1940s

During this decade, Penicillin was unveiled to the public in 1945; Slinky toys were just hitting the shelves; and for the first time in history, we were able to capture a moment in time with Polaroid cameras. Benadryl was discovered by George Rieveschl, a chemical engineer from Ohio, and Americans could now heat up their food within seconds all because of the microwave.



1950s

In this era, the full body X-ray was developed, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat, a cure for polio was invented, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration was founded. The first successful living-donor transplant (a kidney) was performed on a set of identical twins, and a resuscitator that was small enough to be used on an infant was developed in 1954.


1960s

During this time, Generation X (baby boomers) were born, birth control pills were approved for use, John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960 and then assassinated in 1963, the United States invaded Cuba, Martin Luther King Jr. gave the “I have a dream” speech at Capitol Hill, the American Heart Association announced a nonsmoking campaign, and a Medicare Health insurance plan for Americans over the age of 65 was first instituted.


1970s

The decade that paved the way for the Civil Rights Movement was also the decade that legalized abortion and lowered the voting age in the United States. Cigarette ads were banned from the radio and television and the first test-tube baby was born in Oldham, England. Douglas Longenecker, MD, of Dayton, OH, established Wright State University’s Boonshoft School of Medicine and the last trip to the moon happened in 1972.


1980s

During this period, the AIDS epidemic spurred while smallpox was eradicated following a global immunization campaign. Bertha Bouroncle, MD, at The Ohio State University identified hairy cell leukemia, and then developed a lifesaving drug protocol to treat it. While kids across the nation were emulating Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” dance moves, Oprah launched her own television show and the royal wedding of the decade took place between Prince Charles and Princess Diana.


1990s

Known for the AOL dial-up tone, this decade inflicted fear over Y2K and launched the worldwide web. In 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed and the United States discovered the first vaccination for Hepatitis A and Lyme disease. With both the Internet and popular search engine Google being founded in this era, this decade provided innovation that changed the way we receive and share information forever.


2000s

With both Facebook and Twitter being launched, this period in time is known as the beginning of the digital age. Steve Jobs gave us a whole new way to listen to music by launching the iPod, and Barack Obama was elected as the first Black president of the United States. The first HPV vaccine was approved for use and the Affordable Care Act, passed by Congress in 2010, helped to provide health insurance for all Americans. As we currently live through this period of time, we must always remember to invent and explore new ideas still waiting to be discovered.