As soon as World War II ended, the United States saw a boom of babies. Babies were being born everywhere at a faster rate than ever before. In 1940, there were about 19 births for every 1,000 Americans. The war ended in 1945, and in 1948, there was an average of 26 births for every 1,000 Americans. By 1950, the population had grown by at least 2.3 million. The term "baby boomer" wasn't publicly printed until 1963 when all those babies starting enrolling in college in massive numbers. The baby boomer population peaked close to 79 million, and today it is the largest generation on the planet. Millennials are set to take the crown in the 2020s, but as of now, baby boomers are king.
So what did all these baby boomers do? Well, for one, their parents were the Greatest Generation, so they came from excellent pedigree. After that, they've had their hands in almost every significant advancement of the past half-century. The World Wide Web? A baby boomer invented it. The iPhone? A baby boomer also invented it. The MLB home run record? A baby boomer holds it. The NFL touchdowns record? It's also held by a baby boomer. The USB port, free shipping, DNA fingerprinting, artificial hearts, Segways and synthetic skin? They were all created by baby boomers. Baby boomers are everywhere. But can you name the most influential baby boomers based on a screenshot? Let's find out.