4) The First Communications Satellite: In 1962, the first satellite capable of sending and receiving data was sent into orbit. Today, we use satellites for GPS, TV, radio, weather tracking, military surveillance, space exploration and global communications among other things. It also gives paranoid men one more thing to spend their time worrying about instead of plotting to get revenge on the neighbors down the street for “hiring the people who follow me around all the time.”
3) The Moon Landing: The first man landed on the moon in 1969, a feat that was so fantastic that there are still conspiracy theorists who insist it couldn't be possible. Putting a man on the moon is perhaps man's most inspiring accomplishment; it opened the door to future space travel and led to a number of spin-off inventions including flame resistant textiles used by firefighters, invisible braces, improved satellite dishes, and better medical imaging. Sadly, the moon didn’t turn out to be made of cheese, which did prevent the Democrats from engaging in the world’s most expensive welfare cheese giveaway.
2) The Internet/World Wide Web: The ARPANET (The first Internet) was invented in 1969 and the public only had access to the World Wide Web starting in 1993. Today, less than 20 years later, the web has revolutionized the dissemination of news, has created a new multi-trillion dollar economic phenomenon, has played a role in revolutions, and has interconnected much of the globe. It has also made it possible for spammers all over the planet to reach out and touch someone, but no invention is perfect.
1) The Microchip: The forerunner to the microchip was invented back in 1959, but it didn't really start to take off until the 1980s. Since then, incredible advances in microchips have made it possible for them to be cheaply and efficiently used for calculators, personal computers, pet identification, automatic teller machines, satellites, pacemakers, cell phones, and microwave ovens among many, many other products. As the century goes on, expect microchips to end up in just about anything and everything -- including you, if you live long enough.