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Successful revolution against Manchu Dynasty—China becomes a republic.
Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen becomes the first man to reach the South Pole.
1912
Captain Robert F Scott and team die in attempt to be first to reach the South Pole.
RMS Titanic sinks in north Atlantic on maiden voyage.
1913
British suffragettes demonstrate for women’s right to vote.
Henry Ford introduces revolutionary assembly line production at Ford Motor Company.
1914
Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, assassinated in Sarajevo.
Germany declares war against Russia and France, and invades neutral Belgium.
Britain declares war on Germany—outbreak of World War I. US adopts a policy of neutrality.
1915
Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZACs) and other Allied troops fight campaign against Turkish forces at Gallipoli.
Albert Einstein introduces his General theory of relativity.
1916
British troops suppress Dublin ‘Easter Rising’ for independence from British rule.
Massive loss of lives in battles in France at Verdun and the Somme.
Jazz craze starts in US.
1917
Russian Revolution: mass popular uprising in February forces abdication of Tsar Nicholas II; Bolsheviks led by Vladimir Lenin seize power in October.
US enters the war against Germany.
Ernest Rutherford achieves first ‘splitting’ of the atom by artificial means.
1918
Women over the age of 30 gain the right to vote in Britain.
Ex-Tsar Nicholas II and family executed by revolutionaries.
Russian Civil War starts.
World War I ends when Germany signs Armistice on 11 November.
1919
Peace Conference of Paris; League of Nations formed.
British aviators John Alcock and Arthur Whitten-Brown make first non-stop trans-Atlantic flight from Newfoundland to Ireland.
1920
Prohibition period (banning the sale of alcohol) begins in US.
First public broadcasting stations open in Britain and US.
Women gain the right to vote in US national elections.
1921
Chinese Communist Party founded.
Adolf Hitler becomes chairman of National Socialist German Workers (Nazi) party.
Independent Irish Free State established in 26 southern counties, while six counties of Northern Ireland remain part of UK.
1922
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) formed.
Fascist leader Benito Mussolini leads ‘March on Rome’ and forms a government in Italy.
Tomb of Tutankhamen discovered in Egypt.
1923
Major earthquake and fires devastate Tokyo and Yokohama.
1924
Vladimir Lenin dies; Joseph Stalin manoeuvres for leadership of USSR.
1925
Volume 1 of Adolf Hitler’s Mein kampf (My struggle) published.
Charleston dance craze widespread.
1926
John Logie Baird demonstrates television in London.
Hirohito becomes Emperor of Japan.
1927
Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo flight across the Atlantic.
First talking motion picture, The jazz singer, released by Warner Brothers.
1928
British women’s voting age lowered to 21.
Bacteriologist Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin.
1929
Crash on New York Stock Exchange marks the beginning of the Great Depression.
1930
Mahatma Gandhi leads ‘Salt march’ in India to protest against British tax on salt production.
Ho Chi Minh founds the Vietnamese Communist Party.
1931
British Commonwealth of Nations formed.
Unemployment in Germany reaches almost five million; banking system in chaos.
1932
Nazi Party wins 37 per cent of the Reichstag seats in the German election.
1933
US President Franklin D Roosevelt announces ‘New Deal’ reforms to promote economic recovery.
Japan and Germany leave the League of Nations.
1934
Adolf Hitler becomes Fuhrer of Germany.
‘ The Long March’: Chinese Communists begin retreat 6000 miles (9600 kilometres) to north-west China from Nationalist forces; Mao Tse-Tung emerges as leader.
1935
Anti-Jewish Nuremberg Laws passed in Germany.
Synthetic fibre nylon invented.
1936
In January, King George V dies; succeeded by Edward VIII.
Spanish Civil War starts.
Benito Mussolini announces Rome–Berlin Axis.
In December, Edward VIII abdicates from the British throne; succeeded by George VI.
1937
War breaks out between Japan and China.
German airship Hindenburg destroyed in flames when landing in US.
1938
Germany annexes Austria.
‘ Kristallnacht’ (‘night of broken glass’) anti-Jewish attacks in Germany and Austria.
