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The Newseum in Arlington VA asked journalists and scholars to select the 20th Century’s top 100 stories. The Top 10:

  1. United States drops atomic bombs on Hiroshima, Nagasaki: Japan surrenders to end World War II. 1945.
  2. American astronaut Neil Armstrong becomes the first human to walk on the moon. 1969.
  3. Japan bombs Pearl Harbor: United States enters World War II. 1941.
  4. Wilbur and Orville Wright fly the first powered airplane. 1903.
  5. Women win the vote. 1920.
  6. President John F. Kennedy assassinated in Dallas. 1963.
  7. Horrors of Nazi Holocaust, concentration camps exposed. 1945.
  8. World War I begins in Europe. 1914.
  9. Brown vs. Board of Education ends “separate but equal” school segregation. 1954.
  10. U.S. stock market crashes: The Great Depression sets in. 1929.
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