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Millennium: 2nd millennium
Centuries: 19th century · 20th century · 21st century
Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s
1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s
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The 20th century began on 1 January 1901 and ended on 31 December 2000. It was the century that saw two world wars, the Soviet Union rise and fall, the coming of the telephone, sound recording, film and television, airplanes, atomic weapons, genetics and DNA, computers and electronics in general. Science and industrialization spread; medicine became more scientific. The human population increased more during this century than any previous one.

Significant people

World leaders

Richard M. Nixon and Leonid Brezhnev aboard the Sequoia - NARA - 194518
Richard Nixon and Leonid Brezhnev aboard the USS Sequoia, June 19, 1973
Chittaranjan Das 1925
Chittaranjan Das with Mahatma Gandhi and Anne Beasant at the Hill Cart Road near Kakjhora, Darjeeling in 1925

Scientists and physicians

Albert Einstein Head
Albert Einstein is often regarded as the father of modern physics.

Economics and business

Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs holding MacBook Air at Macworld 2008

Aerospace pioneers

Neil Armstrong in Gemini G-2C training suit
Neil Armstrong in an early Gemini spacesuit

Military leaders

Leon trotsky
Leon Trotsky

Religious figures

Martin Luther King - March on Washington
Martin Luther King, Jr., an African American civil rights leader.

Artists

Singers, actors, actresses and bands

The Fabs
The Beatles are widely considered one of the most successful, innovative, and influential rock groups in history.

Writers and Poets

Sports figures

People widely known for something bad

Mussolini mezzobusto
Benito Mussolini in an official portrait

Years

Note: movie years before or after the twentieth century are in italics.

1893 1894 1895 1896 1897 1898 1899 1900 1901 1902
1903 1904 1905 1906 1907 1908 1909 1910 1911 1912
1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919 1920 1921 1922
1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929 1930 1931 1932
1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942
1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952
1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962
1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972
1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982
1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992
1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012

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