20th Century Timeline for Writers (1900-1999)

This is a work in progress as part of my Writers’ Resources page!  It’s here to give you some help or maybe just a little inspiration if you’re working on any sort of historical fiction.  You’ll find that the links open a new tab so you can come back easily.  You can also check out the 19th Century/Old West Timeline.

Have something that shoudl be added?  Leave me a comment!



Hawaii is annexed as a U.S. territory


-both the World’s Fair and the Summer Olympics are held in St. Louis


Scouting for Boys by Robert Baden-Powell is published and will begin a tradition of Scouting around the world


Ronald Reagan is born (Feb 6)


Prohibition (the 18th amendment) was passed on Jan 16.  The country wouldn’t officially go dry until Jan 17, 1920


Martin Luther King, Jr. is born (January 15)


-the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (Dec 7)


Wham-O introduces the Frisbee (Jan 23)


Hawaii becomes a state (August 21)


Cat’s Cradle (Kurt Vonnegut) is published


-the first Super Bowl is played (Jan 15)  (Green Bay Packers vs. Kansas City Chiefs in L.A.)


Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated (April 4)


Slaughterhouse-Five (Kurt Vonnegut) is published


The Mary Tyler Moore Show is broadcast (until 1977)


-Stephen King publishes Carrie, his debut novel (April 5)


Ronald Reagan is elected President and is at that time the oldest person elected for the position


Madeline Albright becomes the first female Secretary of State, the highest ranking female official in U.S. history the time (Jan 23)


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One response to “20th Century Timeline for Writers (1900-1999)

  1. I am a long term Vonnegut devotee’ so I appreciate this.

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