Baby Boomer Generation. I've heard that phrase for most of my life and I soaked in enough to connect the reference to children born post-WWII. However, I never really thought about where I fit in this notorious generation of those born between 1946, the end of WWII and 1964. Sure, I caught the catch phrases, some of the statistics, general descriptions and events of in the lives of Baby Boomers yet I never really caught on that I was included. It was a revelation when it finally hit me during one of my regular moments of reflection and trying to better understand myself. I must admit this played a huge part in finding answers and self growth with the acknowledgement and understanding of my generation's issues.Thinking back on childhood memories, the subtle things remembered from that time take on a whole new meaning when viewed in terms of the year of the occurrence. It can be a mixture of things lived and things aware of through the media. Information often flows in and out sometimes with no real connection to its relevance. Moments of reflection provide the opportunity to connect.
Who Are Baby Boomers?Were you born between 1946 and 1964? If not, you are not considered a Baby Boomer. If so...
World War II veterans began returning home between 1945 and 1947. When the Korean War ended July 27, 1953, these soldiers also began returning home.
With the desegregation following Brown vs Board of Education in May 1954, Baby Boomers are the first elementary school generation to attend integrated schools. Did you attend integrated schools? If so, what year and at what age?
Birth Control became a big issue and on June 23, 1960 when the FDA approved an oral contraceptive for sale in the US. Is this relevant to you? If so, at what stage of your life was it relevant.
The Vietnam War seems to be in the midst of this generation and a defining time for Baby Boomers. While some were mere babes during this time period between 1964 and 1975, this is a time period that seems to have mobilized this generation due to those who fought in the war and those who protested the war. Between it all was the evolution of what became known as the "Summer of Love" in 1967.
The "Summer of Love" encompasses a time of free-thinking countercultures that included the Hippy Generation, Revolutionaries, sex, and drugs. This remains a popular phase in the Boomer's Timeline.
The continuation of countercultures and an elevation in the social climate, the feminist movement and Women's Liberation also came to the forefront. During this time in 1968 the oldest Baby Boomers are age 22. This heightened social climate ushered in Woodstock in 1969 on August 15-18. Bethel, New York was the host to over 400, 000 people attending a music festival where more than 30 acts performed.
This generation also saw abortion become legal with Roe vs Wade on January 22, 1973. March 12, 1975, when the oldest Baby Boomers are age 29, marked last Selective Service lottery. Registration for the draft was suspended January 1976 only to be revived in July 1980 for all males born 1960 and later.
Retirement age with full benefits was raised from age 65 to age 67 on March 9, 1983 when Legislation passed making this change effective in 2000.
The United States swore in its first Baby Boomer President with Bill Clinton on January 20, 1993 and the first Boomers turn age 50 on January 1, 1996. January 1, 2011 saw the First Baby boomers turning age 65. On January 1, 2016 the first Baby Boomers will turn age 70.
During times of refection and consideration of history and events, where do you fit in? Who are Baby Boomers? Are you are Boomer? Baby Boomers have remained one of the most definitive generations in American history and society.