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The 10 Most Important Moments and Events in History

Updated on February 6, 2016
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An Illustrated Guide to the 10 Events That Defined History and Changed the World

Choosing the 10 most important events in history is one of the most difficult and controversial things to do. Why? Because history is more than a few hundred years long, and there is way too much bias in most lists.

I’ve attempted to create a list without that bias that manages to touch on the major events in history that ended up shaping the world. Some of the events were huge, yet impacted only a continent or two. Others literally touched every culture and brought them into a whole new way of thinking. Here is my humble attempt at the 10 most important events in history, not listed in any particular order.

1. American Revolution

To many, this event was too localized to be considered part of a list that involves all of history. Yet, the shockwaves from this one event are still felt today. The American Revolution (1775-1783) took many ideas from the early civilizations of Greece and Rome and combined them with the Christian Bible to revolt against an authority that was unbending. They believed that every man (though at the time even that statement was narrowly defined) was equal and should be treated fairly. Only when the men and women of the new world rose up together was there a solid foundation for the beginning of a nation that in our modern world influences much around the globe. When an election is held in the United States, the world watches. The influence that America now has gives credence to the American Revolution being one of the greatest events in our history.

Declaration of Independence
Declaration of Independence
Boston Tea Party
Boston Tea Party
George Washington
George Washington
Crossing of the Delaware
Crossing of the Delaware
Surrender of Cornwallis
Surrender of Cornwallis

2. Reformation

The Reformation (1517-1648) was one of the greatest events in European history. Prior to this period, the Roman Catholic Church had close to absolute control over the people and governments of the Christian world. It was when many of the learned men of the time began to question the practices of the church in comparison to the Bible that trouble arose. The intent of the Reformation was to reform the Catholic Church and bring it back to its biblical roots. The end result was a rending of the church into two factions: Catholics and Protestants. The Reformation brought the religious texts into the hands of the masses and began the decline of the Catholic power. Both the wars it caused and the actions of the famous historical figures it involved still continue to shape the world today. Thinking of this only as a European event could be erroneous. Because of the Reformation, much of the New World, known as the Americas, was shaped, missionaries increased in number throughout the world, and thinkers who rose up from the Renaissance could proclaim their discoveries and beliefs with less fear of persecution. The Reformation gave us free thought while holding us down to the basics of life.

Martin Luther
Martin Luther
95 Theses by Martin Luther
95 Theses by Martin Luther
John Calvin
John Calvin
St. Bartholomew's Massacre
St. Bartholomew's Massacre

Reformation

3. Life of Jesus of Nazareth

Whether you are a Christian or not, you cannot honestly say that the life of Jesus of Nazareth did not dramatically impact history. If you follow the dating system that we use today, you acknowledge his impact. This article is published in 2010 A.D. because approximately 2010 years ago, Jesus lived in Israel. At the time of his life, it might not have seen so dramatic to the world at large. He never traveled more than a few days' journey from his hometown. It was only after he left earth that his teachings spread beyond his homeland and began to cause trouble for the ruling power of the time: Rome. When Roman rulers began to persecute the followers of Jesus, Christians, his life really began to ripple out around the globe. Over time, Christianity was accepted by the Roman rulers, which allowed it to spread even further. Today, Christianity is one of the largest religions of the world. Jesus set off an atomic religious bomb that is still felt today.

Jesus on the cross
Jesus on the cross
Christian martyrs at the Roman Coliseum
Christian martyrs at the Roman Coliseum
Christian baptism
Christian baptism

Impact of Christianity

4. Tearing Down of Berlin Wall

Tearing down a wall might not seem like much, but when you realize what all else came down with that wall, you begin to see it in a whole new light. At the end of World War II, there was relief at the downfall of a disturbed man who wanted to dominate the earth. However, there was also suspicion between countries and a desire to control as much land as possible. The nations that defeated Hitler and his friends began to quarrel amongst themselves. Should the defeated lands be democratic in nature or communist? The end result was a lesson from King Solomon: split the spoils down the middle. Germany was the embodiment of the war, and therefore, it became the most disputed area. In the end, it was split in half with one part under a communist government and the other under a more democratic style. Through the middle of Berlin, a large wall was built to separate the capital city and symbolize the wall that separated the communist world from everyone else. When the wall came down in 1989, it signified the end of communist rule and birth of the voice of the people.

by Sue Ream on wikimedia commons
by Sue Ream on wikimedia commons
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by Noir on wikimedia commons
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by Davax on wikimedia commons
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by AgnosticPreachersKid on wikimedia commons

