Jan. 25, 1945

A staff nurse greets some new arrivals at the Queen Charlotte Hospital in London.

Image: Reg Speller/Fox Photos/Getty Images

After the end of World War II, birth rates in the United States and other Western countries shot up in a phenomenon that came to be called the baby boom

The boom was driven by an economy in upswing and millions of returning veterans buying homes and starting families with the help of the G.I. Bill

In the seven years after 1948, more babies were born in the U.S. than in the previous 30 years

Today, members of the baby boomer generation are just beginning to leave the labor force and enter retirement. Read more…

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These historical photos communicate how huge the Baby Boom was