My Place in U.S. History

My Place is the story of 26 children, all with a talent for some kind of trouble, each hiding up the same fig tree, each with a story to tell. They live in the same Sydney home, but over thousands of years from pre-British colonization to 2008.  Each week viewers reach a new level of insight into Australian history and explore with the children who experienced it all. To commemorate “My Place” we put together a list of pop culture events that occurred in U.S. history every 10 years, from 1788 to 2008. 

  • Barack Obama is elected the first African-American President of the United States, the first African-American.

    President Obama went on to serve two terms and receive numerous accolades including a Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.

  • The popular search engine, Google is founded.

    The founders were unaware of how to properly use HTML and only wanted a quick and simple interface, which is why we have the bare homepage today. 

  • “Roseanne,” the TV series, makes it debut

    The series was the most watched show in the U.S. from 1989 to 1990. It ran for 9 seasons. 

  • Ben and Jerry’s opens their first ice cream parlor.

    The company was founded by childhood friends Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield. They opened their first location in Burlington, Vermont.

  • Apollo 8 Mission Launch

    The Apollo 8 space mission makes Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders the first people to orbit the moon and return to Earth safely.

  • The first Pizza Hut restaurant is opened in Wichita, Kansas.

    As of 2015, the chain has over 15,000 locations worldwide. 

  • Professional Wrestling Premieres on Prime-time TV

    DuMont Television Network (one of the pioneer TV networks) was the first station to air pro wrestling events. 

  • Orson Welles released the War of the Worlds

    The radio broadcast caused mass panic when listeners mistook the drama as news of a real alien invasion. 

  • Walt Disney debuts Mickey Mouse

    Mickey Mouse made his first appearance in the silent film “Plane Crazy.” However, it wasn’t officially released to the general public until the following year. 

  • The first NHL Stanley Cup is awarded

    The Toronto Arenas beat the Vancouver Millionaires winning three games to two in a best out of five series. Today, Toronto’s official team is the Toronto Maple Leafs. The franchise has the second most Stanley Cup wins, 13, behind the Montreal Canadians 24 wins. 

  • The first Times Square ball is dropped on New Year’s Eve.

    The first  ball was made of iron and was only 5 meters in diameter. 

  • The first account of organized ‘cheerleading’ occurs at University of Minnesota.

    The Minnesota Golden Gophers Spirit Squads were founded by John Campbell and comprised of all males.

  • The Washington Monument officially opens to the public.

    The Washington Monument is the tallest stone structure in the world. It attracts more than 600,000 visitors a year. 

  • Thomas Edison incorporated the Edison Electric Light Company

    Thomas Edison incorporated the Edison Electric Light Company incorporated and made electricity available for household use. Today the company is better known as General Electric.

  • 1st US parade with floats.

    The first Mardi Gras took place in 1703 in Mobile, Alabama, thus making it the oldest carnival celebration in the U.S.

  • Rowland Hussey Macy opens the first Macy’s as dry goods store

    The first Macy’s was located on Sixth Avenue between 13th and 14th Streets in New York City. On the first day of business Rowland Macy made $11.08, the equivalent of $301.47 today. In 1902, the flagship store moved to its current location in Herald Square. 

  • The first women’s medical school opens

    The New England Female Medical College became the first institution to offer medical training to women and graduated the first black woman physician. In 1873, the school merged with Boston University School of Medicine. 

  • Fredrick Douglass escaped from slavery disguised as a sailor

    Douglass went on to become a respected writer, orator, and abolitionist, starting the anit-slavery newspaper, The North Star. 

  • Noah Webster registers copyright for the first American dictionary

    The term “Webster” is now a generic term for dictionaries. Official Webster’s Dictionaries are now labeled Merriam-Webster. 

  • Official Reopening of The White House

    The White House was set ablaze by British Troops in the War of 1812. James Madison was the first president to occupy the reconstructed White House. 

  • James Madison becomes the 4th president of the United States.

    James Madison is hailed as “The Father of the Constitution” or “The Father of the Bill of Rights”. Madison helped draft the constitution and was the leading author of the Bill of Rights. He would later write a book with Alexander Hamilton and John Jay called The Federalist Papers which ratified the constitution.

  • 1st U.S. college orchestra founded at Harvard University

    Today, the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra still tours the world and competes in international orchestra festivals. 

  • U.S. Department of Navy forms

    The U.S. Navy cites its founding date as October 13, 1775, but it wasn’t until 1798 when President John Adams officially established the Department of Navy. 

  • New York City becomes 1st capital of the U.S.

    New York’s reign was short-lived. Washington D.C. became the capital of the U.S. in 1790.