Cellphones, homeland security, DVDs, iPods, a computer at every desk, space shuttles, HIV, "American Idol," ATMs, the Soviet Union's collapse, international terrorism, designer water, electric cars—on the whole, the world in which we live today is quite different from just 40 years ago, when Smithsonian first appeared.
As we begin to mark the magazine’s 40th anniversary, we would like to ask: If you were pressed to name the five most important events, ideas or developments in the past 40 years, what would they be?
To stimulate conversation, I offer the following list. It is, admittedly, biased toward the United States, and despite efforts not to emphasize recent times it does have a decidedly 21st-century tilt.
- Terence Monmaney
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