Fall of Berlin Wall

5. World War II

This is one of the few wars that literally involved most of the world. The scarring from this six-year fight is still seen today in the demolished buildings and the tattooed numbers on the arms of POWs. There was no one main objective or enemy. There was no main front. It was composed of the European, African, and Asian segments of the war. It ripped through every economic level, race, religion, and culture. Country after country fell into other hands. Men, women, and children were killed by the millions. Many lost their loved ones and had to seek new lands to call home as there was so much devastation. World War II also led to the creation of the United Nations, a homeland for the Jews, and the beginning of the Cold War. The world had changed and was never to return to the innocence it once claimed. It was the unmasking of an underlying evil that took an ugly shape in the Cold War. Only as the truth of the massacres, plots, and campaigns have revealed themselves has the world truly begun to heal.

Germany invasion of Warsaw
Germany invasion of Warsaw
Death Trains
Death Trains
Minsk City and Soviet soldiers
Minsk City and Soviet soldiers
Battle of Tinian
Battle of Tinian
Battle of the Bulge
Battle of the Bulge

WWII

6. World War I

World War One (1914-1918) was once called the Great War. No one during that time could imagine anything worse. That is until they faced themselves with WWII and even more bloodshed. But WWI was not pushed aside. In fact, historian, George Kennan, said that all roads lead to WWI. In truth, Kennan was right on the money. WWII’s causes can be traced right back to WWI where so much was left undone and so much resentment and hatred brewed below the surface. It was the humiliation of Germany at the end of WWI that began the movement toward WWII. The hatred toward the world that many Germans felt led to the election of Hitler, the creation of concentration camps, and the fall of France, Poland, and many other countries. An unsatisfied closure to the Great War caused it to be the silence before the storm.

Russian troops in trenches
Russian troops in trenches
Field hospital
Field hospital
French regiment in trenches
French regiment in trenches
Engineers at the Battle of St. Mihiel
Engineers at the Battle of St. Mihiel

7. Gutenberg's Printing Press

There is almost no other event that could be called as influential as the printing press that Gutenberg invented around 1440. Before this monumental creation, books were copied by hand. Laboriously, monks and other men of learning would spend hours and hours through the bright sunlight and the weak light of an oil lamp to make copies of religious texts, literature, and official documents. It could take years just to copy one book. When Gutenberg devised a printing press that could print copy after copy in just a small fraction of the time, the whole world changed dramatically. All of a sudden, everyone could have their own copies of the religious scriptures. They could read them for themselves. Political pamphlets could be made by the thousands and influence the masses like never before. Learning was not limited to a select few. It was available for all. Books were not just for the rich. They could be made for those of lower classes. Gutenberg’s press changed the political world, the religious world, and the everyday life of man. No more would we lean on a select few to direct us. We could take it for ourselves.

Johannes Gutenberg
Johannes Gutenberg
Drawing of printing style invented by Gutenberg
Drawing of printing style invented by Gutenberg
95 Theses by Martin Luther done by Gutenberg's press
95 Theses by Martin Luther done by Gutenberg's press
Gutenberg Bible: The first Bible printed for the masses
Gutenberg Bible: The first Bible printed for the masses

Gutenberg's Printing Press

8. Life of Muhammad

Just like the life of Jesus, whether you are a follower of Muhammad (570-630) or not, you cannot deny the impact his life has had on history. Before Muhammad rose up as the founder of Islam, the Middle East was full of small tribes that warred against each other continuously. Muhammad brought those tribes together and gave them a purpose and a reason to join forces. Though blood was still shed, it was not against each other. It was against those that threatened the new religion or fought against it.

After Muhammad brought together the Middle East, the region experienced the Islamic Golden Age from 786 to 1258 AD. This time is analogous to Europe's Renaissance (though during this time, Europe was still in the Dark Ages). The region's culture flourished and made many advances in fields including mathematics and science. The world benefited from Muslims' discovery of the immune system, preservation of Roman and Greek texts, and invention of the number zero, the decimal system, and algebra. Even coffee was discovered during the Islamic Golden Age! The stability Muhammad brought to the region was one of the reasons that the culture was able to make such advances.

Since the birth of Islam, it has become one of the largest religions of the world. It covers the globe, and through many of its sects, it has influenced the world. The terrorist branches have reached out and impacted the daily lives of every person through their traveling procedures or just the way they go to work with extra security. Muhammad changed the shape of the Middle East that is still changing today.

