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

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