In an accessible short-essay format, Paul Baldwin offers a panoramic view of our century through 365 of its most remarkable touchstones. Ranging between the inspiring, the terrifying, and the truly silly, the book includes everything from Mao's Cultural Revolution to the 1926 publication of A. A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh. A terrific reference source for all kinds of information, The 365 Most Important Events of the Twentieth Century also provides a comprehensive sense of how individual moments in history affect and build upon each other. The 1912 invention of the S.O.S. distress code, for instance, would later that same year bring the crucial rescue ship to the sinking Titanic. Einstein's 1916 Theory of Relativity would provide the groundwork for Paul Dirac's 1928 horrifying discovery of anti-matter, and the reparations bill presented to Germany after World War I created the necessary environment for Hitler's rise to power. The 365 Most Important Events of the Twentieth Century captures our collective triumphs, ironies, and tragedies with both insight and precision. As we enter into the next century, this book offers a welcome perspective on what we have come from and where we might be headed.