Timeline


Age of Hope | Killing Fields | Red Flag | Lost Peace | On the Line
Great Escape | Breadline | Sporting Fever | Master Race
Total War | Brave New World | Freedom Now | Boomtime
Fallout | Asia Rising | Living Longer | Endangered Planet
Skin Deep | Picture Power | Great Leap | Young Blood
Half the People | Guerilla Wars | God Fights Back | People Power | Fast Forward

Age of Hope (1900-1914)
(1900)
World population: 1.6 billion
Paris World's Fair showcases electricity
(1905)
First Russian Revolution fails
(1912)
China becomes a republic
African National Congress founded


Sporting Fever (1900-1938)   Back
(1900)
Women compete in the Olympics for the first time
(1927)
Babe Ruth hits 60 home runs
(1930)
First World Cup soccer match
(1936)
Hitler uses Berlin Olympics to showcase his Nazi propaganda


On the Line (1908-1945)   Back
(1908)
Model T touring car introduced; price: $850
(1913)
Model T touring car first produced on assembly line
(1916)
Model T touring car price: $360
(1936)
United Auto Workers' first sit-down strike
Widespread labor strike in France


Killing Fields (1914-1918)   Back
(1914)
WW I begins
(1916)
Battle of Verdun
(1917)
U.S. enters war
(1918)
WW I ends


Red Flag (1917-1940)   Back
(1917)
Bolsheviks seize power in Russia
(1924)
Lenin dies
(1928)
Stalin becomes Soviet leader
(1929)
Forced collectivization of Soviet agriculture begins
(1934)
Stalin's purge of political leaders begin


Half the People (1917-1996)   Back
(1920)
U.S. women win right to vote
(1945) Women's suffrage becomes law in France
(1963)
"The Feminine Mystique" is published
(1973)
"Roe v. Wade" decision legalizes abortion
(1982)
Equal Rights Amendment bill defeated


Lost Peace (1919-1935)   Back
(1919)
League of Nations founded
Treaty of Versailles drawn up
(1932)
League of Nations holds World Disarmament Conference
(1933)
Hitler becomes German chancellor
(1935)
Italy invades Ethiopia


Master Race (1926-1945)   Back
(1923)
Hitler completes "Mein Kampf"
(1938)
Germany annexes Austria and parts of Czechoslovakia
Kristallnacht accelerates Holocaust
(1942)
Nazi leaders commence "Final Solution"
(1945)
Allies liberate death camps


Picture Power (1939 - 1997)   Back
(1925)
First television transmission
(1936)
BBC inaugurates television service
(1939)
NBC broadcasts opening ceremonies of World's Fair
(1960)
First televised U.S. presidential debate
(1964)
Beatles appear on "The Ed Sullivan Show" : 73 million viewers
(1968)
Corporation for Public Broadcasting established
(1972)
Taking of Israeli hostages at Olympics televised around the world


Great Escape (1895 -1964)   Back
(1925)
Chaplin makes "The Gold Rush"
(1927)
First sound movie made: "The Jazz Singer"
(1933)
First drive-in theater in the U.S.
(1940)
John Ford's "Grapes of Wrath" reflects Great Depression
(1944)
Laurence Olivier inspires British in "Henry V"


Breadline (1929-1939)   Back
(1929)
U.S. stock market crash
Worldwide economic depression
(1932)
U.S. jobless rate reaches 25%
(1933)
New Deal initiates economic recovery


Total War (1939-1945)   Back
(1939)
WW II begins
(1940)
Battle of Britain begins
(1941)
Japan bombs Pearl Harbor; U.S. enters war
(1944)
Siege of Leningrad lifted
(1945)
Atomic bombs dropped on Japan; WW II ends


Fallout (1945-1995)   Back
(1942)
U.S. begins building atomic bomb
(1949)
First Soviet atomic bomb
(1954)
First nuclear power plant built
(1963)
Partial Test-Ban Treaty prohibits nuclear explosions
(1986)
Chernobyl nuclear accident


Brave New World (1945-1961)   Back
(1945)
UN formed
(1947)
Truman Doctrine challenges Soviet expansion
(1949)
NATO established
(1956)
Soviet crush Hungarian uprising
(1961)
Berlin Wall built


BoomTime (1945-1973)   Back
(1947)
Levittown founded
(1948)
Marshall Plan initiated
(1950)
First credit card issued in U.S.
(1957)
European Economic Community founded
(1958)
Disneyland opens


Skin Deep (1945-1994)   Back
(1948)
Apartheid established in South Africa
(1954)
"Brown v. Board of Education" decision mandates U.S. school desegregation
(1964)
Civil Rights Act adopted in U.S.
(1976)
Uprising in Soweto, South Africa
(1994)
Mandela elected in South Africa's first free elections


Freedom Now (1947-1990)   Back
(1947)
India gains independence
(1954)
Vietnam gains independence
(1956)
Suez Canal crisis
(1957)
Ghana gains independence
(1975)
North and South Vietnam reunited as one country
(1990)
Namibia, Africa's last colony, gains independence


Living Longer (1944-1996)   Back
(1948)
World Health Organization established
(1955)
Salk announces polio vaccine
(1980)
Global eradication of smallpox declared
(1981)
HIV identified


Asia Rising (1951-1988)   Back
(1952)
Allied military occupation of Japan ends
(1962)
South Korea's first 5-Year Plan for economic reform begins
(1976)
1.5 million Japanese cars sold in U.S. -- half of the auto import market
(1989)
Japan becomes world's top lender


Guerrilla Wars (1956-1989)   Back
(1954)
North Vietnamese take Dien Bien Phu
(1958)
Castro overthrows Batista in Cuba
(1965)
U.S. enters Vietnam War
(1973)
U.S. withdraws from Vietnam
(1979)
Soviet troops enter Afghanistan


Endangered Planet (1959-1990)   Back
(1956)
Mercury poisoning found in Minamata, Japan
(1962)
"Silent Spring" published
(1970)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency created
(1980)
Residents' severe health problems linked to Love Canal, N.Y., chemical dump
(1984)
Toxic gas leak from insecticide plant in Bhopal, India


Young Blood (1950-1975)   Back
(1964)
Berkeley Free Speech Movement gains momentum
(1967)
March on Pentagon to protest Vietnam War
(1968)
Paris police and protestors clash
(1969)
Woodstock music festival


God Fights Back (1978-1992)   Back
(1978)
Shah of Iran declares martial law
(1979)
Islamic militants take hostages at U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran
Jerry Falwell forms Moral Majority
(1988)
Pat Robertson runs for U.S. President


People Power (1971-1991)   Back
(1980)
Polish strikes inspire Solidarity movement
(1986)
Gorbachev introduces glasnost and perestroika
(1989)
Berlin Wall torn down
(1991)
Soviet Union dissolved


Fast Forward (1980-1997)   Back
(1991)
Cold War ends; nationalism on the rise
War begins in former Yugoslavia
(1994)
World Trade Organization ratified
(1999)
Estimated world population:6.2 billion


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