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