The American Century: 1901-2000

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Can you name the years (1901-2000) in which these events in American history, politics, and pop culture took place?

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Medicare and Medicaid are established
The Federal Trade Commission is established
The United States formally enters World War I
Four LAPD officers are acquitted in the Rodney King case, setting off a riot
The Julliard School is founded in Manhattan
Apple Computer is founded
In Brown v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court rules school segregation unconstitutional
At the University of Pennsylvania, ENIAC, the first computer, is completed
Elvis Presley dies at age 42
The Lincoln Memorial is dedicated
Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are executed
New Mexico and Arizona become the 47th and 48th states, respectively
TV ads first appear in support of presidential campaigns, with 'I Like Ike' proving successful
The original 'Star Trek' premiers on TV
Harry Truman relieves Gen. Douglas MacArthur of his command
Terrorists detonate a vehicle bomb in the World Trade Center parking garage
The Rose Bowl (as the 'Tournament East-West Football Game') is played for the first time
The University of Oregon wins the first NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament
Erwin Rommel defeats US forces in the Battle of Kasserine Pass
Upton Sinclair publishes 'The Jungle,' resulting in widespread food safety reforms
O.J. Simpson is found not guilty of the murders of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman
Harvey Milk and George Moscone are assassinated in San Francisco
The Hoover Dam is completed
Henry Ford begins using a moving assembly line in his factory
The film 'Titanic' is released
The signing of the North Atlantic Treaty creates NATO
Charles Schulz's 'Peanuts' first appears in newspapers
The Chicago Cubs win the second of two back-to-back World Series titles
MTV begins broadcasting
The NAACP is symbollically founded on the centennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth
The 21st Ammendment is ratified, repealing Prohibition
The Boy Scouts of America are formally incorporated
The Hubble Space Telescope enters orbit
The Playstation 2 is officially released in the US
EventYear
Jeannette Rankin becomes the first woman to be elected to Congress
While attempting to dock in New Jersey, the 'Hindenburg' catches fire and burns
NASA is established
The Chicago Tribune goes to press with 'Dewey Defeats Truman'
The 'Morris Worm' becomes the first computer worm to spread virally via the Internet
The Wright Flyer takes off for the first time at Kitty Hawk, NC
Babe Ruth hits his first home run
Lyndon Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act into law
The 19th Ammendment is ratified, granting women the right to vote
Theodore Roosevelt first becomes president
Microsoft is founded
Golfer Horton Smith wins the first Masters Tournament
Space Shuttle 'Challenger' explodes 73 seconds after liftoff
In Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court declares abortion legal
Pearl Harbor is bombed
Oklahoma becomes the 46th state
Martin Luther King, Jr., is assassinated in Memphis
Macy's stages its first annual Thanksgiving Day Parade
'Time' magazine hits shelves for the first time
Operation Desert Storm---the First Gulf War--begins
The US Post Office begins airmail service
Green Bay defeats Kansas City in Super Bowl I
Jesse 'The Body' Ventura is elected Governor of Minnesota
Richard Nixon resigns the presidency
The first National Coming Out Day is celebrated
Coca-Cola releases the infamous 'New Coke'
Atomic bombs are dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki
The 'Roswell [NM] Daily Record' first reports on the crash of a UFO
The Interstate Highway System is created
New York City begins subway service
The video game 'Pong' debuts
Micahel Jackson's album 'Thriller' is released
In Pennsylvania, the US's first nuclear power plant opens
'Steamboat Willie' (starring Mickey Mouse) is released
EventYear
The 'Pentagon Papers' are published
Tupac Shakur is gunned down in Las Vegas
Dwight Eisenhower gives the go-ahead order for the D-Day Invasion
In Tennessee, John Scopes is put on trial for teaching evolution
NBC becomes the first of the 'Big 3' networks to hit the television airwaves
Jonas Salk's polio vaccine is declared to be 'safe and effective' by the FDA
The legendary Route 66 is formally established
American pilot Francis Powers is shot down and captured by the USSR
Neil Armstrong becomes the first human to set foot on the moon
Aaron Copland composes his 'Fanfare for the Common Man'
The Exxon 'Valdez' runs aground in Alaska
'The Star-Spangled Banner' becomes the official national anthem
Alaska and Hawaii become the 49th and 50th states, respectively
In New York City, the Chrysler Building is completed
Ray Harroun wins the innagural Indianapolis 500
McDonald's sells its first 'Happy Meal'
The first Wal-Mart opens its doors
In the so-called 'Crime of the Century,' Charles Lindbergh's infant son is kidnapped and murdered
Apollo 13 undergoes a crisis in space when an oxygen tank explodes
Alan Shepard becomes the first American in space
The Chicago 'Black Sox' arrange with gamblers to throw the World Series
Geraldine Ferraro becomes the first female candidate for Vice President
Vanessa Williams becomes the first African-American 'Miss America'
John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas
J. Edgar Hoover becomes the first Director of the modern FBI
Frankin Roosevelt is elected to an unprecedented third term as president
The Tomb of the Unknown Solider is dedicated, enshrining the body of a WWI casualty
'Nirvana' frontman Kurt Cobain commits suicide
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 10,000 for the first time
Charles Lindbergh completes his landmark trans-Atlantic flight in the 'Spirit of St. Louis'
The USA (and 64 other countries) boycott the Summer Olympics in Moscow
The Great Crash hits Wall Street, ushering in the Great Depression

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