The 20th Century

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Can you name the years of the 20th Century that these events took place?

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The Buffalo Bills become the first team to lose 3 consecutive Super Bowls.
India and Pakistan gain independence from the British Empire.
Bob Hawke is elected Prime Minister of Australia.
After 22 years of restoration work, Leonardo de Vinci’s The Last Supper is placed back on display in Milan.
The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 1, the world's first artificial satellite.
J.R.R Tolkien dies.
The Nazi concentration camp Treblinka II opens. Around 850,000 people are killed.
Prohibition begins in the United States.
Tony Blair becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
John Paul I succeeds Pope Paul VI as the 263rd Pope. He dies 33 days later.
Persia is renamed Iran.
Canada adopts its current national flag.
The Hindenburg catches fire and is destroyed.
NASA releases the famous Face on Mars photo, taken by Viking 1.
The Falklands War between Argentina and the UK.
US President Richard Nixon resigns following the Watergate Scandal.
Chelsea FC is founded.
A magnitude 7.8 earthquake strikes San Francisco.
Warren G. Harding is inaugurated as US President.
Beatrix Potter dies.
Meher Baba begins his 44 year silence.
Harry Houdini dies of a ruptured appendix.
The first issue of The Beano is published.
Mickey Mouse appears in Steamboat Willie.
US President Ronald Reagan challenges Mikhail Gorbachev to 'tear down this wall.'
Hawaii is admitted as the 50th US State.
Elizabeth II is proclaimed Queen of the United Kingdom.
The original King Kong film is released.
Microsoft releases Windows 2.1.
The Nintendo 64 video game system is released in Japan and North America.
The Easter Rising occurs in Ireland.
The British Broadcasting Corporation is granted a Royal Charter of Incorporation.
The Summer Olympic Games are held in Los Angeles for the second time.
I Love Lucy makes its television debut.
The first successful insulin treatment of diabetes is made.
Construction of the Empire State Building is completed in New York City.
The Spanish Civil War begins.
The RMS Lusitania is sunk by a German U-boat.
Clyde Tombaugh discovers Pluto.
Dr. No, the first James Bond film, premieres.
The Khmer Rouge sieze power in Cambodia.
Disney's The Jungle Book is released.
'Titanic' wins 11 Academy Awards, equalling the record set by Ben-Hur.
Allied troops land on the beaches of Normandy during D-Day.
Edward VII is crowned King of the United Kingdom.
Spain and Portugal join the European Union.
The first underground line of the New York City Subway opens.
John Lennon is assassinated in New York.
The first issue of Time Magazine is published.
The Greenpeace vessel Rainbow Warrior is bombed and sunk in Auckland harbour.
The first Winter Olympic Games are held in Chamonix, France.
The League of Nations is founded in Paris.
The Exxon Valdez spills 240,000 barrels of oil after running aground.
Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay are the first to summit Mt. Everest
French engineer Louis Réard invents the bikini.
The Spanish Flu becomes pandemic.
George Orwell's book Nineteen Eighty-Four is published.
Yuri Gagarin becomes the first man in space.
'Heartbreak Hotel' becomes Elvis Presley's first number one single.
The most powerful earthquake on record strikes Chile.
John Steinbeck's novel The Grapes of Wrath is first published.
The rock band Led Zeppelin forms.
Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9 breaks apart and collides with Jupiter.
Adolf Hitler becomes Führer of Germany.
Mohandas Gandhi is assassinated.
The Russian Revolution destroys the Tsarist government.
Henry Ford produces his first Model T automobile.
The Korean War begins.
The Wall Street Crash leads to the Great Depression.
eBay is founded.
Nelson Mandela is released from prison after 27 years behind bars.
The United Kingdom and Ireland both switch to decimal currency.
The Siege of Sarajevo begins.
Margaret Thatcher becomes the UK's first female prime minister.
Jimi Hendrix dies in London of drug related complications.
Regular hovercraft service begins over the English Channel.
'I Want to Hold Your Hand' becomes The Beatles' first US #1 single.
Neil Armstrong becomes the first person to walk on the Moon.
Brazil wins its first FIFA World Cup in Sweden.
Apache leader Geronimo dies.
The RMS Titanic sinks on her maiden voyage.
The Japanese Navy launches a surprise attack on the US at Pearl Harbor.
The first resident crew enters the International Space Station.
US President John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, Texas.
George V ascends to the throne of the United Kingdom.
World War I begins.
Amelia Earhart is the first woman to fly solo non-stop across the Atlantic.
Apple Computer Inc. is incorporated.
Maurice Garin wins the first Tour de France.
Emily Davison, a British suffragette, runs out in front of the King's horse and is killed.
Eleven Israeli athletes are shot dead at the Summer Olympic Games in Munich.
Roald Amundsen beats Robert Falcon Scott to the South Pole by 35 days.
Robert Baden-Powell leads the first Scout camp on Brownsea Island, England.
Kyrgyzstan gains independence.
Winston Churchill becomes British Prime Minister for the first time.
Queen Victoria dies after almost 64 years on the throne.
'Video Killed the Radio Star' is the first video shown on MTV.
Roger Bannister runs the first four-minute mile.
Albert Einstein dies aged 76.
The United Nations is formed.

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