Top 10 GREAT American Achievements

February 23, 2017

On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 blasted off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This spacecraft would take 3 American astronauts to the Moon, landing 2 on its surface and return all 3 safely to Earth, less than a decade after the first manned space flight. The US and Americans have achieved many great things, and here we list 10 of them. Not all significant inventions or achievements are necessarily for humanitarian purposes, some of them are for war. Some, like DDT and the polio vaccines saved millions of lives. We list 10 that we think you will find interesting, and invite you to let us know what other American accomplishments we should have listed. (America bashers beware! This list is by definition US-centric.)

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10. The Internet, circa 1985.
9. Cell Phones, 1973.
8. Machine Guns, 1862, 1884.
7. Panama Canal, 1914.
6. Modern Submarine, 1900.
5. Trans-Oceanic Cable Communication, 1858.
4. First Nuclear Reactor, 1942.
3. Model T Ford, 1908.
2. First in Flight, 1903.
1. Men on the Moon, 1969.

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