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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gutenberg's Printing Press
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.
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.
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.
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.
Read More About These 10 Events
- The American Revolution
This website is a comprehensive on the battles, people, and events of the American Revolution. You can also find a timeline. The author, Joseph Logan, is now travelling to historic sites related to the revolution in Europe to further his research.
- The Reformation: History.com
This offers a breakdown of the different movements that came out of the Reformation, including Lutheranism, Calvinism, England's "Middle Way, and the Counter-Reformation. The website also talks about the legacy of the Reformation.
- Jesus: Wikipedia
Wikipedia's article on Jesus gives both the story of his life as given in the gospels and historical views on his life.
- Berlin Wall Online
This site gives the history of the Berlin Wall in texts and photographs including facts, how it was constructed, measurements, timeline, escape attempts, maps, photographs, and an archive.
- World War 2
Worldwar-2.net is a complete World War 2 Timeline, detailing every event, day-by-day, from 1939 through to 1945.
- World War I: Trenches on the Web
This is a history of the Great War of 1914 to 1918 in Internet format. It contains various articles and features from authors around the world. To get started, try checking out the Reference Library. Please be aware this is a hi-bandwidth site.
- Johannes Gutenberg and His Printing Press
This pages gives a little more history behind Gutenberg's invention of the printing press in 1450. It also provides a brief biography of Gutenberg himself.
- Prophet Muhammad: Wikipedia
Wikipedia's article on Prophet Muhammad gives an account of his life and his legacy.
- Pax Romana
This website by United Nations of Roma Victrix (UNRV) is a comprehensive resource about the Roman Empire. This page about Pax Romana goes into detail about Rome's period of relative peace.
- Renaissance: History World
This lengthy article goes over notable figures and inventions of the Renaissance that still impact our lives today.
What Do You Think Were The Most Important Events in History?
Eric on August 27, 2020:
The fall of Constantinople was pretty important. Helped start the renaissance and marked he end of the Middle Ages.
Todd S. on August 19, 2020:
THE most influential year in world history, without a doubt, is 1914 AD, the year WWI began
The changes it heralded, along with its repercussions to society, is unmatched.
John on August 10, 2020:
There are 2 events in human history that preceded all the above, and without these two none of the above would have ever happened: the battle of Marathon and the naval battle of Salamina of the Greeks against the Persians
If the Persians has won these two battles the world wouldn’t have the Golden age of Pericles as a point of reference to any of its later developments, political, economical, artistic, philosophical etc
Europe would not even exist as a notion, without the major contribution of the Greek civilization
Leaving out of this list Greece and its victory over the Persians in 480 BC shows clearly the huge amounts of ignorance and arrogance of the modern world
The American Revolution, which is a No 1 of the list, undoubtedly a huge event in human history, would have never happened, since America would not even exist as we know it
Or renaissance itself was a reinterpretation of the Greek mythology, philosophy and arts, which would never exist should the Greeks had lost those two battles.
In general, there would be no Western World without the impact of the Greek civilization, and completely ignoring its importance means that you have no clue about how history works.
451 on August 09, 2020:
So just a bunch of white people problems.
talei on August 09, 2020:
i dont understand why people would read this for fun. go on tiktok and instagram. i have to do a speech tommorow and havent started, it has to be a famous event in history anyways chileeeee byeeeeee
Amina and Evelyne on August 04, 2020:
we need most important events in history to be added in this application
Yet on August 02, 2020:
There are so much things wrong here.
Jake on July 29, 2020:
What about the moon landing
John on July 25, 2020:
This is a fabulous article! You did a great job picking and justifying some really big picture moments. Thank you!
Calli on July 22, 2020:
Where are the pictures of Mo’ 9 year old wife?
Ayesha nk on July 09, 2020:
I would like to learn about the world war 1
How did Statue of Liberty was made
A Western on July 04, 2020:
Looking at this list i realized something.
China, India, Indonesia and all countries surrouding them dont really exist
Owaiz on June 27, 2020:
Please take down the image of Muhammad (pbuh).
huh on June 09, 2020:
oh please, dont overreact
on May 28, 2020:
why isnt the mahabarath here! Most of this stuff is all eurapian
Feminazi on May 28, 2020:
So no women’s suffrage I see ?
