Baby Boom

The term “Baby Boom” generally refers to the dramatic increase in birthrate between 1945 and 1964 in which more than 77 babies were born. In May 1951, Sylvia Porter, a columnist for the New York Post, used the term “boom” to refer to the phenomenon of increased births in post-war America. She wrote:

“Take the 3,548,000 babies born in 1950. Bundle them into a batch, bounce them all over the bountiful land that is America. What do you get? Boom. The biggest, boomiest boom ever known in history.”

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