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

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