Modern History Timeline

  • Mass production

    Mass production
    Mass production originally came into Britain in the 18th century but the first serious mass production was established by Henry Ford who invented the Model T Ford (car).
  • Treaty of Versailles

    Treaty of Versailles
    The treaty of Versailles is one of the peace treaties signed at the end of WWI. It was signed exactly 5 years after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria.
  • The jazz age

    The jazz age
    The jazz age took place in the 1920s, from which jazz music became popular and started to emerge with the introduction of mainstream radio.
  • Invention of the television

    Invention of the television
    The television was not invented by a single person but by many individuals and groups working over the years. It was in 1862 that the first still image was transferred through wires. This was the foundation for the television. It was in 1926 where television sets were being sold to the general public.
  • Market crash of 1929

    Market crash of 1929
    The Wall Street market crash occurred in October of 1929. This was the most devastating financial incident for the Western civilisation. It was in the early 1920s where people though the stock market would continue to rise indefinitely until October 24th where the stock market abruptly dropped which lead to the great depression.
  • Great depression

    Great depression
    The great depression was started by the Wall Street crash of 1929, this was a worldwide economic crisis. The depression lasted 10 years and is used today to warn people that the world’s economy can just decline.
  • 1938 day of mourning

    1938 day of mourning
    The 1938 day of mourning was a day of protest held by Aboriginals on the 26th of January. The protest was against the bad treatment of Aboriginals for the past 150 years and has been held every Australia day since.
  • Start of WWII

     Start of WWII
    World War 2 started in 1939 and involved most of the World’s nations including all of the great powers. It is said that the war started with the invasion of Poland by Germany. By 1941 Germany had already conquered much of Europe.
  • Japanese Attack of Pearl Harbour

    Japanese Attack of Pearl Harbour
    The attack on pearl harbour was a surprise military kamikaze performed by the Japanese military against the US Naval base.
  • Bombing of Darwin

     Bombing of Darwin
    The bombing of Darwin was both the first and largest single attack mounted by foreign power against Australia.
  • Atomic bombing of Hiroshima

    Atomic bombing of Hiroshima
    During the final stages of WW2, The united states dropped two atomic bombs. One on the city of Hiroshima and the other on Nagasaki. These events are the only use of nuclear war to date.
  • The end of World War Two

    The end of World War Two
    This is the year the second world war ended with the defeat of Germany.
  • Declaration of human rights

    Declaration of human rights
    The declaration of human rights is an international document that states basic rights and freedoms to which all human beings are entitled.
  • Melbourne Olympics

    Melbourne Olympics
    This is the year Melbourne held the summer Olympics and the first time Australia has ever held the Olympics.
  • Invention of the internet

    Invention of the internet
    Many people believe that the internet is a modern invention when the concept was actually brought in when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik into space. This was the first satellite to ever be launched into space.
  • Cuban Missile Crisis

    Cuban Missile Crisis
    The Cuban Missile Crisis was the closest the world ever came to nuclear war. The United States were at their highest state of readiness and Soviet Union Cuba were prepared to use battlefield nuclear weapons to defend the island if it was invaded.
  • Martin Luther King Jr's “I have a dream”... speech

    Martin Luther King Jr's “I have a dream”... speech
    This was Martin Luther King Jr's most famous speech held in the Morehouse College. The speech was about equity and how we can live side by side no matter how different we are.
  • Australian Freedom Rides

    Australian Freedom Rides
    The freedom rides was a significant event in history of civil rights for Aboriginals. Students from the University of Sydney protested and faced violence to get their point through to others.
  • Invention of the mobile phone

    Invention of the mobile phone
    The first mobile phone was invented in 1973 by Martin Cooper. The first mobile phone was called the Motorola Dyna-tac. The phone weighed 2.5 pounds.
  • Release of Crocodile Dundee

    Release of Crocodile Dundee
    Release of Crocodile Dundee – Crocodile Dundee is an Australian comedy film produced by John Cornell in 1986. It stars Paul Hogan as Mick Dundee
  • Fall of the Berlin Wall

    Fall of the Berlin Wall
    When the Soviet Union fell, East Germany made the decision to get rid of the wall. They tore it down and allowed people to travel more or less freely over the border with the West.
  • United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the child

    United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the child
    the United Nations Conventions on the rights of the child is a human rights treaty setting out the civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights of children.