Fordimages.com - 1912 Ford Model T advertisement : Posters and Framed Art Prints Available
“Henry Ford did not invent the automobile or assembly line, he changed the world to produce cars affordable to the masses. “The Model T was produced from 1909 to 1927. Will Rodgers said after Fords funeral on April 7, 1947, “It will take a hundred years to tell whether he helped us or hurt us, but he certainly didn’t leave us where he found us.” (Forbes Greatest Business Stories 1966)
1870 - For over two hundred years, African Americans, laboring as slaves in the south were, denied the right to learn to read and write. Punishment was severe to those that were found to have the capability. In the 1870s, African Americans, now granted their freedom, realized with this freedom came the right of education. “Black communities, many desperately poor dug deep into their own resources to build and maintain schools.” (Smithsonian History Archives)
1886 - The first baseball league, pictured below, wasn't incredibly popular at the time, but as time went on, became, as many call it, America's pastime. Players like Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig served as icons for the game and still do.
1990 - The race for the cure is what the picture shows. It was and still is a 5K race to raise money for Cancer. Runs like these have brought happiness to Americans for a while now, as foundations like the Susan G. Komen foundation greatly help the fight for Cancer research and a cure.
Fourth of July 2008 - As time has gone on, few events can stand up to the happiness that the fireworks on the Fourth of July have brought American citizens. A day that celebrates the United States Declaration of Independence from Great Britain, it has always appealed to all, whether they're there to celebrate the historical value, or just for the fun of the light show that the fireworks provide.
Avenue C, Lower East Side, 1970 - Two kids pictured playing with a leaking fire hydrant. The civil rights act may have not sat well with some, but to kids in the 70s, color didn't change a thing when playing with others.
1950 - Branch Rickey General Manger for the Brooklyn Dodgers had a steadfast opposition to baseball’s color barrier. In 1945 he signed Jackie Robinson, a 27 year old college graduate to a minor league contract. On April 15, 1947 Robinson made his debut as the first African American to play in the major leagues. “Amidst racial slurs, objects thrown at him, even death threats, he went on to receive National League Rookie of the Year.”(From National baseball hall of fame)
Helen Hayes 1920 - Helen Hayes was a popular American actress who played in many movies, both silent and with sound. This brings us to the movie, which was incredibly popular with Americans and brought them happiness consistently, and that is true today.
Gay Pride 2012 - The 2010s have brought rise to a newer culture. That is, the LGBT(Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgener) community, who already have influenced lawmakers to change laws in favor of same-sex marriage. To some Americans this doesn't bring them happiness, but to many others, pride parades like these are the definition of fun.
Les Paul, Fat Tuesday, 1980 - Les Paul was, and is, a rock and roll legend. Not only known for pioneering the electric guitar, he was a guitarist who played jazz, country, and blues music. However, he brought(and has brought) happiness to many Americans with his signature guitars.
1945 - In this picture, Americans are gathering to celebrate the surrender of the Japanese in World War II. This was most certainly personal for the American citizens, as Japan had attacked American soil(Pearl Harbor). The US finally fought back with nuclear bombs on Japan in 1945.
1939 - In the 30s, most Americans' form of entertainment came from the radio. Whether it was dramatic radio shows, listening to big band jazz, or listening to the news, radios were a must-have in American homes everywhere.
1890 - In the 1890s, Coca-Cola was an up-and-coming company that sold soda that contained cocaine. However, later on in its life, Coca-Cola became not only a good drink, but an icon, and still is to this day. It has been seen as American to enjoy Coca-Cola and still is.