1939
Germany invades Poland.
Britain and France declare war on Germany—beginning of World War II.
US declares neutrality.
1940
Winston Churchill becomes Prime Minister of Britain.
The Battle of Britain: Germany bombs Britain, and the RAF responds successfully.
Germany, Italy and Japan sign Three-Power Pact military agreement.
1941
Japan bombs Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
US declares war on Japan.
1942
Japanese occupy Singapore.
Battle of El Alamein, North Africa.
Construction begins on Burma-Thailand railway.
1943
Allies invade Italy; Italian truce with Allies.
Italy declares war on Germany.
1944
D-Day: Allies’ invasion of German-occupied western Europe begins at Normandy, France.
US inflicts heavy losses on Japanese at Battle of the Philippine Sea.
1945
Adolf Hitler commits suicide.
Germany surrenders; end of war in Europe.
US drops atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Japanese sign surrender: World War II officially ends.
United Nations established.
Howard Florey jointly awarded Nobel Prize with Alexander Fleming and Ernst Chain, for discovery and development of penicillin.
1946
Conflict between Communist forces led by Mao Tse-Tung and Chiang Kai-Shek’s Nationalists— civil war in China until 1949.
Construction of Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC), the first general-purpose electronic digital calculator, completed—considered the first electronic computer.
1947
Britain partitions India into two independent dominions: India and Pakistan.
Dead Sea Scrolls found in Palestine.
Invention of the transistor.
1948
Mahatma Gandhi assassinated.
State of Israel proclaimed under United Nations sanction.
First Arab-Israeli war.
United Nations adopts the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Malayan Emergency declared.
Korea divided into North and South Republics.
1949
Mao Tse-Tung proclaims the People’s Republic of China.
Germany divided into German Democratic (East) and Federal (West) Republics.
South Africa passes legislation implementing apartheid.
1950
India becomes a republic.
Senator Joseph McCarthy leads anti-Communist campaign in US.
Communist North Korea invades South Korea.
1951
Australia, New Zealand and US sign ANZUS Security Treaty for defence of the Pacific.
1952
King George VI dies at Sandringham; succeeded by Elizabeth II.
1953
Death of Joseph Stalin, leader of USSR.
Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tensing Norgay climb Mount Everest.
1954
Geneva Accords divide Vietnam into North Vietnam (Communist) and South Vietnam.
Building of the world's first large-scale nuclear power plant begins in Shippingport, Pennsylvania.
1955
Warsaw Pact: USSR and Eastern Bloc nations sign military alliance.
Popularity of rock’n’roll; Elvis Presley dominates US Top Ten record charts.
1956
Suez Canal crisis.
Anti-communist uprising in Hungary crushed by Soviet troops.
Che Guevara plays leading role with Fidel Castro in Cuban Revolution.
1957
European Economic Community established.
Civil Rights Act in US; race riots in southern states.
USSR launches Sputnik 1, the first man-made satellite to orbit Earth.
1958
US launches satellite Explorer I. National Aeronautics and Space Administration is created, and ‘space race’ accelerates.
Invention of the integrated circuit—‘chip’ technology.
1959
Revolutionary leader Fidel Castro assumes power in Cuba.
Uprising in Tibet crushed by Chinese Government; Dalai Lama flees from Tibet to India.
1960
Mass protests in South Africa against apartheid; State of Emergency declared by Government.
1961
Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes first man to orbit Earth in a spacecraft.
Attempted invasion of Cuba at Bay of Pigs by anti-Castro exiles backed by US defeated.
East Germany begins building the Berlin Wall.
1962
Cuban Missile Crisis—threat of US–Soviet nuclear war.
1963
‘ March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom’—Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech.
Federation of Malaysia created.
US President John F Kennedy assassinated in Dallas, Texas.
1964
Indonesian troops become involved in ‘Confrontation’ in Malaysia.
African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela sentenced to life imprisonment in South Africa.
Gulf of Tonkin incident results in US bombing North Vietnamese targets.
1965
Malcolm X, militant black civil rights leader, assassinated in New York.
First US combat troops arrive in Vietnam.
