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

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