When looking at a history textbook, many events come back to life through the text and pictures in the book. Seeing the different wars, epidemics, politics, fads, and celebrities of the past years creates a whole different perspective on life today. Comparing the worlds of today and yesterday encourages the curiosity of many things, especially what life was like back then.
Many extraordinary events happen over the course of 50 years, and these events help shape the way we live.
In January of 1966, Simon & Garfunkel's album "Sounds of Silence" reached #1, David Bowie released his 1st record, and the Metropolitan Opera House opened in Lincoln Center.
In January of 1971, cigarette advertisements were banned on television, "All in the Family" premiered on CBS, featuring 1st toilet flush on TV, and the Globetrotters lost 100-99 to NJ Reds, ending 2,495-game winning streak.
In January of 1989, a kindergarten student was caught with loaded handgun at Bronx school, a Cerebral Palsy telethon raised $22,600,000 for their cause, and Michael Jordan scored his 10,000th NBA point in his 5th season.
In January of 1997, the Space Shuttle STS 81 launched into space, NBA suspended Dennis Rodman indefinitely for kicking cameraman, and Scotty Bowman became the first coach in NHL history to win 1,000 games.
In January of last year, 2014, 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle won big at the Golden Globes, the soundtrack of the ever-popular motion picture "Frozen" was the most popular album in America for the first 13 weeks of the year, and Pharell Williams' song "Happy" dominated the music charts, remaining #1 for 10 consecutive weeks.
These things all lead up to the month we are currently in, January 2015, and many things have already happened that may go down in history, such as Obama's State of the Union, the release of the Martin Luther King Jr. biopic "Selma", and the release of the movie "American Sniper". Although the things that are popular or newsworthy now will eventually fade, it is up to everyone in the world today to make history and determine what will be remembered 50 years from now.