History Quiz / The 20th Century

Random History or Century Quiz

Can you name the years of the 20th Century that these events took place?

Quiz not verified by Sporcle

How to PlayForced Order
Inspired by hscer's wonderful 200 Year Quiz.
Score 0/100 Timer 15:00
Brazil wins its first FIFA World Cup in Sweden.
Clyde Tombaugh discovers Pluto.
Henry Ford produces his first Model T automobile.
French engineer Louis Réard invents the bikini.
Queen Victoria dies after almost 64 years on the throne.
The Japanese Navy launches a surprise attack on the US at Pearl Harbor.
The Russian Revolution destroys the Tsarist government.
Eleven Israeli athletes are shot dead at the Summer Olympic Games in Munich.
US President John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, Texas.
After 22 years of restoration work, Leonardo de Vinci’s The Last Supper is placed back on display in Milan.
Meher Baba begins his 44 year silence.
Adolf Hitler becomes Führer of Germany.
eBay is founded.
The Buffalo Bills become the first team to lose 3 consecutive Super Bowls.
Roald Amundsen beats Robert Falcon Scott to the South Pole by 35 days.
Canada adopts its current national flag.
The rock band Led Zeppelin forms.
The Exxon Valdez spills 240,000 barrels of oil after running aground.
Beatrix Potter dies.
Prohibition begins in the United States.
The Khmer Rouge sieze power in Cambodia.
Mickey Mouse appears in Steamboat Willie.
Margaret Thatcher becomes the UK's first female prime minister.
Tony Blair becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
'I Want to Hold Your Hand' becomes The Beatles' first US #1 single.
The British Broadcasting Corporation is granted a Royal Charter of Incorporation.
Bob Hawke is elected Prime Minister of Australia.
Edward VII is crowned King of the United Kingdom.
World War I begins.
The Greenpeace vessel Rainbow Warrior is bombed and sunk in Auckland harbour.
A magnitude 7.8 earthquake strikes San Francisco.
Albert Einstein dies aged 76.
The Nazi concentration camp Treblinka II opens. Around 850,000 people are killed.
John Paul I succeeds Pope Paul VI as the 263rd Pope. He dies 33 days later.
Emily Davison, a British suffragette, runs out in front of the King's horse and is killed.
US President Richard Nixon resigns following the Watergate Scandal.
Elizabeth II is proclaimed Queen of the United Kingdom.
The Hindenburg catches fire and is destroyed.
Apache leader Geronimo dies.
I Love Lucy makes its television debut.
Hawaii is admitted as the 50th US State.
Allied troops land on the beaches of Normandy during D-Day.
'Video Killed the Radio Star' is the first video shown on MTV.
The first underground line of the New York City Subway opens.
The Spanish Civil War begins.
Mohandas Gandhi is assassinated.
Jimi Hendrix dies in London of drug related complications.
J.R.R Tolkien dies.
Apple Computer Inc. is incorporated.
The Nintendo 64 video game system is released in Japan and North America.
John Steinbeck's novel The Grapes of Wrath is first published.
The most powerful earthquake on record strikes Chile.
The Wall Street Crash leads to the Great Depression.
Maurice Garin wins the first Tour de France.
Neil Armstrong becomes the first person to walk on the Moon.
The first resident crew enters the International Space Station.
Winston Churchill becomes British Prime Minister for the first time.
The Falklands War between Argentina and the UK.
Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay are the first to summit Mt. Everest
Roger Bannister runs the first four-minute mile.
Chelsea FC is founded.
Nelson Mandela is released from prison after 27 years behind bars.
The RMS Lusitania is sunk by a German U-boat.
Persia is renamed Iran.
The first issue of The Beano is published.
NASA releases the famous Face on Mars photo, taken by Viking 1.
The first Winter Olympic Games are held in Chamonix, France.
The Summer Olympic Games are held in Los Angeles for the second time.
The League of Nations is founded in Paris.
George V ascends to the throne of the United Kingdom.
The Easter Rising occurs in Ireland.
The United Nations is formed.
The first successful insulin treatment of diabetes is made.
'Titanic' wins 11 Academy Awards, equalling the record set by Ben-Hur.
Disney's The Jungle Book is released.
Harry Houdini dies of a ruptured appendix.
Dr. No, the first James Bond film, premieres.
The first issue of Time Magazine is published.
'Heartbreak Hotel' becomes Elvis Presley's first number one single.
George Orwell's book Nineteen Eighty-Four is published.
Amelia Earhart is the first woman to fly solo non-stop across the Atlantic.
The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 1, the world's first artificial satellite.
Kyrgyzstan gains independence.
Robert Baden-Powell leads the first Scout camp on Brownsea Island, England.
Spain and Portugal join the European Union.
Construction of the Empire State Building is completed in New York City.
The Siege of Sarajevo begins.
The United Kingdom and Ireland both switch to decimal currency.
Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9 breaks apart and collides with Jupiter.
The original King Kong film is released.
Yuri Gagarin becomes the first man in space.
The Korean War begins.
Microsoft releases Windows 2.1.
John Lennon is assassinated in New York.
The Spanish Flu becomes pandemic.
India and Pakistan gain independence from the British Empire.
The RMS Titanic sinks on her maiden voyage.
Warren G. Harding is inaugurated as US President.
US President Ronald Reagan challenges Mikhail Gorbachev to 'tear down this wall.'
Regular hovercraft service begins over the English Channel.

You're not logged in!

Compare scores with friends on all Sporcle quizzes.
Sign Up with Email
Log In

You Might Also Like...

Show Comments


Top Quizzes Today

Score Distribution

Your Account Isn't Verified!

In order to create a playlist on Sporcle, you need to verify the email address you used during registration. Go to your Sporcle Settings to finish the process.