A. Can you imagine a life where there is no air conditioning? It's one of those "little" things we take for granted. But can you imagine, in good 'ol July, you have to put ice cubes down your shirt to cool down? But in 1902, 25-year-old Willis Carrier invented our beloved source of cool. He started "The Carrier Corporation", a air conditioning company. But as late 1965, only 10% of America had one of these awesome contraptions in their home. People in the south made due by sleeping on the porch or putting their underwear in the icebox. But by 2007, the number had risen to 86%. B. This impacts me because thanks to Willis Carrier, I have an air conditioner - and I love it! C. This impacts America because practically every household has one of these magnificent contraptions. And what would our lives be without it?
A. The Model T changed the way Americans live. It was the first car to be affordable by the average American. More than 15 million cars were produced. The Model T was made by the Ford motor company from 1908 to 1927. They worked for everyone, and everyone could work with them. Ford was also the first company to use the assembly line, which the Model T's founder, Henry Ford, invented. Ford was famous for saying about his cars "A costumer can have his car painted any color he wants, as long as it's black." B. This impacts me because if Henry Ford had not invented the car, I would have to ride a horse every where or walk - imagine! C. This impacts the WORLD, because now everyone can afford the best transportation out there - the wonderful, magnificent, automobile!
A. In 1903, near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Wilbur and Orville Wright made the first successful flight by man. These brothers did not attend college, but they had a very technological mind, and achieved greatness. Soon, they owned their own bicycle shop, and the experience making bikes, combined with the profits from their various jobs, allowed them to actively pursue their dream of building the first successful airplane. B. This is impacts me because if it hadn't been for Orville and Wilbur Wright, I would have never seen the places I have seen today. It would be so much harder to travel. C. This impacts our nation because the Wright brother's invention changed the world as we know it. We would not be able to transport troops to battle over seas as easily. We would not be able to travel like we normally do. These amazing brothers changed the flying world - and made some birds jealous in the process.
A. The Great Depression lasted from 1929 to 1939, and was the worst economic turn down in the history of the industrial world. It started after the stock market crash of October 1929, which sent the country in panic. Over the next several years, consumer values dropped drastically, and companies let go of many workers, if they didn't close. By 1933, when the Great Depression reached its lowest point, more than 15 million Americans were out of work and nearly half of the country's banks had failed. B. This impacts me because I found it interesting because it shocked me how drastically and fast the economy fell. C. This impacted America greatly. Now we know how to protect our self from this happening again. Like usual, we learned from our mistakes.
A. Bonnie Parker met Clyde Barrow in Texas when she was 19 years old and her husband was spending time in jail for murder. Clyde was imprisoned for robbery shortly after they met. Bonnie visited him every day, and smuggled him a gun, and he escaped. He was caught again, however. When he was released in 1932, he and Bonnie hooked up and the couple started a life of crime together. They were known across the country for their robberies and murders - but also for how romantic they were. They were one of the most romantic couples in the country, strangely. The police almost caught them twice in 1933, but they escaped. But May 23, 1934, the couple was shot to death when police men jumped out of the bushes, catching them red handed in one of their many, many, crimes. B. I find this interesting because it shocks me that it was so hard to find them. That one lucky break, and they were dead. I just find it very interesting. C. This impacted our nation because now we view murderers and thieves differently than we had before this strange, romantic, killing couple.
A. On July 6th, 1928, in Chillicothe Missouri, Otto Rohwedder invented one of the most popular foods today - sliced bread. It did not happen without any challenges, however. His factory burned down, destroying not only his blueprints but his dreams. And many of his workers didn't believe that it would work - who needed their bread pre-sliced? But even though people did not believe his bread would sell, it did. And it changed the bread world as we know it. B. This impacts me because I thought it was interesting. Who thought it would be smart to pre-cut people's bread? And why was it not thought of before? C. This impacted our nation because it was something new. It was something that changed America's lunch time. It may not seem like much, but if these small things suddenly just went away, we would miss them.
A. Walt Disney's first cartoon stared "Oswald the Lucky Rabbit". But then, in 1917, a new character was born, outshining Oswald. Every one loved (and still loves) Mickey Mouse. It was the first of its kind with its clear pictures and sound. It changed entertainment as we knew it. B. This is interesting to me because I love Mickey Mouse, and wanted to know more about his birth. C. This impacted America a lot because it changed entertainment as we knew it. Now all of our cartoons have sound. And Mickey is such an iconic figure - his face is even more popular than Santa Claus.
A. On September 6th, 1916, the first Piggly Wiggly opened in Memphis, Tennessee. Today, the store has over 530 chain in over 17 states. Before Piggly Wigglys, you would have to tell a worker what you wanted and they would fetch it for you. But the Piggly Wiggly was something new. It was the first self serve grocery store not unlike the ones today. When the first one opened, the founder, Clarence Saunders, held a beauty pageant to announce the opening. He shook everyone's hands and gave children balloons and flowers as they entered. A great brass band performed in the lobby. When people thought of Piggly Wiggly, they thought it was bizarre and new - but that was a good thing. B. This was interesting to me because I have been to a Piggly Wiggly before. There was a plaque on the wall describing its history. I wanted to know more. C. This was a new break through in America. Think - with all things on your shopping list, you would be at the store forever if someone else had to find it all for you. Saunders did us all a favor.
A. On April 25th, 1901, New York Governor Benjamin Odell Jr. signed into law a bill requiring owners of motor vehicles to register with the state. It required these people to create what we know as license plates. But back then, they were just scraps of metal, wood, or leather with just the initials of the vehicle's owner and their home. This changed america for the better because now we can just look at a car's license plate, and report them or call for help, depending on the situation. B. I researched this because I thought it was interesting. I wanted to know who thought that it would be a good idea and why we didn't have them before. C. This impacts our nation today because when we see someone rob a bank and get into a car, we can tell the authorities who they are. I think that these scraps of metal do our nation a good job.
A. The Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 was the deadliest pandemic in history. It killed one third of the word's population, including 675,000 Americans. At this time, there was no vaccines or medicines to kill of the bacteria. People were ordered to wear masks, and public areas such as schools, theaters, and businesses were shuttered. More soldiers died in 1918 from the flu than in battle. B. I find this interesting because it's amazing how many people were affected by this illness. Everyone in the world knew someone who had suffered or died from the Spanish Flu. I find it surprising that there was nothing, absolutely NOTHING we could do about it. C. Now, thanks to this phenomena, we can stop these illnesses. Like always, we learned from our mistakes.