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United States History: 20th Century (1900-1999)

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Notable people & events

Notable people & events

This is just a brief, alphabetical list of some of the major events and topics in American history for this time period.

  • 16th-27th Amendments passed​
  • AIDs
  • Amelia Earhart 
  • Apollo 8 & 11 & 17
  • Assassination of Harvey Milk
  • Assassination of Malcolm X 
  • Assassination of President Kennedy
  • Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima
  • Attack on Pear Harbor
  • Birth of a Nation, film
  • Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Civil Rights Act of 1968
  • Cold War
  • Columbine Shooting
  • FBI is created 
  • Ford Model T is produced
  • Holocaust
  • Korean War
  • Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated
  • Mt. Saint Helens Erupts
  • Oklahoma City Bombing
  • Polio vaccine 
  • Pure Food and Drug Act 
  • Prohibition
  • Roe v. Wade supreme court ruling
  • Sinking of the Titanic
  • Space Race
  • Spanish Flu of 1918
  • Steve Jobs establishes Apple
  • Stock Market crash
  • The Dust Bowl
  • The Great Depression
  • The Wright brothers , first flight
  • U.S. McCarthy Hearings
  • Wall Street Crash of 1929
  • Walt Disney
  • Watergate Scandal
  • Women's Movement
  • Women's Suffrage 
  • Woodstock
  • Works Progress Administration
  • World war 1
  • world war 2
  • World's Fair

Online sources

Twentieth Century (1900-1999)

Primary Sources

The alphabetical list of links below go to different websites where you can find both secondary and primary sources on a variety of different topics pertaining to people, places, and events important to U.S. History at this time.

*Note: There is another "American Wars" tab in this guide that contains additional resources covering the wars of this century

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