The Remarkable 20th Century

PBS Premiered Jan 01, 2000 Unknown


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  • Specials
    • The 1990's
      Episode 10
      A century of change comes to a close with the controversial presidency of Bill Clinton, the end of Apartheid in South Africa and a surge in global terrorism. The trial of O.J. Simpson glues Americans to their televisions.
    • The 1980's
      Episode 9
      Ronald Reagan's presidency serves as the backdrop for the 1980s, from an assassination attempt through the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Michael Jackson and Madonna usher in music videos, and Mike Tyson makes a name for himself in the ring.
    • The 1970's
      Episode 8
      The Vietnam War comes to an end; scandal drives Richard Nixon from the White House; and Margaret Thatcher becomes Britain's first female prime minister. Pop culture reflects a more somber America -- until Star Wars changes movies forever.
    • The 1960's
      Episode 7
      This era of upheaval included the Vietnam War, the rise of civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, and the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert. Music was also changed forever by the arrival of the Beatles.
    • The 1950's
      Episode 6
      Postwar America is entranced by the Cold War, the Space Race, H-bomb fears, television, rock 'n' roll and Elvis Presley. Meanwhile, the fight for civil rights moves to the forefront as Rosa Parks and Brown v. Board of Education make headlines.
    • The 1940's
      Episode 5
      The United Nations, the People's Republic of China and the state of Israel are formed; Bob Hope entertains the troops; Frank Sinatra rules the radio; and Joe DiMaggio and Jackie Robinson become baseball heroes.
    • The 1930's
      Episode 4
      Roosevelt's New Deal works to rebuild Depression-era America; Hollywood's golden age begins with The Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind; and Jesse Owens takes gold at the Berlin Olympics. But war also begins as Hitler gains power in Europe.
    • The 1920's
      Episode 3
      Prohibition and Charles Lindbergh lead the headlines; the movies start talking with The Jazz Singer; and Gehrig and Ruth rule baseball. Half a world away, Stalin and Hitler begin their quest for power.
    • The 1910's
      Episode 2
      World War I and the sinking of the Titanic mark the century's second decade, along with the rise of silver screen legends Rudolph Valentino and Charlie Chaplin, and sports heroes Jack Dempsey and Ty Cobb.
    • The 1900's
      Episode 1
      Relive the first decade of the 20th century, including the Wright brothers' first flight, the invention of the motion picture camera, the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, the first World Series and the construction of the Panama Canal.
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