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USA U.S. invades Iraq . 3/20/2003  
USA Space Shuttle Columbia crashes . 2/1/2003  
USA Department of Homeland Security created . 11/19/2002  
USA Former President Jimmy Carter wins Nobel Peace Prize . 10/11/2002  
. England's Queen Mother dies at 101 years old . 3/30/2002  
USA Winter Olympics open in Salt Lake City, Utah . 2/8/2002 2/24/2002
. The Euro becomes the sole currency within the European Union . 2/2/2002  
. China becomes 143rd World Trade Organization member . 12/11/2001  
. Taliban regime in Afghanistan collapses . 12/9/2001  
. Enron Corporation declares bankruptcy . 12/2/2001  
USA Anthrax scare hits the U.S. presumed to be another attempt at terror attacks 10/10/2001 .
USA U.S. and British forces launch air strikes against the Taliban and al Qaeda . 10/7/2001  
USA Terror attacks in the U.S. Planes crash into the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and in Pennsylvania 9/11/2001  
. First space tourist  Dennis Tito paid $20 Million to be the first civilian in space 2001 2001  
. World survives Y2K . 1/1/2000  
USA George W. Bush is president of the United States of America . 2000 2004
USA Internet bubble bursts . 2000  
.  Michael Jordon retires from the NBA   1998  
. Princess Diana dies in car accident at age 36 Many think she was assassinated by the British Royal family. 8/31/1997  
. Dolly the cloned sheep . 1997  
. Great Britain returns Hong Kong to China . 1997  
USA 100th Olympiad in Atlanta, Georgia . 1996  
USA Galileo spacecraft arrives on Jupiter . 1996  
USA US launches Discovery Shuttle . 1995  
.  Giant Earthquake rocks Kobe, Japan  7.2 earthquake unexpectedly hit Japan's sixth largest city 1/17/1995  
USA North American Free Trade Agreement ratified . 1994  
USA Martin Luther King's birthday observed in all 50 states for the first time . 1993  
USA World Trade Center bombed . 1993  
USA Intel introduces first Pentium chip   Runs at 60 MHz 1993  
. European Union comes into existence  Union of independent states based on the European Communities and founded to enhance political, economic and social co-operation 1993  
USA Bill Clinton is President of the United States of America . 1992 2000
. Euro-Disney opens in France . 1992  
USA  Johnny Carson's final appearance as Host of The Tonight Show . 1992  
. Apartheid ended in S. Africa . 1992  
. Nelson Mandela freed from prison . 1990  
USA Persian Gulf War between U.S. and Iraq . 1990 1991
USA Doh! First Simpson's episode airs . 1989  
USA U.S. troops sent to Panama . 1989  
. Berlin wall opened East Germany opens its border to West Germany.  Berlin wall taken down. 1989  
USA Iron Curtain cracks End of Cold War 1989  
USA Bush elected president in U.S. . 1988  
. Tienamen Square demonstrations in China Resulted in student killings 1986  
USA U.S. Space shuttle Challenger explodes . 1986  
USA First CD players    1982 1982
. Prince Charles marries Lady Diana, Great Britain . 1981  
USA Reagan elected president in U.S. . 1980 1988
. Peace Treaty between Egypt and Israel . 1979  
USA Star Wars   1977  
USA Punk Rock   1977  
USA Carter elected president in U.S. . 1976 1980
USA Nixon resigns; Ford becomes president in U.S. . 8/9/1974 1976
. Civil War breaks out in Afghanistan . 1973 1979
USA Watergate Affair begins Political espionage and cover-up tied to the Nixon presidency 1972  
USA Neil Armstrong first man to walk on moon . 7/21/1969  
. Mrs. Golda Meir becomes Israel's fourth Prime Minister . 1969  
USA Nixon elected president in U.S. . 1968  
USA Senator Robert F. Kennedy assassinated . 1968 1968
USA Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. assassinated Leader of non-violent equal rights movement 1968 1968
USA Beatles on Ed Sullivan Show . 1964 1964
. Zanzibar declared a republic . 1964 1964
USA Civil Rights Act Prohibited discrimination based on race, creed, color, and religion 1964 1964
USA Johnson elected president in U.S. . 1964 1968
