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
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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

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.

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

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      Shakira 

      2 days ago

      Could you please take down the image of Muhammad.

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      Sub to Chud YT on YouTube 

      3 days ago

      Thankyou website for this lovely piece of information. My school is gonna love me for copying this whole website

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      Billy Guilbert 

      9 days ago

      The invention of electricity has to be one the most important inventions of history.

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      Mazi 

      2 weeks ago

      Its bad

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      Mystery 

      2 weeks ago

      Thanks, this really helped out because I have to write a school report and some events in history are hard to remember.

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      Tabor1979M 

      2 weeks ago

      So difficult for just 10. Others to consider 9/11 Moses (from the Ten Commandments to parting the Red Sea) Egypt as the 1st true Civilization. Bubonic plague. Atomic Bomb. Invention of Guns. 1929/Great Depression invention of the Internet & Smart phones. Christopher Columbus & Discovery of America. Invention of Cars. Just to name a few more.

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      Tailwindfox 

      3 weeks ago

      The above fails to give importance to early history, as well as lend any credit to Asian influence. I grant that almost any list of just “10 events” must be subjective.

      I have to say the discovery of agriculture, the companionship of canine, (useful in protection by giving early warnings with their growls and barking, as well as facilitating hunting) and most important to shaping the expansion of humans was the horse. Equine were useful in expanding the output of agriculture, thus lessening the need to hunt for meat ( which had a very short shelf life). Horses were also useful in migration- as pack animals, and dragging a sled filled with other commodities, perhaps smaller children who otherwise needed to be carried. The ability to train a horse to be ridden gave vast superiority to soldiers vs those on foot, thus creating powerful regimes.

      Asian comtribution to mathematics, health care as well as early written language wasn’t mentioned in the above article. Their invention of paper, silk and a much earlier printing press created much of the reasons for the development of trade routes from western societies - as well as mining of salt.

      Natural disasters occuring from weather have to be factored in, as well as the spread of plagues and other diseases that wiped out huge populations - both in Europe, as well as the Americas.

      So yes, the World Wars have shaped our modern history, but so has the discovery of penicillin and a vaccine for polio. I’ll conclude that the evolution of communications from the telegraph to the radio have been huge- and the modern day cellular device we now call a smart phone is more significant than almost any other invention.

      This is a list I feel needs to be considered as relevant to human history.

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      unkown 

      3 weeks ago

      Tyo ur spelling of teacher is wrong

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      Tyo 

      5 weeks ago

      Thank you for putting the life of Jesus as actual history. Some are extremely ignorant to accept the truth that he was real and was a great techer.

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      junglecraft08 

      6 weeks ago

      it helps on my school report

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      Mon 

      6 weeks ago

      Don’t rank the events please

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      Destiny Williams 

      7 weeks ago

      os so I think you should add september 11,2001. ( also known as 9/11)

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      Unknown 

      7 weeks ago

      Cool impact on our wold, right?

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      William 

      2 months ago

      LOL what a great picture depicting Christian Baptism. This is the only reason that I have saved it into my favourites bar.

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      lllllllll 

      2 months ago

      this is awsome but the critics are so wierd.

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      musharaf 

      2 months ago

      please dont rank these events

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      Zakwan Shahid 

      2 months ago

      Initially I considered this article to be real and authenticated. But soon I came across image of prophet Muhammad (pbuh), I knew that even this article is more thqn work of fiction.

      From where did u get his image from

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      Sam Maddox 

      2 months ago

      I think the twin towers was very important. It changed the freedoms of people The loss of freedom in the name of safety. Was and Still continues to be felt. It was the worst asult on the USA ever. And brought home feeling of insecurity’s in life all over the world.

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      XX@_b.b_@XX 

      2 months ago

      also thank you. it also helped me with my report

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      boi 

      2 months ago

      Thanks for the site it helped on my report.

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      Mudassir S 

      2 months ago

      I don't know From where did you got the Photo of Muhammad (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him)! Just stop doing things that you don't know about and just Be Doing for Money.

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      McKenna 

      2 months ago

      This makes no sense because I learned completely different things i my Social Studies class! They don't even have date's for when these things took place. I would not use this site ever again!!

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      2 months ago

      Awful article. Religious events as history? Really? Cannot be proven as fact. Faith does not equal history. There were plenty of religious events that happened that the author could have been written about instead. Writing, "The Life of Jesus" or "The Life of Muhammad" isn't a specific event anyway. That would like be saying, “The life of Gorge Washington” Or, “The Life of Napoleon”. Yes, most can be proven to be people, but they aren’t specific events! Also, this article feels incredibly American.

      Incredibly biased and all around one of the worst articles I’ve ever read.

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      David Swinson 

      3 months ago

      I am just curious as to why all of this information does not have dates next to all of the events. It would seem to me that the dates are the most important event next to the event itself.

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      Imran Younis 

      3 months ago

      In my point of view, invention of printing press had a key role in defining modern history and making Europe the greatest among the whole world. After that they were able to gather knowledge more easily and quickly from all over the world. Whether that knowledge was coming from Muslim world, far east, China or from any corner of the world. This made the Europe today's Europe. All other important events of history are dependent on this invention, totally or partially.

