly started by foreign military kills 100,000 people in Smyrna, Greece. The Walt Disney Company is founded. Stalinist “purges” begin in the Soviet Union resulting in the murdering of multi millions of Russians. High school teacher John Scopes is arrested for teaching Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. The League of Nations abolishes worldwide slavery. An 8.6 magnitude earthquake kills 200,000 people in China. Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin. The New York Wall Street stock market crashes. “The Great Depression” in the United States begins. Uruguay plays against Argentina to win the first World Soccer Cup. 3
Remark: During this decade more people were beginning to agree with Communism.
1931-1940: The Empire State building, the tallest building in the world for forty years, is completed. The infant son of aviator Charles Lindbergh is kidnapped causing a three year sensationalistic media frenzy. Adolf Hitler becomes dictator of Germany. The Long March of the Chinese communists begins. Parker Brothers releases the board game Monopoly. The British Broadcasting Corporation launches the world’s first high definition television transmissions. The Spanish Civil War begins. The Jewish Holocaust begins with Kristallnacht. World War II begins. The carbon 14 dating method is discovered. Italy plays against Hungary to win the World Soccer Cup. 4
Remark: This time period represented ten years of depression, diversions, and distractions.
1941-1950: The United States enters World War II. The first nuclear chain reaction occurred as part of The Manhattan Project. The first in vitro fertilization of a human being occurs. The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the United States, ends World War II. The United Nations is founded. Eastern Europe is turned over to the Communists as part of the negotiations at the Yalta conference. The United States Supreme Court rules that religious education in the public schools violates the United States Constitution. George Orwell’s (Eric Blair’s) prophetic book 1984 is published. The Korean War between the United States, South Korea, and North Korea begins. Uruguay plays against Brazil to win the World Soccer Cup. 5
Remark: Fear and trepidation, in most of the population of people most likely marked this era.
1951-1957: The first hydrogen bomb is detonated by the United States on Eniwetok Atoll. Sputnik I, the first satellite is launched by the Soviet Union. The war with North Korea ends. Jonas Salk discovers a vaccine to prevent polio. Abortion is approved for all of the Communist bloc nations of Eastern Europe with the exception of Albania. The Vietnam War begins. The African American civil rights movement begins. Hungary revolts against the Soviet Communists. Senator Joseph McCarthy, who exposed Communists in authority positions in the United States, dies. West Germany plays against Hungary to win the World Soccer Cup. 6