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Can you pick the missing words in this year-by-year history of arts and entertainment in the 20th Century?
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1901: A posthumous retrospective of the work of Vincent van Gogh at the Galeries Bernheim Jeune in the city of ___ causes a sensation
1902: In Los Angeles, Thomas Lincoln Tally opens the Electric Theater, the first permanent ___ theater
1903: Jack London's 'The Call of the Wild' is serialized in the ___ Evening Post
1904: The stage play 'Peter Pan, or The ___ Who Wouldn't Grow Up' premieres in London
1905: French novelist Jules ___ ('Around the World in 80 Days') dies at age 77
1906: 'The Story of the ___ Gang' becomes the first feature film ever released
1907: Britain's Rudyard Kipling wins the ___ Prize in Literature
1908: 'Take ___ Out to the Ball Game' is published and will soon become the unofficial anthem of baseball
1909: Author James ___ opens a motion picture cinema in Dublin
1910: The first film version of Mary Shelley's '___' is released
1911: The 'Mona Lisa' is stolen from the Musée du ___
1912: Mack Sennett forms ___ Studios, whose slapstick films will feature Charlie Chaplin
1913: George Bernard Shaw's '___' premieres at Hofburg Theatre in Vienna
1914: ASCAP (American Society of Composers, ___ and Publishers) is established to protect copyrighted musical compositions
1915: Harry ___ performs his 'Buried Alive' stunt for the first time and almost loses his life
1916: The Saturday Evening Post publishes its first cover with a painting by Norman ___
1917: Ernest Poole wins the first ___ Prize for Fiction for his novel 'His Family'
1918: Willa Cather publishes 'My ___'
1919: The ___ school of architecture is founded by Walter Gropius in Weimar, Germany
1920: The first commercial ___ station in the U.S. opens in Detroit, Michigan
1921: ___ City hosts the first Miss America Pageant
1922: F.W. Murnau's German Expressionist horror film 'Nosferatu' is released, with Max Schreck starring as the vampire Count ___
1923: Louis ___ makes his first recording, 'Chimes Blues,' with King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band
1924: Buster Keaton releases his feature-length comedy '___, Jr.'
1925: The New ___ magazine publishes its first issue
1926: DeFord Bailey becomes the first African-American to perform on Nashville's Grand Ole ___
1927: 'Show ___' debuts on Broadway and ushers in a new era in American musical theater
1928: Mickey ___ is seen for the first time in the animated short 'Plane Crazy'
1929: 270 attend the first ___ Awards ceremony – held during a private brunch at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
1930: Warner Bros. debuts '___ Tunes,' its series of animated short films
1931: Todd Browing's film version of '___' is released with Bela Lugosi in the title role
1932: The film 'Tarzan the Ape Man' opens, with Olympic gold medal swimmer Johnny ___ in the starring role
1933: WXYZ radio in Detroit debuts 'The Lone ___' show
1934: F. Scott Fitzgerald publishes '___ Is the Night'
1935: Humorist Will ___ and aviator Wiley Post are killed when Post's plane crashes in Alaska
1936: The first superhero to wear a skin-tight costume and mask, The ___, makes his first appearance
1937: Pablo Picasso paints '___,' created in response to the bombing of a village in northern Spain by German and Italian warplanes
1938: ___ debuts in Action Comics #1; in 2010, this issue would sell at auction for $1 million
1939: Billie Holiday records the anti-lynching song 'Strange ___'
1940: Agatha Christie's mystery novel 'And Then There Were ___' is published in the U.S.
