The 10 Most Important Moments and Events in History

Updated on January 24, 2018
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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. The 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. The 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. The 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 the 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
by Noir on wikimedia commons
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

8. The 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. The 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 dewdrop, 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.

Questions & Answers

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

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        This is not worth it 

        8 days ago

        These people are clearly American, I mean, who puts the American Revolution first. Oh yeah, it is the most important time in history EVER. I personally think that the French revolution should come before that, first or last on this list (I'm not French, but I think that anyway).

        I came here looking for something that was actually decent. I didn't get it.

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        rebecca 

        11 days ago

        you are a bunch of turkeys dam you!

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        Who cares 

        12 days ago

        this is so wrong and useless

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        non of ur buisness 

        12 days ago

        um actualy dude the American revolution was first it started in 1765 and the French revolution started in 1777

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        hello 

        3 weeks ago

        Its so american to put the American revolution as the #1 event - it would say the french revolution instead because that actually inspired the american revolution, i would even argue World War II was more important - to me that revealed the cruelty of humanity and was more significant.

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        Diana02 

        3 weeks ago

        Ight Listen i am an 11th grade student and i also do college courses and her ideas she put up are amazing dont just go and tell her What to put up, you might not like some information or not think its useful then just skip that part you dont have to say something about it she tried alot and you as you notice she put alot of time and effort to this not everyone would ever do this we get this rare now in days and i am pretty sure all of you guys talking big got at least one information out of this and it was useful. In this world you will have to see people make mistakes be the Good friend and agree with her but tell her in a polite way what she can do to make it better but that is really rude to tell her what to take off of something she created. Be the smart ones. Do not think your cool by making fun or judging someone or even simply telling someone what to do. We are all a group trying to figure out answers to our questions so be helpful not hurtfil we are all one

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        Rukmini Brahmachari 

        4 weeks ago

        I doubt the validity of this page after I read.."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."

        Not true..not true! Please research well before you post out stuff like this..education should not be this inaccurate!

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        Lol 

        5 weeks ago

        French Revolution ?

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        Donald trump 2 

        6 weeks ago

        their not even in order of time stuppid

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        Bill Goode 

        7 weeks ago

        The Age of Enlightenment, for it's influence on the relationship between individual rights and the proper form of government and the industrial revolution, for it's advances in the Free Market Economies and reduction in poverty.

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        sdf 

        7 weeks ago

        "Should the defeated lands be democratic in nature or communist?"

        lol

        That phrase alone holds the distinction of being the most American thing I have ever read

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        youu 

        2 months ago

        The atomic bomb America dropped on Japan. That goes down in history

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        Robin Hawdon 

        3 months ago

        This leaves out the most important event in all of modern history - the Industrial Revolution!!!

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        awesome 

        3 months ago

        I can't believe some people - she has done a great job!! Everyone has their own opinions and everyone has different ideas of what is the most important to them. Let her express her opinion without being criticised!!! Also, don't worry about the people who want to take the picture of Muhammed off... It's great that there are pictures to explain the points. Well done :)

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        bad boy 

        3 months ago

        it is very helful

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        shakira 

        3 months ago

        I'm just kidding about that this is vary helpful thank you

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        Shakira 

        3 months ago

        This is the worst info I got in 10 years.Thanks for trying anyways

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        JournalismProf 

        3 months ago

        Sorry, Raffa1981, but you are grossly misinformed. The place name "Israel" as a sovereign entity appears throughout the Jewish and Christian scriptures, as well as in numerous extra-biblical sources possibly dating as far back as 1209 BCE (including the Merneptah Stele). The regional name "Palaistine" does not appear in the historical record until 5th century BCE in the description by Herodotus of an undefined coastal region in the "district of Syria." One's biases should not take precedence over sound research.

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        XD 

        3 months ago

        cool but do more and build a website that people evented cool things

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        Clarice Niebergall 

        3 months ago

        Everything Should Be All Good For Each Person

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        Ali 

        4 months ago

        Pls. remove Prophet Mohammed(PBUH) Picture.

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        ElectroCrysZtaL 

        4 months ago

        Where is 9/11?

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        u need some milk 

        4 months ago

        good work

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        Raffa1981 

        4 months ago

        Thank you for your effort, great work I just have two things to say though about incorrect statements you made in this article,

        First off Jesus lived in Palestine not Israel, there was no such a name or a thing or a country before 1917!

