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Can you pick the year in which these major 20th century events took place?
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List of 20th Century 100 Top News Stories
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'Unsinkable' Titanic, largest man-made structure, sinks
Atomic bomb tested in New Mexico
Congress passes interstate highway bill
D-Day invasion marks the beginning of the end of World War II in Europe
Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt beats incumbent President Herbert Hoover
Earthquake hits San Francisco: 'Paris of the West' burns
FDA approves birth control pill
First regular radio broadcasts begin in America
Jackie Robinson breaks baseball's color barrier
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Russian revolution ends: Communists take over
Soviets blockade West Berlin:
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Standard Oil loses Supreme Court antitrust suit: monopolies suffer blow
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Television debuts in America at New York World's Fair
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U.S. Senate rejects Versailles Treaty: dooms League of Nations
United States enters World War I
United States sends troops to defend South Korea
Wilbur and Orville Wright fly the first powered airplane
World War I begins in Europe
World Wide Web revolutionizes the Internet
Yuri Gagarin becomes first man in space
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Jan 28th, 2010 at 02:48 GMT
I've got 3 sequels available (covering the entire 100 top news stories of the century), so if you like this kind of quiz, vote this comment up and I'll dole them out.
Jan 28th, 2010 at 03:22 GMT
Excellent quiz- start doling!
Jan 28th, 2010 at 03:55 GMT
rockgolf, you have your own ads on Sporcle now? Rockbottomgolf.com? So you
Jan 28th, 2010 at 14:49 GMT
I love these kinds of quizzes, keep 'em coming. However, given that buildings can properly be called structures I am having trouble with Titanic being called the largest manmade structure. The common consensus also seems to be that the League of Nations was doomed for far more reasons than what is mentioned here. These are obviously source problems and not your fault. Surprised at how late television debuted in the US.
Jan 28th, 2010 at 15:07 GMT
You could probably shave another minute off; I got most and then could guess for the last 4. 3 minutes means you have to start guessing around the right decade. Looking forward to the next ones.
Jan 29th, 2010 at 01:44 GMT
who'd have thought 1989 is when Al Gore went viral?
Jan 29th, 2010 at 04:08 GMT
Okay the first sequel is up:
Jan 29th, 2010 at 20:35 GMT
I'm not querying the game, but it would be nice if the source had a better global spread of events - I don't think that someone in Europe, for example, would agree that 'Congress passes interstate highway bill' was a 'major 20th century event'. Although I don't know a lot of US history so maybe it was? Again, not a criticism of the game, which is as well-thought-out and well-made as always from rockgolf!
Jan 30th, 2010 at 13:33 GMT
Jan 31st, 2010 at 08:13 GMT
Great bunch of facts here, but I was able to type in dozens of answers for some where I was in the ballpark, so maybe cut down the time a bit (to stop people like me)?
Feb 4th, 2010 at 01:54 GMT
Isn't this more accurately called "years by major 20th century event"? As titled, it appears to be a quiz where I guess a major 20th century event by the year I'm given.
Mar 12th, 2010 at 14:57 GMT
I don't know about reducing the time too much. Some of these events are things most are likely to know the exact date, but others aren't. I don't think that you want to punish those who are able to make educated guesses and come up with results in a few tries.
Oct 11th, 2010 at 03:32 GMT
wow, I just seem to be incapable of storing dates in my head.
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