USA 24th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution Prohibited the use of poll taxes in elections and primaries 1964 1964
USA Kennedy, U.S. president, assassinated; Johnson takes over . 1963 1963
USA Cuban Missile Crisis . 1962 1962
USA Joseph Heller: "Catch-22" . 1961 1961
. Warsaw massacre Troupes fire at demonstrators against Russian rule 1961 1961
USA Kennedy elected president in U.S. . 1960 1960
USA Barry Gordy starts Motown Records . 1959 1959
. Printing strike in Britain . 1959 1959
USA Hawaii becomes 50th state of the U.S. . 1959 1959
. European Common Market formed . 1958 1958
. Boris Pasternak: "Dr. Zhivago" . 1958 1958
. Prince Charles becomes Prince of Wales . 1958 1958
USA NASA established by U.S. . 1958 1958
. Jack Kerouac:"On the Road" . 1957 1957
. Israeli forces withdraw from Sinai Peninsula . 1957 1957
USA International Atomic Energy Agency established . 1957 1957
USA First earth satellites launched U.S.S.R. launches Sputnik I and II 1957 1957
USA Heartbreak Hotel, Elvis Presley 1956 1956 0x00000001
. Nasser seizes Suez Canal . 1956 1956
. Japan admitted to United Nations . 1956 1956
USA Vietnam War . 1955 1973
USA Segregation in public schools deemed illegal U.S. Supreme Court rules that segregation by color in public schools violates the 14th Amendment 1954 1954
. U.S.S.R. Communist Party meets Congress  . 1952 1952
USA Eisenhower elected president in U.S. . 1952 1952
. Britain produces atomic bomb . 1952 1952
USA H-bomb tests in Pacific Truman announces H-bomb tests in the Pacific 1952 1952
USA 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution Limited the number of presidential terms that could be held 1951 1951
. Britain recognizes Communist China . 1950 1950
USA Korean War . 1950 1950
. Apartheid program established in South Africa . 1949 1949
. British railroads nationalized . 1948 1948
. Gandhi assassinated Social Leader in India 1948 1948
USA Tennessee Williams:"A Streetcar Named Desire" Receives Pulitzer Prize for Drama 1947 1947
. Power in Japan transferred from the Emperor to an elected assembly . 1946 1946
USA New York is declared permanent UN headquarters . 1946 1946
USA International Bank for Reconstruction and Development . 1945 1945
USA United Nations is formed . 1945 1945
. Shintoism abolished in Japan . 1945 1945
. Russians occupy Berlin . 1945 1945
USA Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombed by U.S. . 1945 1945
USA Allies evacuate troops from France . 1944 1944
USA D-Day Allied forces land in Normandy 1944 1944
USA Rationing begins in U.S. for WWII Shoe rationing begins in U.S., followed by rationing of meat, cheese, fats, and all canned foods 1943 1943
USA Enrico Fermi (U.S.) splits the atom . 1942 1942
USA Manhattan Project began development of the A-bomb . 1941 1941
USA Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor . 12/7/1941  
USA Films of Gone with the Wind and Wizard of Oz . 1939 1939
USA World War II  . 1939 1945
USA Amelia Earhart lost on Pacific flight   1937 1937
. German troops occupy Rhineland German troops occupy Rhineland; Four-Year Plan inaugurated 1936 1936
. Spanish Civil War . 1936 1936
. U.S.S.R. admitted to League of Nations . 1934 1934
USA First Superman comic . 1933 1933
. Japan withdraws from League of Nations . 1933 1933
USA The New Deal Franklin D. Roosevelt's economic plan to counteract effects of the Great Depression. 1933 1933
. Adolf Hitler appointed German Chancellor . 1933 1933
USA 21st Amendment repeals prohibition . 1933 1933
. Famine in U.S.S.R. . 1932 1932
. Indian Congress declared illegal Gandhi arrested 1932 1932
USA Roosevelt becomes president in U.S. . 1932 1945
. Britain abandons gold standard . 1931 1931
USA Star-Spangled Banner written words by Francis Scott Key 1931 1931
. Revolution in Argentina  Jose Uriburu becomes president of Argentina 1930 1930
USA Great Depression in the U.S. . 1929 1929
USA Black Friday in U.S. U.S. stock exchange collapses on Oct. 28 10/28/1929  
USA Inter-American Treaty of Arbitration  . 1929 1929
