Associated Press Top 100 Events of the Century
1999, a national panel of 67 broadcasters, editorial cartoonists,
editors, historians, journalists, and photographers ranked the
important news events of the 20th century. The U.S. bombing of
and Nagasaki, which led to the surrender of Japan in World War
first, followed by Neil Armstrong's walk on the moon in 1969 and
Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941.
How many top stories occurred in each decade? What might account
for the imbalance in events?
What kinds of events does the list emphasize: cultural, diplomatic,
medical, military, political, scientific, or social?
Do you agree or disagree with the rankings? What criteria, in
opinion, should be used to determine the rankings?
What would you consider to be the most egregious omission or
mistake in the ranking?