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Some Headline Events in the History of Civilization IV
A.D. Rules infraction leads to game of rugby.
1835 A.D. Barnum exhibits George Washington's "nurse".
1851 A.D. Great Exhibition at Crystal Palace in London.
1853 A.D. Musical drama of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" opens.
1854 A.D. Millard Fillmore leads boat trip up Mississippi.
1859 A.D. Blondin crosses Niagara Falls on tightrope.
1869 A.D. First U.S. intercollegiate football game.
1871 A.D. Barnum organizes "Greatest Show on Earth".
1875 A.D. First Kentucky Derby is run.
1876 A.D. Centennial Exhibition held in Philadelphia.
1883 A.D. Buffalo Bill launches "Wild West Show".
1891 A.D. James Naismith invents game of basketball.
1892 A.D. Sullivan-Corbett heavyweight boxing match.
1896 A.D. Olympic games revived in Athens.
1903 A.D. First baseball "World Series" .
1913 A.D. Notre Dame upsets Army in football game.
1915 A.D. D.W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation opens.
1919 A.D. "Black Sox" baseball scandal.
1920 A.D. First broadcast on commercial radio station.
1922 A.D. BBC receives license to broadcast on radio.
1923 A.D. Houdini escapes from straight jacket while suspended in mid air.
1926 A.D. First U.S. radio network (NBC) established.
1927 A.D. Babe Ruth hits 60 home runs in a season.
1931 A.D. Gambling legalized in Nevada.
1932 A.D. Hollywood premiere of MGM's Grand Hotel.
1933 A.D. Franklin Roosevelt's "fireside chats" on radio.
1936 A.D. Jesse Owens wins gold medals at Olympics.
1937 A.D. First televised sports match.
1938 A.D. Orson Wells broadcast creates Martian scare.
1939 A.D. Atlanta premiere of Gone with the Wind.
1943 A.D. Oklahoma! opens on Broadway.
1944 A.D. Bobbysoxers riot at Frank Sinatra appearance.
1946 A.D. First Cannes international film festival.
1947 A.D. Jackie Robinson signs with Brooklyn Dodgers.
1952 A.D. Cinerama and 3-D movies introduced.
1953 A.D. Birth of Lucille Ball's baby on television.
1955 A.D. Opening of Disneyland park in California.
1956 A.D. Elvis Presley becomes singing sensation.
1958 A.D. The $64,000 Question" quiz show canceled.
1960 A.D. Kennedy-Nixon debate on television.
1961 A.D. FCC chairman calls TV a "vast wasteland".
1964 A.D. Beatles appear on Ed Sullivan show.
1967 A.D. Green Bay Packers win Superbowl I.
1969 A.D. Woodstock and Altamont music festivals.
1969 A.D. First television broadcast from the Moon.
1973 A.D. Billie Jean King-Bobby Riggs tennis match.
1974 A.D. Evel Knieval tries to jump across Snake River.
1977 A.D. "Star Wars" movie debuts.
1980 A.D. Ted Turner starts Cable News Network.
1986 A.D. Geraldo Riviera opens Capone safe on live TV.
1990 A.D. MCA sold to Matsushita.
1992 A.D. Johnny Carson retires from "Tonight Show".
1994 A.D. O.J. Simpson's "suicide" ride in Ford Bronco.
1998 A.D. Mark McGwire-Sammy Sosa home run contest.