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

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