Around a globe that grew increasingly smaller as the decades passed, events piled upon significant events, making this 100-year span the most intense in human history. At right, a gallery of the century's political markers, and below, the decades as seen through other perspectives
1900 Boxer Rebellion against foreigners in China
1901 President McKinley is assassinated; Teddy Roosevelt takes over
1901 Queen Victoria dies after 64-year reign
1902 Boer War ends in South Africa
1904 Japan attacks Port Arthur, Russo-Japanese War begins
1914 Assassination of Yugoslav Archduke Ferdinand triggers World War I
1916 The Irish rise up against the British in...