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1901
   was the year   
The First Nobel Prizes Were Awarded
In physics, chemistry, medicine, literature and peace
1901
   was the year   
Marconi Received the First Trans-Atlantic Radio Signal
From Poldhu Wireless Station in Cornwall, England to Signal Hill in St John's, Newfoundland
1901
   was the year   
Marlene Dietrich Was Born
German screen legend
1901
   was the year   
Queen Victoria Died
Born 24th May 1819, assumed the throne on the 20th June 1837 & died 22nd January 1901. The second longest reign of any British monarch.
1902
   was the year   
The Aswan Dam Was Opened
Now known as the Aswan Low Dam after the completion of the Aswan High Dam in 1970
1902
   was the year   
King Edward VII Became King of England
August 9
1903
   was the year   
Baseball's First World Series
Won by the Boston Americans
1903
   was the year   
The First Teddy Bear Was Created
Named after Theodore Roosevelt
1903
   was the year   
First Tour De France Was Held
Won by Maurice Garin
1903
   was the year   
The Ford Motor Company Was Created
In Detroit, Michigan by Henry Ford
1903
   was the year   
Giuseppe Sarto Became Pope Pius X
1903
   was the year   
The Wright Brothers Made Their First Flights
In heavier-than-air plane at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
1904
   was the year   
The Land Speed Record First Exceeded 100mph
Louis Rigolly of France July 21, 1904, driving a Gobron Brillié which was powered by a 13,600 cc engine developing a now lowly 130 bhp.
1904
   was the year   
Russia and Japan Declared War
Feb 10
1905
   was the year   
Einstein Published The Theory of Special Relativity
Proposed in the article "On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies" published in the "Annalen der Physik" scientific journal.
1906
   was the year   
Finland Gave Women the Vote
First European country to do so
1906
   was the year   
The Great San Francisco Earthquake Occurred
Struck at 5:12 A.M. on Wednesday, April 18, 1906 and had a magnitude in excess of 7.7. The earthquake and resulting fire is still one of the worst natural disasters in US history.
1908
   was the year   
The Boy Scout Association Began
By royal charter in the British Commonwealth
1908
   was the year   
Jack Johnson Became World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
First African-American to hold title
1908
   was the year   
King Carlos I of Portugal Died
Assassinated on Feb 1
1909
   was the year   
The First Man Reached the North Pole
On April 6th, 1909, Robert Peary claimed to have reached the pole, although there is some dispute over this claim.
1910
   was the year   
Florence Nightingale Died
Aug 14; nursing pioneer
1910
   was the year   
Mark Twain Died
4/21. Came into this world with Halley's Comet (1835); left the next time it showed up, as he predicted.
1910
   was the year   
Mary Baker Eddy Died
Founder of the Christian Science Church
1911
   was the year   
The First Indianapolis 500 Was Held
Auto race won by Ray Harroun
1911
   was the year   
The First Man Reached the South Pole
Roald Amundsen and his party reached the pole on December 14th, 1911. He beat his doomed competitor Robert Falcon Scott by a month.
1912
   was the year   
The Titanic Sank
Barbara Joyce Dainton and Elizabeth Gladys Dean are the last two living survivors, although they were both too young at the time to remember the disaster.
1913
   was the year   
Igor Stravinsky Premiered "The Rite of Spring"
In Paris; riot breaks out in the hall. I didn't think it was that bad.
1914
   was the year   
The Passenger Pigeon Became Extinct
Once probably the most common bird in the world, Martha, the last remaining Passenger Pigeon, died in the Cincinnati Zoo on September 1st 1914
1914
   was the year   
World War I Started
It is generally accepted that the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo on June 28th 1914 was the main catalyst in starting World War I.
1915
   was the year   
HMS Endurance Sank in the Antarctic
Ernest Shackleton and his crew escape
1915
   was the year   
Lusitania Sank by German U-Boat
1000 plus lost
1917
   was the year   
Bolsheviks Seized Power in Russia
1917
   was the year   
Frances X. Cabrini Died
Later is canonized as first American saint
1917
   was the year   
Mata Hari Was Executed
Dutch exotic dancer, by firing squad for spying for Germany
1918
   was the year   
Csar Nicholas II Died
Although the revolution occurred in 1917, Csar Nicholas II and his family were not executed until the following July.
