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

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