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

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