1918
   was the year   
World War I Ended
Although generally accepted to have ended on November 11, 1918, it did not officially end until the Treaty of Versailles was signed the following year.
1919
   was the year   
Emiliano Zapata Was Shot to Death
Mexican revolutionary leader
1919
   was the year   
The First Non-stop Transatlantic Flight Was Made
Alcock and Brown set off from Lester's Field, St John's, Newfoundland on June 14th 1919 and crash landed near Clifden, Connemara, Ireland on June 15th 1919
1919
   was the year   
The Republic of Ireland Declared Independence
Declared on the 21, January 1919, was recognised on 6th December 1922 with the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty
1919
   was the year   
The Treaty of Versailles Was Signed
Signed on June 28, 1919 this was the official end of World War I, and ironically many view this treaty as contributing to the rise of the Nazi party and ultimately a cause of World War II
1920
   was the year   
The Black Sox Scandal Occured
Eight Chicago White Sox players charged with fixing the 1919 World Series
1920
   was the year   
Joan of Arc Was Canonized
Burned at the stake for heresy in 1431
1920
   was the year   
Prohibition Began in the U.S.A.
Began on January 16, 1920, when the 18th amendment to the US constitution came into effect.
1921
   was the year   
Hirohito Became Ruler of Japan
1922
   was the year   
Benito Mussolini Became Italian Prime Minister
1922
   was the year   
Tutankhamen's Tomb Was Opened
By Lord Carnavon and Howard Carter
1923
   was the year   
An Earthquake Destroyed Tokyo
Destroys also the port city of Yokohama; over 100,000 casualties
1923
   was the year   
Pancho Villa Was Killed
Charismatic Mexican revolutionary
1924
   was the year   
American Indians Were Given Full Citizenship
Finally
1924
   was the year   
Announcement That Andromeda Was Another Galaxy
By Edwin Hubble; previously believed to have been a nebula within the Milky Way
1924
   was the year   
The First Labour Government Was Elected in the U.K.
It ran from January 22, 1924 until November 3rd 1924, with Ramsey MacDonald as Prime Minister, following the previous December's election.
1924
   was the year   
Vladimir Lenin Died
Bolshevic leader, Jan. 21
1925
   was the year   
Adolf Hitler Published Mein Kampf
1925
   was the year   
The Scopes Monkey Trial Was Held
The "trial of the century;" John Scopes is found guilty of teaching evolution; fined $100
1926
   was the year   
Claude Monet Died
Died December 5, 1926 Giverny, France. His painting of 1872 "Impression, Sunrise" gave rise to the term Impressionist.
1926
   was the year   
Five Mayan Cities Were Discovered in Mexico
1926
   was the year   
Television Was First Publicly Demonstrated
John Logie Baird made his first public demonstration to members of the Royal Institute and a reporter on January 26th 1926 in Soho, London.
1927
   was the year   
Babe Ruth Hit His 60th Home Run
Sets single season record, Sept 30
1927
   was the year   
Canberra Became Capital of Australia
1927
   was the year   
The First Movie With Sound Was Released
Opened on October 6, 1927, and when Al Jolson uttered, "Wait a minute, wait a minute, you ain't heard nothin' yet", cinema was never the same again.
1927
   was the year   
The First Solo Non-stop Transatlantic Flight Was Made
Charles Lindbergh made his historic flight May 20th/21st 1927 and claimed the $25,000 Orteig prize in the process.
1928
   was the year   
Alexander Fleming Discovered Penicillin
Scottish biologist
1928
   was the year   
Oxford English Dictionary Was Completed
After 70 years of work
1929
   was the year   
The First Oscars Were Awarded
Held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on May 16, 1929, honouring the year 1928, with "Wings" being named Best Picture.
