1945 World War II ends; 1946 Frozen french-fried potatoes introduced; Automatic espresso coffeemaker patented; National School Lunch Act passed;
1947 First commercial microwave oven introduced; Jackie Robinson signed by Brooklyn Dodgers; First aerosol food product marketed (Reddi-Whip); Sugar rationing ends; Global airline service inaugurated (Pan American); First successful supersonic aircraft flight (Charles Yeager);
1948 Berlin blockaded by Soviets; 4,500 tons of food airlifted daily; McDonald brothers franchise their name; Marshall Plan authorized; Polaroid camera invented; Term Cold War first used;
1949 Boxed cake mixes introduced; NATO formed; First non-stop flight around the world; Berlin blockade lifted;
1950 commercial introduction of cyclamates as artificial sweetener; Korean War begins.
1951 First commercial color television broadcast; First insect control through irradiation; UNIVAC electronic digital computer demonstrated; First trans-continental television broadcast; Trans-continental direct dial telephone service implemented;
1952 Powdered non-dairy coffee creamer introduced;
1953 Structure of the DNA molecule identified (James Watson and Francis Crick); McCarthy hearings; Korean War armistice;
1954 Non-fat dry milk introduced; Antipolio vaccine developed (Jonas Salk); Segregation in public schools declared unconstitutional;
1955 Foreign aid to South Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos begins; Racial segregation on interstate trains and busses banned.
1956 Federal Aid Highway Act (funding for interstate highway system) passed; Trans-Atlantic telephone cable system inaugurated;
1957 European Common Market formed; Sputnik I launched by the Soviet Union (October 4th);
1958 Instant tea introduced; First American Earth satellite, Explorer I, launched;
1959 Project Mercury astronauts selected;
1960 First commercial use of aluminum cans for food and beverages; Link between cigarette smoking and coronary death rate announced; John Fitzgerald Kennedy elected President.
Chicken à la king was prepared at the suggestion of Mr. Foxhall Keene, son of Wall Street operator, Jim Keene? Over time, the term changed and became chicken a la king. Some scholars suggest that this dish was invented in 1923, while others argue that it has been popular in America since 1912. [9: 9]
1961 First American launched into space (Alan Shepard); Peace Corps established; Freedom Rides begin; First airline jet hijacking;
1962 First American orbits the earth (John Glenn); Cuba missile crisis; Pull-tab can opener patented;
1963 Dr. Martin Luther King delivers I Have A Dream speech; March on Washington D.C.; President Kennedy's Berlin speech; First cooking demonstration on television (Julia Child); Equal pay for equal work bill signed into law; President Kennedy assassinated;
1964 Federal Food Stamp Program by Department of Agriculture begins; Mohammed Ali becomes heavyweight boxing champion; Gulf of Tonkin incident; Health warnings on cigarette packages issued; Warren Commission report;
1965 First U.S. combat forces arrive in South Vietnam; Malcolm X assassinated; Tang (developed for the U.S. space program) introduced nationally; Civil rights march (Selma to Montgomery, Alabama); Watts riots (Los Angeles, California); Great Society program announced (President Johnson).
1966 Territorial waters jurisdiction extended to 12 miles; Catholics permitted to eat meat on Friday; Medicare inaugurated; Miranda ruling implemented;
1967 Compact microwave ovens for home use introduced; Six Day War (Arab-Israeli);
1968 Genetically engineered miracle rice developed; Tet Offensive (Vietnam); Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. assassinated; Robert Kennedy assassinated; Poor people's march on Washington to focus on hunger in America;
1969 President Nixon hosts White House Conference on Food and Nutrition; First artificial heart developed; First manned moon landing (Apollo 11: Neil A. Armstrong, Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr., and Michael Collins: July 20th); Cyclamate artificial sweetener banned; Woodstock folk-rock festival; First Boeing 747 flight (Seattle to New York City);
1970 Kent State University antiwar demonstration (4 students killed); First Earth Day celebration; 18 year old America
1971 Sex discrimination in hiring ruled unconstitutional; Bussing to end racial segregation in public schools ruled constitutional; National railroad system (Amtrak) begins operation;
1972 Frozen yogurt introduced; Equal Rights Amendment (27th) passed; Watergate break-in; Last American ground combat forces leave Vietnam;
1973 Food and Drug Administration nutrition labeling regulations; Woman, Infants and Children Program (WIC) signed; Home food processors introduced; Arab oil embargo;
1974 Arab oil embargo lifted; First supermarket check-out scanners used;
1975 American-Vietnam War ends; American consumption of soft drinks passes coffee; Joint Soviet-American Apollo-Soyuz space mission;
1976 American Bicentennial celebration.
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