History Quiz / The American Century: 1901-2000

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Can you name the years (1901-2000) in which these events in American history, politics, and pop culture took place?

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EventYear
The Great Crash hits Wall Street, ushering in the Great Depression
The first Wal-Mart opens its doors
'Nirvana' frontman Kurt Cobain commits suicide
The Exxon 'Valdez' runs aground in Alaska
The 21st Ammendment is ratified, repealing Prohibition
Space Shuttle 'Challenger' explodes 73 seconds after liftoff
NASA is established
The signing of the North Atlantic Treaty creates NATO
Neil Armstrong becomes the first human to set foot on the moon
The 'Roswell [NM] Daily Record' first reports on the crash of a UFO
'Steamboat Willie' (starring Mickey Mouse) is released
Richard Nixon resigns the presidency
Harry Truman relieves Gen. Douglas MacArthur of his command
Lyndon Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act into law
Microsoft is founded
The Chicago Tribune goes to press with 'Dewey Defeats Truman'
The Wright Flyer takes off for the first time at Kitty Hawk, NC
Jonas Salk's polio vaccine is declared to be 'safe and effective' by the FDA
The Chicago 'Black Sox' arrange with gamblers to throw the World Series
The legendary Route 66 is formally established
New Mexico and Arizona become the 47th and 48th states, respectively
Medicare and Medicaid are established
Terrorists detonate a vehicle bomb in the World Trade Center parking garage
The Tomb of the Unknown Solider is dedicated, enshrining the body of a WWI casualty
The first National Coming Out Day is celebrated
MTV begins broadcasting
Golfer Horton Smith wins the first Masters Tournament
Four LAPD officers are acquitted in the Rodney King case, setting off a riot
McDonald's sells its first 'Happy Meal'
The Lincoln Memorial is dedicated
Elvis Presley dies at age 42
Coca-Cola releases the infamous 'New Coke'
At the University of Pennsylvania, ENIAC, the first computer, is completed
The Hubble Space Telescope enters orbit
EventYear
Charles Lindbergh completes his landmark trans-Atlantic flight in the 'Spirit of St. Louis'
In Pennsylvania, the US's first nuclear power plant opens
Dwight Eisenhower gives the go-ahead order for the D-Day Invasion
The film 'Titanic' is released
Vanessa Williams becomes the first African-American 'Miss America'
Operation Desert Storm---the First Gulf War--begins
Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are executed
The Playstation 2 is officially released in the US
The University of Oregon wins the first NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament
Erwin Rommel defeats US forces in the Battle of Kasserine Pass
New York City begins subway service
'Time' magazine hits shelves for the first time
Macy's stages its first annual Thanksgiving Day Parade
The Chicago Cubs win the second of two back-to-back World Series titles
In the so-called 'Crime of the Century,' Charles Lindbergh's infant son is kidnapped and murdered
Aaron Copland composes his 'Fanfare for the Common Man'
Charles Schulz's 'Peanuts' first appears in newspapers
J. Edgar Hoover becomes the first Director of the modern FBI
The NAACP is symbollically founded on the centennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth
The 'Pentagon Papers' are published
In New York City, the Chrysler Building is completed
The 19th Ammendment is ratified, granting women the right to vote
Jeannette Rankin becomes the first woman to be elected to Congress
The Hoover Dam is completed
In Tennessee, John Scopes is put on trial for teaching evolution
Oklahoma becomes the 46th state
The Rose Bowl (as the 'Tournament East-West Football Game') is played for the first time
Alan Shepard becomes the first American in space
Frankin Roosevelt is elected to an unprecedented third term as president
The United States formally enters World War I
John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas
NBC becomes the first of the 'Big 3' networks to hit the television airwaves
Tupac Shakur is gunned down in Las Vegas
Henry Ford begins using a moving assembly line in his factory
EventYear
Green Bay defeats Kansas City in Super Bowl I
O.J. Simpson is found not guilty of the murders of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman
The 'Morris Worm' becomes the first computer worm to spread virally via the Internet
The US Post Office begins airmail service
Upton Sinclair publishes 'The Jungle,' resulting in widespread food safety reforms
'The Star-Spangled Banner' becomes the official national anthem
While attempting to dock in New Jersey, the 'Hindenburg' catches fire and burns
Apollo 13 undergoes a crisis in space when an oxygen tank explodes
The original 'Star Trek' premiers on TV
TV ads first appear in support of presidential campaigns, with 'I Like Ike' proving successful
Babe Ruth hits his first home run
Harvey Milk and George Moscone are assassinated in San Francisco
The Interstate Highway System is created
Alaska and Hawaii become the 49th and 50th states, respectively
Ray Harroun wins the innagural Indianapolis 500
Martin Luther King, Jr., is assassinated in Memphis
Geraldine Ferraro becomes the first female candidate for Vice President
The USA (and 64 other countries) boycott the Summer Olympics in Moscow
Micahel Jackson's album 'Thriller' is released
The Federal Trade Commission is established
In Brown v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court rules school segregation unconstitutional
Pearl Harbor is bombed
Atomic bombs are dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki
The video game 'Pong' debuts
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 10,000 for the first time
The Julliard School is founded in Manhattan
The Boy Scouts of America are formally incorporated
Apple Computer is founded
American pilot Francis Powers is shot down and captured by the USSR
Theodore Roosevelt first becomes president
Jesse 'The Body' Ventura is elected Governor of Minnesota
In Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court declares abortion legal

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