1929
   was the year   
The Great Depression Began in the U.S.A.
Interestingly, the Wall Street Crash of 1929 may have been as much an effect of, rather than a cause of, the great depression. Opinion is divided.
1929
   was the year   
Martin Luther King Was Born
American civil rights leader, Jan. 15
1929
   was the year   
St Valentine's Day Massacre Occured
With the murder of 7 members of George "Bugs" Moran's gang, Al Capone took control of Chicago's North Side, but it also brought him to the attention of the federal government...
1929
   was the year   
The Wall Street Crash Occurred
It started on "Black Tuesday" October 29, 1929, and its severity, alongside the great depression, meant that the market did not reach its pre-crash levels until 1955.
1930
   was the year   
The First Football World Cup Was Staged
Planned to compensate for football's exclusion from the 1932 Olympics, it was won by the host nation Uruguay when they beat Argentine 4-2.
1930
   was the year   
Pluto Was Discovered
By Clyde Tombaugh
1931
   was the year   
Empire State Building Was Opened
May 1. With the country in depression, it was hard to find tenant for the building. For years it was nicknamed The Empty State Building.
1931
   was the year   
Hawke's Bay Earthquake Struck
7.9, New Zealand's deadliest natural disaster, killing 256 people
1931
   was the year   
Managua, Nicaragua Was Destroyed by Earthquake
2000 perish
1931
   was the year   
Yangtze River in China Flooded
Kills nearly 200,000 people
1933
   was the year   
The Film King Kong Premiered
At Radio City Music Hall
1933
   was the year   
First Fixed-wing Aircraft Solo Around the World
Wiley Post
1933
   was the year   
The Nazi Party Gained Power in Germany
With the burning of the Reichstag building on February 27, 1933 and the subsequent political reaction, the Nazi seizure of power (Gleichschaltung) was complete.
1933
   was the year   
Prohibition Ended in the U.S.A.
Officially ended on December 5, 1933 with the ratifying of the 21st amendment and the repealing of the 18th amendment of the US constitution.
1933
   was the year   
US Ban on James Joyce's Ulysses Was Lifted
Banned for being obscene since 1921
1934
   was the year   
Bonnie and Clyde Killed
Bank robbers, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, were killed in a police ambush, May 23
1934
   was the year   
John Dillinger Was Shot
U.S. bank robber and named as the first Public Enemy Number One. Put his hand in acid to erase his fingerprints - they came back.
1934
   was the year   
Marie Curie Died
Physicist and Nobel Prize winner, July 4
1935
   was the year   
Alcoholics Anonymous Was Founded
In New York City, June 10
1935
   was the year   
Nuremberg Laws Were Enacted in Germany
Nazi's deprive German Jews of citizenship
1935
   was the year   
Nylon Was Invented
This is credited to Wallace Carothers, who was the leader of organic chemistry at Du Pont. He committed suicide by ingesting cyanide two years later.
1936
   was the year   
Great Britain Had Three Monarchs
Following the death of George V and the abdication of Edward VIII, George VI assumed the throne on December 11th 1936.
1936
   was the year   
The Hoover Dam Was Completed
Originally known as the Boulder Dam, and when completed created Lake Mead, the largest man-made reservoir in the US.
1936
   was the year   
Jesse Owens Won 4 Olympic Gold Medals
The year previously he set four world records in 45 minutes. Not bad for a smoker!
1936
   was the year   
Parking Meters Were Invented
1936
   was the year   
Volkswagon Was Founded
The "people's car". Founded by Ferdinand Porsche
1937
   was the year   
Aviator Amelia Earhart Disappeared
Over the Pacific, July 2
1937
   was the year   
German Warplanes Attacked Guernica, Spain
1937
   was the year   
The Golden Gate Bridge Was Opened
The bridge was opened to pedestrians on May 27, 1937 and to vehicles the following day. The bridge is painted "International Orange" to aid visibility in fog.
