The baby boomer generation—the 76.4 million of us born between 1946 and 1964—don't always get the respect we deserve. Especially in recent years, we've become the generational scapegoat for just about every cultural problem on the planet. Major magazines claim we "broke America" and are "the worst generation." But it's high time to set the record straight. Baby boomers may not have created a utopian society, but we haven't left the world in worse shape than we found it. In fact, we're responsible for some pretty remarkable developments that subsequent generations have largely taken for granted. Here are some of those things that wouldn't exist without baby boomers, proving we've made the world a better place.