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Your top news stories of each decade?

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Batman, May 2, 2011.

  1. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    Spinning out of the Osama thread, per Starman's suggestion. What would you consider the top five news stories of each decade, starting with, say, the 1960s (although you can feel free to go back further if you're so inclined)?
  2. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    1. The founding of SportsJournalists.com
    2. The welcoming of Knickfan
    3. The fight between Anon3:28 and Anon11:18
    4. Moddy posting a pic of him with Jane Lynch
    5. The posting by CentralIllinoisan of "Ceiling Cat is Watching JDV Make a Video"
  3. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Top of my head ...

    1960s: Moon landing, JFK assassination, MLK assassination, Civil Rights movement, Vietnam
    1970s: Watergate, Iran hostages, Oil crisis (both of them), Vietnam, Munich Olympics/shootings
    1980s: Berlin Wall falls, Lockerbie, Tiananmen Square, San Francisco earthquake (or Challenger explosion), Reagan landslide
    1990s: Fall of the Soviet Union/end of the Cold War, Clinton impeachment, Oklahoma City, Gulf War, Rodney King/L.A. Riots.
    2000-2011: 9/11, 2000 election, Obama elected, Iraq/Afghanistan wars, Katrina.
  4. Shoeless Joe

    Shoeless Joe Active Member

    1860s - Civil War
    1870s - Battle of Little Bighorn/Custer's last stand (not that big of a deal but big news)
    1880s - beats me
    1890s - Spanish-American War
    1900s - first flight by the Wright brothers
    1910s - WWI
    1920s - Crash of 29
    1930s - Great Depression
    1940s - WWII
    1950s - Cold War
    1960s - moon landing
    1970s - Watergate/Nixon resigns (Shoeless Joe being born a close second)
    1980s - Iran-Contra was probably biggest news story, but not that big in terms of world impact. Challenger well covered.
    1990s - rise of the Internet
    2000s - 911
    2010s - locally, the friggin tornadoes that wiped out part of our county last Wednesday
  5. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    Joe, you'd put Iran-Contra and the internet ahead of the dynamic duo of the Berlin Wall and fall of the USSR in the 1980s/90s?
  6. sgreenwell

    sgreenwell Well-Known Member

    Who let Ilmago possess Batman's body?
  7. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    All these lists are obviously US-centric but also have worldwide significance. I'm going for 5-8 stories per decade; there may be more or less:


    1. The Wright Brothers (one of the slowest-developing 'great stories' of all time -- it was not really publicly confirmed they had flown in Dec. 1903 until 1908.)
    2. T. Roosevelt and progressivism
    3. Assassination of McKinley
    4. Automobiles/ mass production
    5. Telephones

    1. World War I
    2. Recession of early decade
    3. Influenza, 1918
    4. Prohibition
    5. Women's suffrage
    6. Automobiles push horse traffic off the roads
    7. Titanic

    1. Lindbergh, 1927
    2. Economic recovery and prosperity, most of the decade
    3. Mass entertainment (actors, singers, athletes become huge national celebrities)
    4. Isolationism (U.S. rejects League of Nations, most overseas involvements)
    5. Teapot Dome
    6. KKK/institutionalized racism widespread
    7. Radio/movies become common
    8. Medical improvements (antibiotics - penicillin, 1928) start eliminating many widespread diseases


    1. The Crash (actually Oct. 1929)
    2. FDR and the New Deal (esp. 1933-36) -- the institution of the "social contract"
    3. GOP pushback (1936-38)
    4. Clouds of War 1933-1939
    5. Economic pickup near end of decade
    6. The Dust Bowl
    7. Labor as a significant economic force
    8. Transportation (rail travel reaches its apex, automobiles more widespread, air travel more than just a curiosity)
    9. The Hindenberg (as a specific event)


    1. Pearl Harbor
    2. Hiroshima/V-J Day
    3. Hitler/FDR die within an 18-day span; V-E day quickly follows
    4. D-Day
    5. Doolittle's Raid
    6. Berlin Blockade (1948)
    7. Postwar economic recovery
    8. Jackie Robinson/early civil rights


    1. Sputnik
    2. Korea
    3. USSR gets nukes (actually 1949)
    4. China goes commie (also actually 1949)
    5. Polio vaccine, 1955
    6. Economic doldrums much of decade
    7. Brown vs. Board of Education, early civil rights
    8. TV gains acceptance
    9. Automobiles become nearly universal
    10. Air travel (jets)

    1. JFK (Election, Camelot, assassination)
    2. Apollo 11
    3. Vietnam
    4. RFK/MLK/ civil violence of 1968
    5. Civil rights (entire decade)
    6. Cuban Crises (Fidel takes over [1959], Bay of Pigs and Missile)
    7. Rise of the youth culture (music, styles, politics)
    8. Mideast War of 1967
    9. TV ubiquitous in American society


    1. Watergate
    2. Economic malaise (pretty much entire decade)
    3. Vietnam (winding down through 1975)
    4. Oil crises (1973 and 78); US auto industry slumps as a result
    5. Women's issues (Roe-Wade and push for the ERA)
    6. Detente (Nixon to Moscow, China)
    7. Fall of the youth culture (after 1972, especially in politics)
    8. Environmentalism as a hot cause
    9. Rise of radical Islam on the US radar (Iran hostage crisis)
    10. Three Mile Island


    1. Fall of Communism
    2. Economic recovery 1984-87
    3. Assassination attempt on Reagan
    4. Challenger
    5 John Lennon
    6. Assassination attempt on the Pope
    7. War worries 1980-84
    8. Terrorism (Lockerbie, Beirut)
    9. Rise of computers
    10. Iran-Contra


    1. Desert Storm
    2. Fall of Communism, chapter 2
    3. OKC
    4. Computers become commonplace, birth of the Internet
    5. Monicagate
    6. Economic prosperity 1995-2000
    7. More terrorism (WTC 1993)
    8. Cell phones no longer curios
    10. Broadcast TV audience splinters due to cable


    1. 9/11 (I count homeland security, war on terrorism, and Osama dead as sequels/codas)
    2. Mideast wars (Iraq-Afghanistan-Libya)
    3. Economic crash 2008-2011
    4. Obama's election
    5. Computers/Internet now dominates most facets of life
    6. Japan quake
    7. Hanging chads, 2000
    8. Katrina
    9. Columbia, 2003
    10. Conservatives push back, 2009-2011
  8. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Well, it had to be done or the whole Osama thread was going to get jacked.

    Now, I'm going to call Billy Joel and offer him some songwriting help.
  9. Shoeless Joe

    Shoeless Joe Active Member

    It's a toss up I guess. Notice I was kinda wishy-washy on Iran-Contra. I personally don't think it was that big of a deal. I was thinking in terms of news coverage. As a Cold War veteran and someone who was very much on high alert and high delight when the USSR crumbled, yeah that was big. But as for global impact, the rise of the Internet is still being felt on a daily basis. Was it bigger? I don't know. Was it big? Certainly.
  10. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Looking back over my lists, I would say way more than half are not tied to any one specific event but rather on a series of overall trends.
  11. NickMordo

    NickMordo Active Member

    Best list I've seen thus far. Good job.
  12. Herbert Anchovy

    Herbert Anchovy Active Member

    -Plame Affair
    -Revolution of 1994
    -Clarence Thomas hearings
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