1937
   was the year   
The Hindenburg Disaster Occurred
LZ 129 Hindenburg was destroyed by fire on May 6, 1937 at Lakehurst Naval Air Station. Surprisingly, of the 97 crewmembers and passengers, 62 survived.
1937
   was the year   
Snow White Was First Released
First animated film in Technicolor.
1938
   was the year   
Orson Welles Broadcast "The War of the Worlds"
Panics the country when people think it is for real, Oct 30
1939
   was the year   
Eugenio Pacelli Became Pope Pius XII
March 12
1939
   was the year   
Sigmund Freud Died
Pioneering psychoanalyst
1939
   was the year   
World War II Began
France and the United Kingdom declared war on Germany on September 3, 1939, following the German (surprisingly with Russian agreement) invasion of Poland.
1940
   was the year   
The First McDonald's Hamburger Stand Opened
In Pasadena, California
1940
   was the year   
The Lascaux Caves Discovered
The caves, with Cro-Magnon art, were discovered by a schoolboy in the Vézère Valley of France
1940
   was the year   
Leon Trotsky Was Assassinated
In Mexico City, Aug 21
1940
   was the year   
Winston Churchill Became British Prime Minister
Suffered from stuttering
1941
   was the year   
The German Battleship Bismarck Sank
By the British navy, May 26
1941
   was the year   
James Joyce Died
1941
   was the year   
Pearl Harbor Was Attacked by Japan
On December 7, 1941 the 1st Air Fleet of the Imperial Japanese Navy launched a surprise attack on the Pacific Fleet of the US Navy moored at Pearl Harbor. This brought about the US entry into World War II. While The Japanese attack made mincemeat out of "Battleship Row," the entire U.S. Carrier force was out to sea and was not touched, a fact which would come back to haunt the Japanese later in the war.
1941
   was the year   
US Declared War on Japan
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the headquarters of the American Pacific Fleet.
1941
   was the year   
Velcro Was Invented
The idea came to Georges de Mestral when he became interested in Burdock seeds that stuck to his dog. The word velcro is a shortening of Velours Crochet, which translates as Velvet Hook.
1941
   was the year   
Virginia Woolf Died
1942
   was the year   
Battle of Midway Was Fought
1942
   was the year   
Battle of Stalingrad Began
The battle lasted from 17 July 1942 - 2 February 1943
1942
   was the year   
The First Helicopter Entered Full Scale Production
The Sikorsky XR-4, 400 of which were built.
1942
   was the year   
Stephen Hawking Was Born
Stephen William Hawking was born on January 8, 1942. Hawking's principal fields of research are theoretical cosmology and quantum gravity.
1944
   was the year   
Allied Armies Landed in Normandy
Prelude to the invasion of Germany
1945
   was the year   
Atomic Bombs Were Used Against Japan
1945
   was the year   
Buchenwald Concentration Camp Was Liberated
Extent of the Holocaust atrocities is revealed, April 11
1945
   was the year   
The United Nations Was Formed
Formed following World War II to replace the League of Nations. It had an initial membership of 51 states, which has now risen to 192.
1945
   was the year   
World War II Ended
German High Command surrendered on May 7, 1945 and the Japanese surrendered on August 14th 1945. V-J Day is known as "Shusen-kinenbi" in Japan, which means "Memorial day for the end of the war".
1946
   was the year   
Ho Chi Minh Became President of North Vietnam
1946
   was the year   
The Nuremberg War Trials Were Held
1947
   was the year   
The First Practical Transistor Was Built
Made in U.S. and replaced the old valve system.
1947
   was the year   
The First Supersonic Level Flight Was Made
Charles Elwood "Chuck" Yeager officially broke the sound barrier in level flight on October 14, 1947 flying the Bell X-1.
1947
   was the year   
India Declared Independence
Declared on August 15, 1947, following mass campaigns of civil disobedience largely led by Mahatma Ghandi. This also created Pakistan.
1947
   was the year   
Jackie Robinson First Played for the Dodgers
First black player in major league baseball in the 20th century.
1947
   was the year   
The Microwave Oven Was First Produced
Found by chance while developing radar.