Muhammad directing Black Stone
Muhammad directing Black Stone
Muhammad
Muhammad
Mosque by Steve Evans on wikimedia commons
Mosque by Steve Evans on wikimedia commons
Qu'ran by Amr Fayez on wikimedia commons
Qu'ran by Amr Fayez on wikimedia commons

Muhammad

9. Pax Romana

This is the period of relative peace in the Roman Empire for about two hundred years. What was so special about this besides the fact that it was peace for an empire that loved to fight and in which bloodshed was part of the daily life was what the peace brought forth. During that time, many innovations were developed that are still used today. Roads of amazing engineering were built and linked the far areas of the vast empire like none other before them. A postal system was refined and utilized like never before. An explosion in the field of engineering gave us the arch, plumbing, and so many more cultural advances that were the basis of many of the things that we use each and every day of our lives. This period of peace allowed the warring empire to settle down and adjust to its new size and all its new family members. It developed a legal system like none other. It created a culture that is envied today in many aspects. This peace helped lay down the foundations of our world today.

Roman archway
Roman archway
Roman Colosseum by Steve Evans on wikimedia commons
Roman Colosseum by Steve Evans on wikimedia commons
Roman road by MM on wikimedia commons
Roman road by MM on wikimedia commons

10. Renaissance

Nothing can compare to the age of the Renaissance. Ignorance was being pushed aside and the world was beginning to see the mathematics of a falling apple, the sparkle of a dew drop, and the wonder of a distant star. It was during this time that great men and women questioned tradition and standing beliefs. People learned that there was still a lot to learn in this great world. The earth was not the center of the universe. There were planets besides our own. There was a world of mathematics that had functioned just under the surface where no man had yet looked. There was beauty in colors that art began to acknowledge and share with the whole world. The Renaissance gave us new light, pushing aside the Dark Ages when man was directed by superstition and fear. The Renaissance gave the unexplainable a face and a name. There would be no more fear. Curiosity was encouraged despite opposition from those that longed to remain in the past. The Renaissance was an awakening to the world and was the beginning of all our curiosity today.

Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci
da Vinci's Last Supper
da Vinci's Last Supper
Michelangelo's Creation of Adam
Michelangelo's Creation of Adam
William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare
The Church at San Lorenzo by Stefan Bauer on wikiemedia commons
The Church at San Lorenzo by Stefan Bauer on wikiemedia commons
St. Peter's Basilica
St. Peter's Basilica

In Conclusion

As I said, putting together this list was both difficult and controversial. Thinking about what has made the world what it is now is a challenging task that puts history in perspective. Around the world, countless people and events have contributed to how you live today. Trying to pinpoint 10 events is an exercise I'd invite you to try!

If you would like to learn more about any of the events listed, below is a list of online resources.

And if you have other events you wish were included in this list (or perhaps even an entire list of your own), please add it in the comments along with why you think those events are among the most important in history.

What Do You Think Were The Most Important Events in History?

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      Daniel 12 days ago

      I agree with this list, bviously there are some key aspects missing. However, a list of 10 undermines the development of the human race.

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      aatj 3 weeks ago

      I guess everyone has his own points, but the French revolution was by far more important than the American one. No comparison. I also think that the fall of Baghdad, 1258, at the hands of the Mongols was a huge event that should be in the list.

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      Donald trump 3 weeks ago

      Very good

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      Stiffi 5 weeks ago

      How is Pax Romana only number 9? The Roman Empire moulded the culture in their territory, granted this wasn't the larged of areas but many tried to proclaim themselves "Caesar" the Kaisers of Germany, the Tsars of Russia, Rome is a lot more influential to history than America an Empire which is remembered fondly over a thousand years after its fall is a lot more important than a colony in the New World taking its independence. The American revolution shouldn't even be in the top five!

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      dipingo 6 weeks ago

      Jesus? any evidence of his existence even? i think you're referring to christianity, a religion put on the map by a roman emperor trying to unite the empire using religion

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      Shihad 6 weeks ago

      the picture about prophet Mohammed is not genuine, please take that off , that is not how the prophet looks like

      Muslims get offended if the picture of prophet Mohammed is drawn or displayed. I request you to please remove it

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      kenny 7 weeks ago

      french revolution???? more important than american revolution???

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      gabriellle 7 weeks ago

      Religion is not history! Jesus and Prophet Muhammad have never been included in history books. You know why because there is no archeological evidence for them.

