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A detailed timeline chronicling the 20th century in Carpe Diem.



  • September 6: President William McKinley is shot by anarchist Leon Czolgosz while attending the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York.
  • September 14: President McKinley dies when his wounds become gangrenous. Vice-President Theodore Roosevelt is sworn in as the next President.


  • August 13: The Union between Sweden and Norway officially dissolves. In its place is an independent Norway and Sweden


  • November 7: Supreme Court Justice Charles Evans Hughes defeats Thomas R. Marshall to become the next President of the United States.


  • November 2: President Hughes is reelected President of the United States.


  • May 5: The Second Italo-Ethiopian War ends, the Second Treaty of Addis Ababa is signed forcing Italy to cede Italian Eritrea to Ethiopia.


  • November 5: Nelson Rockefeller defeats Vice President Hubert Humphrey to become the next President of the United States.


  • March 27: The Treaty of Ramciel is signed between Ethiopia, South Sudan and Sudan. The treaty forces Sudan to recognize the independence of South Sudan.
  • November 7: President Rockefeller is reelected President of the United States.


  • September 5: President Rockefeller is shot in Sacramento, California. He is rushed to Mercy General Hospital where he dies half an hour later. Vice-President Donald Rumsfeld is sworn in as President.


  • November 2: Jimmy Carter defeats President Rumsfeld to become the next President of the United States.


  • November 18: U.S. Congressman Leo Ryan is killed on an airstrip in Port Kaituma in the Guyana Province of the West Indies.


  • March 15: As part of Glasnost and Perestroika, the Office of President of the Soviet Union is established with Mikhail Gorbachev being elected by the Congress of People's Deputies.


  • August 20: The Soviet Republics of Kazakhstan, Russia and Uzbekistan sign the New Union Treaty.
  • December 25: In a television broadcast to the nation, President Mikhail Gorbachev declares the end of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.


  • March 4: The first presidential elections are held in the Soviet Union. Alexander Yakovlev is elected President of the Soviet Union.
  • June 16: Moldovan troops withdraw from Gaugazia and Transnistria, ending the Transnistria War.
  • August 14: Georgian troops are deployed into the break-away republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. President Yakovlev orders Soviet troops into the two republics, the Soviet-Georgia War begins.




  • March 6: President Yakovlev is reelected President of the Soviet Union.


  • December 13: Following a status referendum, an overwhelming majority of Puerto Ricans vote for statehood.


  • July 4: Simultaneous protests take place across U.S. territories, demanding similar status referendums like the one in Puerto Rico.


Preceded by:
19th Century
Timeline of 20th century history
Succeeded by:
21st Century

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