1948
   was the year   
Berlin Airlift Began
April 1; broke the Soviet blockade of Berlin
1948
   was the year   
Israel Declared Independence
First Prime Minister - David Ben-Gurion.
1948
   was the year   
Mahatma Gandhi Was Assassinated
1948
   was the year   
The World Health Organization Was Formed
April 7
1949
   was the year   
NATO Was Formed
Stands for North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Based in Brussels, Belgium.
1950
   was the year   
Isaac Asimov Published I, Robot
Written by Russian-born Isaac Asimov.
1950
   was the year   
The Missionaries of Charity Were Founded
By Mother Teresa in Calcutta, India
1950
   was the year   
North Korea Invaded South Korea
Begins three years of war
1951
   was the year   
J.D. Salinger Published The Catcher in the Rye
Controversial (sex, teenagers) novel by J.D. Salinger. Quote: 'All morons hate it when you call them a moron.'
1952
   was the year   
The "Big Bang" Theory Was Proposed
Explanation of the origin of the universe
1952
   was the year   
Elizabeth II Became Queen of England
At 25 yrs of age
1953
   was the year   
The Double Helix Structure of DNA Was Discovered
Stands for deoxyribonucleic acid. First accurate model done by Crick and Watson.
1953
   was the year   
Everest Was First Climbed
By New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay. Only photos on the summit are of Norgay - he didn't know how to use a camera.
1953
   was the year   
Josef Stalin Died
Russian leader born Joseph Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili.
1954
   was the year   
The First Nuclear Power Station Was Opened
In the USSR. Later gave employment to Homer J Simpson.
1954
   was the year   
The First Sub 4 Minute Mile Was Achieved
At the Iffley Road track in Oxford, by Roger Bannister. The record lasted for just 46 days before being beaten by Australian John Landy. Bannister went on to become a neurologist.
1955
   was the year   
Albert Einstein Died
Time magazine's 'Man of the Century'. Had an unusually large head. Turned down the chance to become President of Israel.
1955
   was the year   
Bill Gates Was Born
Made his money as co-founder of Microsoft, but family still not as rich as the Waltons - not John Boy et. al, but the ones behind the Wal-Mart chain.
1955
   was the year   
Rosa Parks Refused to Give up Her Bus Seat
Turning point in the U.S. Civil Rights movement when a black woman wouldn't move to a designated seat on the bus in Montgomery Alabama. She was fined ten dollars for her defiance.
1955
   was the year   
The Warsaw Pact Was Signed
Eastern European response to NATO. Finally finished in 1991.
1956
   was the year   
The Hungarian Revoltion Occured
The uprising was crushed by the Soviets
1956
   was the year   
Prince Ranier Married Grace Kelly
Prince of Monaco and American screen actress
1957
   was the year   
The First Satellite Orbited the Earth
The Russian satellite Sputnik 1. The Americans launched one four months later.
1958
   was the year   
Angello Roncalli Became Pope John XXIII
1958
   was the year   
Elvis Joined the US Army
Was posted to Germany, where he might wife-to-be Priscilla. On his way home in 1960 his plane stopped for refuelling at Prestwick - the only time he ever appeared on British soil.
1959
   was the year   
Alaska Became the 49th US State
First outside the 48 contiguous states
1959
   was the year   
Fidel Castro Became Leader of Cuba
Survived an alleged 600+ assassination attempts and is nicknamed 'The Horse'.
1959
   was the year   
Frank Lloyd Wright Died
At 91, April 9. American architect.
1960
   was the year   
Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho Opened
In New York
1960
   was the year   
First Lunch Counter Sit-Ins
Four African American students in Greensboro, North Carolina Woolworths; landmark in civil rights struggle
1960
   was the year   
The Flintstones First Appeared
Originally made as The Flagstones, in the early 1960s the characters were used to advertise cigarettes.
