Tapestry Observes Baby Boomer Recognition Day

"Almost exactly nine months after World War II ended, the cry of the baby was heard across the land." - Historian Landon James

 

Over 3 million babies arrived in the U.S. in 1946; the first year of what became known as the baby boom generation. Now those first babies are moving into their 70's. And the end of the baby boom generation, those born in 1964, are heading into their mid-50's.

Tapestry wants to recognize this year's National Baby Boomer Recognition Day on Wednesday, June 21. We celebrate our residents who are a part of this important generation.

According to History.com, (will add link) more babies were born in 1946 than ever before: 3.4 million, 20 percent more than in 1945. In 1947, another 3.8 million babies were born; 3.9 million were born in 1952; and more than 4 million were born every year from 1954 until 1964, when the boom finally tapered off. By then, 76.4 million “baby boomers” lived in the United States. They made up almost 40 percent of the nation’s population.

These baby boomers have changed our country, rewriting attitudes on race, gender, and sex. And they invented things that have changed the entire world. Here are a few of the ones that have made a huge impact:

1) DNA Fingerprinting

Alec Jeffreys was born in 1950. In 1984, he discovered sequences within strands of DNA that differ from one individual to the next in a way as unique as physical fingerprints. His discovery has revolutionized criminal justice and solved countless mysteries.

2) The Jarvik 7 artificial heart

Dr. Robert Jarvik was born in Michigan in 1946. He was inspired to create an artificial heart after his father needed heart surgery. While Dr. Jarvik wasn't the first to develop an artificial heart, his 1982 creation was the first artificial heart that could be implanted inside a patient's body.

3) Apple II personal computers

Two baby boomers launched a technical revolution when they partnered together to create and market the Apple II personal computer. Steve Jobs was born in 1955 and Steve Woziniak was born in 1950. Their creation was the earliest version of today's personal computers, and their invention truly transformed our culture.

4) The World Wide Web

How often do we access information by way of the world wide web, searching countless online websites by starting with "www" on the internet? We can thank Tim Berners-Lee for this amazing capability we now have. Berners-Lee was born in 1955, and he came up with the concept of what became the world wide web. His invention has spread across the globe and is arguably the most powerful means of communication ever developed.

Happy Baby Boomer Recognition Day!

The staff at Tapestry wants to recognize this year's National Baby Boomer Day on Wednesday, June 21. After all, baby boomers have changed the world!