The 20th Century

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

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