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      Jacqueline Normandeau 8 weeks ago

      While I do agree with some of your choices I would have definitely included the birth of agriculture, The industrial revolution, and the birth of the internet, and in the arts Mozart music simply cause he changed the way we view and listen to music and when you think about it he his the first musician that everyone knows even today.

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      Scott james 2 months ago

      The landing of the mayflower in the new world? The establishment of Jamestown colony, both should be on here, after all the american revolution wouldnt of happened without them!

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      chloe 2 months ago

      why is everyone criticizing this list?? i mean...everyone has their own ideas but the author has done a great job of choosing some of the main events that shaped our history....

      and the muslims that are complaining about the pics of muhammad should grow up.....no offence

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      Ivan 2 months ago

      1453 Constantinople?

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      Elaine D 2 months ago

      This was very Eurocentric

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      Cornhub.com 2 months ago

      The Great Rising Of The Corn should be added to this!

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      Alexander 3 months ago

      yes 9/11 has a long-term effect on the world and still has today, but what you have been told about 9/11 was all lies from the goverment to invade a country to get oil

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      Daddy. 3 months ago

      9/11 had no long-term effects on the world as a whole. It shouldn't be added to this list. It is a sad moment in history but this list is for the MOST important things in history and sadly the 9/11 terror attacks are not the most important events in history.

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      Moo 3 months ago

      This is extremely american bias. First of all, the Chinese made the printing press, not Gutenberg. Also, this is all European and American bias happenings, save for Muhammad. What about the all of the Asian countries, that about the Ottomans, what about the Great Wall of China?

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      blythe 3 months ago

      I have to write a newspaper article for my school project. I came onto here hoping that I would find a good topic for it and when I read it I thought WW1 or WW2 would be a good idea. However, after reading the comments I think 9/11 would be a better topic. I think it definitely needs to be on this list.

      Just btw DON'T listen to what people are saying about the pictures of Muhammad...I think it is great that you have got pictures to explain your points.

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      Jerlyn Benosa Bersabal Mora 3 months ago

      I think the most important history is the world war either 1 or 2 because I didn't experience that, so I must interested to know how people lives in that time & how they fought for the independence of their respected country.

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      mahmud rony 3 months ago

      one of the most historical event in the world is Noah's flood and his boat.

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      Splendido 3 months ago

      Columbus arraival to the New World is not on the list but America Revolution is? That doesn't make any sense.

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      Jayden 3 months ago

      History is important to all of us and everyone should learn this history so they can have a great life as any job worker. !!!!!!

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      Alex Keir 3 months ago

      Most important moments in human history must start (imho) with (and okay, I cheated a bit, but there were some instances where it was too close to call, so there are some ties):

      1a/ A human uses a tool.

      1b/Making fire.

      2/ Invention of alphabet and numbers including 0.

      3/ The destruction of the Library of Alexandria by christian zealots.

      4/ Fall of Rome.

      5/ Renaissance.

      6/ American Revolution.

      7a/ Discovery of smallpox vaccine.

      7b/ Invention of steam engine.

      8/ Assassination of ArchDuke Ferdinand.

      9a/Space race.

      9b/ Man on the moon.

      10/ The internet and globalization.

      NEXT UP: 11/ End of cancer (hopefully). Note the lack of religion except when it thwarts the advancement of mankind. Religious freedom did play a part in the American Revolution but it was not the central cause.

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      clearly 3 months ago

      the agriculture revolution

      (possibly the most important event in history)

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      EmoBean 3 months ago

      Thanks :D I'm doing a thing for ELA and this helped a lot!

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      Felicity harper 4 months ago

      IT IS A VERY INTERESTING WEBSITE THAT IS FOR SURE THANK YOU

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      Abiel Erickson 4 months ago

      its a really helpful website

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      harley wheeler 4 months ago

      This list may be right but it left out some very important tings like what happened in other countries that led us to were we are today. Things that brought us through at our weakest times and made us stronger nothing on your list was wrong. I think list list was great and very helpful with the project I am doing. Good job keep up the great work and definitely add in some more key points next time. I think this was very resourceful but next time if there is one ad in some poets and things like guns and gun powder but thank you for making this website and have a fantastic day.

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      Tom McKenna 4 months ago

      Great Stuff :)

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      David 4 months ago

      9/11 vastly overrated and actually has negligible, historical impact on the world as a whole.