War breaks out between India and Pakistan.
1966
Soviet spacecraft Luna 9 makes first soft landing on the moon.
Mao Tse-Tung’s ‘Cultural Revolution’ begins in China.
1967
Six Day War erupts between Israelis and Arabs.
Dr Christian Barnard performs the world’s first human heart transplant.
1968
Martin Luther King assassinated in Memphis; riots break out in many US cities following his death.
Senator Robert Kennedy assassinated in Los Angeles.
Soviet troops occupy Czechoslovakia.
Outbreak of ‘The Troubles’ conflict in Northern Ireland.
1969
US astronaut Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to walk on the moon.
400,000 people attend Woodstock festival in New York state.
Yasser Arafat becomes leader of the Palestine Liberation Organisation.
ARPAnet, precursor to the Internet, established by the US Department of Defence for data sharing across computers.
1970
Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons comes into force.
Ohio National Guard fires on Kent State University students protesting against US invasion of Cambodia.
1971
Egypt, Syria and Libya form Federation of Arab Republics.
China admitted to the United Nations.
Women in Switzerland gain the vote.
The microprocessor is invented in US.
Development of first email programs.
Oz censorship trial in London, the longest obscenity trial in British legal history, finds editors to be guilty of publishing an indecent magazine.
1972
‘ Bloody Sunday’ in Northern Ireland; direct rule enforced by British.
‘ Black September’ Palestinian terrorists kidnap and kill Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympic Games.
1973
Britain joins the European Economic Community.
US signs peace agreement with North Vietnam; withdrawal of US combat troops.
World oil crisis as Arab countries limit supplies.
1974
US President Nixon resigns over ‘Watergate’ scandal.
Muhammad Ali becomes world heavyweight boxing champion when he knocks out George Foreman in bout in Zaire, Africa.
1975
Communist Khmer Rouge takes power in Cambodia.
Capture of Saigon by Communist North Vietnamese forces.
Papua New Guinea achieves independence from Australia.
Indonesia invades East Timor.
Civil war begins in Lebanon.
1976
Large-scale rioting against apartheid in Soweto and other townships in South Africa.
US spacecraft Viking I lands on Mars.
North and South Vietnam unified as Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
Punk music and fashion influential.
1977
Aviation tragedy when two jumbo jets collide on the runway of Tenerife Airport, Canary Islands.
Death of ‘King of rock’n’roll’ Elvis Presley.
Middle East peace talks begin.
Egyptian President Sadat visits Israel, and Israel's Prime Minister Begin returns visit to Egypt.
US Voyager missions to outer planets commence.
1978
Louise Brown, the world’s first test-tube baby, is born in Manchester, England.
Camp David Accords for peace between Egypt and Israel.
China and Japan sign treaty of peace and friendship.
1979
Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge government of Cambodia overthrown by Vietnamese troops.
Followers of Ayatollah Khomeini depose Shah of Iran.
Accident at Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania, US.
Mother Teresa awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work in Calcutta.
Margaret Thatcher becomes Britain’s first woman Prime Minister.
Saddam Hussein becomes President of Iraq.
Soviet Union invades Afghanistan.
1980
Iran–Iraq War begins.
John Lennon shot dead in New York.
Eruption of Mount St. Helens volcano in Washington State, US.
Creation of Solidarity independent trade union in Poland.
World Health Organization officially declared smallpox eradicated.
1981
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) officially recognised.
Space shuttle Columbia launched into orbit.
Race riots in British cities.
Prince Charles marries Lady Diana Spencer.
1982
Falklands War between Britain and Argentina begins.
1983
US announces development of ‘Star Wars’ defence system.
Yacht Australia II wins the America’s Cup, breaking an extensive winning streak by US.
1984
India’s Prime Minister Indira Gandhi assassinated.
Chemical industrial accident at pesticide plant in Bhopal, India.
Los Angeles Olympics: heptathlete Glynis Nunn and weightlifter Dean Lukin from South Australia win gold for Australia.
1985
Greenpeace protest ship Rainbow Warrior bombed in Auckland Harbour by French Government agents.
