Australia in the 20th Century

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Country Party founded (1918)

1918

End of WWI (Nov 11, 1918)

11/11/1918

QANTAS founded (1920)

1920

Edith Cowan, 1st female elected in Parliament (1921)

1921

Nationalist Party is formed (1923)

1923

Compulsory voting introduced (1924)

1924

Parliament House opened (1927)

1927

Stanley Melbourne Bruce becomes PM(1927)

1927

Great Depression begins (1929)

1929

James Scullin becomes PM (1929)

1929

Phar Lap win Melbourne Cup (1930)

1930

Joseph Lyons becomes PM (1931)

1931

Jack Lang sacked by Govenor (1931)

1931

United Australia Party formed (1931)

1931

Sydney Harbour Bridge opened (1932)

1932

ABC is formed (1932)

1932

Charles Kingsford Smith dies (1935)

11/08/1935

Aboriginal 'Day of mourning' (1938)

1938

Robert Menzies PM (first term)(1939)

1939

WWII breaks out (1939)

1939

Japan attacks Pearl Harbour (1941)

1941

John Curtain becomes PM (1941)

1941

HMAS Sydney sunk (1941)

1941

Japanese bomb Darwin (1942)

1942

Ben Chifley becomes PM (1945)

1945

Japan Surrenders to end WWII (1945)

1945

United Nations Organisation formed (1945)

1945

Aus. first car produced, the Holden (1948)

1948

Robert Menzies becomes PM (2nd term)(1949)

1949

War breaks out in Korea (1950)

1950

ANZUS treaty is signed (1951)

1951

Queen Elizabeth II ascends to throne of England (1952)

1952

SEATO is formed (1952)

1952

Petrov Spy Scandal (1954)

1954

Television comes to Sydney (1956)

1956

Olympic Games in Melbourne (1956)

1956

Aborigines right to vote in Qld, NT, WA (1962)

1962

Australian troops sent to Vietnam (1965)

1965

Harold Holt becomes PM (1966)

1966

Aborigines included in census (1967)

1967

Gough Whitlam becomes PM (1972-75)

1972 - 1975

Bob Hawke becomes PM (1984)

1984

US President Lyndon visits Australia (1996)

1996