1960
   was the year   
Lady Chatterly's Lover Was Published
D.H. Lawrence. After a 30 year ban on its publication
1961
   was the year   
The Building of the Berlin Wall Began
96-mile long structure
1961
   was the year   
Dag Hammarskjold Died
U.N. Secretary-General dies in air crash, Sept 18
1961
   was the year   
Ernest Hemingway Died
Suicide
1961
   was the year   
The First Man Went Into Space
Yuri Gagarin went into orbit for less than two hours in Vostok 1. Later died in a military plane crash.
1961
   was the year   
The US Invaded Cuba
Bay of Pigs. Organized by the CIA and Cuban exiles
1962
   was the year   
Adolph Eichmann Was Executed
Nazi War criminal. In Israel, May 31
1962
   was the year   
The Cuban Missile Crisis Occurred
Standoff over Soviet bases in Cuba. Known as the Caribbean Crisis in Russia.
1962
   was the year   
Marilyn Monroe Died
1962
   was the year   
Nelson Mandela Was Jailed
World icon, former South African president, Nobel Peace Prize winner.
1962
   was the year   
Second Vatican Council Convened
Called by Pope John XXIII
1963
   was the year   
Edith Piaf Died
Paris in mourning
1963
   was the year   
The Feminine Mystique Was Published
By Betty Friedan and credited with sparking the beginning of second-wave feminism in the US
1963
   was the year   
The First Woman Went Into Space
Valentina Tereshkova. Married another cosmonaut.
1963
   was the year   
Jean Cocteau Died
1963
   was the year   
John F. Kennedy Was Assassinated
First Roman Catholic President of the U.S.A. was allegedly shot by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas. Oswald was shot two days later by Jack Ruby.
1963
   was the year   
Robert Frost Died
American poet, Jan 29
1964
   was the year   
The Beatles First Appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show
The Fab Four played five songs - All My Loving, Till There Was You, She Loves You, I Saw Her Standing There, I Wanna Hold Your Hand.
1965
   was the year   
The Death Sentence Was Abolished in the U.K.
The last person sentenced to death in England was David Chapman who was sentenced to hang in November 1965 for the capital murder of swimming pool night watchman in Scarborough. He was released from prison in 1979 and later died in a car accident.
1965
   was the year   
The First Space Walk Occurred
Alexsei Leonov spent 12 minutes outside Voskhod 2. Has appeared on stamps in Togo, Mongolia and Niger.
1965
   was the year   
Malcolm X Was Assassinated
Malcolm X was assinated by members of the Nation of Islam after he left the organization. One of the convicted killers, Muhammad Abdul Aziz, was paroled in 1985 and is now head of the Nation of Islam's Harlem Mosque in New York.
1965
   was the year   
Mariner 4 Flew by Mars
American space probe sends back 22 pictures of the planet
1966
   was the year   
The Chinese Cultural Revolution Started
1967
   was the year   
The First Heart Transplant Was Performed
Christian Barnard performed the first successful operation on Louis Washkansky.
1967
   was the year   
Six-Day War Was Fought
Between Israel and its Arab neighbors
1967
   was the year   
Status Quo Had Their First U.K. Top Ten Single
Pictures of Matchstick Men was written by Francis Rossi whilst on the toilet. Their only US hit.
1968
   was the year   
The First Sub 10 Second 100m Was Achieved
By Jim Hines at the Mexico Olympics, where he was probably helped by the altitude.
1968
   was the year   
Martin Luther King Was Assassinated
American civil rights leader, shot allegedly by James Earl Ray.
1968
   was the year   
The Prague Spring Occured
Period of political liberalization in Czechoslovakia and the subsequent Soviet crackdown
1968
   was the year   
Robert F. Kennedy Was Assassinated
1968
   was the year   
Vietnamese Communists Launched the Tet Offensive
Launched Jan 31; changes the course of the war
1969
   was the year   
The First Non-stop Solo Circumnavigation Was Completed
By Francis Chichester, who was knighted by the Queen with Francis Drake's old sword.
1969
   was the year   
Mariner 7 Sent Back Its First Pictures of Mars
The craft is still whizzing around the sun today, but is useless.
