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

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