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      hola 4 months ago

      so many more important events that has happened in the world * rolling eyes *

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      ethan heinrichs 4 months ago

      9/11

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      MDW 5 months ago

      Inventing the wheel etc. are all very important and changed the course of humanity, for sure, but they are not part of history, because history by definition starts with writing. Anything that happened before the invention of writing such as inventing the wheel, fire, agriculture, evolution, dinosaur extinction is pre-history and that means it can’t be on this list.

      The Muslims complaining about the pictures of Mohammed are being too selective. There is nothing in the Quran saying you can’t have pictures of people, holy or not. The religious intolerance of images come from a series of hadiths – stories of Mohammed’s life, where he is upset about depictions of animals and people and others where Mohammed makes it clear that people who make pictures will be tormented by them in hell. This has nothing to do with Mohammed’s image in particular, but ANY image of a living thing. Any person, any animal. So that means these people can either complain about all the pictures on this site, or none of them. It really is an all or nothing thing. Either you follow the hadith and condemn all images and turn off your television and internet connection, or you accept the existence of images for what they are on websites, in film and television, and statues of politicians like Saddam Hussein, and pictures of Ayatollah Khomeini on banknotes.

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      Daphne Devall 5 months ago

      I agree that 9/11 should be added into this.

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      Ethan Harrison 5 months ago

      i love this article and you are a very talented women i will see you soon ;)

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      Oh HI 5 months ago

      9/11 terror attacks must be added.

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      Oli 5 months ago

      Might I add The French Revolution, The Russian/October/Bolshevik Revolution, The Industrial Revolution (I'm noticing a pattern here...) and the English Revolution (which's effect on history is vastly undervalued by many).

      Of all of these, the omission of the French revolution is the most surprising. It was the revolution which spawned all others, it seeded the idea that the masses didn't have to be ruled by a few privileged aristocrats.

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      mega buster 6 months ago

      where is 9/11

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      New Orchid 6 months ago

      The Civil War (1861-1865) impacted the world. The world saw people stand up for human rights and equality. It changed the world along with the Women's Rights Movement (1848-1920). Those should've knocked off some of the ones listed.

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      How bout... 6 months ago

      The Industrial Revolution?

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      Una Mitad 6 months ago

      10 most important points in history for white Americans.

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      GG 6 months ago

      The french revolution had more long term and important effects on the world stage than the american revolution

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      the man you want to marry 6 months ago

      isnt jesus sacrifice more important then all of those

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      xD 7 months ago

      I HATE IT AND I LOVE IT xD

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      hi 7 months ago

      i love it

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      Carmen 8 months ago

      How about the discovery or realization of a new continent, (America) and the fact that the Earth was round confirmed...

      I really think it was a revolutionary global fact...

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      SodaPopinski 8 months ago

      I would have listed Genghis Kahn and the Mongol hoardes attacks on eastern Europe and the Middle East. So much of the world's population was killed at the time, who knows how today would be if some of those people lived.

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      Rebecca Graf 8 months ago from Wisconsin

      I respect your thoughts but as I am not Islamic nor is the site Islamic, I will keep the pictures.

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      Just me 8 months ago

      I really appreciate that you Prophet Muhammad S.A.W in this article! However, Islam prohibits using any sort of image to describe him or such. Therefore, I really hope you take down that picture. Please and thank you.

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      Rebecca Graf 8 months ago from Wisconsin

      Jack: Sorry about the situation. I understand lashing out when things hit you hard. Hope it gets better and you are able to breath. :)

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      Jack G 8 months ago

      Im sory I realize that I was being nasty. I think I am actingout because my parents have recently gotten a divorce and im just looking at anything I can take my anger out on.

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      Rebecca Graf 8 months ago from Wisconsin

      You are right. To try and narrow down to just 10 is really impossible as too many important ones get left out.

      Thank you for stopping by.

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      Rebecca Graf 8 months ago from Wisconsin

      I think the fact that at the beginning I state how hard it is to compile such a list and that this is my attempt shows that this is an opinion and not a fact. It's meant to be fun and educational. There is no need to be so nasty and act like a keyboard bully.

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      Rebecca Graf 8 months ago from Wisconsin

      Thank you for your comments and your opinion. Everyone's is welcome.

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      Jack G 8 months ago

      Btw you know Gutenberg invented the printing press DURING the renaissance right? Doesn't that make your entire renaissance point moot if nothing featured there was important enough to get its own point? Wouldn't Gutenberg just be featured under renaissance? LOL nice try Rebecca.

      This is a critique on your awful list which is written as if its fact, that is the only reason I'm angry if you had specified this is only an opinion I'd be cool.

