I thought this was pretty interesting to see how the bench press records has increased over the last 100 years.
http://strongestman.org/?p=98
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bench_Press_world_records

YEAR WEIGHT RECORD HOLDER
2008 1075 Ryan Kennelly
2007 1050 Ryan Kennelly
2006 1010 Gene Rychlak
2004 1004 Gene Rychlak
2003 900 Gene Rychlak
1999 802 Tim Isaac
1995 740 Jamie Harris
1993 735 Anthony Clark
1985 705 Ted Arcidi
1983 *** Bench Press Shirt Invented by John Inzer
1972 675 Jim Williams
1971 661 Jim Williams
1967 615 Pat Casey
1953 500 Doug Hepburn
1951 450 Doug Hepburn
1950 400 Doug Hepburn
1916 363 Joe Nordquest
1898 361 George Hackenschmidt