The 20th Century

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

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