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

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

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