USA Life of Andy Warhol . 1928 1987
USA Hoover elected president in U.S. . 1928 1932
USA First television broadcast First broadcasts by WGY, Schenectady, N. Y. 1928 1928
. Black Friday in Germany Black Friday in Germany- the economic system collapses 1927 1927
USA The Jazz Singer, first talkie . 1927 1927
. Trotsky expelled from Communist Party . 1927 1927
. Germany admitted to the League of Nations . 1926 1926
. Hirohito becomes Emperor of Japan . 1926 1926
. Hitler reorganizes the Nazi Party  Publishes vol.1 of "Mein Kampf" 1925 1925
. Unemployment Insurance Act enacted in Britain . 1925 1925
USA Pan-American Treaty signed to prevent conflicts between nations 1924 1924
. Albanian Republic founded . 1924 1924
. First elections in Italy under Fascism 65% favor of Mussolini 1924 1924
USA Coolidge elected president in U.S. . 1924 1928
. Gandhi fasts for 21 days Protest against the political and religious feuds of the Hindus and Moslems in India 1924 1924
. Germany declares policy of passive resistance . 1923 1923
.. Miguel Primo de Rivera becomes dictator of Spain . 1923 1923
. Sigmund Freud: "The Ego and the Id" Published "Das Ich und das Es"("The Ego and the Id") 1923 1923
. Mussolini forms Fascist government . 1922 1922
. Soviet states form the U.S.S.R. . 1922 1922
. Tutankhamen's tomb discovered By Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter 1922 1922
. Fall of German mark Rapid fall of German mark: beginning of inflation 1921 1921
USA In Paris the League of Nations formed . 1920 1920
USA Harding elected president in U.S. . 1920 1924
USA Prohibition throughout U.S. 18th Amendment 1920 1920
USA 19th Amendment Gave American women the vote 1920 1920
. True structure of the Milky Way shown By German Astronomer Max Wolf 1920 1920
. Russian Civil War ends . 1920 1920
. War between Brit., Indian, and Afghanistan . 1919 1919
. War between Finland and U.S.S.R. . 1919 1919
USA Global influenza epidemic kills over 20 million people . 1918 1918
USA Pancho Villa raids U.S. Francisco "Pancho" Villa, Mexican revolutionary general, crosses border with guerrillas and raids Columbus 1916 1916
USA First transcontinental telephone call Call between Alexander Graham Bell in New York and Dr. Thomas A. Watson in San Francisco 1915 1915
USA Federal Trade Commission created . 1914 1914
USA World War I Armistice signed between Allies and Germany Nov. 11th; Germany fleet surrenders 1914 1918
USA U.S. Federal Reserve System established . 1913 1913
USA Sixteenth Amendment Provides Congress the authority to levy taxes 1913 1913
USA Federal Reserve Act created a decentralized banking system governed by a Federal Reserve Board 1913 1913
USA Seventeenth Amendment Specified the process for electing U.S. Senators 1913 1913
USA Wilson elected president in U.S. . 1912 1912
. beginning of Turk-Italian War . 1911 1911
. Armistice ends Mexican Civil War   1911 1911
USA Taft becomes president in U.S. . 1909 1912
USA NAACP formed Organization devoted to improving the living conditions of African Americans 1909 1909
. Civil War in Honduras . 1909 1911
USA Panama canal built . 1907 1914
. Special Theory of Relativity formulated by Albert Einstein . 1905 1905
. Russo-Japanese War . 1904 1904
USA Wright brothers' first flight Orville and Wilbur Wright successfully fly a powered airplane 1903 1903
USA Coal strike in U.S. . 1902 1902
USA Life of Louis Armstrong . 1901 1971
USA McKinley, U.S. president, assassinated . 1901 1901
USA Roosevelt becomes president in U.S. . 1901 1901
USA Morgan forms U.S. Steel . 1901 1901
USA Boxer uprising and rebellion Chinese nationalist uprising against foreigners and Chinese Christians 1900 1900
. Commonwealth of Australia created . 1900 1900
USA McKinley reelected president in U.S. . 1900 1900
USA U.S. declares war on Spain Treaty of Paris ends war 1898 1898
. Peace of Constantinople . 1897 1897
USA McKinley elected president in U.S. . 1896 1900
. Cuban Revolution . 1895 1895