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      Al Rotundo 8 months ago

      I would suggest that thew birth of the Information Age deserves a spot on your list.

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      wtf 8 months ago

      This has to be one of the worst

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      sacha borel 9 months ago

      two entire populations ended up worse off because of that revolution: the indians who lost their land because they had signed a pact with the British saying the colonist wouldn't go past the Appalachian mountains, but after the revolution, lets go western expansion and extermination of the indians,second population the African slaves who if the revolution hadn't happened would have been freed earlier but would also not have suffered the worst indignations (segregation, mass incarceration, assassination of leadership, persecution...) after they had been "freed"!

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      Dhruv Singh 9 months ago

      Zero and modern numbers (1 to 9) was invented in India by Hindus, this even recognised by muslim scholars. Ancient Hindus were well known for their mathematical and astronomical skills. Gupta Empire in ancient India was also known as the Golden Age of India by today scholars.

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      Rebecca Graf 10 months ago from Wisconsin

      Thank you. I don't think any other person would have the exact same events. :) It's fun to see what others would put on there.

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      Cedric Yong 10 months ago from Singapore

      Like most, I have my own picks of events that should be included, like the French Revolution, Gunpowder, etc. But I would still say your list is "right" on most counts. My complements too for attempting something so contentious! Bravo!

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      Anonymous 10 months ago

      I am also searching for a history fair topic that fits the theme, "Taking a Stand in History". The fall of the Berlin Wall, the Russian Revolution, and World War II are great topic ideas! It just so happens that I studied the French Revolution last year. Thank you!

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      Rebecca Graf 11 months ago from Wisconsin

      Glad I was able to help.

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      Anonymous 11 months ago

      These are indeed some important events, though I do feel there were some more important evens other that some of the ones included, though this is a good site for fast facts. I was searching for a History fair project under the theme of "taking a stand in history", and I found the perfect candidate: The fall of the Berlin Wall.

      This site was really helpful!

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      Antonio Aguilar 13 months ago

      I agree with the American Revolution being included over the French Revolution since it was first and is considered an inspiration for the French Revolution.

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      srikanth 14 months ago

      Zero was invented by Arya Bhatta dude, get u r facts right

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      sime 19 months ago

      Firstly I think its stupid to rank events in history because time is all the essence.

      I dont understand who could you put American revolution at first place.

      First by all means shoud be invention of wheel because it happened long, long time ago and had by far the most infulence on every event after.Then probably Guttenberg press and Newton book.If those three didnt happened none of those would .We would probably forging swords right now and going to battle for our king.

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      Sopheak 21 months ago

      I would have put the Industrial revolution as number one. Everything from education, religion, our ways of lives, our belief and ideas were either created by or reshaped by this revolution.

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      scuba 23 months ago

      Three events in the 20th century, and not one of them is the Wright brother's flight at Kitty Hawk or the Apollo Moon landing.

      Also, French Revolution trumps American Revolution because distant colonies shaking off their rulers is nowhere near the magnitude of importance of the citizens of one of the three great old world powers deposing the monarchy and instituting the ideals of the enlightenment. The American revolution was a faint rumbling in geopolitics, but the French revolution was the earth shaking forever and sliding monarchistic rule into the dustbin of history.

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      hate mail 2 years ago

      I think that this is a small minded approach to history. I'm offended french revolution was not included, but american was.

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      Shiburevoloution 2 years ago

      There is something from the far east, the printing press came from beng xi an inventor from the far east just as the rennaisance was influenced by the middle east and islamic empire in the 1300s. Remember your seeing this pocket of history from your angle, the angle of the west so its bias.

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      Ashland 2 years ago

      I would argue that the Enlightenment was also crucial, more so than say Pax Romana. It's sparked a never before seen human agency that has paved the way to advancements at all levels of society.

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      wth 2 years ago

      May i note how racist this article is.

      Berlin split into communist vs democratic? seriously?

      The only mention of Islam states terrorism, what about algebra and all the other inventions.

      On the other hand, this is all near history.

      I only agree with Renaissance and the printing press of the list.

      How about agriculture, fire use, industrial revolution, metallurgy ?

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      PMARTIN 2 years ago

      (response to brad) I didn't think the article was attempting to be "fair" to regions or genders but point out the event itself rather its in Europe or Asia or regardless of gender. However on your point of gender, 100 years from now we could look back and say the high abortion rate brought on by women's right to choose changed the world dramatically.

