If you are a Baby Boomer you probably remember the police show Dragnet starring Jack Webb. as Sgt. Joe Friday.
The distinctive 4-note beginning "dum de dum dum," the somber intonation "the story you are about to hear is true; the names have been changed to protect the innocent," and Sgt. Friday's catchphrase "just the facts, ma'am" have been embedded into American pop culture idiom.
Interestingly, Sgt. Friday never actually said "just the facts, ma'am," although he did say "all we want are the facts, ma'am".
However, who are we to quibble with remembered history.
So we are going to call our recurring series on Baby Boomer facts and statistics Just the Facts and we promise (unlike the changed names on Dragnet) what you are about to read will always be true.
1945-1947 -- World War II veterans return home from Europe and the Pacific. They settle down and begin having the first of the Baby Boom children.
May 17, 1954 -- U.S. Supreme Court orders the desegregation of schools in Brown vs. the Board of Education, meaning Baby Boomers are the first elementary school students to attend integrated schools.
June 23, 1960 -- The FDA approves the birth control pill for sale in the United States.
1964 - 1975 -- Boomers both fought and protested the controversial first war America didn't win. The average age of combat soldiers is 19.
Summer, 1967 -- "The Summer of Love" popularizes the hippie culture of sex, drugs, and rock n' roll.
1968 -- The feminist movement and Women's Liberation begin. The oldest Baby Boomers are now 22.
Aug. 15-18, 1969 -- The Woodstock music festival takes place in upper New York State with more than 400,000 young festival-goers.
January 22, 1973 -- Roe vs. Wade makes abortion legal in the United States.
July 1980 -- The youngest of the Boomers will be 16 by year's end.
March 9, 1983 -- Legislation passes raising the retirement age (with full Social Security benefits) from 65 to 67 beginning in 2000.
January 20, 1993 -- Bill Clinton (born in 1945) becomes the 1st Baby Boomer president.
1996 -- The first of the Baby Boomers turn 50.
2011 -- The first of the Baby Boomers turn 65.
2016 -- The first of the Baby Boomers turn 70. There are an estimated 75.4 million Baby Boomers in America.