        Second please don’t relate terrosist to Muhammad and Islam that’s way too igonarant and offending, Islam has nothing to do with these maniac extremists.

        Thank you

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        Tate Guerrero 

        4 months ago

        When season 1 of drake and josh came out

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        fgf,utfvm 

        4 months ago

        is the American Civil War a key event

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        SansesKiddoFara 

        4 months ago

        I like thank you but i think the black plague would be good on here

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        Stephen 

        4 months ago

        Your list is very biased. Too many things are from the 20th century. The printing press is a good one. But you are missing so many things from the entire of human history and too focused on a western worldview. I'm American myself, but I think you need to dig a little deeper here.

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        Gabe 

        5 months ago

        i like it!

        although i don't agree w/ everything, it's great!

        I think the invention of video games should be on there; it's stopping possible wars because now people are too lazy to do anything about it! ;)

        JK

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        Feologild 

        5 months ago

        World War 1 changed to world more than World War 2

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        Vistor 

        5 months ago

        To be honest give this her a break, she already has enough people righting about how the picture of Muhammad should come down, also I think it should stay up. Purely for the reason, he can't be the most beautiful thing, Lucifer( Satan, but before he got thrown out) was the most beautiful thing.

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        Dane 

        5 months ago

        Actually not a bad list. Limiting yourself to 10 Historical events misses many other events of great significance. Two major historical events that shaped the world not listed were the Greco-Persian wars from 499-449 B.C. and the conquest of Constantinople in 1453 AD. If Persia had conquered Greece it is hard to imagine how different the world would be now. The Greek Age of Reason would have been delivered a death blow and the influence of Greek ideas particularly in the West would have never materialized. The conquest of Constantinople has many consequences on events that are listed in your list. Both the Renaissance and the Protestant Reformation were made possible by documents that came out of Constantinople after the Siege. Also the current struggle of power between the West and the Middle East are greatly shaped by this event.

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        Shahab Khan 

        5 months ago

        You tried your best but it would be more better if you mentioned the brief histroy of every event, its concequencises and its accomplishments, thanks

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        Inayat 

        5 months ago

        Please remove the picture of Muhammad (prace be upon him). It's offensive to Muslims.

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        No 

        6 months ago

        Good

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        UNKNOWN 

        6 months ago

        Honestly, your comments couldn't be any meaner. This person comes on here and tries her best to make a list that isn't biased or insulting, and all you guys can do is criticize it.

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        unknown 

        6 months ago

        not good

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        Unknown 

        6 months ago

        Trash! Rest of the world may go to hell , according to you. There were plenty of historical events that were of much importance than Prophet Muhammad and Berlin Wall crap.

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        billy 

        6 months ago

        yeah this is not helpful.

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        Unknown 

        6 months ago

        wow helpful thanks

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        Quentin 

        6 months ago

        This list is absurd. What about the domestication of the horse? The invention of agriculture? writing? the wheel? the steam engine?

        Such discoveries have a MUCH greater impact of our lives and societies than any political, military or religious events. Also, most of the events listed here had little impact on the vast majority of the world's population, living in Asia and Africa.

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        Jason 

        6 months ago

        I agree with a few things on the list. However, I agree that people's faith should be respected. Also, some of the biggest events were missed, such as the neolithic revolution and industrial revolution, and instead the american (just the US though) revolution was on the list. Also, the printing press was invented prior by the Chinese who make basically everything. Yes, it is just opinion, but almost every single item listed is Westernized, except for the life of Muhammad (not including Jesus because Christianity was popularized in Europe). Westernized being the US and Europe. If you went more broad with items on this list it would be better. For example, instead of Jesus and Muhammad separate, you could put them together and say religious figures, along with Abraham. You have some really great ideas and explanations, but things that literally changed everything so drastically are not on the list and the american revolution is. In summary, although the list has good ideas, it lacks a lot of things that would make this a good list. And like you said, it is a hard list to make, just some ideas on how to maybe improve it

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        Dj Soundwave 

        7 months ago

        Never really knew about the reformation or Martin Luther before. I guess Liam Neeson narrated some things? Lol But, this was great. French Revolution was a big event too!

