End of the 20th Century Matrix
Choose ten items from the following list and identify their significance during the 1990s and beyond:
Earned Income Tax Credit
Somalia and Rwanda
Economic prosperity under Clinton
Creating a budget surplus
The Internet and the World Wide Web
The Brady Bill
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
Microsoft is the world's leading producer of computer software. Microsoft was incorporated in 1981, but the company's roots go back at least as far as 1975, when the first commercially available personal computer appeared on the cover of Popular Electronics. Microsoft was founded on April 14, 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen. It was produced to make and sell interpreters, for Altair 800. In the 1980s the MS-DOS was sol for personal computer operating systems. Microsoft Windows was then released in 1984 from IBM. In 1990 Microsoft released Microsoft Office, this also included Microsoft office and Microsoft word. On August 24, 1995 Microsoft released Windows 95.
The Brady Bill
The Brady Bill was a handgun protection act, which was signed by Bill Clinton on November 30, 1993. and it took effect on February 28, 1994. The law was named after James Brady, who was shot during an attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan in 1981 and made background checks a requirement for gun purchases from licensed dealers.
The World Wide Web
Tim Berners-Lee, a British scientist at CERN, invented the World Wide Web (WWW) in 1989. The web was originally conceived and developed to meet the demand for automatic information-sharing between scientists in universities and institutes around the world. On 30 April 1993 CERN put the World Wide Web software in the public domain. CERN made the next release available with an open license, as a more sure way to maximize its dissemination. Through these actions, making the software required to run a web server freely available, along with a basic browser and a library of code, the web was allowed to flourish.
The Electronic Mail is a form of exchanging digital messages from one person to one or more recipients. The modern Email operates across the Internet or other computer networks. Some of the early e-mail systems required that the author and recipient both be online at the same time in common with instant messaging. The todays e-mail is based on store and forward model.
In 1994, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) came into effect, creating one of the world’s largest free trade zones and laying the foundations for strong economic growth and rising prosperity for Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Since then, NAFTA has demonstrated how free trade increases wealth and competitiveness, delivering real benefits to families, farmers, workers, manufacturers, and consumers.
The first mobile phone was made 40 years today, on April 3, 1973, by Motorola employee Martin Cooper. Using a prototype of what would become the Motorola DynaTAC 8000x, the world's first commercial cell phone, Cooper stood near a 900Mhz station on Sixth Avenue, between 53rd and 54th Street, in New York City and placed a call to the headquarters of Bell Labs in New Jersey.
Steven Wozniak and Steven Jobs had been friends in high school. They had both been interested in electronics, and both had been perceived as outsiders. They kept in touch after graduation,