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Owen Pittman

My Top 10 People/Events

1900-1949

1. Wright Brothers Invent The Impossible

1. Wright Brothers Invent The Impossible

A. The Wright Brothers were the first people to make a successful flight in an airplane. This greatly impacted society because it allowed it allowed people to travel at higher speeds and go longer distances. B. When I grow up, I want to fly airplanes and without this invention, I would never be able to realize my dream. C. On average, 8 million people fly every day. Without these brothers, many people would not have an efficient way to travel to the places they need to go.

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2. The Brutal World War One Brought The Invention of The Tank

2. The Brutal World War One Brought The Invention of The Tank

A. The first tank was used in World War 1 during the Battle of Flers. The tank was an indestructible way to go about warfare and at the time, it was a revolutionary piece of technology that enemies did not know how to defend against. B. Tanks have an impact on me because in my opinion, they are the most safe way of ground transportation known to man. C. Tanks are very much still used today with the utilization of bulletproofing and extreme fire power technology being built into tanks.

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3. The Election Of Theodore Roosevelt

3. The Election Of Theodore Roosevelt

A. The Election of Theodore Roosevelt brought about many amazing changes for the United States of America. First, he was the youngest president to ever be elected at the time at the age of 42 years old. He was a very progressive president who wanted change in America. In his presidency, he was able to start to battle large corporations to get better pay for the working class, brought the US about as a world power and stopped our isolationist status quo, and finally established the National Park Service including National Forestry and National Lakeshores. B. I personally have visited 4 national parks in my lifetime. Without the work of this man, I would not be able to see the immense amount of natural beauty embedded within our great country. He saw this beauty and said we need to keep these redwood trees alive and, we need to save the animals in this area. I commend him for this action. C. 282 million people visit national parks each year and that's amazing. This man is responsible for preserving 85 million acres of land so that the American public can see the awesome landscape the US has to offer. Finally, he established the United States as the world power we are today and many nations still look to us to light the way.

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4. Scientists Achieve Nuclear Fission

4. Scientists Achieve Nuclear Fission

A. During the Manhattan Project, scientists realized they needed to achieve nuclear fission or the splitting of the atom in order to make a nuclear bomb. This was achieved by two scientists, J.D Cockroft and E.T.S Walton. This greatly affected the United States during World War 2 in the Pacific theatre. At the end of the war, the US used this technology to create the technology that we used against the Japanese to end the war. B. The splitting of the atom has a great effect on me because I love to hear about scientific breakthroughs and this is about as big as it gets. C. Many nations use this technology for good and for bad as a defence mechanism.

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5. Prohibition In the 1920's

5. Prohibition In the 1920's

A. Prohibition was created in the United States in order to create a society that was not affected by society. This began the practising of making moonshine and bootlegging. B. In the city of Detroit, where we all live, there was a gang called the purple gang was responsible for over a million bottles of alcohol at the bottom of the Detroit River. This has a direct effect on us because we have a primary source of law breaking about 20 minutes away. C. Prohibition overall did not work in the United States and we are reminded to never repeat the 18th amendment.

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6. The Dust Bowl of The 1930's

6. The Dust Bowl of The 1930's

A. The Dust Bowl took place in the Great Plains and drove families out of the once very profitable fertile soil that covered this region of America. The dust clouds during the Dust Bowl rose up to 10,000 ft. high and reached all the way as far as New York City. This terrible event nearly wiped out the agricultural industry in the United States and made many farmers lose all their money. B. To me, the Dust Bowl is very interesting because these immense dust clouds were able to travel thousands of miles and were the cause of uprooting many many families in the Great Plains. If I was in that situation, I would have been terrified. C. The Dust Bowl connects to present day because it educated farmers not to over-cultivate the soil. Since this realization, the United States agricultural system has been returned to normal.

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7. Piggly Wiggly, the First Self-Service Grocery Store

7. Piggly Wiggly, the First Self-Service Grocery Store

A. In 1916, The first self-serve grocery store opened in Memphis, Tennesee. For the first time ever, people were able to walk into the grocery store and get their own food instead of giving their order to the clerk. Not only did this save a lot of time, it made the store more money because people started buying more than just what they needed. Right off the bat, people loved Piggly Wiggly. B. I shop with my parents at self-service grocery stores at least once a week. We walk into the store and it takes about an hour and a half door to door. I expect that without the self-serve grocery stores, our weekly grocery trip would take much longer to accomplish. C. Almost every grocery store today is self-serve which saves time and money for the American public. Without this invention, I think it would be hard to find the time to get what people need.

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8. Chuck Breaks the Sound Barrier

8. Chuck Breaks the Sound Barrier

A. In 1947, Chuck Yeager accomplished the impossible. He went faster than the speed of sound in his Bell X-1 aircraft pictured above. This was an astonishing feat for the human race to travel at faster than 767.269 miles per hour. This greatly improved our defence mechanisms so that our country could reach new speeds against our enemies. B. This affects me greatly because I would like to become a pilot when I grow up someday. To travel faster than Mach-1 would be a dream come true and would not be possible without the courageous Chuck Yeager. C. Today, almost every countries defence systems use supersonic technology. Many companies including Boeing, NASA, and Airbus are working on a new supersonic civilian transport that could potentially fly London to New York in less than 2.5 hours. It would be amazing to see more advancements that started with Mr Yeager.

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9. The World's First Crossword Puzzle

9. The World's First Crossword Puzzle

A. In 1913, The World's first crossword puzzle was unveiled. Arthur Wynne, a writer for the New York World Newspaper, wanted to come up with a fun Christmas puzzle for his readers. He came up with a crossword puzzle and it was an instant success to his readers. After the first, he continued to write more every week. B. This is important to me because I do the Sunday crossword every week in the Times. It's an enjoyable experience for me because it's fun and relaxing. C. The first crossword was just a start because a crossword appears in every newspaper at least once a week from the Woodward Talk to the New York Times. Millions of Americans do these crosswords every week.

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10. The First Oreo Cookie

10. The First Oreo Cookie

A. The first oreo cookie was produced in 1912, a very satisfying change to society. The oreo was created by The National Biscuit Company, which is now known as Nabisco. The oreo was sold to a Hoboken Grocer and was instantly a success to the public eye except for the lemon meringue creme which was discontinued in 1920. The oreo also was deemed kosher in 1998 and many Jews around the world began enjoying. In my opinion, the most interesting thing about Oreos is that the creme to cookie ratio has never changed. It has and will always be 29 to 71 creme to cookie in the original oreo. It's interesting to see that they have introduced other ratios of creme to cook but they just don't seem to sell as well as the yummy original oreo. B. I eat oreos on occasion and I am very thankful that they were created because they make good money for the economy and they bring people joy all over the world. C. Oreos are a booming snack today and are still eaten everywhere. It's amazing how they have not changed and are still an adorned snack by the general public.

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