1941: Noel Coward's '___ Spirit' debuts in the West End of London
1942: On her 13th birthday, Anne ___ makes the first entry in her new diary
1943: '___' wins Best Picture at the 16th Academy Awards, and its director Michael Curtiz also takes home an Oscar
1944: Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, known by many for his painting 'The ___,' dies at the age of 80
1945: ___ the cat debuts in the cartoon 'Life with Feathers'
1946: Laurence Olivier's 'Henry V' opens in the United States; it is the first Shakespeare play filmed in ___
1947: Tennessee Williams' 'A Streetcar Named Desire' opens on Broadway with Marlon Brando and Jessica ___ in the starring roles
1948: ___ Records introduces its long playing 33 1/3 rpm phonograph format
1949: The first ___ Awards are presented at the Hollywood Athletic Club
1950: The game show 'Truth or ___' debuts on television and is hosted by Ralph Edwards, its radio host
1951: M.C. ___ debuts his lithograph 'The House of Stairs'
1952: 'I Love ___' becomes the first TV show to be viewed in 10,000,000 homes
1953: Samuel Beckett's 'Waiting for ___' has its first public staging in Paris at the Théâtre de Babylone
1954: Bill ___ & His Comets record 'Rock Around the Clock' and help launch rock and roll
1955: ABC broadcasts a sneak preview of ___ in Anaheim, California
1956: Elvis Presley enters the music charts for the first time with the song 'Heartbreak ___'
1957: Ingmar Bergman's famed Death-personifying film 'The Seventh ___' opens in Sweden
1958: Vladimir Nabokov's controversial novel '___' about hebephile Humbert Humbert is published in the U.S.
1959: ___ Records is founded by Berry Gordy, Jr.
1960: The Beatles form in ___, England
1961: Marvel Comics launches its superhero team The ___ Four
1962: Marilyn ___ is found dead in her Brentwood home
1963: The soap opera 'General ___' premieres
1964: Merv Griffin's game show '___!' debuts on NBC with Art Fleming as host
1965: Bob Dylan releases 'Highway 61 ___'
1966: The Metropolitan ___ House opens at Lincoln Center in New York City
1967: The rock musical '___' opens off-Broadway
1968: The Beatles release their self-titled album popularly known as the '___ Album'
1969: '___ Street' airs for the first time on PBS
1970: Radio music countdown show 'American Top 40' debuts with Casey ___ as host
1971: The sitcom 'All in the Family' introduces Archie ___ to the world
1972: Comedian George Carlin is arrested for public obscenity after reciting his '___ Words You Can Never Say on Television'
1973: Robert B. Parker starts the ___ book series
1974: 'People' magazine's first issue is released with Mia ___ on the cover
1975: 'Welcome Back, Kotter' debuts on ABC and popularizes the term '___'
1976: New York punk band the Ramones release their self-titled first album featuring the song '___ Bop'
1977: The miniseries '___,' based on the Alex Haley novel, sets TV ratings records in the U.S.
1978: At the One Love Peace Concert in Jamaica, Bob ___ unites two political opponents and brings peace to the civil-war torn city
1979: The Pinwheel Network changes its name to ___ and begins airing on Warner Cable system
1980: '___', the best-selling arcade game of all time, is released in Japan
1981: MTV debuts; the first video aired is 'Video Killed the Radio Star' by the ___
1982: The first ___ discs are released to the public in Germany
1983: The final episode of '___,' the satirical sitcom set during the Korean war, attracts the largest viewing audience in TV history to that point
1984: Michael Jackson is severely burned at the filming of a ___ commercial
1985: ___ debuts at Madison Square Garden
1986: ___ Animation Studios is opened
1987: Aretha Franklin becomes the first ___ inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
1988: Author Salman Rushdie releases his controversial novel 'The ___ Verses' and is forced to go into hiding
1989: The Corcoran Gallery of Art removes Robert ___'s gay photography exhibition
1990: 'Portrait of Dr. ___' by Vincent van Gogh is sold for a record $82.5 million
1991: 'Beauty and the Beast' becomes the first ___ film in history to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture
1992: At Wembley Stadium, the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert raises millions of dollars for ___ research
1993: Annie Proulx wins the National Book Award for her novel 'The ___ News'
1994: Millions watch on TV as NFL star O.J. Simpson and his friend Al Cowlings flee from police in his white Ford ___
1995: After a six-year hiatus, the James Bond film series continues with Pierce Brosnan playing the lead in '___'
1996: Canadian singer ___ Morissette becomes the youngest person to date to win Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards
1997: After being rejected by publishers for over a year, J.K. Rowling gets a £2,500 advance for the first book in the Harry ___ series
1998: 76.3 million people watch the series finale of '___'
1999: After 22 years of restoration work, Leonardo da Vinci's 'The Last ___' is placed back on display
2000: '___' premieres on CBS and sparks the reality show craze in the U.S.
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