The grand sweep of the 20th century began most notably with the rise of the movies and the automobile, quickly followed by World War I and the Great Depression - followed by another "war to end all wars" at mid-century, World War II.
While those events were enough to fill a complete era, the century was about to jump to light speed with the dawning of the space age. Occurring almost simultaneously was a revolution in telecommunications that saw its roots in the invention of the telephone and the radio - to another miracle of the modern age - 1950s television.
Today, it continues as everyone on the planet connects as never before via the Internet.
Around the Web, dig deeper into the period at top sites offering timelines, a survey of great achievements, destructive wars, social upheavals, and more events that defined the 20th century worldwide ....
The Great Depression - Social, economic & politic aftershocks of the 1930's depression in the U.S. and worldwide with special focus on dustbowl America, including a photo
essay and depression era art gallery.
20th Century Warfare - Comprehensive portal to major and
minor conflicts throughout the century including the World Wars, Vietnam, Korea, Somalia, the Fauklands, Bosnia-Kosova and the Persian Gulf War with guides to military tactics & weapons as well as related pop culture, art & literatur references.
NASA History - Interactive presentations, video clips,
image gallery, feature stories and profiles of important people in the history of the U.S. space program including the Apollo moon misson.
WebMuseum The 20th Century - An illustrated survey of major artists, paintings and movements including Fauvism, Picasso and Cubism, Abstract painting and Pop Art.
Timelines 1900 - 2000 - Thumbnail information on important people and events in world history, politics, economics, science, religion, and entertainment listed by date and year.