Timeline

  • 1825 – D. B. Gurney Company Established

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  • 1825 - John Quincy Adams elected the 6th President of the United States.
  • 1825 - The United States of America had 24 states in the union.
  • 1825 - Abraham Lincoln was 16 years old.
  • 1832 - Morse Code
  • 1836 - Battle of the Alamo
  • 1849 - California Gold Rush begins
  • 1852 - Otis invented the passenger elevator, including a safety brake.
  • 1857 - The first American to patent a toothbrush
  • 1860 - Abraham Lincoln elected 16th President of the United States.
  • 1861 - American Civil War begins.
  • 1865 - D.B. Gurney Company moves to So. Abington. This section of town later changes its name to Whitman.
  • 1865 - 13th Amendment, abolishes slavery
  • 1865 - Abraham Lincoln assassinated at Ford Theater.
  • 1868 - The first modern typewriter is patented
  • 1869 - First Transcontinental Railroad is completed.
  • 1873 - Levi Strauss invented blue jeans
  • 1876 - Alexander Graham Bell patents telephone
  • 1879 - Thomas Edison invents the incandescent light bulb
  • 1880 - Candlepin Bowling was developed in Worcester, MA
  • 1885 - Washington monument completed
  • 1897 - The first subway line in America was opened in/under Boston, MA.
  • 1899 - Bostonian Shoe Company was founded in Whitman, MA.
  • 1900 - The Thumbtack was invented
  • 1901 - Toledo Scales begin production
  • 1903 - Wright Brothers made the first successful, powered, piloted flight in history.
  • 1908 - The Ford Motor Company begins production of Model T cars.
  • 1912 - The Titanic sinks
  • 1914 - World War I begins
  • 1919 - 18th Amendment, establishing Prohibition
  • 1920 - 19th Amendment, women earn the right to vote
  • 1925 - A public demonstration of the first television took place in London, England
  • 1928 - Admiral Richard Byrd leads American exploration of Antartic
  • 1928 - Alexander Flemming discovered Penicillin
  • 1928 - Sliced Bread is invented
  • 1929 - Black Tuesday, the Wall Street stock market crash that triggered the Great Depression
  • 1930 - The Chocolate Chip Cookie is invented at the Toll House Inn in Whitman, MA.
  • 1941 - U. S. enters World War II
  • 1947 - Polaroid camera invented.
  • 1955 - Disneyland opens in Anaheim, CA
  • 1959 - Alaska and Hawaii become 49th and 50th states, respectively
  • 1964 - The Beatles appear on The Ed Sullivan Show, and the British Invasion begins
  • 1969 - Neil Armstrong takes first steps on moon.
  • 1975 - Bill Gates founded Microsoft.
  • 1977 - Cell Phones go public. Trials began in Chicago, IL
  • 1980 - Post-It-Notes debuted in U.S. stores
  • 1984 - Apple Computer launches the Macintosh
  • 1991 - World Wide Web created
  • 1992 - D. B. Gurney manufactures clout nails used in the restoration of the USS Constitution “Old Ironsides”
  • 2001 - The Segway PT is produced in NH
  • 2001 - The first Apple iPod
  • 2005 - YouTube begins
  • 2006 - Nintendo released Wii video game console