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

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