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1900Europe • France 
Alphonse Marie Mucha
Study for the Bosnia-Hercegovina pavilion at the World Fair, Paris 
The Exposition Universelle (International Exposition) opens in Paris
1901Europe • Great BritainGuglielmo Marconi (1874–1937) transmits radio messages from England to Canada.
1902Europe • France 
Georges Mèliès
Le voyage dans la Lune #2 
Georges Méliès shows his film A Trip to the Moon in Paris. 
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1903North America • USAThe first flight of a Wright brothers powered airplane at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
1905North America • USAThe first cinema, the Nickelodeon, opens in Pittsburgh.
1906North America • USA 
W.C. Mendenhall
San Francisco, California, Earthquake April 18, 1906. Phelan Building 
1906, Apr 20
An earthquake destroys San Francisco and the resulting fires devastate the city. It is photographed by Edward Rodgers (San Francisco Morning Call), George Parmenter (San Francisco Examiner), George Haley (Chronicle) and a number of commercial photographers including Arnold Genthe take memorable pictures.
1908North America • USAThe Ford Model T motor car is sold.
1909EuropeLouis Blériot (1872–1936) flies across the English Cannel in his plane.
1911North America • USAFire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York kills 145 employees.
1913North America • USA 
Unidentified photographer
Armory Show, View 
The International Exhibition of Modern Art is held in New York and becomes known as the Armory Show taking the name from the Armory building. The exhibition introduces the American public to European trends in painting and sculpture. It is a revelation to those that see it and it impacts on photography by showing that copying the stylistic techniques and conventions of painting, as many of the pictorialists do, is no longer valid. (18 February 1913)
1914Europe • Great Britain 
Magazine cover for "Blast - Review Of the Great English Vortex", No. 1 
1914, 20 June
The Vorticist Manifesto is published in their journal Blast.
1916Europe • GermanyAlbert Einstein proposes the General Theory of Relativity.
1917Europe • FranceMarcel Duchamp exhibits his surrealist work The Fountain using a upturned urinal.
1919Europe • Germany 
Lucia Moholy
Walter Gropius 
Walter Gropius founds the Bauhaus school of design.
1919Europe • FranceThe French film director Abel Gance (1889-1981) releases the anti-war film J'accuse!. In it he uses wounded actors to portray the ghosts of fallen men. In 1924 John Heartfield created the photomontage After ten years: fathers and sons in which he uses skeletons and marching soldiers to depict the futility of war.

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