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100 Events in Twentieth Century World History Berkeley Undergraduates Really Should Know...

If I am limited to 100, are these the right 100? What other events do you think belong--and which ones would you remove to make space for the ones you prefer?

UPDATE: Adding more is not helpful--I could get up to 1000 easy. If you want to be helpful, you have to recommend swapping one out for each one you swap in...

Yes, they will be on the exam.

Year Key Events
1896 William Jennings Bryan [D] loses U.S. election to William McKinley [R]
1896 Large-scale gold mining in South Africa's Witwatersrand
1899 Start of the Boer War
1901 Assassination of McKinley; Theodore Roosevelt becomes President of the United States
1905 U.S. Supreme Court decides Lochner case: Constitution held to enact Herbert Spencers's “social statics”
1910 Start of Mexican Revolution
1911 Overthrow of the Qing Dynasty; declaration of the Chinese Republic
1912 Theodore Roosevelt splits Republican Party; Woodrow Wilson [D] elected President of the United States
1914 Start of World War I: France, Britain, Italy (from 1915), Russia (until 1917), and America (from 1917) vs. Germany, Austria, Turkey
1917 Kerensky's Russian Revolution
1917 Lenin's Russian Revolution in October (really November)
1918 End of World War I; overthrow of the German Emperor (“Kaiser”); establishment of the “Weimar Republic”
1919 Communist uprising in Germany: “Spartikist Rebellion”
1919 Treaty of Versailles to settle affairs after World War I
1919 Jallianwala Bagh Massacre
1921 Lenin adopts the “New Economic Policy”: a small-scale return to the market
1922 Mussolini marches on Rome; establishes first fascist regime
1923 French and Belgian troops occupy Germany's Ruhr Valley to try to force reparations payments
1923 End of German hyperinflation: $1 = 4,000,000,000,000 RM
1923 German World War I General Erich Ludendorff and Adolf Hitler attempt coup--”Beer Hall Putsch”
1924 Death of Lenin
1925 Death of Sun Yatsen
1925 Great Britain returns to the gold standard
1926 General Strike in Great Britain
1927 Chiang Kaishek's Kuomintang double-crosses his Communist allies; massacres in Shanghai
1927 Stalin expels Trotsky, Zinoviev, and Kamenev from the Communist Party
1928 Chiang Kaishek launches “Northern Expedition”
1928 Launching of first Five Year Plan in the Soviet Union
1929 Drive to “collectivize” agriculture in the Soviet Union: start of terror-famine in the Ukraine
1929 The Wall Street stock market crash; start of the Great Depression
1930 Gandhi's “Salt March”
1931 German Social Democratic Party rejects proposals to plan a “New Deal” for Germany
1932 Election of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the United States
1933 Adolf Hitler becomes the last Chancellor of Germany's Weimar Republic
1933 Worst year of the Great Depression
1934 Start of Mao Zedong's “Long March”
1935 Franklin Delano Roosevelt proposes and congress passes the Social Security Act
1935 Franklin Delano Roosevelt proposes and congress passes the National Labor Relations Act
1936 Francisco Franco attempts to overthrow Spanish Republic: start of Spanish Civil War
1937 U.S. Supreme Court surprisingly declares NLRA constitutional: “the switch in time that saved nine”
1937 Marco Polo Bridge “incident”; start of World War II in Asia
1939 Final victory by Franco in Spanish Civil War
1939 Start of World War II in Europe; Nazi Soviet pact; Nazi invasion of Poland
1940 Fall of Denmark, Norway, France to Nazis
1941 Nazi invasion of Soviet Union
1941 Imperial Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor
1942 “The End of the Beginning”: Battles of Midway, Guadalcanal, El Alamein, “Operation Torch”, and—most of all--”Operation Uranus”: Stalingrad
1944 Bretton Woods conference: agreement to found the IMF and World Bank
1945 Yalta and Potsdam Conferences shape post-World War II world; Germany partitioned
1945 Labour Party first wins majority in British House of Commons
1945 Death of Franklin Delano Roosevelt; Harry S Truman becomes President of the United States
1945 U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
1947 Harry S Truman begins the Cold War with the “Truman Doctrine”
1947 Britain grants independence to India and Pakistan
1947 George Marshall proposes the “Marshall Plan”
1948 Stalinist coup in Czechoslovakia
1948 Stalin expels Yugoslavia from the Cominform
1949 Proclamation of the People's Republic of China
1950 Stalin slips Kim Il Sung's leash: the Korean War begins
1951 Treaty of Paris creates the European Coal and Steel Community
1954 U.S. Supreme Court decides Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka, KS
1956 Death of Khrushchev's "Secret Speech" denouncing Joseph Stalin
1956 Israel, France, and Britain attack Egypt
1956 Hungarian revolt against the Soviet Union
1957 Treaty of Rome creates the European Economic Community of “the six”
1958 Mao Zedong launches Great Leap forward
1959 Lushan Plenum in China: “Disgrace” of Marshal Peng Dehuai
1961 Construction of Berlin Wall
1962 Cuban Missile Crisis
1963 Assassination of John F. Kennedy; Lyndon Johnson becomes President of the United States
1964 Civil Rights Act in the United States
1964 Overthrow of Nikita Khrushchev; replacement by Leonid Brezhnev
1964 Gulf of Tonkin “incident” off coast of Vietnam
1964 Barry Goldwater runs for President on a non-RINO platform: destruction of Republican congressional power
1965 Lyndon Johnson uses overwhelming congressional majorities for Medicare, Medicaid, Voting Rights Act
1965 Overthrow of Sukarno in Indonesia; massacres of Indonesian Communists (and many others); rise of Suharto
1966 Mao Zedong launches Cultural Revolution
1973 First “Oil Shock”: Syria and Egypt attack Israel on Yom Kippur
1974 Resignation of U.S. President Richard Nixon
1975 Fall of South Vietnam
1975 Indira Gandhi declares “emergency”
1975 Death of Mao Zedong
1978 The “Southern Expedition” of Deng Xiaoping
1979 Margaret Thatcher becomes Prime Minister of Great Britain
1979 Khomeini's Iranian Revolution
1981 Ronald Reagan becomes President of the United States
1982 The “Volcker Deflation”: deepest post-World War II global recession (until now)
1985 Mikhail Gorbachev comes to power in the Soviet Union: “glasnost” and “perestroika”
1985 Rajiv Gandhi takes first steps toward dismantling the License Raj
1989 Fall of the Berlin Wall
1989 Tien an Men Square massacre
1991 End of the Soviet Union
1993 William J. Clinton becomes President of the United States—only the second Democratic president since 1968
1993 U.S., Canada, and Mexico ratify NAFTA
1994 Mexican peso crisis
1998 East Asian financial crisis
1999 Vladimir Putin becomes Acting President of the Russian Federation
2000 Collapse of the dot-com bubble
2001 George W. Bush becomes President of the United States
2008 Failures of Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, AIG; start of largest post-World War II economic recession