Moslems btfo'd by a picture on May 19, 2020:
Islam was developed in Northern Arabia in a Judeo-Christian milieu. It's initial expansion was not a revolutionary religious expansion but rather more of a secular Arab expansion which had been building for a long time.
Steven on May 18, 2020:
Although the image of Mohammed isn't real I ask that it be removed. In no context should any image of Mohammed exist. It is hard to explain but from what I have learned studying Islamic history I understand that it is extremely important that a picture of Mohammed does not exist and should not be shown. Mohammed was a peaceful man and one of his final wishes was that not a single image of him should exist so that he is not treated like a god or deity.
A+E on May 18, 2020:
I kindly ask that the pictures you claim to be of Mohammed be removed, you are making an assumption and presenting it as a fact. There is no verified image of Mohammed and any real image of Mohammed was not created or credited. There is no picture of Mohammed and using those pictures are false information. And presenting an "image of Mohammed" is forbidden, so I ask kindly that you remove the image.
.....21 on May 15, 2020:
I can't believe you left out the French Revolution and the Industrial revolution
Abubakar A Gwanki on May 15, 2020:
Thanks, these events really have changed the world.
... on May 14, 2020:
I´m not saying this to be rude, but whoever commented on Americans not being important can be quiet. For your info, I am American so it truely offended me the way you decided to say. American events are as important as many other cultures and whoever fails to agree, go back to school. Also, I don´t think the website likes to watch us write complaints about this Muhammad picture. It was their decision to add it so nobody needs to whine like babies about it. I´m disgusted with the horrible comments there has been when the website it just here to inform us. Anyone who disagrees I DON´T really care. I´m satistfied with the work this website has done and am using it for a project in school. I hope you all learn an important lesson. The website wasn´t trying to offend anyone. I hope I don´t see anymore stupid comments on here regarding the content. I´m dissapointed on how people act towards these sorts of things. Goodbye and I don´t like to see this.
a curious guy on May 14, 2020:
I think the Black Plague in the 1300's
It was the only century in human history which showed a population loss.
It contributed to the end of serfdom and brought a new definition of the human condition from which the enlightenment, renaissance, and the reformation were hatched.
user1 on May 13, 2020:
Please kindly remove the picture you claim is the Prophet Mohammed. It is extermely offensive and while you may have had good intentions, it should be removed. Thank you.
MADDY-O on May 12, 2020:
Hamza Rabbani on May 10, 2020:
Firstly, It's very kind of you to share historical facts that will help people learn a great deal about major events of the history.
Secondly, the image of Mohammed you have used is an insensitive act at large as the followers of Islam themselves don't posses any image of him as it's prohibited. And no archives from that period (570 AD) have an account of Mohammed's life with his image and any act of portrayal is deemed as an act of indictment.
Thirdly, how can you attribute terrorism to Islam while informing readers about light of Mohammed (The most generous and kind person that ever lived on Earth - Read about his life). A large population of Muslims are living peacefully around the globe and serving humanity more than the others combined.
This is nothing but an immoral and an irresponsible act and is totally insensitive to beliefs of a community.
You fail as a human when you can't be respectful to other's sentiments.
I request you to please take down the image as well as omit the terrorist part from the article else my organisation will be compelled to take legal action against the author and the website.
Dijẽreedoo on May 08, 2020:
I have no clue why these events are not in order.
A lover of JESUS CHRIST on April 28, 2020:
Firstly, I would love to say a big thank you to the author. This is a lovely article and I'm sure from your point of view is unbiased
Secondly, I would ask that those who are requesting that the Prophet Mohammads picture be removed to pipe down, we obviously know the picture isn't real, that of Jesus Christ isn't real either. She's simply trying her best to portray the events in the best way possible. And to those who argue that these two events did not affect the entire world, well you're obviously not that bright, cause there is barely a country in the world which doesn't have a good population of Christians and Muslims.
More so, those who feel that the post is eurocentric, well you cannot deny in any way, no matter the problem or issues you might have with the European and American stand, that it had a major effect and a pertinent role to play in the revolution of the world
And please be less aggressive in your comments, no body is fighting with you.