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        Someone 

        7 months ago

        There's no way that you could've condensed the entire history of the world into 10 events. You omitted the Fall of Constantinople, Agricultural Revolution, Industrial Revolution, Russian Revolutions, Greco-Persian Wars, Alexander the Great's reign, the Mongol Empire, Christopher Columbus rediscovers the Americas, etc etc. Some of the events listed above even overlapped each other, ie the printing press and the Renaissance. The fact that the American Revolution, which really did nothing but shift the power from the British elites to the colonial American elites, was chosen over the French Revolution is preposterous. This post was clearly American and Eurocentric, not everything revolves around the North Atlantic you know. Definitely one of the worst list about world history that I've read.

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        queen-victoria 

        8 months ago

        French revolution would be good instead of printing, because every invention affects world in any sphere and French are those who actually invented democracy. Also when i read this article i knew there would be far too many objections about this list being filled in with european history. Just don’t forget where the world civilization started existing and developing. If not europe and its explorers, half of the world would still be unknown for us. Many thanks to the author of the article

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        suck my a** 

        8 months ago

        what even is half of these historic events

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        Bryan Sanchez 

        8 months ago

        fake

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        :/ 

        8 months ago

        CVR, What day is it now?

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        cvr 

        8 months ago

        I think you need to change the title to '10 most important events in western society'. It seems you forgot to read through the history of the Middle East, North Africa, Central America, India, China, the African slave trade (which is the foundation of the American 'libertarian' State- not just the feel good revolution and its faux pas democracy- i think you would be better off just referring to the Greek philosophers of classical antiquity instead of the American revolution- which is really just a continuation of Western European idealism). You could even try to contextualize the list as events that brought about a kinda 'global society' especially in regard to the British Empire (or further back to the Mongols) but that would mean dropping probably half of your favorites from the list. In any case your title is incredibly deceptive and western-centric, sorry, but ya...

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        Cathy Worthington 

        9 months ago

        It seems some have objection about the American Revolution being posted as the first entry assuming the author was giving priority status. Perhaps those objecting did not read the author's introduction. The following statement was written:

        "Here is my humble attempt at the 10 most important events in history, not [NOT] listed in any particular order."

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        Greg Hinze 

        9 months ago

        Wow. You left out what is arguably the most significant event in world history. That is contact between white Europeans in the indigenous peoples of the Americas. It changed everything.

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        9 months ago

        Please remove the picture of prophet Muhammad (sm). It is extremely offensive to Muslims.

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        john Doe 

        9 months ago

        where is the Arab Spring. This event is vital in mankind history as it is almost like the reformation of Christiannity

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        Your Mom 

        9 months ago

        You should add the fall of The NAZI's because it was a very historical moment and very celebrational for Europe and Africa.

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        re 

        9 months ago

        thank you rebecca for adding the pictures :)

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        Anonymous 

        9 months ago

        Don't comment on 'islamic' extremist groups. They are not muslims. I would never go up to a German and comment how they killed 6 million Jews therefore you ought to respect the boundaries islam bares.

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        Lack of Plethora 

        9 months ago

        Replace Berlin wall with French Revolution and you're good

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        Saurabh.k 

        9 months ago

        French revolution , the rise of communism and industrial revolution are also v important turning point of history.

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        Nathan 

        10 months ago

        Your catalog sucks it is so biased! You only include things about AMERICANS THAT IS SOOOOOO BIASED!!!!!!!!!!

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        MADISON RADZWICH 

        10 months ago

        You should have more than 10 history events so that everyone who is looking for one that they can see all of them

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        Tony 

        10 months ago

        lol this is so Eurocentric and American-centric.

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        nasta marin 

        10 months ago

        The Battle of Salamis I think is the most important,if the Ancient Athenians could not win the Persian Empire there would be No Rome No Europe Neither the US the whole history would be different....I think is most focused on American and North European history....come on give us a break

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        Hohenfallen 

        11 months ago

        The industrial revolution?

        The scientific revolution?

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        amber 

        11 months ago

        I loved the information.

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        Stratopastor 

        11 months ago

        WWII - POWs weren't tattooed. Jewish genocide victims were.

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        beccagraffans 

        11 months ago

        Hello I think you should change the title to a more valid title, It should be TOP 1O EVENTS THAT CHANGED THE UNIVERSE, and I think you should include the presidency of Donald Trump as he changed the universe for the better

        thanks,

        Your fans

        Luv ya becky

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        Jeffrey R. Peterson 

        11 months ago

        I am doing a narrative essay and this site was very helpful. But really!!? There are some key events that you should edit onto here. Here they are:

        The March on Washington

        The Presidency of Abraham Lincoln

        Jackie Robinson Breaks Color Barrier (JRBCB)

        Also include some important people!