USA Pullman Strike Rail workers strike Pullman Palace Car Company over wage dispute  1894 1894
USA Republic of Hawaii declared . 1894 1894
. Chinese - Japanese War . 1894 1895
. The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky . 1892 1892
USA Homestead Strike Pinkerton detectives fire on striking iron-workers, resulting in city-wide riots 1892 1892
USA Cleveland reelected president in U.S. . 1892 1892
. Triple Alliance renewed Between Germany, Austria and Italy; renewed for 12 years 1891 1891
USA Battle at Wounded Knee . 1890 1890
USA Atlanta Compromise proposed Booker T. Washington proposes that African Americans strive for equality through education 1890 1890
USA Sherman Silver Purchase Act Issued Treasury notes based on U.S. purchased silver bullion 1890 1890
USA McKinley Tariff Placed largest ever tariffs on imports 1890 1890
. Van Gogh paints "Moulin de la Galette" . 1888 1888
USA Harrison elected president in U.S. . 1888 1892
USA Interstate Commerce Act Authorized the creation of the Interstate Commerce Commission 1887 1887
. American Federation of Labor Several labor unions join together for better working conditions 1886 1886
. British evacuate Sudan . 1885 1885
. Congo becomes possession of Belgium under King Leopold II . 1885 1885
USA Cleveland elected president in U.S. . 1884 1888
USA Chinese Exclusion Act U.S. bans Chinese immigrants 1882 1882
USA Sitting Bull surrenders Sitting Bull returned to the U.S. and was imprisoned for the murder of Colonel George Armstrong Custer 1881 1881
USA Garfield, U.S. president, assassinated . 1881 1881
USA Garfield elected president in U.S. . 1880 1881
. Pacific War Between Chile, Bolivia and Peru 1880 1884
. British-Zulu war . 1879 1879
. Anti-Socialist Law enacted in Germany . 1878 1878
. Greece declares war on Turkey . 1878 1878
. Compromise of 1877 ends Reconstruction . 1877 1877
USA Phonograph invented by Edison   1877 1877
USA Battle of Little Bighorn . 1876 1876
USA Telephone invented by Alexander Graham Bell . 1876 1876
. Korea becomes independent nation . 1875 1875
. Famine in Bengal . 1873 1873
. Republic proclaimed in Spain . 1873 1873
. Italian Law of Guarantees Allows pope the possession of the Vatican 1871 1871
. Birth of Lenin, founder of the U.S.S.R. . 1870 1870
USA Fifteenth Amendment ratified Prohibited racial discrimination in voting 1870 1870
. Greece leaves Crete Greece leaves Crete after a Turkish ultimatum 1869 1869
. Parliamentary process reintroduced in France . 1869 1869
. Knights of Labor founded created the first labor organization that united workers without regard for skill, sex, or nationality 1869 1869
USA Transcontinental railroad completed . 1869 1869
USA Vanderbilt begins railroad empire in U.S. . 1869 1869
. Meiji Dynasty restored in Japan . 1868 1868
USA Johnson, U.S. president, impeached and acquitted . 1868 1868
USA Grant elected president in U.S. . 1868 1868
USA Fourteenth Amendment Declared African Americans Citizens of the U.S. and prohibited state laws that denied equal protection under the law 1868 1868
. N. German confederation founded . 1867 1867
. Black Friday in London stock exchange . 1866 1866
. Prussian-Italian alliance formed Prussian-Italian alliance against Austria 1866 1866
USA Lee surrenders to Grant . 1865 1865
USA Lincoln, president of U.S., assassinated . 1865 1865
USA 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution Abolishes slavery 1865 1865
. Int'l Workingmen's Association founded by Marx . 1864 1864
. Maximillian of Austria and Carlotta become rulers of Mexico . 1864 1867
USA Battle of Gettysburg . 1863 1863
USA Emancipation Proclamation Abraham Lincoln declares all slaves free 1863 1863
USA Pacific Railway Act Combined the Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroads for the construction of a transcontinental Railroad 1862 1862
USA Telegraph wires span U.S. . 1861 1861
USA U.S. Civil War . 1861 1865
USA Abraham Lincoln elected president in U.S. Causes S. Carolina to secede from the Union 1860 1860