Year   Highlight Events of My 20th Century Life   Videos
1940
Battle of Britain takes place
Leon Trotsky Assassinated in Mexico
The Battle Of Dunkirk, Retreat to England
Stone Age Cave Paintings Found in   France
1941
Japanese Attack Pearl Harbor
America declares war on Japan and   Germany
Mount Rushmore Completed
Nazi Rudolf Hess Flies to Britain on a
  Peace Mission
Siege of Leningrad
1942
Anne Frank Goes Into Hiding
The Bataan Death March
First loses for Japan, Battle of Midway
Battle of Stalingrad
Japanese-Americans held in California &   Utah Camps
Manhattan Project [atomic bomb]Begins
Nazis Raze Town in Retaliation for   Reinhard Heydrich's Death
Battle of Midway: The American   Counterattack
1943
Grave of Katyn Forest Massacre Found
Italy Joins the Allies
Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
1944
D-Day - the invasion of Europe
First German V1 and V2 Rockets Fired
Hitler Escapes Assassination Attempt
1945
Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd
  U.S. President, Dies
First Computer Built (ENIAC)
Germans Surrender
Hitler Commits Suicide
Microwave Oven Invented
United Nations Founded
U.S. Drops Atomic Bombs on Hiroshima
  and Nagasaki
Japan Surrenders
1946
Bikinis Introduced
Nuremberg Trials
Winston Churchill Gives His "Iron Curtain"   Speech
1947
Chuck Yeager Breaks the Sound Barrier
Dead Sea Scrolls Discovered
Jewish Refugees Aboard the Exodus   Turned Back by British
Marshall Plan for reconstruction of Europe
Polaroid Cameras Invented
1948
Berlin Airlift
"Big Bang" Theory Formulated
"Dewey Defeats Truman" in the   Newspaper
Mahatma Gandhi Assassinated
State of Israel Founded
1949
China Becomes Communist
First Non-Stop Flight Around the World
NATO Established
Soviet Union Has Atomic Bomb
1950s
1950 Korean War Begins
1950 U.S. President Truman Orders   Construction of Hydrogen Bomb
1952 Polio Vaccine Created
1952 Princess Elizabeth Becomes Queen   at 25
1953 DNA Discovered
1953 Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay   climb Everest
1954 Roger Bannister Breaks the
  4r-Minute Mile
1954 Segregation Ruled Illegal in U.S.
1955 Rosa Parks Refuses to Give Up Her   Seat on a Bus
1956 Elvis Gyrates on Ed Sullivan's Show
1956 Hungarian Revolution
1956 Suez canal Crisis
1957 Soviet Satellite Sputnik Launched
1958 NASA Founded
1959 Kitchen Debate Between Nixon & 
  Khrushchev
1960s
1960 Lasers Invented
1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion
1961 Berlin Wall Built
1962 Cuban Missile Crisis
1963 JFK's Assassinated in Dallas, Texas
1963 Martin Luther King Jr. Makes His "I   Have a Dream" Speech
1964 Cassius Clay (a.k.a. Muhammad Ali)   Becomes World Heavyweight Champion
1964 Civil Rights Act Passes in U.S.
1965 New York City Great Blackout
1965 U.S. Sends Troops to Vietnam
1967 First Heart Transplant
1967 Six-Day War in the Middle East
1968 Martin Luther King Jr. Assassinated
1968 Robert F. Kennedy Assassinated
1969 Neil Armstrong Becomes the First
  Man on the Moon
1970s
1970 Palestinian Group Hijacks Five
  Planes
1972 Terrorists Attack at the Olympic
  Games in Munich
1972 Watergate Scandal Begins
1973 U.S. Pulls Out of Vietnam
1974 U.S. President Nixon Resigns
1975 First Ebola Virus Outbreaks Strike
  Sudan
1976 Nadia Comaneci Given 7 Perfect 10s
1977 Elvis Found Dead
1977 Miniseries Roots Airs
1978 Jonestown Massacre
1979 Iran Takes American Hostages in
  Tehran
1979 Nuclear Accident at Three Mile Island
1980s
1980 Failed U.S. Rescue Attempt to Save
  Hostages in Tehran
1980 Mount St. Helens Erupts
1981 New Plague Identified as AIDS
1981 Personal Computers Introduced by
  IBM
1981 Memorial Day flood damages my
  Daleview house on Shoal Creek
1983 U.S. Embassy in Beirut Bombed
1985 Wreck of the Titanic Found
1986 Space Shuttle Challenger Explodes
1988 Pan Am Flight 103 Is Bombed Over
  Lockerbie Scotland
1989 Berlin Wall Falls
1989 Exxon Valdez Spills Millions of Gallons
  of Oil
1990s
1991 Collapse of the Soviet Union
1991 Operation Desert Storm
1992 Riots in Los Angeles After the
  Rodney King Verdict
1993 Cult Compound in Waco, Texas
  Raided
1993 World Trade Center Bombed
1994 Channel Tunnel Opens, Connecting
  Britain and France
1994 Nelson Mandela Elected President
  of South Africa
1994 O.J. Simpson Arrested for Double
  Murder
1995 Oklahoma City Bombing
1997 Princess Diana Dies in Car Crash
1998 U.S. President Clinton Impeached
1999 JFK Jr. Dies in Plane Accident
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