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Interactive timelines, tracking key events of the last 1,000 years, are made available here after each episode of MILLENNIUM airs on CNN. To view the timelines, you'll need Macromedia's Flash plug-in.

Episode Ten: Century of the Globe (1900-2000)

It was the century of achievement -- and destruction. The 20th century took the world from Kitty Hawk to the Sea of Tranquility, from E=mc2 to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and from the Tin Lizzie to global warming. It also saw the rise of rock 'n' roll, the rise and fall of the Soviet Union, and the advent of AIDS.
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Episode Nine: Century of the Machine (1800-1900)

The 19th century saw a host of inventions, from refrigerators and vulcanized rubber to the telephone, elevator and light bulb. The century also was marked by revolution and defeat in Europe and America, the creation of the Suez Canal and the founding of Bolivia.
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Episode Eight: Century of the Furnace (1700-1800)

The 18th century was marked by the decline of the Mogul Empire in India, a devastating earthquake in Portugal, the Seven Years' War in Europe, the discovery of the Rosetta Stone and the advent of steam power and the smallpox vaccine.
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Episode Seven: Century of the Telescope (1600-1700)

The 17th century saw European commercialization of the East Indies and settlement in the New World, the beginning of a dynasty in China and the decline of another in Eurasia.
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Episode Six: Century of the Compass (1500-1600)

Although it was the century of the compass, the 16th was also the century of the empire. No less than seven empires had their beginnings, coalesced or peaked during this period, and another -- Spain -- began its decline.
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Episode Five: Century of the Sail (1400-1500)

The 15th century began with admiral Zheng He establishing China as a maritime power, and saw a city rise in India and two civilizations peak in sub-Saharan Africa.
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Episode Four: Century of the Scythe (1300-1400)

In the 14th century, fierce, often brutal, warriors carved out dynasties in Turkey and India, while others battled in places like Kosovo.
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Episode Three: Century of the Stirrup (1200-1300)

The 13th century is marked by Mongol warfare and conquest, Christian crusades and the Magna Carta.
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Episode Two: Century of the Axe (1100-1200)

Civilizations rose and fell during the 12th century, but it was a period also notable for innovations and creativity.
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Episode One: Century of the Sword (1000-1100)

The new millennium began with Leif Eriksson finding his way to North America, and ended with Christian zealots and soldiers marching to the Holy Land with mayhem in mind.
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