Live Aid concert raises funds to assist famine victims in Ethiopia.
Scientists identify hole in the ozone layer.
1986
Challenger space shuttle explodes after launch, killing seven astronauts on board.
General Secretary of Communist Party of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev advocates political and social reform by perestroika (restructuring) of Soviet society and glasnost (openness) in public dealings.
Chernobyl nuclear power station accident.
Halley's Comet visible from Earth.
1987
‘ Black Monday’ stock market crash affects companies around the world.
US and Soviet leaders sign Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the first agreement to reduce the size of nuclear arsenals.
1988
Soviet Union begins to withdraw troops from Afghanistan.
Iran–Iraq war ends.
Britain’s worst air disaster when jumbo jet explodes in flight over Lockerbie, Scotland.
1989
Oil tanker Exxon Valdez spills millions of gallons of oil in Prince William Sound, off Alaska’s southern coast—extensive ecological damage.
Pro-democracy demonstrators killed by Chinese troops in Tiananmen Square, Beijing.
Earthquake strikes San Francisco.
Demolition of Berlin Wall begins.
US and Soviet leaders discuss an end to the Cold War.
1990
Leader of African National Congress Nelson Mandela released after 27 years of imprisonment.
Hubble Space Telescope launched.
Iraq invades Kuwait.
East and West Germany unified as one nation.
Tim Berners-Lee develops World Wide Web.
1991
US and Allies launch ‘Operation Desert Storm’ in Gulf War.
South Africa’s remaining apartheid laws repealed.
Coup against Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
Dissolution of the Soviet Union into independent republics; formation of Commonwealth of Independent States.
1992
Bosnia–Herzegovina war breaks out.
Earth Summit conference on environment and development held in Rio de Janeiro – adoption of agenda for action to achieve sustainable development worldwide.
Jean Armour Polly coins the phrase 'surfing the Internet'.
1993
World Trade Center in New York bombed by terrorists.
Northern Ireland peace pact signed by British and Irish Prime Ministers.
Peace agreement between Israel and Palestine Liberation Organisation.
A reported 15 million people are connected to the Internet.
1994
Genocide in Rwanda with bitter conflict between Tutsis and Hutus.
Channel Tunnel linking Britain and France opens.
Nelson Mandela becomes President of South Africa.
1995
French government undertakes nuclear testing at Mururoa Atoll in the South Pacific.
Devastating earthquake in Kobe, Japan.
Federal building in Oklahoma City, US, gutted by car bomb.
Ebola virus epidemic outbreak in Zaire.
Israel Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin assassinated at peace rally.
1996
US space shuttle Atlantis docks with Russian space station Mir.
Comprehensive Test-Ban Treaty signed by US, UK, Russia, France, China and Australia.
1997
British scientists successfully clone ‘Dolly’ the sheep.
Hong Kong returns to Chinese rule.
Death of Diana, Princess of Wales, in car crash in Paris.
Kyoto Protocol—many industrialised nations agree to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to combat global warming.
1998
Peace negotiations in Northern Ireland; Good Friday Agreement signed.
India and Pakistan test nuclear weapons.
Millennium Dome in Greenwich, London, completed.
US and Britain launch air-strike attack on Iraq.
1999
Eleven member states of the European Union launch a single currency, the Euro.
NATO launches air assaults on Serbia to end attacks against ethnic Albanians in Kosovo.
Northern Ireland begins self-rule.
People of East Timor vote for independence from Indonesia.
World’s population reaches six billion.
2000
Millennium celebrated around the world.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair Blair urges Irish Republican Army to disband to save the Northern Ireland peace process.
2001
Al-Qaeda terrorists crash hijacked planes into New York’s World Trade Center twin towers, the Pentagon in Washington, and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
US leads ‘War on terror’ and search for Osama bin Laden.
2002
Terrorist bombing at Kuta, Bali, kills over 200 people, including many Australians.
2003
Space shuttle Columbia disintegrates on re-entry into earth’s atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts on board.
US gives ultimatum to President Saddam Hussein to leave his country, or US will declare war on Iraq without sanction of United Nations.
US-led war against Iraq commences.


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