Twentieth Century Timeline

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Mass Production of Cars

1902

The production line of automobiles that were affordable was started off by 'Ransom Olds' in his Oldsmobile factory in Michigan. As he started it more and more car manufacturers began the production of more automobiles just like him and soon enough more, quicker methods were being invented and cars were coming off the line in fifteen minutes! This was much faster than previous methods.

Treaty of Versailles

1918

The Treaty of Versailles was one of the peace treaties signed at the end of World War 1. It was the end of Germany and the allied powers. It was singed on the 28th f June in 1919.

End of WW1

1918

World War 1 came to an end it 1918 after 4 years! The allies has successfully pushed the Turkish army back and the Turks were forces to ask for a truce. The treaty/contract was signed in June 1919 after months of argument and negotiating.

The Jazz Age

1920

The 1920's in America were known not only as the Jazz Age but also as the Golden Twenties or the Roaring Twenties. In this time everybody seemed to have money! But this didn't last long as then in 1929 came the Great Depression. Young women also had a new hair style of the short bob and wore new clothes worn shorter and exposed legs and knees. They were considered to be wearing skimpy beach wear in public and could get arrested for indecent exposure!

Invention of the Television

1927

The television was first invented in 1927 by a man called Philo Farnsworth. He was the first to transmit a television image with 60 horizontal lines and the image transmitted was a dollar sign.

Market Crash

1929

The market crash of 1929 was in America and was where many people lost a lot of money. As more people invested in the stock market the more the stock prices began to rise and this changed the way investors viewed the stock market. Everyday people believed they could become truly rich but many people lost a lot!

Great Depression

1929

The Great Depression in Australia was a very difficult time. IT was caused by a fail in export prices and sales, a fail in overseas loans and a fail in residential construction. At the time the country relied heavily on borrowing money from other countries!!

1938 Day of Mourning

1938

The 26th of January 1938 was a significant day of mourning and protest seen for the Indigenous but for the Australians it was seen as a 150 year celebration since the European settlement. Many aboriginal men, women and children gathered to the Australian Hall in Sydney to protest and to bring awareness.

Start of World War 2

1939

The 1st of September is to be seen as when World War 2 began. On this day units from Germany attacked Poland without a declaration of war. But just two days later Australia, France, Britian, India and New Zealand also declared war on Germany.

Japanese Attack Pearl Harbour

1941

The 7th of December 1941 was the day of which Japanese planes attacked the United Staes Naval Base at Pearl Harbour, Hawaii. Over 2300 Americans were killed and it capsized the USS Oklahoma completely destroyed the American battleship USS Arizona. The attack beached and sank a total of twelve ships and damaged nine others and took the country by surprise.

Bombing of Darwin

1942

On the 19th of February 1942 Darwin became under attack for the first time when the Japanese forces mounted two air raids on Darwin. The attacks were planned and led by the commander accountable for the Pearl Harbour attack only 10 weeks earlier. The two raids killed a total of 243 people and between 300 and 400 people were wounded.

Atomic Bomb of Hiroshima

1945

On August the 6th 1945 the United States used a massive atomic bomb against Hiroshima, Japan. The atomic bomb was equvilant to 20 000 tonnes of TNT and before the bomb Hiroshima's population was estimated to be around 350 000 but 70 000 died immediately then another 70 000 withing 5 years from radiation.

Declaration of Human Rights

1948

The declaration of human rights was adopted by the US General Assembly on the 10th of December in 1948. It was the result of the experience of the 2nd World War. Eleanor Roosevelt was recognized as the driving force of the declaration's adoption and she recalled that the commission of eighteen members met for the first time in 1947.

Melbourne Olympics

1956

The Melbourne Olympics also know as the Summer Olympics were held as an international, multi-sport event in Melbourne in 1956. The Melbourne Games were the first time Australia had hosted the Olympics and was also the first of the Games not to be held in Europe or the United States.

Invention of the Internet

1960

The invention of the internet firstly started with the development of computers in the 1950s. But in the 1960s the US government began to build computer networks.The was worked on and improved for about 30 years then in 1990 an international network was available to everyone!

Cuban Missile Crisis

1962

The Cuban Missile Crisis was the closest the world has ever come to a nuclear war. It was between the Soveits and Americans as the Soveits were concerned the Americans had missiles only 150 miles away in turkey plus the Americans had more missiles than them anyway. They were affraid America would attempt to invade Cuba and they knew America was planning 'Operation Mongoose' to invade Cuba. They placed missiles 90 miles from the American coast and the crisis began!

Martin Luther King Jr Speech

1963

On the 28th of August 1963 Martin Luther King Jr made his speech titled 'I have a dream.' It has become extremely famous and was spoken at the 'March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.'

A small part of the speech: "I say to you today, my friends, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American Dream." -Martin Luther King Jr.

Australian Freedom Rides

1965

In February 1965 a group of University students organised a tour bus of WA and coastal NSW with the purpose to draw attention to the poor state of aboriginal health. They hoped to point it out to the public and try to reduce the social discrimination differences between the indigenous and white people. They made a group in 1964 called Student Action for Aborigines. (SAFA)

Invention of the Mobile Phone

1973

Martin Cooper invented the mobile phone. While he was a project manager at Motorola he set up a base station in New York with the first working prototype of a mobile phone. After some testing Cooper and Motorola took it to New York to show the public. The phone was called the Motorola Dyna-Taz weighing 2.5 pounds. and having a talk time of only 35 minutes! It's only features were to talk listen and dial.

Release of Crocodile Dundee

1986

Crocodile Dundee is an Australian comedy movie, set in the Australian Outback and in New York City. This now very famous movie was released on the 24th of April in 1986.

United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child

1989

The United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child are the rights of every child explaining how each and every child has the exact same rights. In November 1989 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Conventions on the Rights of a Child. (CRC)

Fall of the Berlin Wall

1989

The Berlin wall had been pollitically divided since the end of World War 2 and separated the West and East of Berlin. It was made of barbed wire and concrete and stood until November 9th 1989 when the head of the East German Communist Party announced citizens could cross the border whenever they liked. That night crowds swarmed the wall to bring it down.