When Piggly Wiggly was first established in 1916, it forever changed America. Piggly was the first store to have checkout stands, shopping carts, to price every item in the store. If this sounds familiar, recall practically every store you've ever been in. Piggly Wiggly kick started most of the mainstream conventional stores we know today. I personally find this interesting to know how something so relevant in our daily lives started off over 100 years ago.
The Dust Bowl greatly impacted America. It crushed the already crippled economic state the country was in. Dust storms reigned ramaged and countless people migrated to find homes elsewhere. This is relevent to today because it teaches us how to correctly care for our soil and to treat the econamy better. This strings back to me because back in sixth grade I did a little project on the dust bowl, read a book in verse about it and watched a documentary.
During 1937, Amelia Earheart disapears over the Pacific. This is Pivital to the US because a legend went missing and was greatly missed. Amelia broke the female altitude record and was the first woman to fly over the Atlantic. Her acheivements still inspire people today and she is a wonderful role model to woman pushing to show they can and will be heard in this world. It is relevent to me because I have discovered an early facination with flying ever since I was really young, and yet it is sad to hear of Amelia's disapearance, it is nice to hear that her memory lives on.
The Spanish Influenza Epidemic kicked off at the end of WW1. Half of the US soldiers fell to it rather then the enemy. One fifth of the worlds population was infected and It is estimated that it killed somewhere between 20 - 40 million people. (it is hard to tell exactly because of WW1) By the summer of 1919, all of the infectants have either died or become immune. This is important to present day because it helps us realize how important finding cures to viruses are and how deadly they can be if they go unchecked. This is relevant to me because I take interest in viruses and it is intriguing to me how many lives the Spanish influenza took before it was put under check.
The discovery of King Tutankhamen's tomb was a pivotal point in US history because it sparked an excitement for Ancient Egyptian artifacts. Americans and other nationalities flocked to Egypt hoping to make similar finding but none were successful. Now, King Tut's golden face is a celebrity amongst both child and adult alike. People still flock around the globe to see Egyptian mummies and artifacts. I find this particularly interesting because I love learning about how Ancient History was first discovered and because Ancient Egypt has always fascinated me.
Albert Einstein determined that massive objects cause a distortion in space-time, which is felt as gravity. This was a major breakthrough in worldly science. Because of Einsteins's discovery we have been able to further our understanding of science. Now we know that nothing can travel faster then the speed of light. Also thanks to the equation E=MC2 we know that energy and mass are related. I find these theories very interesting and wonder how he first came to the conclusion. Einstein is definitely a role model for me and I'm glad to see so much impact he's had on the world.
China becoming Communist is a piovtal point in US history. At the time, China was in the midst of a rebelion. Their leader, Mao Zedong declared the creation of the People's Republic of China (PRC) which lead to a big fight between its two major parties. When China switched to Communism the US stopped all conections with the PRC. Now, China is still Communist but the US still makes trades with them. This relates back to me because I find the different types of Government intriguing.
Al Capone was sentenced to jail for 11 years and fined 80,000 dollars. This was a pivotal point in US history because one of Chicago's famous mobsters was inprisioned. This relates back to myself because I've been to Chicago recently so it makes it more intresting for me.
Who hasn't heard the saying “the greatest thing since sliced bread"? Sliced bread was first commercially distributed through Missouri in 1928. While most bakers threw it off as a fad, sliced bread quickly spread through the US and is still widely popular. I find it so cool that commonly used today was invented nearly 100 years ago,
It made big news when Teddy Rosevelt, a big game hunter, refused to shoot a cornered bear, claiming it was unsportsmanlike. Soon, people were making little bear dolls named affectiontly Teddy's Bear which now got shortened into just Teddy Bears. Now, the word teddy bear is a household name and most children have one. It is always facinating to hear that the little iconic bear was named after our President. I chose this one because I too have had at least one Teddy Bear over the course of my childhood. One of my first and favorite is a fuzzy and brown one with a music box in it.