Pearl Harbor -- absolutely.
Joe DiMaggio -- of course.
And "Citizen Kane" -- almost certainly "Citizen Kane."
It's 1991 (or nearly), and you know what that means? It means we're about to be inundated with all that 50th-anniversary business for the momentous events of 1941 -- the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Joe D's 56-game hitting streak, Orson Welles's movie-that-changed-the-face-of-movies.
But what about Cheerios? Or the American Bowling Congress Hall of Fame? They're also part of the Class of 1941. And don't forget the movie "Dumbo."
You say 100th anniversaries are more your style? Well, 1991 will keep you plenty busy, too. Sherlock Holmes made his first magazine appearance 100 years ago. Basketball was invented, as was the clothing zipper.
In fact, there are all sorts of anniversaries to choose from in 1991. It all depends on what kinds of milestones you favor:
Let's go back to 41, for starters -- not "something-41," just plain old 41. It was in 41 -- 1,950 years ago -- that Roman Emperor Caligula was murdered by his Praetorian Guard and succeeded by Claudius.
In 541 Europe entered the Age of Silly Names, as Totila became king of the Ostrogoths after the death of his uncle Hildebad. Totila ruled for 11 years, until he was killed fighting the Byzantines under Narses, the Eunuch General.
In 641, someone called Chindaswinth became king of the Visigoths, and 50 years after that, in 691, Clovis III became "King of All the Franks."
Meanwhile, the Arabs celebrated 641 by destroying the Persian Empire, Islam replaced the religion of Zoroaster and, for good measure, the Arabs obliterated the book-copying center at Alexandria, then considered the center of Western culture.
In 841, Halfdan of Norway subjected the nobles and founded the Norwegian monarchy.
In 991 -- 1,000 years ago -- construction began on the first church in Kiev, just a year or two after Russia adopted Christianity. And, speaking of Christianity: In 1191, Richard the Lion-Hearted led a fleet of 100 ships out of England for the Third Crusade -- but he and King Philip II of France spent the winter quarreling in Sicily, and Philip went back home.
More 1191 religion: Zen Buddhism was introduced to Japan by a priest named Aeisai, just back from a visit to China.
In 1241 -- 750 years ago -- the Baltic trading towns that made up the Hanseatic League first made use of exciting new navigational discoveries -- the rudder, for instance.
In 1291, the Crusades finally came to an end.
Jump ahead to 1491: A clerical committee appointed by the king filed a report: "The project in question is vain and impossible, and not becoming great princes to engage in, on such slender grounds as had been adduced." The king, Ferdinand of Spain, eventually ignored the recommendation and, the following year, Christopher Columbus set sail for the Indies.
Columbus never did make it to the Indies. What he did find, though, made possible a whole other stack of 1991 anniversaries. Take 1541: Spanish explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado led an expedition from what is now New Mexico across Texas, Oklahoma and eastern Kansas. In the very same year, Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto discovered the Mississippi River.
In 1591, the Roanoke colony in Virginia was found to have vanished, with a loss of 117 colonists.
The French settled in Michigan in 1641, and back across the ocean, 1691 marked the end of the Irish rebellion -- for the moment, at least -- with the signing of the Treaty of Limerick.
Looking for some 250th anniversaries to celebrate? In 1741, Jonathan Edwards delivered his famous sermon, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God," to a petrified congregation in Enfield, Mass. George Frederick Handel composed "The Messiah" -- in 18 days.
Not everybody succeeded in 1741. Danish navigator Victor Bering, after discovering Alaska and the Aleutian Islands, died of hunger and cold.
In 1791, the guillotine made its debut, speeding the French Revolution along. On the brighter side, the U.S. Bill of Rights was ratified in 1791, and Vermont became the 14th state in the Union. In England, the waltz became fashionable, and the English Stud Book was published for the first time.
Also, Edgar Allan Poe published the world's first known detective story, "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," in 1841, the New York Tribune was launched by 30-year-old publisher Horace Greeley, and hypnosis was discovered by Scottish surgeon James Baird.
For centennial fans: Carnegie Hall opened that year in New York City; a new gold rush drew thousands of prospectors to Cripple Creek, Colo., and the first electric oven for commercial use was introduced in St. Paul, Minn.
In Paris, Vincent Van Gogh's paintings had their first showing at the Salon des Independents in 1891. Van Gogh himself died in 1890.
All of which brings us to 1941, a year for even more firsts:
The Rainbow Bridge opened over Niagara Falls.
The Grand Coulee Dam powered up in Washington State.
The British sank the Bismarck.
Dacron was invented.
So: Enough here to keep you celebrating for a while? More than enough. Nobody says you've got to hit them all; just find a favorite or two and get cracking.