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

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