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A Selective

Timeline of 20th Century Events (5)

"... the most important invention of the 20th century..."

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Timeline, part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
  1956     Shockley leaves Bell Labs, Nobel Prize Awarded to Shockley, Brattain & Bardeen
  1957     "Traitorous Eight" establish Fairchild Semiconductor Co.,
Sputnik I and Sputnik II launched, Superconductivity theory described by Bardeen et al
  1958     J Kilby invents integrated circuit, Explorer I- first US earth satellite goes into orbit (discovers Van Allen radiation belt)
  1959     R Noyce invents better integrated circuit, Alaska and Hawaii admitted as states, Barbie doll introduced
  1960     First "Mini" Computer, First weather satellite launched, Hitchcock's "Psycho" released, Astroturf debuts
  1961     Fairchild & Texas Instruments sell integrated circuits, Yuri Gagarin first manned space flight, Berlin wall built
  1962     John Glenn is first American to orbit the earth,  LavaLite, Cuban missile crisis
  1963     President Kennedy assassinated, ML King Jr. gives "I Have A Dream" speech  
  1964     Beatles appear on Ed Sullivan Show, Congress passes Civil Rights Act
  1965     "Moore's Law" predicts the rate of growth of IC components, Winston Churchill dies

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Through 1981


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