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Important entertainment events -- A timeline spanning 1900-1991

1912
Carl Jung publishes The Theory of Psychoanalysis

1913
Henry Ford establishes first assembly line

1915
D.W. Griffith’s Birth of a Nation is released

1920
American women win right to vote

1922
King Tut’s tomb discovered

1923
Bessie Smith records ”Tain’t Nobody’s Bizzness if I Do”

1925
Tennessee bans teaching of evolution

1926
Vitaphone movie shorts are shown with synchronized records

1927
Charles Lindbergh flies solo across the Atlantic

1928
American women embrace flapper look

1929
The first Academy Award are presented in Hollywood
The stock market crashes

1931
The Empire State Building opens
Al Capone goes to prison

1932
The Lindbergh baby is kidnapped

1933
Prohibition ends

1934
The drive-in is born in Camden, N.J.
Bonnie and Clyde are gunned down

1935
Kodachrome, first color film for home use, is introduced
Will Rogers and Wiley Post die in Alaskan plane crash

1936
Jesse Owens breaks record at the Berlin Olympics
Swing, done to 4/4 beat, becomes the most popular dance in the U.S.

1937
The German dirigible Hindenburg explodes

1938
Nazis take over Austria
Kate Smith first sings ”God Bless America”

1939
TV sets are unveiled at the New York World’s Fair Nazis invade Poland, starting World War II

1940
The Federal Communication Commission develops regulations for commercial television

1941
The Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor

1942
Mount Rushmore is completed

1943
Bob Hope begins entertaining serviceman through the USO
The Andrews Sisters’ harmonies keep wartime America’s spirits lifted

1945
U.S. drops atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

1948
Long-playing records are released on Columbia label
Kinsey releases Sexual Behavior of the Human Male
Paperback books introduced

1951
All-electronic color television is demonstrated

1951
Carl Sandburg wins Pulitzer Prize for his Complete Poems

1952
Christine Jorgenson has sex-change operation
American Bandstand debuts as a local Philadelphia dance show
Wide-screen movies arrive in September with This is Cinerama

1953
Elizabeth II is crowned queen of England
America loves Ozzie and Harriet (and Ricky and David)

1954
Joe DiMaggio weds Marilyn Monroe
Swanson introduces the frozen TV dinner
Bill Haley and the Comets record ”Rock Around the Clock”
Oxford medical student and runner Roger Banister breaks the four minute mile
The first Newport Jazz Festival

1955
Disneyland opens in Anaheim, Calif.
James Dean dies in an auto accident in his Porsche

1956
”I want my Maypo!”
The Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott begins
Electronic videotape, unveiled by Ampex, signals the decline of live TV drama