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      Brad 2 years ago

      The ancient Egyptian religion established the moral foundation of all spiritual thoughts induced by the God of Abraham. the Egyptian Religion established firmly the belief in life after death, and the concept of sin itself (from spell 125 of the Book of the Dead). If you want to have a great historical moment from Egypt, express the reign of the First Female Pharaoh, Hatchepsut. That was the most significant event for the female potential because it clearly defined then that women were just as capable as men at leadership.

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      PMARTIN 2 years ago

      Interesting. contrary to some commentors I see why you listed the American revolution..it grew to create the most powerful, event changing nation on earth. This article does cause thought however such as, was there one event, decision or skirmish not mentioned that lead to WW1 which had resentment because of the Treaty of Versailles that lead to WW2 (Berlin Wall) which lead to the cold war which lead to a series of proxy wars. Anyway, you have stirred an interest in me to study the Renaissance period.

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      Ruby S. 2 years ago

      It feels good to look back our history and the progress it brought to us now.

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      Nikolina 3 years ago from Široki Brijeg

      Great guide. I don't like history, but this is really simple and interesting.

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      Marquis 3 years ago from Ann Arbor, MI

      I never get comments even though I write about similar things. This is one reason why I do not enjoy this site. People never comment.

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      L.A. 3 years ago

      Please remove the link between Islam and terrorism. If you truly studied Islam, you would know it is a religion of peace. Please think. If Islam REALLY was a religion of terrorrism, - There are more than 2.08 Billion Muslims in the world. We would all be dead by now.

      Muslims allow people of different religons to peacefully live in their lands. Islam is a contunation of Christianity. We cover just like Mary and worship one God and stay away from unlawful things. Muhammad is a Prophet who came from the same God Jesus, Moses, and Noa came from. If you really got to know ISLAM, it would be clear to you. But if you want to keep the picture in your head, that is your own fault and you are denying yourself true knowledge- which only leads to ignorance.

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      Ariel 3 years ago

      i need too write stuff about the american revloution so can u write what happened there that was importend?

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      Janik D 3 years ago from Dresden, Germany

      Really good Hub, I liked the concept of text, images and then video. Of course, a Top 10 list can never be complete, but yours treats some of the most important events in history which you described very well.

      I may have added evolution itself because without it, nothing of the above would have happened. In addition to that maybe the Internet, because it has had a huge impact on our society in the last two decades. But, again, you can't put everything in a Top 10 list. Voted up.

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      Precious Sanders 3 years ago from Kansas

      Choosing only ten events is no easy feat. While virtually everybody you ask will have a different opinion, it is always nice to see a stance that has involved considerable thought.

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      bb 4 years ago

      magnificant

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      Jean Valerie Kotzur nee Stoneman 4 years ago from Germany

      In many ways I am glad that so many non-US Americans have hit back at this hub. Yes, 'most' of the information is correct, but after reading it, which was today, 27/5/13 I went straight to the comment page to find out how many people from all of these cultures retaliated. In many ways I am, as a European, sceptical when relatively young, US Americans on Hubpages, start to become experts in areas they have either, never visited or never truly studied properly. I am not hitting out at US Americans in general, there are some very knowledgable US Hubbers whom I follow on this site and many more I have probably not yet discovered here. I call your type of hub 'Copy and Paste'. As a European I have learnt about European and Eastern History quite intensely during my education. I was born in London during WWII and have, through my family, first hand knowledge of the events that took place in the few years before and after my birth. I have also lived in Germany for nearly fifty years and I, therefore, also understand how these people think. The Hub was brilliant, but the thought given to the feelings of the Europeans and Orientals of this earth was, I am afraid, not even taken into consideration. However, the time you took to do the research for this hub should be appreciated and we also learn through the opinions of others.

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      Richard 4 years ago

      The French revolution not on the list? Surely this is some kind of joke. Ask any competent historian, it is the most important event in Western history.

      Human rights, sovereinty of the people, equality, just to name a few. ''Liberté, égalité, fraternité'' This literaly reshaped society.

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      bob 4 years ago

      i like it xxD

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      Marquis 4 years ago from Ann Arbor, MI

      Millions of Christians have done more than Muslims to help the needy and poor. I rarely see Muslims with soup kitchens. And I see Muslims preaching hate of America and Jews more than any others.

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      (Default) 4 years ago

      Wow, great disappoint. Where is the French Revolution. Ask any historian today, it is the most important event in Western Civilization. It MADE modernity. It remodeled society. The American Revolution was merely a political movement and conflict. While the French Rev. Was apolitical, moral and societal explosion! Cannot believe it was not included.

