The 20th Century

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

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