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Important Events in World History

  • 4000 BCE

    Creation of World

    Creation of World
    God made the world in six literal days. He made all the animals, stars, and the planets in that short time.
  • 3750 BCE

    Huang He River Civilization

    Huang He River Civilization
    This was the beginning of China. It was made up of mostly traditions and ceremonies. People were very strict when it came to respect toward elders and men. Only certain high-ranking people's children could be educated. The rest had to work in fields at a young age. China has lost a lot of its culture due to the push of Communism.
  • 3150 BCE


    Egypt was another river valley civilization. it was also on the bank of a large river. It was extremely advanced for its time. They figured out how to build tall structures that didn't collapse immediately, and they also had a good government system.
  • 3000 BCE

    Rise of Sumer

    Rise of Sumer
    Sumer was an ancient civilization that was formed in the Fertile Crescent in what is now most of the Middle East. It was one of the first recorded civilizations ever. It was so successful because it was situated right on the banks of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.
  • 2500 BCE

    Indus River Valley Civilization

    Indus River Valley Civilization
    This civilization was situated in India near the Indus and Ganges rivers. It had protection from the mountains, and also the Indian Ocean. It was a highly advanced civilization.
  • 2000 BCE

    The Great Flood

    The Great Flood
    This catastrophic event only happened once, and will never happen again. It was a worldwide flood that destroyed every single living organism on the planet except the ones loaded onto the Ark.
  • 1990 BCE

    Pyramids Built

    Pyramids Built
    The Pyramids of Giza were built after the flood and were extremely revolutionary. They function as tombs for the long gone Pharaohs of Egypt.
  • Period: 1300 BCE to 1200 BCE

    Trojan War

    This war is somewhat of a legend. No one knows for sure if it is even real. There are some bits of evidence strewn across Greece, but they are vague, and most of them come from Homer's The Iliad. He speaks of cities that are no longer standing, and believe it or not, there are ruins in the exact places he spoke of, suggesting they were sacked. It's a great mystery we may not solve till God reveals the answers to us in due time.
  • Period: 600 BCE to 1541

    Maya Empire

    This was one of the three major civilizations located in Mexico, Central America, and South America. They were known for their extremely accurate calendars that supposedly predicted exactly when the world would end. This phenomenon occured on December 21st, 2012, and, of course, the world did not end. It certainly doesn't feel the same, though.
  • Period: 431 BCE to 404 BCE

    Peloponnesian War

    This was a huge war fought between Athens and Sparta. Historians split it into three parts: Athens attacked Peloponnesia navally, Athens attacked Syracuse and were destroyed by Spartan defense, and then Persia allied with Sparta and took out Athens. This war proceeded to destroy the whole of greek integrity. The entire region was left in shambles, with civil war, disease, and famine raging relentlessly.
  • 230 BCE

    Qin Dynasty

    Qin Dynasty
    It was the first dynasty of Imperial China. It was founded by Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of the Qin Dynasty. They are known for building the Great Wall of China
  • 206 BCE

    Han Dynasty

    Han Dynasty
    This dynasty followed the Qin, and is known for opening the Great Silk Road, a popular trading route that goes through Asia.
  • 100 BCE

    Julius Caesar Born

    Julius Caesar Born
    Julius Caesar was a well-known emperor of Rome. He was a war hero who had connections with men he fought beside. One of those men was Pompey, his best friend. When he got back form the war, he became a politician. Pompey began to get jealous of his popularity, and Caesar killed him. Shortly after, he became dictator and was stabbed to death by a mob of angry citizens a year later.
  • Period: 324 to 1453

    Byzantine Empire

    The Byzantine Empire was founded by Emperor Constantine. It lasted for over a thousand years after. Emperor Justinian, in 527 AD began revising and improving the old Roman laws. The byzantine Empire was eventually overcome by the Ottoman Turks in 1453.
  • 476

    The Fall of Rome

    The Fall of Rome
    The fall of Rome occured when ROmulus, the last emperor of Rome was overthrown by a Germanic leader called Odoacer. But it didn't start with that. Rome had been declining for about two hundred years. Leaders began getting very corrupt, rebellions were becoming more frequent, and many, many people were not loyal to the emperor. When Odoacer seized the throne, Rome, its territories, and the surrounding areas went into a dark state of discord.
  • Period: 1095 to 1492