Anonymous on April 28, 2020:
Decimal system and number zero were not invented by muslims but by hindus
pp on April 28, 2020:
You forgot to add world war III (3)
Furries, gamers, memes, covid-19, etc
Just a centipede on April 27, 2020:
This article is wrong on so many levels.
please listen to the comments about Muhammad (may peace be upon him) and take down the photo
Dhimitrios on April 24, 2020:
What about the Crusades the Agriculture revolution, Industrial Revolution, Take two birds with one stone by describing Abraham that influenced Islam, & Christianity, the Napoleonic wars, The Black Plague, Karl Marx, & lets not forget about the many religious wars that were caused from Christianity.
Namra on April 20, 2020:
Just remove the pictures that are titled as the Prophet Muhammad(may peace be upon him)
I honestly found ur article really helpful. We shouldn’t imagine What the prophet looks like
Durga on April 19, 2020:
You have mentioned that Number Zero was invented in Prophet Muhammad's Golden age. Could you please explain? As number zero was invented by Indians and not Europeans.
Uche Collins Nwogwugwu on April 09, 2020:
Coronavirusor covid-19, began in wuhan china 2019 as global emergency and by 2020 february it became a global pandemic. Killed millions destroyed global economy
Bruh on April 08, 2020:
Stop asking them to remove the images of Muhammad. I know why you'd like them removed, but this is not a list of religiously important events or people, and isn't written directly for those who follow Islam. It is for curious people wanting to learn about important historical events.
Don't spread false drawings on April 07, 2020:
Kindly remove the drawing titled as Prophet Muhammed (Peace be upon him).
Please don't spread false drawings of great personality.
holly on April 04, 2020:
i think that William the conqueror and the Bayeux tapestry were very important considering how many other events occurred because of that. ad i also think that the roman empire was a large part of earth's history as well. plus i agree with other people that commented that the french revolution was also important. I don't even know what some of these event were. either this needs to be trained, or our teachers need to include more history in our classes. other than those few things, this was very helpful! thanks! :)
Angus watson on April 04, 2020:
The impact Covid-19 globally in 2020 will have economically and on the human race. Nature continues to be the most powerful influence across the world and this 21st generation will witness and experience the effect of ignoring this directly. Future leaders will embrace this learning and create sustainable economical and environmental direction for the success and stability of future generations across the world. A moment in history that will be revisited by generations to come and demonstrate no matter how technology progresses, nature will always deliver something more powerful.
Gabe on March 30, 2020:
Some of these aren't that popular, I would say probably one of the most important events was the French Revolution because of the death of feudalism in Europe and the revolution led to so many things to happen in Europe.
niki on March 26, 2020:
used for school,thanks!
james on March 25, 2020:
k this is just for school work so thanks..
i have to be here on March 24, 2020:
smh, some of these are not very popular! what about the battle of Hastings and thinks like that ;-;
mib on March 23, 2020:
what about going to the moon smh
and most of these are american events? instead of the american revolution it shouldve been just revolution in general, its not like the american revolution is more important just because its american
also a lot of other stuFF-
Xy on March 19, 2020:
How dare you !
jacob on March 17, 2020:
world wor 2 befor world wor 1
12 year old me on March 17, 2020:
dont worry im here because im forced to too
John Elliott on March 10, 2020:
The creation and signing of the American Constitution.
Jack Ingof on March 05, 2020:
Guys it says in no particular order
Tim on March 04, 2020:
This is a ridiculously Eurocentric view
Zeinab on March 03, 2020:
This is a great article with lots of very fascinating information, I just want to say, that in the article section about the Islamic Golden Age, there is a picture of what people think prophet Muhammad صَلَّىٰ ٱللَّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ looks like, however no one knows, and it's forbidden to try imagine how he looked. This is the only flaw I found in this article. Otherwise it's a very useful source, and i learned lots of valuable information.
