100 Business Greats of 20th Century http://www.thestreet.com/basics/countdown/748433.html
Year Event and Description #
1956  Eisenhower creates the interstates  1  
1971  Intel invents the single-chip microprocessor  2
1913  The Federal Reserve is formed  3
1929  The Great Crash of 1929  4  
1963  Equal pay for equal work  5  
1913  Ford introduces the assembly line  6
1942  Kaiser's World War II shipyards surpass all expectations of production  7
1962  The first Wal-Mart opens  8
1982  The current bull market begins  9  
1915  Carrier Engineering is founded, beginning the commercialization of air conditioning  10
1980  Reagan is elected  11
1936  Keynes publishes The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money  12
1947  Kennan's 'X' letter gives birth to the peacetime military-industrial complex  13
1936  The United Auto Workers stage their first sit-down strikes  14
1961  Kroc buys McDonald's  15
1939  Hewlett and Packard put Silicon in the Valley  16
1909  Bakelite is introduced  17
1995  Netscape goes public  18  
1932  The Depression-era securities laws  19
1965  President Johnson signs Medicare into law  20  
1981  Microsoft is tapped to provide the IBM operating system  21
1958  Bank of America launches the first credit card  22  
1939  The first commercial television broadcast  23  
1979  Volcker becomes Fed chairman  24  
1943  A Merck scientist synthesizes streptomycin  25  
1957  The first Japanese car, a Toyota, is sold in the U.S.  26
1935  The first DC-3 flight  27  
1947  Three Bell Labs scientists invent the transistor  28
1944  The Bretton Woods agreement  29
1978  Toys R Us revives employee stock options  30
1964  The Civil Rights Act  31
1970  Xerox founds its Palo Alto Research Center  32
1980  The Supreme Court allows gene patenting  33
1974  President Ford signs ERISA into law  34  
1922  New York's WEAF broadcasts the first radio ad  35
1911  The Supreme Court orders the breakup of Standard Oil  36  
1970  Wage stagnation starts  37 .
1989  The Berlin Wall falls, heralding the triumph of market capitalism  38
1947  The Marshall Plan  39  
1973  The OPEC oil shock  40
1945  Coca-Cola becomes a global brand  41
1906  The Jungle is published  42
1944  FDR signs the GI Bill of Rights  43  
1907  U.S. immigration peaks  44
1981  Reagan fires federal air traffic controllers  45  
1984  AT&T is dismantled  46  
1988  The savings-and-loan crisis peaks  47
1968  Hospital Corp. of America is founded  48
1947  Levittown opens  49  
1933  The Agricultural Adjustment Act is signed  50  
1946  The baby boom begins  51
1940  Charles Merrill re-creates Merrill Lynch  52
1962  The New Yorker serializes Silent Spring  53  
1965  Watts explodes in race riots  54  
1923  ADM becomes the world's largest linseed -oil maker  55
1958  Eisenhower signs the act creating NASA  56  
1984  Calpers promotes shareholder activism  57
1901  Morgan consolidates U.S. Steel  58
1975  Wall Street's fixed commissions end  59  
1978  The California asbestos lawsuits  60  
1936  Hoover Dam is completed  61  
1934  Benjamin Graham's Security Analysis is published  62
1961  Frances Kelsey blocks the U.S. approval of thalidomide  63
1984  Nasdaq gets its first blue-sky exemption  64  
1980  The CCITT Group 3 recommendation for facsimile machines is adopted  65
1923  Alfred Sloan becomes president of General Motors  66
1973  Cohen and Boyer pioneer recombinant DNA techniques  67
1966  President Johnson's Texas-sized spending spurs domestic inflation  68
1980  The government bails out Chrysler  69  
1973  Federal Express begins operations  70  
1973  Black and Scholes introduce their options pricing model 71  
1941  Women and minorities contribute to the war effort  72
1934  FDR signs the act creating the Federal Housing Administration  73  
1996  AOL goes to flat-rate pricing  74  
1928  The explosion of RCA's stock epitomizes market mania  75
1929  Bernays lights the 'Torches of Liberty'  76  
1971  MCI is authorized to compete with AT&T  77
1987  The Black Monday crash  78  
1960  Maiman unveils the first working laser  79  
1965  Intelsat 1 goes into service  80  
1930  The first U.S. supermarket, King Kullen, opens  81  
1971  Michael Milken starts Drexel's junk-bond trading operation  82
1964  The surgeon general reports that smoking causes lung cancer in men  83  
1975  HBO via satellite accelerates the fragmentation of the TV marketplace  84  
1935  The Public Utility Holding Company Act is enacted  85
1914  The Panama Canal opens  86  
1963  Valium is introduced  87
1914  Thomas Watson becomes president of IBM's predecessor  88
1976  Bogle launches the First Index Investment Trust  89  
1993  Lou Gerstner turns IBM around  90  
1971  Southwest Airlines begins flying  91  
1981  Harley-Davidson adopts Japanese management techniques  92  
1910  Frederick Taylor's 'scientific management' theory gains legitimacy  94
1975  Jaws ushers in the blockbuster era in Hollywood  95  
1978  The University of Phoenix, a for-profit university, is accredited  96
1987  Nike's Revolution ads commodify dissent  97
1955  Disneyland opens  98  
1979  The Three Mile Island disaster  99  
1910  Hallmark gets its start  100