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Key events in my lifetime 1947 - 1991 Cold War. School drills for ducking under desks in case of a nuclear attack. 1964 Passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act 1963-1968 Assassinations - President Kennedy (1963), Martin Luther King, Jr (1968), Senator Robert F. Kennedy (1968) 1969 Landing a man on the moon 1989 The fall of the Berlin Wall & breakup of the Soviet Union 1889 and early 1990s 1964 The Vietnam War in the 1960s and early 1970s - 47,434 american soldiers killed 1965 - Bell 103 (110 baud) modem for remote access to computing over phone lines 1970's The Watergate scandal involving Richard Nixon in the 1978 - Atari first popular home computer, See Personal Computers 1991 The Persian Gulf War in 1991 (Iraq attacks Kuwait) 1991 - World Wide Web (WWW) and Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) introduced by Tim Berners-Lee at CERN See Internet Timeline 1992 - First SMS (Short Message Service) message (text message) sent by Neil Papworth in the UK to a Vodafone AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) becomes popular in the late 1990's 2006 Twitter introduced 1995 - Amazon online bookseller started 1992 - Mosaic Web Browser Marc Andreessen at NCSA 1998 - Blackberry handheld computer and phone 2007 - iPhone 1998 - Google search engine introduced 2001 9/11 Sept 11th 2001 Terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, and pentagon 2,977 killed 2003 - Myspace social networking service introduced 2004 Facebook Started 2003-2010 - War in Iraq 4,431 americans killed 2001-2021 - War in Afganistan 2,445 2005 Hurricane Katrina 1,800 died 2010 Barrack Obama elected President
The 2018 Camp fire in Paradise and neighboring communities was the deadliest with 86 deaths.