Hugh G. Rection on March 03, 2020:
These comments are gold, I mean "hi if you are on here im assuming its for school well same im bored watch my hero academia uwu" and "how did they get a picture of the guys in the trench without getting shot"? Priceless
Diamondrippy on February 25, 2020:
I think everyone reads this out of curiosity or school tells them too for social studies or history class
Johncena on February 24, 2020:
I think this was grea
Josh on February 17, 2020:
Although recent, the Internet is definitely one of the greatest things to e v e r happen. Whoever’s reading this is simply a testament to that
Little twelve year old on February 11, 2020:
Am i the only one who is doing this not because i am forced to?
Ya Boi on February 07, 2020:
I love these comments
yomamaeatyeet on February 06, 2020:
how did they get a picture of the guys in the trench without getting shot
smallmight on February 02, 2020:
hi if you are on here im assuming its for school well same im bored watch my hero academia uwu
Matilda on February 01, 2020:
I think this website has included some very important events in History but of course they would not be able to include every single Event, therefore they have only added some- so the people in the comments that are saying that 'what event' wasn't included, keep in mind the creators of the website can't included Every Single Event in History, The name of the website states '10 Most Important Moments in History' not 100. I am not saying this to course drama, just won't people to see it from an other point of view- and you can always go to an other website!
By the way I am 14 years old(don't want any harm)- I really don't want to start drama.
Xyz on January 28, 2020:
What about the britain conquering India it might not be the biggest Impact on the history but please it is important
Mitul on January 22, 2020:
This is not human history
It is European history only.
Seth on January 16, 2020:
Where's lebron james? I think he is more important than that pimp George Washington!
ME on January 15, 2020:
Were's the information!!!!!
me on January 14, 2020:
quentin on January 10, 2020:
run me some actually useful information
Sara Aguirre on January 10, 2020:
1. It doesnt make sense because the american revolution will not change the world a lot
2.I agree because the reformation talks about church and roman catholic
3. I agree because the life of jesus of nazareth is a christian
4. I do not agree because tearing down of the berlin wall is the nation that defeated hitler and his friends
5. It is true because in world war 2 there was no one main objective or enemy
6. I agree because in world war 1 was once called the great war
7.I don't agree because the gutenberg printing press was a political pamphlets could made by the thousands
8. I agree because the life of muhammad was after a brought together the in middle east
9. I don't agree because the pax romana is roads of amazing engineering were built
10.I agree that the renaissance did a world of mathematics that had functioned just under the surface
Don't be offensive on January 07, 2020:
Please remove the Images of the prophets it can be really offensive to some people
cathy on January 07, 2020:
hi i like your incredibly awesome website !!!
yourwrongbot on January 06, 2020:
sue you are wrong the great flood is a myth and not even a biblical one at it is original a Greek myth were Zues wanted to get rid of the corrupt people of the world he let Deucalion and his wife Pyrrha
live to create a new race of people by throwing rocks behind themselves
Susan on December 29, 2019:
Where is the Magna Carta? Should be on the list.
Jeremy on December 18, 2019:
“Without a bias” -american putting american revolution at #1
Lou Sina on December 13, 2019:
Skanderbeg and Hunyadi stopped Ottoman invasion of Europe around 1430-1450. Without these commanders and their Hungarian or Albanian peoples, the history of Europe would be different.
Murtaza on December 08, 2019:
Invention of imagned reality, language, fire and much more
Uh oh stinky on December 06, 2019:
Not the invention of the wheel?
Some Dude on November 19, 2019:
Some of the list is correct but #1 has to be the computer age as ALL of human knowledge is readly accessible by every one(ok not all but huge portion) where else but on the internet can you look this type of stuff up with out going a long way to find out
Name on November 15, 2019:
Oy mates why isn’t fortnite on here that is very important and haters say it shouldn’t
Ninja on November 11, 2019:
obviously not that famous
Sue on November 11, 2019:
One of the greatest events in history is the Great Flood.
首页_36氪 on November 08, 2019:
Ahmed on November 03, 2019:
This article was very interesting but one thing i have to address is that the author has put the face of Muhammad in the article. please remove that picture
Chloe on October 30, 2019:
you did not put in the REAL most important event in history. you did not put in jesus dying on the cross and rising again
Ian MacKenzie on October 04, 2019:
The Union of England and Scotland in 1707 led to the British empire. Important.