    The Crusades

    The Crusades were a long series of wars fought between the Roman Catholics of Eastern Europe and Asia. They were instigated by Pope Urban II. The Muslims and Arabs were trying to take over the city of Jerusalem, which was inhabited by mostly Jews. The soldiers thought they were doing a good work for God, but in reality, they were murdering, plundering, and raping the people of Jerusalem, along with the MUslims attacking them.
  • Period: 1200 to 1572

    Inca Empire

    The Inca Empire was thriving around the same time as the Aztecs, but they were located in Peru in a city called Cuzco. They lived high in the Andes mountains, and owned a lot of alpaca and llamas. They respected and even worshipped the region's biggest predator, the jaguar.
  • Period: 1206 to 1294

    Mongol Empire

    Though it was extremely powerful, and was able to conquer the Byzantine Empire, the Mongol Empire only lasted about 300 years. They came from the vicinity of Mongolia and eastern china.
  • 1215

    Magna Carta

    Magna Carta
    This was a document unwillingly signed by King John of England (rebels forced him to, in backlash of unfair treatment) that granted the people more freedoms. Some of which included less taxes, swift justice, and many more freedoms that influenced the American Constitution and the BIll of Rights.
  • Period: 1300 to

    Aztec Empire

    The Aztec Empire was a civilization located where Mexico City is now. It was an advanced society that worshipped over 10 gods, and performed many, many rituals including human sacrifice to please the gods. like many other societies in that region, the Aztec Empire was conquered ruthlessly by the Spaniards from Europe.
  • Period: 1347 to 1351

    Black Death

    The Black Death was a disease that entered Europe on a merchant ship filled with infected rats. They had the disease in their blood, and when fleas bit them, they acted as dirty needles, transferring it to people they bit. The disease killed people just days after infection. The build up of rotting bodies also fueled the spread, so much to the point that one body left unattended could doom a whole town or village. By the end of the pandemic, over half of europe had been wiped out.
  • Period: 1375 to

    Songhai Empire

    This was an African kingdom ruled by many kings, the most widely known of them being Mansa Musa, who also happened to be the richest man in history. He had a total net worth of around 400 billion in today's USD. He got so rich because of the trade his kingdom participated in. They were gold miners.
  • Period: 1400 to

    Age of Exploration

    This period of time, much like the Renaissance, was a time of much learning, discovery, and innovation. During that time, the foundation of many modern countries, alliances, and histories were laid. Brave explorers searched the Earth for riches beyond compare, and found them in the form of new lands, new people, and new trading goods. If Europe hadn't been so greedy for riches in other lands, those lands wouldn't have been founded, and I'd probably still be in Italy.
  • 1450

    The Printing Press is Invented

    The Printing Press is Invented
    Johannes Gutenberg was the inventor of the printing press. It was a revolutionary invention, and one of the most important. The first book printed was the Holy Bible. The printing press is what made it the most popular book in the world. The press was also used to spread word of Martin Luther during the Protestant Reformation.
  • Period: Jun 28, 1491 to Jan 28, 1547

    Henry the Eighth

    King Henry VIII was a famous king of England, the father of Elizabeth I. He was very healthy when he was a child and young adult, bu then greed as king made him extremely gluttonous. He sustained a bad leg wound during a jousting match that wasn't healing right. He was extremely overweight and suffered from boils. He eventually died and left his son Edward as king.
  • 1492

    Christopher Columbus sails To the New World

    Christopher Columbus sails To the New World
    Christopher Columbus didn't actually discover the continent of America (the Vikings did that), but he did make it known to the people of Europe, and sparked a long endeavor to colonize the continent. None of those attempts were successful until the early 1600s. Columbus is one of the most important explorers, because he made a valuable continent known to the civilized people of Europe.
  • Period: 1517 to

    The Protestant Reformation

    The Protestant Reformation was literally a huge protest against Catholicism and its corrupt, greedy natures. It was jump-started by a man named Martin Luther who did not approve of the Church's use of indulgences to gain money from poor people. HE wrote a document stating the things wrong with the Catholic Church and people took it and copied it, distributing it everywhere they could. This put Luther in a bad position with the Church, and he was excommunicated.
  • Period: 1519 to 1522

    Magellan Sails Around the World

    Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese explorer, was the first to circumnavigate (go all the way around) the globe. He crossed continents through straits, and discovered the Pacific Ocean. The strait he crossed to enter the Pacific is now known as the Straits of Magellan. By the time the voyage was over, (Magellan was killed in the Philippines) only 18 of the original crew had made it back to Spain.
  • Period: Sep 7, 1533 to