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      amina 

      3 months ago

      The person who wrote this was obviously American. Without the revolution, no other countries would have the courage to revolt against Britain but that isn't the most important moment in history.

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      yppIL 

      3 months ago

      Well, it's folly to deny that Europeans shaped modern history.

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      John 

      3 months ago

      Christ, this list is euro-centric...

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      Trichia Betty 

      4 months ago

      It is very important events in the world.

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      FRED 

      4 months ago

      Very Very Wrong!

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      Augustino aruna 

      4 months ago

      The events are importants but they are not listed orderly.

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      i belive you "TH" 

      4 months ago

      TH

      4 weeks ago

      The life of Mohammad was extremely influential, but not in a good way.

      Also to all the Muslims demanding that the pictures of Mohammad be removed. What on earth gives you the right to demand that people who don't adhere to your 3d rate religion have to obey its commandments?

      We aren't subservient to you, despite what our politicians may have you believe.

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      indiana muhad 

      4 months ago

      Kindly remøve the image øf “Muhammad “ please our religon dont like that -_- no one knows how he looks.... no one in the world does i guess ;-;

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      nola 

      4 months ago

      im using this cite to see what hapeen in our histor

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      Nøu Ha 

      4 months ago

      Just to say something

      I am muslem and this picture is not of our prophet mouhamed peace be upon him

      Because no one of us knows his picture .

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      AP World 

      5 months ago

      Good list but missed many important events and included ones like Jesus which there is no evidence that he existed so it never happened. I do agree with the life of Muhammad because Islam greatly changed the world. I would include the industrial revolution which occurred in Britain because it is the most important event in human history. I would also include the moon landing

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      Türk 

      5 months ago

      Everything was gonna be perfect until saw the picture! İf you have to respect to all people you should remove it. Our prophet is non-portrayed. Actually all prophets are non-portrayed for İslam. And last thing, terrorists are not muslim! just some people want to seem like that. İslam is the religion of tolerance.

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      Bob 

      5 months ago

      hello

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      isaac 

      5 months ago

      great list of significant events/moments in the history of mankind/people and the world/planet earth

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      Lola 

      5 months ago

      The title is severely misleading, on the name of historical events that have defined todays world so directly the author rather chose to include human gods like Jesus and Muhammad (no offense)

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      Ummm 

      5 months ago

      Remove the pic plz or...

      you might find an uninvited guest following you with a bun*

      and,

      what all will say is...

      Peace.

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      TH 

      5 months ago

      The life of Mohammad was extremely influential, but not in a good way.

      Also to all the Muslims demanding that the pictures of Mohammad be removed. What on earth gives you the right to demand that people who don't adhere to your 3d rate religion have to obey its commandments?

      We aren't subservient to you, despite what our politicians may have you believe.

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      robert wandell 

      5 months ago

      landing on the moon

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      Sara 

      5 months ago

      First, to be more accurate there is no such (thing) called Israel, specially back in the days of Jesus it was called Palestine (and it still is). He was born in Bethlehem city. This city until today is located at Palestine. Where did Israel come from??

      Second, Prophet Mohammad and Jesus peace be upon them, do not have any pictures. Those picture are all false.

      I hope you read this feed.

      Thank you for your effort and nice article.

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      Peace 

      5 months ago

      Remove the picture you Titled as Muhammad (PBUH).

      Nobody can make his drawing. Please! Remove it.

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      Islam is peace. 

      6 months ago

      You stupid people if you dont know the truth ask the owner. Can you remove the picture you draw as Muhammad S.A.W. its beyond your stupid norrow mind to even understand his message leave alone his image. If you have a brain try to read and understand islam that you will know why we love our prophet. Insulting people is not allowed for us but i cant control my emotion. Islam teach how to respect and love people it teachs how even to care for animals and environment. Please try to read hadith (his life history) and quran. So if we dont want you to post your imaginer picture as its our prophet , you should remove it. Its being ignorat to offence people.

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      javan 

      6 months ago

      help plz

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      America is not the world 

      6 months ago

      I feel this list has a lot of problems relating racial and religion but I will write about something else. Why the American Revolution 1. It's important to your country but the rest of the world doesn't give an f. It is not a world event it's an American event.

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      Edgar Juarez 

      6 months ago

      I guess that important events in history are those which marked a scar in our lives (good or bad). You don't have to love history or all of it's combined turmoils, much less reading about it may not be your enjoyment, BUT on thing is for sure, and that is that history tells us where we were at one point, it tells us where we have come from, it tells us how far we've come. History can tell us where we want to go too. If you don't like history then you will either fight to change it for the good or you will fight to make it harder to live here. Take care all who read!!

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      Thomas Long 

      6 months ago

      I don’t think there are 10 important event in human history. Here is my smaller list. The invention of.,..

      Writing

      Domesticated animals

      Domesticated crops

      Money

      Vaccines

      Everything else is either less important or of unproven permanence or both.

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      i hate reading 

      6 months ago

      i hate reading

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      BettyBB 

      6 months ago

      So many critics here! Grow-up! No one cares what you think!

