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Hiroshima, Nagasaki bombing top news story of 20th century

Date Posted: 1999-05-01

The atomic bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima has been chosen as the most significant news story of the 20th century, according to a report by the Associated Press. Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon in 1969 was chosen as the second most important news item this century, AP said. Third went to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, an event that saw the United States enter World War II. The United States figured prominently in the votes, with many of the top 25 choices involving American citizens or events that involved the United States.

The top 10 also included the assassination of President John F. Kennedy; the Wright brothers first powered flight, American women given the right to vote in the U.S. in 1920, the U.S. stock market crash, and President Nixon's Watergate scandal. The Nazi holocaust and the outbreak of World War I also featured as the century's top news stories. The events were selected by a panel of American journalists and scholars who were invited to choose the most newsworthy item of the century.

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