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      Naweed ul haq 4 years ago

      there is no justification of associating somebody with fake image. it has put a big question mark on the integrity of the web administrator. Please either remove the fake picture or replace them with the genuine one if you are 100% sure which of course you are not.

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      Farah 4 years ago

      Very nice events in history but like many others have said here, please if you could, take down the picture of Muhammad (pbuh). It would be greatly appriciated.

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      Fatima 4 years ago

      Hello yeah it's not just bad it's prohibited to make any sort of pictures of holy characters especially of Prophet Mohammed PBUH . Heck even his companions are prohibited create- talk about himself. Islam prohibited it. I was pleased that you actually listed Mohammed as one of the most important historical events however hurt by seeing the picture really. It would be appreciated if it was removed, please. Thank you

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      waseem 4 years ago

      This is very bad thing to create a fake picture of any personlity. this is a step outside the good action. This is very bad thing which this site include i.e the picture of Greatest Personlity of the World Muhammad (PBUH). this picture hurts the muslims, so it is better for you and your site to remove it, this step will keep peace in the world. I m actually also hurt and every muslim will hurt from this picture. kindly remove it imidetly

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      joe 4 years ago

      this seems to be completely speculative without any basis in fact. How ab out the discovery of fire?! I could go on and on.

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      Anonymous 4 years ago

      I am disgusted that you would associate terrorism with our prophet. Millions of Christians have murdered and raped and yet you have not written that next to Jesus' name. Also please remove the picture of Muhammed (PBUH). Nobody knows what he looks like and so having him portrayed in an image is not right. Many people above have also politely asked you to remove it, so I would really appreciate if you would.

      Thank you.

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      Marquis 4 years ago from Ann Arbor, MI

      Pax Romana and the Berlin Wall were minor. The Fall of the Western Roman Empire, the Napoleonic Wars and even the Bubonic Plague were of more importance. But, it is YOUR list.

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      Think about it! 4 years ago

      Most important date in history?.................how about our own birth?........without it.........no other history is pertinent!

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      Frank 5 years ago

      Nice post about the history of Western Civilization. However, the American Revolution was not a confluence of Greek and Roman ideas with the Bible, but rather a group of statesmen under the influence of the Enlightenment (also worth listing - influence of Rationalism in not only politics, but literature, rise of the individual voice, etc) particularly that of John Locke and other early English Enlightenment authors. Also, one cannot deny the spectacular brilliance and genius that generation of statesmen possessed.

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      Pedro 5 years ago

      Incredible. I just cannot believe what I'm reading... So according to you people, the day in which half of world met the other half is not the most important event in human history? Not even in the top 10?? Not even worth a mention??? Incredible. I've run out of words

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      AussiexHistory 5 years ago

      Dear RGraf,

      we, the History x class, found this source to be very useful in our research.

      We have come up with a list of our top 10 moments and events in History.

      We have chosen to do those only to have been written down on paper, or computer.

      1. Renaissance:

      The Renaissance saw an era where the world witnessed the sparkle of a new beginning. Things such as Mathematics had a new as well as vital use to the human race; and from this many advances in architecture and art was made.

      2. World War 1:

      This marked the first world war that killed an estimated 73 million people. Its legacy remains, to this day, frosted into the history of the world.

      3. World War 2:

      This marked the first use of nuclear power in the world against human beings.

      4. Jesus Christ of Nazareth:

      He started Christianity, and revolutionized the world into believing peace was correct. He is also the son of god.

      5. Industrial Revolution:

      This marked the use of mechanics and automatic machinery to shape the way countries worked and ultimately what they then had to offer.

      6. First Crusade:

      The First Crusade took back the holy lands of Jerusalem, opening up many trade routes as well as connections from the East side to the West. Unfortunately the land was lost approximately 200 years later to Muslims.

      7. American civil war:

      This event marked the end of slavery and overall liberty and freedom the people throughout Americas history and forever more remains part of the history of the world as we know it .

      8. Pax Romana:

      This event marked the advance of Europe in architecture and technological advances whilst encompassing peace to all its inherents.

      9. The battle of adrionople:

      This battle marked when the Goths took on the Romans and one, changing the way modern Europe worked and acted.

      10. The collapse of the twin towers. (911)

      The day marked when the world saw the face and eyes of pure evil on the morning of the 11th of September, 2001. The people who died, the country it destroyed, the country it united, the war it started and then people it affected has echoed throughout history and imprinted itself in the history of the world, also starting the biggest modern war of the 21st Century