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

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