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

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

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