Unless you’re living under a rock I am sure that by now you have heard about the monumental SCOTUS decision today. The United States Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide! Listen y’all, I’m celebrating!
Seriously, I squealed with joy, jumped up and down, and felt my heart light on fire.
I’m overwhelmed with joy for those among us who can finally marry and share their lives with their most beloved. Today in Atlanta, the Fulton County courthouse held a mass ceremony at 1pm to marry all of those who wished to marry today. It’s amazing! After my joy settled down I just took a moment to reflect on what a huge historical event this is and how incredible it is to have been alive, as an adult, on this day. What an amazing memory to have and what an enormous historical day this truly is.
In my life it feels just like any other day (I woke up, came to work, did a little shopping, wrote a little blog) but for so many others around the nation today is life-changing and I’m just in awe. I love it.
Then I started to reflect on the other major historical events I’ve witnessed over my years and I’m just blown away by everything that has happened. What an incredible ever-changing, ever-growing, ever-evolving world we live in and how joyous it is to be a part of it! Just look at everything that’s happened (both good and bad)
1982 – The Senate passes a bill that virtually eliminated the practice of busing to achieve racial integration.
1983 – Sally Ride became the first American woman to travel into space.
1984 – Democratic candidate for President, Walter Mondale, selected Geraldine Ferraro as his Vice Presidential running mate, the first woman chosen for that position.
1985 – The first version of the Windows operating system for computers is released.
1986 – Martin Luther King Day is officially observed for the first time as a federal holiday in the United States.
1987 – The United States and the Soviet Union sign an agreement, the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, to dismantle all 1,752 U.S. and 859 Soviet missiles in the 300-3,400 mile range.
1988 – The first patent for a genetically engineered animal is issued to Harvard University researchers Philip Leder and Timothy Stewart.
1989 – The Berlin Wall, after thirty-eight years of restricting traffic between the East and West German sides of the city, begins to crumble when German citizens are allowed to travel freely between East and West Germany for the first time.
1990 – Iraq invades its neighbor, Kuwait, setting into motion the beginning of U.S. involvement in the Gulf War.
1991 – The Gulf War ends one day after Iraq withdraws its forces from Kuwait and sets the oil fields on fire.
1992 – The 27th Amendment to the Constitution is passed two hundred and two years after its initial proposal. It bars the United States Congress from giving itself a midterm or retroactive pay raise.
1993 – The fifty-one day Waco standoff begins when the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms attempt to arrest the Branch Davidian leader David Koresh on federal arms violations.
1994 – The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) goes into effect, creating a free trade zone between Canada, the United States, and Mexico. (There was also no World Series in 1994 due to a player’s strike)
1995 – Anarchists Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols explode a bomb outside the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing one hundred and sixty-eight people in a domestic terrorism attack.
1996 – The Summer Olympics Games are opened in Atlanta, Geogia by U.S. President Bill Clinton but are marred by a bombing on July 27th in Centennial Park.
1997 – Federal funding for any research into human cloning is barred by President Bill Clinton.
1998 – John Glenn, thirty-six years after becoming the first American astronaut to orbit the earth, becomes the oldest astronaut in space at seventy-seven years old.
1999 – The first major mobilization of the anti-globalization movement occurs in Seattle, Washington, during the days before the 1999 World Trade Organization meetings.
2000 – Hillary Rodham Clinton wins a seat for the United States Senate from New York. It is the first time a former First Lady wins public office.
2001 – The 9/11 terrorist attacks occurred. Islamic fundamentalist terrorists hijack four U.S. airliners and crash them into the Pentagon and the World Trade Center in New York City.
2002 – The United States State Department issues its report in the War on Terror.
2003 – Saddam Hussein, former leader of Iraq, is captured in a small bunker in Tikrit by the U.S. 4th Infantry Division.
2004 – Mars rover MER-B (Opportunity) confirms to NASA that the area of their landing was once covered in water.
2005 – Civil Rights activist, Rosa Parks, dies.
2006 – The population of the United States reaches the milestone of three hundred million, taking only forty-two years to gain one hundred million people since the two hundredth million person was added in 1964.
2007 – The first female speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Representative Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco, California, is sworn into office.
2008 – Barack Obama, Democratic Senator from Illinois wins a landslide margin in the Electoral College, 365 to 173 in the election for the 44th President of the USA over John McCain, making him the first African-American president in the history of the United States of America.
2009 – Barack Obama takes the oath of office for President of the United States, becoming the first African-American president in the history of the nation.
2010 – The U.S. House of Representatives finalizes the Health Care legislation approved by the Senate, extending health benefits and insurance to most Americans.
2011 – The final shuttle flight lands at the Kennedy Space Center, signifying the end of the NASA shuttle space program. (also in 2011, Osama Bin Laden was finally located and killed by US Navy Seals)
2012 – The first licenses for cars without drivers is granted in the state of Nevada to Google.
2013 – Two bombs explode near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring hundreds in a terrorism attack coordinated by two brothers associated with radical Islam.
2014 – Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act, goes into effect for millions of Americans, the largest expansion of the social welfare state in decades.
2015 – The Supreme Court of the United States legalized gay marriage nationwide across America allowing marriage equality for all.
How amazing it has been to live and watch history being made.
- What major historical event do you remember? Anything that has left a major impact on your life?
- How do you feel about today’s SCOTUS decision?