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10 Decades of the 20th Century

by Jamie Frater
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We have now moved in to the 21st century, but for virtually everyone reading here, the 20th century was our century. In this post I am taking images of 4 significant events for each decade of the 20th century. A picture paints a thousand words, so here they are:

The 1900s

Australian Coat Of Arms
1901 Australia Federates

1903 Man Flies

1905 The Theory of Relativity is Proposed

1907 Picasso Gives Birth to Modern Art

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The 1910s

Stöwer Titanic
1912 RMS Titanic Sinks

Xinhai Revolution In Shanghai
1912 Republic of China Established

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1917 Bolshevik Revolution – Communist Russia is born

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1914 World War I Begins

The 1920s

1920 Prohibition Begins

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1922 Tomb of Tutankhamen is Found

John Logie Baird, Apparatus
1925 Television is Invented

1929 On With the Show – first 100% color, 100% sound movie

The 1930s

1930 The First Full Length Color/Sound Cartoon Appears

Gandhi Studio 1931
1930 Mohandas Gandhi Leads Satyagraha Movement in India

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1931 Empire State Building Opens

1939 World War II Begins

The 1940s

1944 Colossus – First Fully Electronic Computer

Fat Man
1945 First Atomic Bomb Built

Trygve Lie Bio Photo
1945 First Secretary General of the Newly Formed United Nations

1946 Cold War Begins

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The 1950s

1950 Korean War Begins

1953 DNA First Accurately Modeled

Rock Around The Clock
1954 Rock Aound The Clock takes Rock and Roll International

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1957 Sputnik 1 – First artificial satellite put into geocentric orbit

The 1960s

1962 Spacewar! The First Computer Game is Invented

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1962 Pope John XXIII Starts the Vatican II Council

Che Guevara
1967 Marxist Revolutionary Che Guevara is Executed in Bolivia

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1969 Man walks on the moon

The 1970s

Potlatch Gas
1973 Embargoes from the OPEC nations cause an oil Crisis in nations supporting Israel

1973 American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from its list of psychiatric disorders

1979 Dame Margaret Thatcher Becomes the First Female UK Prime Minister

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1979 Khomeini Takes Power in Iran

The 1980s

John Lennon Biography
John Lennon is Shot

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1984 The First Commercially Successful Graphic Interface PC Arrives with the Apple Macintosh

Chernobyl Disaster
1986 The Chernobyl Disaster Occurs

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1988 The Commercial Internet Begins

The 1990s

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1990 The Gulf War Begins

1991 Coup Yeltsin-1
1991 The Soviet Union Collapses

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1996 Dolly The Sheep is Cloned

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December 31, 1999 The Second Millennium Since the Birth of Christ Closes (some prefer Dec 2000)

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Jamie is the founder of Listverse. When he’s not doing research for new lists or collecting historical oddities, he can be found in the comments or on Facebook where he approves all friends requests!

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