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The IMPO Age.

1940

IMPO predecessor Industrial Maintenance News debuts in Philadelphia

1941

The U.S. enters World War II

1942

President Roosevelt allocates more than 80% of the federal budget tar the war effort

1943

Penicillin discovered

1944

The first general-purpose computer is developed at Harvard University

1945

U.S. enters the nuclear age as WWII ends

First U.S. jet engine produced

1946

The Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC), the first all-electronic calculator is invented at the University of Pennsylvania

1947

Transistor invented

Microwave cooking discovered

1948

Television sets in 1 million homes Velcro invented

1949

Hydraulic brakes appear on cars

1950

First color TV transmission

1951

Power steering introduced in the U.S.

First computers sold

1952

Sony introduces the miniature transistor radio

Telephone area codes are introduced

1953

Television sets in 20 million homes

Experiments with mice link cancer and tobacco

1954

Color television broadcasting begins

First atomic-powered submarine is launched (U.S.S. Nautilus)

1955

Disneyland opens in California

1956

First commercial videotape recorder

1957

U.S.S.R. launches Sputnik First Boeing 707 produced

1958

U.S. establishes NASA

Ford Motor Co. introduces the Edsel

1959

Microchip is invented

Xerox introduces the photocopier

1960

The aluminum can is introduced

First communications satellite (Echo) is launched by U.S.

Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) formed

1961

Alan Shephard becomes first American in space

1962

Telstar satellite transmits an image across the Atlantic

John Glenn orbits Earth

Sam Walton opens first Wal-Mart

1963

Compact audio cassette introduced

VCRs available for home use

1964

First commercial device with an integrated circuit (hearing aid) is sold

Ford Mustang introduced

1965

Two-day power failure darkens seven Northeastern states and Ontario

Vietnam War begins

Ralph Nader's Unsafe At Any Speed is published

1966

Integrated circuits are first used in consumer products (electronic calculators and watches)

Xerox introduces the first fax machine, called the Telecopier

1967

Compact microwave ovens debut

1968

Japan becomes the world's second strongest economic power after the U.S.

1969

Neil Armstrong walks on the moon

1970

Intel invents the microprocessor

The Environmental Protection Agency is created by Congress

1971

Wang builds the first word processor Cigarette advertisements are banned from U.S. television

1972

The Dow Jones Industrial Average tops 1,000 points

Federal Express is founded

1973

Emergence of a global energy crisis

1974

National speed limit is dropped to 55 m.p.h. after OPEC oil-price hikes

* CAT scanner is invented

1975

Microsoft formed

1976

Apple Computer formed

1977

Congress creates U.S. Dept. of Energy.

* The U.S. tests the neutron bomb

1978

Volkswagen halts Beetle production after 29 years and 20 million units

* Electronic typewriter is introduced

1979

The Three Mile Island nuclear accident is the worst in U.S. history

First cellular telephone network appears in Japan

1980

Japan surpasses the U.S. as the world's top auto maker.

1981

IBM personal computer debuts

The first space shuttle (Columbia) is launched

1982

The digital camera is introduced in Japan

Savings and loan institutions are deregulated

1983

Cellular phones appear in the U.S.

Time magazine names the computer "Man of the Year"

1984

Apple computer releases the Macintosh

1985

The Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Act is signed into law to control the U.S. national deficit

Coca Cola introduces but quickly withdraws New Coke

1986

Space shuttle Challenger explodes U.S. debt exceeds $2 trillion

The Ukraine's Chernobyl nuclear power plant explodes

1987

In the "Black Friday" crash, the Dow Jones Industrial Average falls 508 points

1988

The first transatlantic fiber-optic cable connects France, Great Britain and the U.S.

An investment firm pays $30 billion for R.J. Reynolds-Nabisco in the largest leveraged buyout ever

1989

The Exxon Valdez spills 10 million gallons of crude oil in Alaska

1990

Iraq invades Kuwait

1991

The Internet is created as 1 million host computers are connected in a network

* Three out of four U.S. homes own a VCR, making it the fastest-selling appliance in history

1992

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is signed by the U.S., Canada and Mexico

* Chevrolet builds its 1 millionth Corvette

1993 Researchers clone human embryos

1994

America Online membership reaches 1 million

1995

Budget problems partially shut down the U.S. government

1996

Scientists clone a sheep

1997

For the third straight year, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rises 20%

* The U.S. F.D.A. approves the irradiation of meat

1998

Internet user population estimated at 60 million

Microsoft's Bill Gates is charged with using unfair influence to expand the Internet industry

1999

The world prepares for potential Year 2000 (Y2K) computer problems Crude oil prices reach a nine-year high of $25.07 per barrel

The Dow Jones Industrial Average tops the 10,000 mark (10,337)

2000

The world experiences minimal Y2K computer problems IMPO magazine celebrates its 60th anniversary
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