|1900||The Galveston Hurricane of 1900 hits Galveston, Texas and reverses the city's previously rapid growth.|
|1906||San Francisco earthquake causes collapse of insurance markets and the Panic of 1907.|
|1908||Tunguska Explosion decimates a remote part of Siberia|
|1914||1918||World War I, which involves heavy bombardment, explosions, and poison gas warfare.|
|1918||Spanish Flu kills between 50 to 100 million people worldwide shortly after World War I.|
|1932||1937||Exceptional precipitation absence in northern hemisphere exacerbated by human activities causes the Dust Bowl drought of the US plains and the Soviet famine of 1932-1933 (harsh economic damage in US and widespread death in USSR)|
|1937||1945||Pacific War and World War II, with heavy bombardment, genocide, and explosions. Towards the end of the war, nuclear warfare occurs for the first time when Hiroshima and Nagasaki are bombed.|
|post-1945||Nuclear tests are performed by the United States, Soviet Union, India, Pakistan, China, North Korea, the United Kingdom, and France. Above-ground detonations continue until the Partial Test Ban Treaty is signed in 1963, causing fallout and spreading radiation around the explosion sites.|
|1957||Sputnik is launched, becomes first man-made object to orbit the earth, and triggers the Space Race between the United States and USSR, culminating with the First man in space in 1961, and the Moon landing, humanity's first ventures to the Moon in 1969|
|1960||World human population reached 3 billion mark.|
|1974||World human population reached 4 billion mark.|
|1970s||2010s||Deindustrialization occurs in the Midwest and then much of the United States, as manufacturing industries (and their pollution) move to China, India, and other countries.|
|1980||Mount St. Helens erupts explosively in Washington state.|
|1986||Chernobyl meltdown and explosion, contaminating surrounding area, including Pripyat.|
|1987||World human population reached 5 billion mark.|
|1999||World human population reached the 6 billion mark.|
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