Kingscott has been around for more than 85 years. Below we’ve chronicled some significant events in the history of our company. To provide context for what was happening at Kingscott, we’ve also included a summary of world events that were occurring at the same time.
1929 – The end of the “Roaring Twenties” was marked by the infamous stock market crash of 1929 that set off the Great Depression. Despite the turmoil of national events, Louis Kingscott and Donald Stewart were still able to found the Stewart-Kingscott Company.
The Great Depression impacted global economies. Amelia Earhart’s plane disappeared over the Bermuda Triangle. Bonnie and Clyde embarked on their infamous crime spree and the federal government imprisoned Al Capone for tax evasion.
Jeep was invented, the first Atomic Bomb was tested and the United Nations was founded. In other news bikinis were introduced, Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier and Ghandi was assassinated.
Sometimes referred to as the “Golden Age”, color TV was invented, the polio vaccine was discovered and Disneyland opened. The 50s also saw segregation ruled illegal and the Civil Rights movement began.
For many, the 60s can be summed up as the Vietnam War, hippies, drugs, protests and rock and roll. As the joke goes, “If you remember the sixties, you weren’t there.” Other important events of the 60s include the building of the Berlin Wall, the Soviets launched the first man into space, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, the Beatles became popular, and Dr. Martin Luther King gave his “I have a Dream” speech.
In the 70s the Beatles broke up and the Watergate scandal began. Terrorists attacked the Olympic Games in Munich, Patty Hearst was kidnapped and Nixon resigned. Microsoft was founded, Elvis was found dead and Star Wars was released.
The 80s began the end of the Cold War and the Berlin Wall came down. Disasters of this decade included the eruption of Mt. St. Helens and the oil spill of the Exxon Valdez. Culturally, the 80s saw the introduction of the Rubik’s Cube toy, the Pac-Man video game, and Michael Jackson’s Thriller video.
The Cold War finally ends, Nelson Mandela is released from prison and the Internet becomes popular. The Hubble Telescope was launched into space, Harry Potter was released, scientists cloned a sheep, Tiger Woods won the Masters and Elian Gonzales goes home.
In this decade the world celebrated the turn of the millennium. This turn saw the launch of the iPod, Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, and Barack Obama was elected the first African-American President of the United States. Pluto was demoted from the ninth planet to a dwarf planet in 2006.