Top 30 Events of the 20th Century

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  • Wright Brothers fly first Airplane.

    Wright Brothers fly first Airplane.
    Wilbur and Orville Wright fly the world's first powered airplane.
  • Albert Einstein invents Special Theory of Relativity.

    Albert Einstein invents Special Theory of Relativity.
    Albert Einstein invents his Special Theory of Relativity. The General theory follows soon after.
  • Henry Ford invents world's first assembly line.

    Henry Ford invents world's first assembly line.
    Henry Ford mass produces the Model T car with his assembly line.
  • World War I Begins.

    World War I Begins.
    Tensions climax as several countries begin to declare war on eachother, starting World War I.
  • Russian Revolutin ends; Communists take power.

    Russian Revolutin ends; Communists take power.
    The Russian Communist Revolution ends with the overthrowing of the Czar in place of the new government system: Communism.
  • Women gain the right to vote.

    Women gain the right to vote.
    Women gain the right to vote in elections.
  • Charles Lindbergh crosses Atlantic in first solo flight.

    Charles Lindbergh crosses Atlantic in first solo flight.
    Charles Lindbergh flies across the Atlantic alone to make the world's first non-stop solo flight.
  • Penecillin discovered.

    Penecillin discovered.
    Alexander Fleming discoveres the antibiotic, Penicillin.
  • U.S. Stock Market crashes.

    U.S. Stock Market crashes.
    The U.S. Stock Market crashes overnight, leading into the Great Depression.
  • Nazi Party gains power in Germany.

    Nazi Party gains power in Germany.
    Adolf Hitler rises to power in Germany; the Nazi Party takes control.
  • The Television is introduced.

    The Television is introduced.
    At the New York World Fair, the Television makes it's original debut.
  • Germany invades Poland; World War II begins.

    Germany invades Poland; World War II begins.
    Germany invades Poland, starting World War II.
  • Japan bombs Pearl Harbor.

    Japan bombs Pearl Harbor.
    The Japanese send a surprise bombing on Pearl Harbor, marking the beginning of American involvement in the Pacific Ocean in World War II.
  • D-Day Invasion

    D-Day Invasion
    The Allied Invasion of Normandy signals the beginning of the end of World War II.
  • Nazi Concentration Camps exposed.

    Nazi Concentration Camps exposed.
    Nazi Concentration Camps in Germany and Poland are discovered by Allied Troops.
  • U.S.A. Drops Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

    U.S.A. Drops Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki
    The United States drops Atomic Bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Japan surrenders days later.
  • People's Republic of China is founded.

    People's Republic of China is founded.
    Mao Tse-Tung establishes the People's Republic of China. Nationalists flee to Taiwan.
  • Structure of DNA discovered.

    Structure of DNA discovered.
    Linus Pauling discovers the structure of DNA.
  • Effective Polio vaccine invented.

    Effective Polio vaccine invented.
    Dr. Jonas Salik invents the world's first proven vaccine for Polio.
  • School Segregation abolished.

    School Segregation abolished.
    Equal rights are gained by all races in Public Schools.
  • Space Race begins.

    Space Race begins.
    The Russian launch of Sputnik, the world's first space satellite, begins the Space Race.
  • F.D.A. Approves world's first birth-control pill.

    F.D.A. Approves world's first birth-control pill.
    World's first birth-control pill approved by the F.D.A.
  • John F Kennedy is assassinated.

    John F Kennedy is assassinated.
    John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, Texas.
  • Congress outlaws segregation

    Congress outlaws segregation
    The Civil Rights Act is passed, outlawing segregation.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Assassinated

    Martin Luther King Jr. Assassinated
    Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated in Memphis, TN.
  • Neil Armstrong becomes first man to walk on moon.

    Neil Armstrong becomes first man to walk on moon.
    Neil Armstrong, an American Astronaut, becomes the first man in history to set foot on the Moon.
  • President Nixon resigns.

    President Nixon resigns.
    After the Watergate Scandal, President Nixon resigns.
  • Berlin Wall is taken down.

    Berlin Wall is taken down.
    As East Germany removes it's travel restrictions, thousands of immigrants storm the Berlin Wall to watch it collapse.
  • U.S.S.R. Dissolves

    U.S.S.R. Dissolves
    The Soviet Union dissolves and Gorbachev resigns.
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