John D. Rockefeller incorporated the Standard Oil Company (1-10-1870)
Hiram Rhodes Revels becomes the first African American sworn into office in the United States Congress. (2-25-1870)
Andrew Smith Hallidie patents an improvement in endless wire and rope for cable cars (1-17-1871)
Susan B. Anthony illegally casts a ballot in the presidential election (11-5-1872)
Jesse James and the James-Younger Gang commit first successful train robbery in Adair, Iowa (7-21-1873)
Telephone: Alexander Graham Bell invented the phone in 1876 and revolutionized the way people communicated across long distances, it can easily be considered to be amongst the top ten inventions ever.
Frederick Douglass moves to Washington D.C. (9-1-1877)
Thomas Edison patents cylinder phonograph and The Edison Electric Company begins (2-19 and 10-15-1878)
Light bulb: The light bulb was perfected and monetized by Thomas A. Edison and forever changed house life.
The dress for females in the morning was that of high necklines and fitted sleeves which either had ruffles or simply pleated (ironed straight) at the wrists. In the afternoon the outfit changed to a three quarter length sleeve with a square neck line.
Clara Barton becomes president of the American Red Cross (5-21-1881)
Robert Koch isolates microorganism responsible for tuberculosis (TB), then leading cause of death.Robert Koch isolates microorganism responsible for cholera, major epidemic disease in nineteenth century.
Louis Pasteur develops first rabies vaccine
John Pemberton invented Coca-Cola (5-8-1886)
Cars: Henry Ford invented the automobile and by the early twentieth centuries they became extremely popular. The automobile changed the way people traveled and led to things being able to be farther away, leading to the territorial expansion of cities.
The return of the bustle in a narrower and lower positioning was the dress of the decade made of sturdier and heavier materials (velvet satin and wool) which came in darker green purple and navy blue or black colors. Summer times were when cotton and linen were most used. The full length sleeves that were pleated at the wrists were part of the main design.
Wilbur and Orville Wright print the "Dayton Tattler" (12-13-1890)
Women are granted the right to vote in Colorado (11-7-1893)
the hourglass design and the little padding was the main focus of the designs during this decade. Most noticeable of all the sleeves over the course of the decade grew like a balloon filling until it popped and the phase was over by 1895
Aspirin, a highly effective pain reliever and fever reducer, is invented in Germany
Airplanes: Airplanes were a revolutionary advancement since they played a role in WW1 and later became one of the most prominent means of travel and transfer of goods.
Photoelectric effect: This principle was discovered by Einstein. He published the paper in 1905 and this gave him his one and only Nobel Prize. This paper states what happens when a certain frequency light is shone unto a piece of metal: the metal becomes excited and releases electrons.
Charles Curtis from from Kansas takes office as first Native American Senator (1-23-1907)
During this decade skirts that were longer in the back forming trains. Lots of folds ruffle buttons and laces. The bosom was not very defined but was very full and covered by high necks. Evening dresses were more revealing and were worn off the shoulder with small balloon sleeves.
Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas A. Watson conduct the first telephone call between New York and San Francisco (1-25-1915)
General and special relativity: This discovery by Albert Einstein changed science forever, this taught us that time is neither absolute nor absolutely linear. It is what Einstein is most famous for and has inspired a substantial amount of theoretical academic work. This lead to the usage of the term space time, since Einstein stated they space and time were one interwoven continuum.
19th Amendment grants women's suffrage (8-18-1920)
The dresses of the decade were less boned and asymmetrical and draped. The focus was to make it supported not too stiff. Most of the fashion was daring and out there.
Discovery of star composition: Celia Payne, a trailblazing female astronomer proposed that the sun, and therefore stars in general are composed of gases like Helium and Hydrogen and not of earth or solid materials as previously thought.
Television: The television was invented in 1927 but didn’t become commercially prolific until the 1950’s. It revolutionized entertainment and the way news propagated. The television was a huge success in retrospect.
Amelia Earhart is the first women to fly across the Atlantic Ocean (6-17-1928)
The fashion around this time was based on simplicity and though some dresses were still similarly designed to that of the dresses of yesteryear. A few tucks and folds here and there with a lower waist made this free design iconic.
Clyde Tombaugh discovers Pluto (2-18-1930)
Atomic Bomb: this weapon changed warfare forever and was a catalyst of the cold war. The atomic bomb was developed by American scientist led by Robert Oppenheimer. The bomb works by splitting an atom, the matter is converted into energy and therefore is very deadly.
Experimentation describes this decades fashion well. From the prints to the material the designers were getting a feel for the place. The waist line returned to the original position. And there was a smooth elegant feel throughout.
Jackie Robinson debuts with the Brooklyn Dodgers (4-15-1947)
As the decade progressed the sleeves went from an almost militaristic look to a free happy and short sleeve. Liberty was even more powerful and the movement provided by the shorter sleeve made things easier to do like dance and enjoy life.
Discovery of DNA structure: the structure now accepted and used by scientists was discovered by efforts of many people but credit is often given to scientists Watson and Crick. They stated that their discoveries suggested the structure of DNA to be a double helix.
Walt Disney opens Disneyland (7-17-1955)
Satellites: The first satellite was sputnik: launched by the Russians. Satellites are used for many things including communication, media, intelligence, and warfare. The satellite catapulted the U.S into a space race with the USSR out of the fear of Russians spying on us.
the silhouette and form made bullet bras and pretty much anything that made the body appear like an hourglass. Dresses were poofy at the bottom similar to the dresses we see at a quince or sweet sixteen and dancing dresses for women at weddings.
The discovery of quasars helped improve our understanding of the universe by making it clear that the universe is a place with a variety of celestial bodies. Quasars and other types of stars are used as reference points and help map out the cosmos.
Martin Luther King Jr. speaks at Civil Rights rally (3-25-1965)
U.S. Congress passes legislation creating Medicare and Medicaid
Edward Brooke is the first black senator in 85 years (11-8-1966)
Thurgood Marshall is sworn into office as first black supreme court judge (10-2-1967)
Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated (4-4-1968)
First Lady Jackie Kennedy’s innate sense of style influenced all of America to dress like her. The tighter fitted beautiful printed and usually without sleeves folds or too much intricacy just great fashion and wonderful style.
Beautiful prints and simply amazing fashion is what this decade was about. This decade had some of the finest softest looking clothes with such swagger and confidence in them. Long dresses and pant suits were what was used since women were now more involved in the work force.