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1874

Hoover was born on August 10 in West Branch, Iowa.Herbert Hoover's birthplace cottage, West Branch, Iowa.

1874

Large-scale manufacture of barbed wire began.

1876

Alexander Graham Bell patented the telephone.

1880

Hoover's father, Jesse, a blacksmith and farm implement store owner died.Hoover's father, Jesse, a blacksmith and farm implement store owner died.

1883

Three transcontinental railroads completed. The first was finished in 1869.

1884

Hoover's mother, Hulda Minthorn Hoover, died.Hoover's mother, Hulda Minthorn Hoover, died.

1885

Hoover lived in Oregon. Attended Friends Pacific Academy in Newburg. Worked as office boy in Uncle's real estate office in Salem. Attended night school and learned bookkeeping, typing and math. Did not attend high school.

1886

Statue of Liberty dedicated.

1889

Eiffel Tower was built in Paris.

1891

Hoover entered Stanford University. Graduated in 1895 with a degree in geology.

Hoover entered Stanford University. Graduated in 1895 with a degree in geology.

1895

Worked in California gold mine, 10 hours a day, 20 cents per hour. Then took a job as typist in engineering office of Louis Janin, when no engineering positions were open.

1895

Dr. John Kellogg designed breakfast flakes.

1896

Wireless telegraph invented.

1897

On Janin's recommendation, Hoover was hired by British mining firm of Bewick, Moreing & Co., and sent to gold fields of Australia.

1898

Horace Short invented the paper clip.

1899

Married Lou Henry, fellow geology student at Stanford. Went to China for Bewick, Moreing and Co. to act as consultant to Chinese government in developing mines. In China during the Boxer Rebellion.

Married Lou Henry, fellow geology student at Stanford. Went to China for Bewick, Moreing and Co. to act as consultant to Chinese government in developing mines. In China during the Boxer Rebellion.

 

1900

Chinese Boxer Rebellion.

1901

Hoover became a partner in Bewick, Moreing and began traveling all over the world.

1901

Nobel prizes awarded for the first time.

1903

Herbert Hoover, Jr., born in London.

1903

Wilbur and Orville Wright got their airplane Flyer I, off the ground at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

1907

Allan Hoover, born in London.

1907

First radio broadcast.

1908

Henry Ford introduced his Model T automobile, nicknamed the "Tin Lizzie". The car cost $850.

1909

Hoover retired from Bewick, Moreing and began a firm consulting engineers. He became known as a "Dr. of Sick Mines".

1912

Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover completed the translation into English of De Re Metallica, a 16th Century Latin text on mining, for which they received a gold medal from the Mining & Metallurgical Society of America in 1914.

1912

A new candy called the "Life Saver" hit the market. A roll cost a nickel.

1914

Hoover helped Americans stranded in Europe, because of WWI, return home. Became Chairman of the Commission for Relief in Belgium.

1914

World War I began in Europe.

1917

Hoover asked by President Wilson to be United States Food Administrator for U.S. during war.

1917

Jeanette Rankin, a Republican from Montana, was the first woman elected to Congress.

1919

Hoover directed the American Relief Administration which fed 350 million people in 21 countries in the aftermath of the war.

 

1920

19th Amendment to the Constitution ratified. Gave women the right to vote.

1921

Served as Secretary of Commerce in the Cabinets of President Harding and Coolidge.

1922

The most popular sandwich for people under 12 was peanut butter and jelly.

1923

Established American Child Health Association.

1924

Chairman, Street and Highway Safety Commission.

1925

A new dance craze swept the nation called the Charleston.

1926

Radio comes into popular use in the United States.

1927

Spoke and was pictured on first transmission of television signals from New York to Washington.

1927

Charles Lindbergh flew nonstop across the Atlantic Ocean in his plane called "The Spirit of St. Louis".

1928

Hoover elected President of the United States.

Hoover elected President of the United States.

1929

Served as 31st President of the United States. Made good will tour of Latin America after the election.

1929

Stock market crashed.

1930

Construction began on Hoover Dam on the Colorado River.

1931

President Hoover signed an act that made "The Star Spangled Banner" our national anthem.

1932
Defeated for reelection by Franklin D. Roosevelt.

1935

Drought created "dust-bowl" in the Midwest and Southwest.

1936

Hoover served as chairman of Boys' Club of America and helped establish 500 new Boys' Clubs.

1939

Hoover worked as Chairman of committees to raise funds for Polish, Finnish, and Belgian relief.

1939

World War II began with the Russian-German invasion of Poland.

1940

Bugs Bunny made his first appearance.

1941

U.S. attacked at Pearl Harbor; entered WWII.

1944

Lou Henry Hoover died.

1946

At President Truman's request Hoover conducted postwar World Famine surveys.

1947

Hoover was chairman of the Commission on Organization of the Executive Branch of the Government (known as 1st Hoover Commission) for President Truman.

1947

Television began coming into wide use in the U.S.

1953

Headed Second Hoover Commission to study executive branch for President Eisenhower.

1955

Successful vaccine against polio developed.

1957

Russia launched the first earth orbiting satellite, Sputnik I.

1958

Hoover served as the United States representative to the World's Fair in Brussels, Belgium - his last official act.

1962

Hoover Presidential Library and Museum dedicated in West Branch - one of Hoover's last public appearances.

1962

U.S. astronaut John Glenn rocketed into orbit.

1964

Herbert Hoover died in New York City at the age of 90. Buried in West Branch, Iowa.

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