Weird History The Most Important Historical Events of the 20th Century  

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Lots of things happened last century. Which are the most important?
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Invention of the Internet is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Important Historical Events of the 20th Century
jjohn6994 added Invention of the Internet

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The Rise to Power of Hitler is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Important Historical Events of the 20th Century
leon-snyers added The Rise to Power of Hitler In 1933

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Atomic bombings of Hiroshima a... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Important Historical Events of the 20th Century
Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki In August 1945, during the final stage of the Second World War, the United States dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The two bombings, which killed at least ...more

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Beginning of Aviation is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Important Historical Events of the 20th Century
leon-snyers added Beginning of Aviation

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Apollo 11 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Important Historical Events of the 20th Century
Apollo 11 Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that landed the first humans on the Moon, Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, on July 20, 1969, at 20:18 UTC. Armstrong became the first to step onto the ...more

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The Holocaust is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Important Historical Events of the 20th Century
The Holocaust The Holocaust, also known as the Shoah, was a genocide in which approximately six million Jews were killed by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. Some historians use a definition of the ...more

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Great Depression is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Important Historical Events of the 20th Century
Great Depression The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression in the 1930s. The timing of the Great Depression varied across nations; however, in most countries it started in 1929 and lasted ...more

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Assassination of Archduke Fran... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Important Historical Events of the 20th Century
Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria On 28 June 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne, and his wife, Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, were shot dead in Sarajevo by Gavrilo Princip, ...more

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Fall of the Berlin Wall is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Important Historical Events of the 20th Century

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Attack on Pearl Harbor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Important Historical Events of the 20th Century
Attack on Pearl Harbor The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise military strike conducted by the Imperial Japanese Navy against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on the morning of December 7, ...more

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Dissolution of the Soviet Unio... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Important Historical Events of the 20th Century
Dissolution of the Soviet Union The dissolution of the Soviet Union was formally enacted on December 26, 1991, as a result of the declaration no. 142-Н of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union, acknowledging the independence ...more

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Cold War is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Important Historical Events of the 20th Century
shewardethan added Cold War The Cold War was a state of political and military tension after World War II between powers in the Western Bloc and powers in the Eastern Bloc. Historians have not fully agreed on the dates, ...more

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Treaty of Versailles is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Important Historical Events of the 20th Century
Treaty of Versailles The Treaty of Versailles was one of the peace treaties at the end of World War I. It ended the state of war between Germany and the Allied Powers. It was signed on 28 June 1919, exactly five ...more

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African-American Civil Rights ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Important Historical Events of the 20th Century
crbarbee45 added African-American Civil Rights Movement The African-American Civil Rights Movement or 1960s Civil Rights Movement encompasses social movements in the United States whose goals were to end racial segregation and discrimination against ...more

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Space Race is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Important Historical Events of the 20th Century
RobLein added Space Race The Space Race was a 20th-century competition between two Cold War rivals, the Soviet Union and the United States, for supremacy in spaceflight capability. It had its origins in the ...more

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Invasion of Normandy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Important Historical Events of the 20th Century
Invasion of Normandy The Invasion of Normandy was the invasion by and establishment of Western Allied forces in Normandy, during Operation Overlord in 1944 during World War II; the largest amphibious invasion to ...more

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John F. Kennedy assassination is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Important Historical Events of the 20th Century
RichardSeeger added John F. Kennedy assassination John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, was assassinated at 12:30 p.m. Central Standard Time on Friday, November 22, 1963, in Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas. Kennedy was ...more

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Vietnam War is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Important Historical Events of the 20th Century
Vietnam War The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, and also known in Vietnam as Resistance War Against America or simply the American War, was a Cold War-era proxy war that occurred in ...more

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Victory in Europe Day is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Important Historical Events of the 20th Century
KirkSaw added Victory in Europe Day Victory in Europe Day, generally known as V-E Day, VE Day, or simply V Day was the public holiday celebrated on 8 May 1945 to mark the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Nazi ...more

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Invasion of Poland is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Important Historical Events of the 20th Century
Invasion of Poland The Invasion of Poland, also known as the September Campaign, or the 1939 Defensive War in Poland, and alternatively the Poland Campaign or Fall Weiß in Germany, was a joint invasion of ...more

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October Revolution is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Important Historical Events of the 20th Century
October Revolution The October Revolution, officially known as the Great October Socialist Revolution, and commonly referred to as Red October, the October Uprising or the Bolshevik Revolution, was a seizure of ...more

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Chernobyl disaster is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Important Historical Events of the 20th Century
Chernobyl disaster The Chernobyl disaster was a catastrophic nuclear accident that occurred on 26 April 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine, which was under the direct jurisdiction of the central ...more

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Sputnik 1 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Important Historical Events of the 20th Century
leon-snyers added Sputnik 1 In 1957 Sputnik 1 was the first artificial Earth satellite. It was a 58 cm diameter polished metal sphere, with four external radio antennas to broadcast radio pulses. The Soviet Union launched it into ...more

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Cuban missile crisis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Important Historical Events of the 20th Century
Cuban missile crisis The Cuban Missile Crisis, also known as the October Crisis, The Missile Scare, or the Caribbean Crisis, was a 13-day confrontation in October 1962 between the United States and the Soviet Union ...more

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World War II is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Important Historical Events of the 20th Century
eebass added World War II World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, though related conflicts began earlier. It involved the vast majority of the world's ...more

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Battle of Britain is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Important Historical Events of the 20th Century
Battle of Britain The Battle of Britain is the name given to the Second World War air campaign waged by the German Air Force against the United Kingdom during the summer and autumn of 1940. The Battle of Britain ...more

