100 Years of History and Change

Last Update: August 01, 2016

Today would have been my grandmother’s 100th birthday! However, she passed away three weeks ago on July 11, 2016. Although this would have been a major milestone for Grandma, she would not have even known it was her birthday.

Before Grandma passed away, I realized that she was going to be a century old. That got me thinking about all the history and changes our world has gone through in the past 100 years!

In 1916, our world was in the middle of WW!. The President of the United States was Woodrow Wilson, and like this year it was an election year. Wilson narrowly defeated Charles E. Hughes to be reelected President.

Following are 30 Facts about 1916:

Here are some more facts about 1916:

  • The word teenager was not used yet
  • Women still did not have the right to vote
  • The Eiffel Tower was the tallest structure in the world until 1930
  • A dozen eggs cost 34 cents; a gallon of milk cost 18 cents; and a pound of coffee cost 30 cents
  • The three leading causes of death were heart disease, pneumonia/influenza, and tuberculosis
  • Canned beer, supermarkets, and Barbie Dolls had not yet been invented
  • The U.S. did not have a National Anthem

Thinking about where our world was in 1916 is almost hard to fathom with all the modern technology we have today. Two major inventions of 1916 were radio tuners and stainless steel.

If you think about what has evolved in technology since 1916 it is almost overwhelming. My grandma did not have a tv when she was really young. It hadn’t been invented yet. The first tv was not successfully displayed until September, 1927 when my grandma would have been 11 years old.

If the world had not changed and evolved over the past 100 years, I would not be writing this and posting it for all of you to see. If the internet did not exist we would not be able to do the things we do today. Think about how easy it is to write a post, or research for your post, or anything else you need to do on the internet. The internet offers unlimited opportunities that were not even a thought when my grandma was born.

When I think about the technology that had been developed in my grandma’s lifetime, it is almost incomprehensible to think about. We have computers, laptops, cell phones, pagers, cars that are way more developed than when she was a girl, indoor plumbing, heating and air conditioning, and so much more. Way too much to list. Even in my lifetime things have changed so much and continue to do so.

We here at Wealthy Affiliate would not be able to do all we do if the technology that exists today did not exist. I would not have been able to meet all the people I have been able to get to know over the past 5 ½ months if it was not for the invention and evolvement of the internet.

I am thankful that things do not stay the same and change and evolve over time! Otherwise, none of us would be able to have an online business. I know I haven't touched on near the technology that has occurred over the past 100 years, but without the development of technology we wouldn't be able to do half the things we do today, not just on the computer.

I hope you enjoy the technology you have in your life! Now go out and make history!


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VitaliyG Premium
Great post Denise, again, sorry to hear about your grandmother :(.
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DeniseOlsen5 Premium
Thank you!
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BrianFord Premium
Thank's for your post!! Denice, they say we have invented more in the last ten years, then in all of history
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DeniseOlsen5 Premium
You're welcome and thank you for reading and commenting! I believe that!
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bigrog44 Premium
In 1916 my adopted mother was 18 years old. She was almost an adult. She already have a couple children at that time.
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DeniseOlsen5 Premium
Wow! And things would have been a little harder back then! Thanks for reading and commenting!
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bigrog44 Premium
No problem, Denise.
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Musicman63 Premium
Great post! I wonder what it will be like in 2116?
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DeniseOlsen5 Premium
Thank you! That may be interesting and beyond what we could even imagine!
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cosmicradio Premium
I'm sorry to hear about your grandmother's passing, Denise, but what a life she lived! This was a fascinating post, and a great tie-in and tribute to her. The changes that she witnessed in her nearly 100 years are just astounding! Thank you for sharing with us. :)
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DeniseOlsen5 Premium
Thank you! It's pretty awesome when you think about it!
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cosmicradio Premium
It sure is! :)
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