        Muhammad Ali, George Washington, and so many others!

        And there should be some im

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        Sir. Smith II 

        11 months ago

        My kind writer,

        My father passed away moments ago, posting his last comment on this article he said that you were an amazing writer but you never approved his comment. Please do that was his last wish. Thank you my dear beautiful Queen

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        Jamie 

        11 months ago

        Hello Rebecca,

        I find you're list very biased, I hope you understand that just because you aren't muslim that doesn't give you any right to disrespect them. I think that this list should be re edited.

        Jamie

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        Saad 

        11 months ago

        please kindly remove the picture of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.W). our prophet is and will remain the best man to set foot on earth although there might e mixed opinions and as it is innappropriate to do something we Muslims despise kindly delete the picture.

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        ANOOP 

        11 months ago

        I wonder why Magna Carta and French Revolution are not included in the list. Secondly Renaissance and Reformation are important but I am not sure whether they are turning points in History, because history has seen such cultural enlightens even before, like Classical Greece and Indian Enlightenment in First century BC. And the very important point, Indian freedom struggle and making of its grand constitution for the first time out side western society was the beginning of a new experiment with democracy and prompted the proliferation of democratic movements and de-colonization all across the world

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        11 months ago

        I am a muslim and we find it extremely offensive when the prophet is drawn you cannot say we Muslims need to grow up and stop complaining about the pictures. We believe he was the most beautiful man ever to be and that his beauty cannot be expressed in a picture so I would like to kindly request that you remove that picture. Thank you.

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        James Curtis 

        11 months ago

        Very good list - however I just can't say I feel like the American revolution merits a place at the top. Just pales in comparison to the others. Personally I think the reformation was history's most important event so were not too far off!

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        Chloe 

        11 months ago

        I liked the renaissance the 3rd pic down so artistic

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        Tania Vit 

        11 months ago

        Very well done. Enjoyed reading this very much

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        MR.MOON 

        12 months ago

        Yeah, just forget about Neolithic Revolution...

        AND PUT AMERICAN REVOLUTION BECAUSE THIS SITE IS CLEARLY NOT BIASED

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        Mr.Thomas 

        12 months ago

        Great and awesome idea!Thanks!

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        jacob 

        12 months ago

        Very good site

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        reacher 

        12 months ago

        Really? The American Revolution was the most important event in the history of the entire world...

        Get your head out of your arses will you? A country of murdering delinquent Europeans who couldn't make it in Europe due to incompetence who settled a country, killing off most of it's population. Then celebrate when you 'overthrow' a cruel despot of a leader who didn't want to rule you anymore than you wanted him and who consequently didn't put a single shred of effort in to defeating your revolution.

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        reb 

        12 months ago

        please remove the picture of the prophet muhammed as it is offensive to muslims because they believe there is no official representation of muhammed. Also i think an extremely important time in history is when 9/11 happened as i think u could alter this webpage and add it

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        wasey 

        12 months ago

        hallo Rebecca Graf.

        A wonderful effort for the beginning students of history. i appreciate your effort.

        i have just got a little request here if you dont mind plz.............

        muslimS dont have a concept of pictorial representation of Almighty God or Prophet MUHAMMAD PBUH...It hurts them intensely......kindly remove the picture of Prophet Muhammad PBUH under the heading of "life of Muhammad ".......hope we all human can empathize, respect and respect each other.

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        Louise Powles 

        12 months ago from Norfolk, England

        Yes, there are certainly some very important and historical moments here in history. I can clearly remember watching on television the Berlin Wall coming down.

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        Daniel 

        13 months 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 

        14 months 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 

        14 months ago

        Very good

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        Stiffi 

        14 months 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 

        14 months 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 

        14 months 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 

        15 months ago

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

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        gabriellle 

        15 months 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 

        15 months 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 

        15 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 

        15 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 

        15 months ago

        1453 Constantinople?

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        Elaine D 

        16 months ago

        This was very Eurocentric

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        Cornhub.com 

        16 months ago

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

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        Alexander 

        16 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. 

        16 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 

        16 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 

        16 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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