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Korean War is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Important Historical Events of the 20th Century
Korean War The Korean War was a war between North and South Korea, in which a United Nations force led by the United States of America fought for the South, and China fought for the North, which was also ...more

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Sinking of the Titanic is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Important Historical Events of the 20th Century
Sinking of the Titanic the sinking of the RMS Titanic details the events of the night of Sunday 14 April 1912, and into the early hours of the following day, which saw the loss of the ocean liner Titanic, one of the ...more

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Indian Independence is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Important Historical Events of the 20th Century
Srinidhi S U added Indian Independence

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Declaration of the Establishme... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Important Historical Events of the 20th Century
Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel The term "foreign relations of Israel" refers to diplomatic, commercial and cultural ties between the State of Israel and other countries around the world. Israel joined the United ...more

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Salt Satyagraha is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Important Historical Events of the 20th Century
Nishanth added Dhandi March of Mahatma Gandhi Mahatma Gandhi of India started Dhandi march which paved a way for salt rvoultion in India against the British empire,........
The Salt March, also mainly known as the Salt Satyagraha, began with the Dandi March on 12 March 1930, and was an important part of the Indian independence movement. It was a direct action ...more

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Armenian Genocide is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Important Historical Events of the 20th Century
Armenian Genocide The Armenian Genocide, also known as the Armenian Holocaust, the Armenian Massacres and, traditionally by Armenians, as Medz Yeghern, was the Ottoman government's systematic extermination of its ...more

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Rwandan Genocide is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Important Historical Events of the 20th Century
Rwandan Genocide The Rwandan Genocide was a genocidal mass slaughter of Tutsi and moderate Hutu in Rwanda by members of the Hutu majority. During the approximate 100-day period from April 7, 1994, to mid-July, ...more

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Chinese Civil War is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Important Historical Events of the 20th Century
Chinese Civil War The Chinese Civil War was a civil war in China fought between forces loyal to the Kuomintang -led government of the Republic of China, and forces loyal to the Communist Party of China. The war ...more

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Nuremberg trials is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Important Historical Events of the 20th Century
Nuremberg trials The Nuremberg trials were a series of military tribunals, held by the Allied forces after World War II, most notable for the prosecution of prominent members of the political, military, and ...more

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Robert F. Kennedy assassinatio... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Important Historical Events of the 20th Century
phil-howe added Robert F. Kennedy assassination The assassination of Robert Francis "Bobby" Kennedy, a United States Senator and brother of assassinated President John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy, took place shortly after ...more

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USS Liberty incident is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Important Historical Events of the 20th Century
Schlomo added Israeli Attack on The USS Liberty The USS Liberty incident was an attack on a United States Navy technical research ship, USS Liberty, by Israeli Air Force jet fighter aircraft and Israeli Navy motor torpedo boats, on 8 June ...more

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Marshall Plan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Important Historical Events of the 20th Century
sebbzor added Marshall Plan

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Battle of Berlin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Important Historical Events of the 20th Century
Battle of Berlin The Battle of Berlin, designated the Berlin Strategic Offensive Operation by the Soviet Union, was the final major offensive of the European theatre of World War II. Starting on 12 January 1945, ...more

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Watergate scandal is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Important Historical Events of the 20th Century
RobLein added Watergate scandal The Watergate scandal was a major political scandal that occurred in the United States in the 1970s as a result of the June 17, 1972, break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters ...more

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Industrialization of USSR is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Important Historical Events of the 20th Century
BrianCabrera added Industrialization of USSR Stalin industrializing the soviet union within various five year plans.

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Roswell UFO incident is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Important Historical Events of the 20th Century
bjr24 added Roswell UFO incident The Roswell UFO incident took place in the U.S. in June or July 1947, when an airborne object crashed on a ranch near Roswell, New Mexico. Explanations of what took place are based on both ...more

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Nanking Massacre is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Important Historical Events of the 20th Century
Nanking Massacre The Nanking Massacre or Nanjing Massacre, also known as the Rape of Nanking or Rape of Nanjing, was an episode during the Second Sino-Japanese War of mass murder and mass rape by Japanese troops ...more

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Iranian Revolution is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Important Historical Events of the 20th Century
sebbzor added Iranian Revolution The Iranian Revolution refers to events involving the overthrow of the Pahlavi dynasty under Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, who was supported by the United States and its eventual replacement with ...more

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Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Important Historical Events of the 20th Century
darren-bell added Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS HIV/AIDS is a global pandemic. As of 2012, approximately 35.3 million people are living with HIV globally. Of these, approximately 17.2 million are men, 16.8 million are women and 3.4 million ...more

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Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Important Historical Events of the 20th Century
michael-koebnick added Apollo 13 Apollo 13 was the seventh manned mission in the American Apollo space program and the third intended to land on the Moon. The craft was launched on April 11, 1970, at 13:13 CST from the Kennedy ...more

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Soviet war in Afghanistan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Important Historical Events of the 20th Century
Soviet war in Afghanistan The Soviet–Afghan War lasted over nine years from December 1979 to February 1989. Part of the Cold War, it was fought between Soviet-led Afghan forces against multi-national insurgent groups ...more

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Gulf War is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Important Historical Events of the 20th Century
phil-howe added Gulf War The Gulf War, codenamed Operation Desert Shield for operations leading to the buildup of troops and defense of Saudi Arabia and Operation Desert Storm in its combat phase, was a war waged by ...more

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Chinese Economic Reform of 197... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Important Historical Events of the 20th Century
sebbzor added Chinese Economic Reform of 1978

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World War I is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Important Historical Events of the 20th Century
eebass added World War I World War I, also known as the First World War or the Great War, was a global war mostly centered in Europe that began on 28 July 1914 and lasted until 11 November 1918. More than 9 million ...more