20th Century Life

  • Federation of Australia

    Federation of Australia
    The Federation of Australia was the process by which the six separate British self-governing colonies of New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia formed one nation.
  • Queen Victoria Dies

    Queen Victoria Dies
    Queen Victoria (Alexandrina Victoria; 24 May 1819 – 22 January 1901) was the monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June 1837 until her death.
  • First Airplane Flies

    First Airplane Flies
    In 1901, at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, the Wright Brothers flew the largest glider ever flown, with a 22-foot wingspan, a weight of nearly 100 pounds and skids for landing.
  • World War 1 breaks out

    World War 1 breaks out
    World war 1 started when Francis Ferinand was assasinated and Germany was promised support from Austria against Serbia.
  • World war 1 ended

    World war 1 ended
    On november 11 1918 the leaders of both sides held a meeting in Ferdinand Foch's Railway Carrage Headquarters at Compiengne. The Armistic was signed at 6am and came into fource five hours latter.
  • Wall Street crash trigger Great Depression

    Wall Street crash trigger Great Depression
    The Wall Street Crash of 1929 also known as the Great Crash, and the Stock Market Crash of 1929, was the most devastating stock market crash in the history of the United States, taking into consideration the full extent and duration of its fallout. The crash signaled the beginning of the 10-year Great Depression that affected all Western industrialized countries and did not end in the United States until 1947.
  • World War 2 breaks out

    World War 2 breaks out
    World War 2 was a global conflict, that involved most the worlds nations. This war included the Holocaust and the only use of nuclear weapons in warfare.
  • United Nations form replacing league of nations

    United Nations form replacing league of nations
    The creation of the UN at the San Francisco Conference in June 1945 was the culmination of four years of concentrated preparation. During these years, the idea of a world organization to replace the League of Nations was first debated and then fleshed out.
  • World War 2 ended

    World War 2 ended
    The US dropped an atomic bomb on the island of Nagaski as the Japans had not yet surrended following Hiroshima. Five day latter the Japanese surrneded to the allies ending the second world war.
  • Melbourne hosts Olympic games

    Melbourne hosts Olympic games
    Melbourne won the right to host the 1956 Olympic Games by one vote over Buenos Aires. Australian quarantine laws were too severe to allow the entry of foreign horses, so the equestrian events were held separately in Stockholm in June.
  • Vietnam War breaks out

    Vietnam War breaks out
    The Vietnam War was a cold war from military conflict. Ngo Dinh Diem was killed by his own generals, causing political confussion in South Vietnam. The security continued to collapse putting the communists in reach of a victory.
  • Cuban missile crisis brings world to brink of nuclear war

    Cuban missile crisis brings world to brink of nuclear war
    The Cuban Missile Crisis as a confrontation between the Soviet Union and Cuba on one side and the United States on the other in October 1962, during the Cold War.
  • Australia adopts decimal currency

    Australia adopts decimal currency
    Australia was the first country in the world to have a complete system of bank notes made from plastic (polymer). These notes provide much greater security against counterfeiting. They also last four times as long as conventional paper (fibrous) notes.
  • Australia goes Metric

    Australia goes Metric
    Australia’s early measurement system was transferred from England 200 years ago, in the early years of the colony. That commenced the development of a local measurement system and obtained standards of mass, length and volume.
  • Australian Aboriginal citizenshipis given by Referendum

    Australian Aboriginal citizenshipis given by Referendum
    The referendum of 27 May 1967 approved two amendments to the Australian constitution relating to Indigenous Australians. Technically it was a vote on the Constitution Alteration (Aboriginal People) 1967, which became law on 10 August 1967 following the results of the referendum.
  • Australian Prime Minister Harlod Holt Drowned

    Australian Prime Minister Harlod Holt Drowned
    His term as Prime Minister was brought to an early and dramatic end in December 1967 when he disappeared while swimming at Cheviot Beach near Portsea, Victoria, and was presumed drowned.
  • Apollo 11 Lands on the Moon

    Apollo 11 Lands on the Moon
    ON the 20th of July 1969 Apollo 11 was the fist mission crart with men to land on the moon. The fist steps where taken by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.
  • Cyclone Tracy flattens Darwin

    Cyclone Tracy flattens Darwin
    Cyclone Tracy was a tropical cyclone that devastated the city of Darwin, from Christmas Eve to Christmas Day, 1974. It is the most compact cyclone or equivalent-strengthed hurricane on record in Australia, with gale-force winds extending only 48 kilometres (30 mi) from the centre
  • Vietnam War ended

    Vietnam War ended
    Two US marines where killed in rocket attacks being the last Americans to die in the war. The forces of the US embassy lifted off. Nearly 1 million Vietcong troops and 250 000 South Vietnamese soldiers were killed in the War.
  • Tiananmen Square Massacre

    Tiananmen Square Massacre
    The Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, also known as the June Fourth Incident in Chinese were a series of demonstrations in and near Tiananmen Square in Beijing in the People's Republic of China beginning on 15 April 1989.
  • Nelson Mandela released from prison

    Nelson Mandela released from prison
    Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela born 18 July 1918. Served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, and was the first South African president to be elected in a fully representative democratic election. Before his presidency, Mandela was an anti-apartheid activist, and the leader of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the African National Congress.
  • Berlin Wall collapses

    Berlin Wall collapses
    The Berlin Wall (German: Berliner Mauer) was a barrier constructed by the German Democratic Republic. The barrier included guard towers placed along large concrete walls.
  • US launches Operation desert storm in Iraq

    US launches Operation desert storm in Iraq
    The invasion triggered a United States response, operation desert sheild to deter any invasion of Kuwait's oil rich neighbor, Saudi Arabia.
  • Port Arthur Massacre

    Port Arthur Massacre
    The Port Arthur massacre of 28 April 1996 was a killing spree in which 35 people were killed and 21 wounded, mainly at the historic Port Arthur prison colony, a popular tourist site in south-eastern Tasmania, Australia.
  • Princess Diana dies in car crash

    Princess Diana dies in car crash
    On 31 August 1997, Diana, Princess of Wales died as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident in the Pont de l'Alma road tunnel in Paris, France. Her companion, Dodi Fayed, and the driver of the Mercedes-Benz W140, Henri Paul, were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The bodyguard of Diana and Dodi, Trevor Rees-Jones, was the only survivor.
  • Twin Towers attack

    Twin Towers attack
    The September 11 attacks (also referred to as September 11, or 9/11 were a series of four coordinated suicide attacks upon the United States in New York City and the Washington, D.C. areas on September 11, 2001.