20th Century Inventions


Video Biography by Family Tree VideoBelow is a list of 20th century inventions, many of which greatly impacted the lives of our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. (Note: some of the dates may be in dispute as they can either reflect the year an invention was patented or the year it became commercially available. It typically took several years for an invention to become widely used.)

To learn more about an invention and the personal impact it had, ask your parents and grandparents to share their memories of growing up in the 20th century.

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1900-1910

  • 1900 – The Escalator
  • 1901 – The Vacuum Cleaner
  • 1902 – The Air Conditioner
  • 1903 – Crayons and Airplane
  • 1904 – The Tractor
  • 1905 – E=mc2
  • 1906 – Sonar and Corn Flakes
  • 1907 – Color Photography
  • 1908 – The Model T
  • 1909 – Instant Coffee
  • 1910-1920

  • 1912 – The Motorized Movie Camera
  • 1913 – The Bra
  • 1916 – Stainless Steel
  • 1918 – Fortune Cookie
  • 1919 – The pop-up Toaster
  • 1921 – The Lie Detector
  • 1923 – Frozen Food
  • 1926 – The Television and Liquid Fueled Rockets
  • 1928 – Penicillin
  • 1930-1940

  • 1930 – Scotch Tape and the Jet Engine
  • 1932 – Polaroid Photography
  • 1933 – The FM Radio
  • 1934 – Monopoly
  • 1935 – Nylon
  • 1936 – The Colt Revolver
  • 1937 – The Photocopier
  • 1938 – The Ball Point Pen, Teflon and first Turboprop
  • 1939 – The Helicopter and Electron Microscope
  • 1940-1950

  • 1940 – The Color Television
  • 1941 – The Neutron Reactor
  • 1943 – The Slinky
  • 1944 – Kidney Dialysis
  • 1945 – The Atomic Bomb
  • 1946 – The Microwave Oven
  • 1948 – The Frisbee, Velcro and the Jukebox
  • 1950-1960

  • 1950 – The first Credit Card
  • 1951 – The Video Tape Recorder
  • 1952 – Mr. Potato Head
  • 1953 – The Transistor Radio
  • 1954 – McDonalds and the Birth Control Pill
  • 1955 – Optic Fiber
  • 1956 – Liquid Paper
  • 1958 – The modern Computer, Laser and the Hula Hoop
  • 1959 – The Micro Chip, Barbie Doll, and the Pacemaker
  • 1960-1970

  • 1960 – The Halogen Lamp
  • 1962 – The Audio Cassette and TV Satellite Launched
  • 1963 – The Video Disk
  • 1965 – AstroTurf and the Compact Disc
  • 1967 – The Hand held Calculator
  • 1968 – The Computer Mouse and RAM
  • 1969 – The Artificial Heart and the ATM
  • 1970-1980

  • 1970 – The Floppy Disc
  • 1971 – The VCR
  • 1972 – The Word Processor and Video Game
  • 1973 – The Ethernet
  • 1974 – Liposuction and Post it Notes
  • 1975 – The Laser Printer
  • 1976 – The Ink Jet Printer
  • 1977 – Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • 1979 – The Cell Phone, Walkman and Roller Blades (what a year!)
  • 1980-1990

  • 1981 – The IBM PC
  • 1983 – Apple Lisa
  • 1984 – The CD ROM and Apple Macintosh
  • 1985 – Microsoft Windows
  • 1986 – The Disposable Camera
  • 1987 – Disposable Contact Lenses and Fax Machine
  • 1988 – The Digital Cell Phone
  • 1989 – High Definition Television
  • 1990-2000

  • 1990 – The World Wide Web and HTML
  • 1991 – The Digital Answering Machine
  • 1993 – The Portable Personal Computers
  • 1995 – The DVD and JAVA
  • 1996 – Web TV
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    Ask your parent and grandparents what they consider the greatest invention in their lifetime and let us know in the comment section below!.

    To learn more about 20th century inventions and your family history, check out my post: ‘Grandparent Interview Questions’.


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