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      Khadeeja Suleman 

      6 months ago

      Kindly remove the image of “Muhammad “

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      Really ? 

      6 months ago

      A list from someone with limited knowledge of world history. Mohammed ? Seriously? I think you put this on here to try and gain the favor of Muslims and they are all pissed off at you because some drawing of him appeared. You can’t appease people who’s holy book calls for the murder of non conformists. Mohammed was a pediphile who encouraged the oppression of women. A very inconvienant fact.

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      James Stagg 

      6 months ago

      Neither #1 nor #2 would have occurred had not Jesus been born. His birth is the single most important event in the history of the whole world.

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      7 months ago

      thanks for this, this has helped me very much for a school project.

      thanks

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      memo 

      7 months ago

      it was good until I saw MUHAMMED's picture. You have to respect to Muslim and remove it. We are respect your article.

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      Thank 

      7 months ago

      So helpful thAnks

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      REEEEE 

      7 months ago

      i got the buffet of this

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      mystery man 

      7 months ago

      This has helped me so much with my homework!

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      eat 

      7 months ago

      very helpfull

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      zeynep 

      7 months ago

      The picture of Muhammed sav is not true, because there is no such a picture in the world.

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      abdiwahabraabi@gmail.com 

      8 months ago

      You better to remove the photo that you named Mohammed scw "s.a.w" even though if you seen his face, you can't guess.

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      Be Happy! 

      8 months ago

      very important and something people need to understand about their history

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      Stop Being Mean! 

      8 months ago

      Everbody has been saying mean things about this article and who knows maybe this is useless information or it’s useful information. I’ll im saying is just stop the hate and stop being mean because ahe tried.

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      STOP THE HATE PLEASE 

      9 months ago

      Guys can you just stop the hate! She/he tried their best to make an informational article and your hating on it. They probably don't want to put a lot of the things people know because you already know them! I'm just kind of annoyed with all the hate I have read, so I'll just stop reading it!

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      9 months ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      The Berlin Wall is the most haunting one for me.

      We have a section of the actual wall displayed at the National Museum of the Air Force in Dayton OH a-- It is set in darkness with a few spotlights shining on it as it was when it stood at night in Berlin. Mannequins of two people running along it on the ground are accompanied by a couple of Nazi officers on the top of it ready to shoot. The display will surely keep people from forgetting it.

      Thanks for the article!

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      Tim Truzy 

      9 months ago from U.S.A.

      Hi, Rebecca,

      I understand what you were striving for here. But events such as the defeat of Sparta by Athens, pasteurazation, the atomic bomb, computers and the internet, the Magna Carta . . these are very important events in the development of western culture.

      Gun powder and paper (China) more crucial events. Don't forget fireworks. (Landing on the moon, Sputnik, vaccines, the auto and the pick up truck.

      It would help us if you explained your criteria for determining what was important. (Number of lives saved; health standards increased; people could communicate and travel easier; number of deaths decreased, etc.)

      Nevertheless, I considered your article interesting and worth the read.

      Sincerely,

      Tim

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      Zahrya Faith Graham 

      9 months ago

      they forgot one of the most important events september 11 2001 my father faught in that, and is still alive!! this is upsetting to me.

      -sincerly zahrya

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      smh 

      9 months ago

      Reall you should do a basic fact check considering every single thing you said the Muslims founded was literally founded by another civilization. In addition to being obviously american centric a lot of the stuff discussed is either false [the chinese invented the printing press] the same thing [rennaisance gutenburg and protestant reformation] or irrelevant [the arw literally did not cause any significant change in the world with almost all of the revolutions that succeded it stemming from the French revolution]

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      Ayesha anwar 

      9 months ago

      Very useless information. And one of the worst post, in which you plotted the picture of anybody as a holly prophet (sallallah u alahe wasllam). Shame on you..

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      This is not worth it 

      10 months 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 

      10 months ago

      you are a bunch of turkeys dam you!

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      Who cares 

      10 months ago

      this is so wrong and useless

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      non of ur buisness 

      10 months 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 

      10 months 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 

      10 months 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 

      11 months 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 

      11 months ago

      French Revolution ?

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      Donald trump 2 

      11 months ago

      their not even in order of time stuppid

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      Bill Goode 

      11 months 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 

      11 months 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 

      12 months ago

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

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      Robin Hawdon 

      13 months ago

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

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      awesome 

      13 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 

      13 months ago

      it is very helful

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      shakira 

      13 months ago

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

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      Shakira 

      13 months ago

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

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      JournalismProf 

      13 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 

      13 months ago

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

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      Clarice Niebergall 

      13 months ago

      Everything Should Be All Good For Each Person

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      Ali 

      14 months ago

      Pls. remove Prophet Mohammed(PBUH) Picture.

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      ElectroCrysZtaL 

      14 months ago

      Where is 9/11?

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      u need some milk 

      14 months ago

      good work

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      Raffa1981 

      14 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 

      14 months ago

      When season 1 of drake and josh came out

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      fgf,utfvm 

      14 months ago

      is the American Civil War a key event

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      SansesKiddoFara 

      14 months ago

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

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      Stephen 

      14 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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