The invention of the practical steam engine and the discovery of penicillin.
poopaboom on October 03, 2019:
this is so wierd
Shaktiva on September 27, 2019:
....Out of the top of my head.....
- Invention of Fire.
- The Bronze Age, the time when people began to make metal tools and which now allows for almost everything to be created.
Which reminds me of another important moment:
- Invention of the Wheel.
- Invention of agriculture, leading directly to the cessation of nomadic lifestyle.
Her list is highly subjective and USA-centric: nobody outside USA cares anything for their Revolution, which was an event waiting to happen and nothing new was invented. Everybody kicked the British out eventually. USA's global importance came after the WWII when it introduced Marshall-plans and they became a friend in trade and war.
- More important would be colonisation, not just of America but the global scale of human suppression brought to different shores and subsequent theft of their people, resources and riches, is astounding and still shaping geo-politics today.
- The French Revolution would be far more enduring as it truly was a break with the old class-society and made way for the bourgeoisie; giving way to everyone has a fair chance (ofcourse, that has still not been a real birthright as many still long for and hold on to classes). It also gave more way to a more socially engaged society.
- The Russian Revolution gave way to social capitalism, followed by several other countries (some taken under the wing of USSR). No workers' condition was improved though, which was the aim of Karl Marx.
- Karl Marx has influenced many minds and countries but none have followed his ideology of communism so far. (Likely, this is too far-fetched for the selfish mindset of us people. 'Sharing, going without recognition? Ha!')
- Buddha had quite an impact in Asian countries and likely on Jesus.
- Out of Africa I like to note Shaka Zulu who transformed warfare from a decent yet violent sport into an indecent one where there were no pauses, no breaks but continuous bloodshed and killing.
I read in comments The Black Death, I liked that one,
- I propose the discovery of the importance of hygiene.
- The Origin of the Species as made famous by Darwin but philosophised earlier on. The impact on both science and religion is without denial.
steve on September 24, 2019:
oh for sure
Aaron on September 19, 2019:
Ohh such an eurocentric ignorant post. It’s funny when you read the list and find nothing that should be there. Everything is about the recent history and most of those that you find in school textbooks as per the government and from a very european viewpoint.
Humans have not been around since 2000 years. And religion and Europe is not all of the world. Quite a narrow mindset I can see.
Sorry to say but yeah this post really really sucks.
Brown Willie on September 18, 2019:
Not a bad list, but the most consequential event in history by any and every measure was the industrial revolution.
Unity101 on September 17, 2019:
You may not personally care, but to grow your brand in the Muslim community, please respect us by deleting the picture of Prophet Muhammad, PBUH
A person with a potato on September 15, 2019:
Hmm. Why is American Revolution number 1?
That's a bit, OF A STRETCH
jack harvey on September 10, 2019:
the black death
Pam C on September 09, 2019:
How about the development of Zero? And also enigma machine which was the basis for all computers and, hence, modern technology?
Noorul Islam on September 08, 2019:
Please remove the photo of muhammad,it is wrong
Mohammed Tufail B on September 06, 2019:
Kindly remove the Photo depicting Prophet. It is not true.
a human on September 06, 2019:
i was actually born from a christian family So i can actually say a lot bout christians!they naive ! I dare u Christians Try to read qurran ! U will be sorry for ur sacrilege toward islam! Matter fact islam is better follower of teaching of jesus christ than any of Christians!just read qurran! U cant even understand the bible !
A muslim Kid on September 05, 2019:
I am a Muslim & im appreciating this topic full of knowledge but, please remove the image from Prophet Mohammed (saw) as there is no image of him in this world & yes remove image of Jesus Christ (pbuh) he is also our Prophet & there is no such photo of him please respect the Prophets & Religions.
Rama on September 05, 2019:
oh we'll I'm trying to find something that was really really important
oop on September 04, 2019:
and i oop
It's me on September 04, 2019:
Remove prophet's photo(no.8).he is not that.we don't have any images of him.
Harly on September 03, 2019:
Welp...this does not help it is pointless