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

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