1969
   was the year   
Man Landed on the Moon
The first man down the steps of the Eagle Lander was Neil Armstrong. Ten years later he saw stars when his ring finger was ripped off in an accident.
1969
   was the year   
Woodstock Was Staged
Hippie festival in upstate New York. Mud, drugs, smelly people, The Who and Jimi Hendrix.
1970
   was the year   
The Aswan High Dam Was Completed
In Egypt
1970
   was the year   
Charles De Gaulle Died
1970
   was the year   
Fiji Gained Independence
From Britain
1970
   was the year   
The First Earth Day Was Held
Organized to draw attention to the danger of pollution
1970
   was the year   
Jimi Hendrix Died
Found dead in mysterious circumstances in a London basement. Buried in Renton, Washington.
1970
   was the year   
Tonga Gained Independence
From Britain
1970
   was the year   
US Troops Invaded Cambodia
May 1
1971
   was the year   
Igor Stravinsky Died
Russian composer
1971
   was the year   
Jim Morrison Died
American pop singer
1972
   was the year   
Arab Terrorists Massacred Olympic Athletes
Eleven Israeli athletes die in Munich
1972
   was the year   
Richard Nixon Visited China
Historic visit
1972
   was the year   
The Watergate Scandal Started
Watergate burglars caught in break-in. Leads to the downfall of Richard Nixon
1973
   was the year   
American Indian Movement Occupied Wounded Knee
Demand government inquiry into mistreatment
1973
   was the year   
The First CAT Scan Was Performed
By doctors in London
1973
   was the year   
Pablo Picasso Died
Spanish painter and sculptor, known for his Blue Period. Like the Queen.
1973
   was the year   
Sydney Opera House Opened
1973
   was the year   
The US Announced the End of the "Draft"
Proved unworkable during the Vietnam War with widespread draft dodging.
1973
   was the year   
U.S. Supreme Court Roe V. Wade
Landmark decision striking down laws restricting abortion during the first six to seven months of pregnancy
1973
   was the year   
Yom Kippur War Began
Egypt and Syria against Israel
1974
   was the year   
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Was Exiled from the USSR
1974
   was the year   
Richard Nixon Resigned
Aug 8
1975
   was the year   
American Involvement in the Vietnam War Ended
The last American citizens were helicoptered out from U.S. embassy as the North Vietnamese tanks rolled into Saigon.
1975
   was the year   
Saturday Night Live Premiered
1976
   was the year   
Chairman Mao Died
1976
   was the year   
Dame Agatha Christie Died
Jan 12
1977
   was the year   
Apple Computer Was Launched
By Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak
1977
   was the year   
Elvis Presley Died
Found dead on the bathroom floor, starting rumours he died while on the toilet.
1977
   was the year   
The Last Case of Smallpox Was Recorded
Stocks of the disease still exist under guard in the U.S. and Russia. Stalin had survived an attack of it in his early life.
1977
   was the year   
The Rings of Uranus Were Discovered
1978
   was the year   
The First Test Tube Baby Was Born
Louise Joy Brown (born July 25, 1978, in Oldham, Greater Manchester, England) was the world's first baby to be conceived by in-vitro fertilisation, or IVF. She gave birth on 21 December 2006 to a baby boy. He was conceived naturally
1978
   was the year   
Pope John Paul I Died
After only 33 days; the most recent Year of Three Popes
1978
   was the year   
Space Invaders Was Launched
Designed by Toshihiro Nishikado, it was the first smash-hit video game.
1979
   was the year   
Camp David Peace Treaty Was Signed
Between Israel and Egypt
1979
   was the year   
Margaret Thatcher Became U.K. Prime Minister
First woman Prime Minister of the U.K.
1979
   was the year   
Partial Meltdown at Three Mile Island
Nuclear power plant near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
1979
   was the year   
Saddam Hussein Became Ruler of Iraq
An anagram is 'Sauna Shed Dims'.
