As we bid adieu to 2010 and welcome 2011, perhaps it is appropriate to review the last decade and our last century, since most of us were born in the 20th century. It’s difficult to believe we are fully into the second decade of the 21st century.
Kenny G will take care of 1900-1999. We will have to fill in some remembrances from 2000-2010. As I listened for an appropriate Auld Lang Syne, I wondered if those who want to go back in time really want to relive the past 110 years and the turbulence.
The preceding century was none too easy either, with the American Civil War piercing the very soul of our nation. No one who lived here free or enslaved escaped the ravages of those times. More men were killed in the Civil War than in all our other wars combined. Yet we prepare to commemorate that war this summer, in 2011–the Sesquicentennial.
We have had an election crisis in 2000. We have suffered an attack on our homeland, 2 wars that still go on, and a financial crash that is only surpassed by the Great Depression in the last decade. Yet we are Americans and we have survived. Let’s look at some of the most significant accomplishments of the past 110 yearsm with emphasis on the past 10.
First question…should you chose to voice an opinion–what inventions or events most affected mankind in the past 110 years? What would the top 3 be?