1979
   was the year   
The U. S. Iranian Embassy Was Seized
90 hostages taken, Nov 4
1979
   was the year   
U.S.S.R. Invaded Afghanistan
1980
   was the year   
John Lennon Was Murdered
Shot by Mark Chapman at the Dakota building
1981
   was the year   
Bobby Sands Died
IRA hunger-striker. In prison in Northern Ireland
1981
   was the year   
France Abolished the Guillotine
1981
   was the year   
IBM Launched the Original PC
1981
   was the year   
The Space Shuttle Made Its First Appearance
1981
   was the year   
US Hostages Were Freed from Tehran
1982
   was the year   
The Falklands War Was Fought
Between Great Britain and Argentina
1982
   was the year   
The First CD Was Produced
Developed by Phillips and Sony
1982
   was the year   
"Ozzy" Bit the Head off a Bat
1982
   was the year   
Princess Grace of Monaco Died
In car crash
1983
   was the year   
Sally Ride First Travelled in Space
1984
   was the year   
Penthouse Published Nude Photos of Vanessa Williams
The photos were initially offered to Hugh Hefner, the publisher of Playboy, who turned them down as they were unauthorised and would cause considerable embarrassment to Vanessa.
1985
   was the year   
Elmo Made His First Appearance in Sesame Street
1985
   was the year   
Gorbachev Announced Glasnost and Perestroika
1985
   was the year   
Live Aid Was Staged
Status Quo, first band to play.
1985
   was the year   
The Wreck of the Titanic Was Located
Team of French and American researchers; off Newfoundland
1986
   was the year   
The First Laptop by IBM Was Launched
1986
   was the year   
Nuclear Meltdown at Chernobyl
April 25, 26
1986
   was the year   
Philippine President Marcos Left the Phillipines
To Hawaii. reason given was that he was sick
1986
   was the year   
Space Shuttle Challenger Exploded
Space shuttle Challenger with seven crewmen explodes, Jan 28
1987
   was the year   
Andy Warhol Died
1987
   was the year   
Prozac Was First Available in the US
1987
   was the year   
Statin Drugs Were Introduced
Widely used cholesterol lowering drugs
1988
   was the year   
A Pan-Am 747 Crashed Into the Town of Lockerbie
1989
   was the year   
The Berlin Wall Fell
I think it was pushed.
1989
   was the year   
The Tiananmen Square Protests Occurred
1990
   was the year   
The First McDonald's Opened in Russia
1990
   was the year   
Iraq Invaded Kuwait
1990
   was the year   
Lech Walesa Became First President of Poland
1990
   was the year   
Nelson Mandela Was Freed
1991
   was the year   
The Birmingham Six Were Released
Wrongly convicted in 1974 bombing; passed 16 years in prison
1992
   was the year   
Mike Tyson Was Charged With Rape
Jailed for rape of Miss Black Rhode Island Desiree Washington. A former world heavyweight champion, he's a keen pigeon fancier.
1993
   was the year   
Intel Launched the Pentium Processor
Chip that comes without gravy or mushy peas but has still gone on to be phenomenally successful.
1993
   was the year   
TV Show "Cheers" Ended
1994
   was the year   
South African Apartheid Ended
Nelson Mandela was released after 21 years of being in jail and together with President FW de Klerk brought an end to apartheid.
1994
   was the year   
TV Show "Friends" Started
1995
   was the year   
O.J. Simpson Was Found Innocent
Was later found liable for the death of his ex-wife in a civil court.
1996
   was the year   
Dolly the Sheep Was Cloned
Lived for six years. Named after Dolly Parton. First mammal to be cloned from an adult cell - it happened to be a mammary cell.
1996
   was the year   
Mad Cow Disease Hit U.K.
1997
   was the year   
Hong Kong Returned to China
1997
   was the year   
J.K. Rowling Published Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
1997
   was the year   
Princess Diana Died
Car crash in Paris
1998
   was the year   
The Company Google Was Formed
By Larry Page and Sergey Brin
1999
   was the year   
The Euro Currency Was Introduced
Currency for EU countries bar Denmark and the UK. Coins have a common and a national side, but no national side on notes.


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