    Elizabeth the First

    Elizabeth I was a benevolent ruler, who was constantly fighting her sister Mary for the throne. She ultimately became queen, and earned the nickname "Virgin Queen" because of her aversion to marriage and romance. She stayed single, and never had children. She had to appoint one of her cousins or trusted officials if she wanted to have a successor. She was very smart, and loved music. She could speak many different languages.
  • Period: to

    Age of Enlightenment

    This was a period of intellectual awakening for many people. People like John Locke, Voltaire, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and many more created the blueprints for modern government, society, and social standing. Most of them opposed monarchy, and wanted a government where everyone had a say, not just the (often uneducated) monarch who happened to have the right blood to be king. Many countries' constitutions and governments were based off the ideas of the Enlightenment Thinkers' ideas.
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    American Revolution

    This was a very successful rebellion against the British. The colonists of North America were still under the control of Great Britain. Because the King had a huge debt to other countries he decided to impose expensive taxes on important products such as tea, sugar, stamps, and even paper. No one liked this, and protests began. The Boston Tea Party, The Boston Massacre, and many other events eventually led to the freedom of American people.
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    Taiping Rebellion

    The Taiping Rebellion was led by a man who claimed he was the son of God when he had vivid, days-long-fever-induced hallucinations. A few years later he met a missionary and read his tract. He then deduced that he was the Son of God. He decided to start a rebellion against the Qing-occupied city of Nanjing. He succeeded, put strict bans on alcohol, gambling and prostitution. Ten years later, the city was lost again, and over 20 million people were killed in total.
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    Mahatma Gandhi

    A non-violent revolutionary and teacher, Gandhi sought the freedom of India from the British Empire. His country had been occupied for a long time, and oppression and racism were common. HE led many peaceful protests, and taught the ideas of indiscriminatory love, and non-violence. He drew his teachings and ideas from multiple religions, including Christianity and Buddhism. He felt that peace was attainable, and showed this through his actions. He was killed by a Buddhist when he was 78.
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    Boxer Rebellion

    The Boxer Rebellion was a conflict in China caused by people in China not wanting foreigners to control their lives and take their freedom away. It was an unsuccessful effort on the rebels' part, and contributed heavily to the downfall of the Qing dynasty and the empire overall.
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    Russo-Japanese War

    This was a war fought between Russia and Japan because Russia wanted some Japanese land, but wasn't given it. Instead,they went to war with each other. Many other powers expected Russia to beat Japan, but it was the other way around, in the end. Japan beat them away and claimed the victory.
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    World War One

    This war was the first major global conflict of the 20th century, and was fought between the Axis (Germany, Serbia, Austro-Hungary) and the Allies (France, Britain, Russia). Its main causes were increasing militarism, interconnected alliances. and the assassination of Franz Ferdinand. The war lasted four years, form 1914 to 1918. Coincidentally, the war ended on November 11, at eleven o'clock in the morning. The date was 11/11/18 at 11:00.
  • Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand

    Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand
    Franz Ferdinand was the heir to the Austro Hungarian throne, and people really hated him. He was especially hated by the Serbians. A successful assassination attempt was carried out by members of a Serbian terrorist group while travelling in a motorcade. Quite frankly, they were going to have lunch with some important people. But Ferdinand and his pregnant wife were both shot fatally, and died. This event is the biggest cause of World War One.
  • Lusitania Sinks

    Lusitania Sinks
    The Lusitania was a European cruise ship sailing in the Atlantic. They had no clue of the German U-Boats lurking below, The ship was attacked, and everyone on board was killed. There were almost 1,500 people on it, including 150 Americans. This event clearly showed the barbarism of the German Navy, and is what prompted the USA to join the war.
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    Russian Revolution

    The Russian revolution, led by Vladimir Lenin and Leon Trotsky, was a successful endeavor that uprooted the Russian monarchy, and replaced it with democracy, mixed with nationalism and communism. It was meant to make the country free, and allow the people to utilize the free market. But in a short time, a new leader, Joseph Stalin, made laws and regulations worse than before, and completely destroyed everything the revolutionaries fought for. In total, the deaths under his rule were over 20 mil.
  • Treaty of Versailles

    Treaty of Versailles
    WWI officially ended on June 28, 1919 when the Treaty of Versailles was signed by the leaders of major countries Britain, France, the USA, and Germany, to negotiated terms of peace such as forming the League of Nations, and giving belligerent nations what they deserved. One problem with this treaty was that everyone negotiating thought Germany was to blame for the entire war. This was far from the truth, as the Serbians were technically the ones who struck the killing blow to Franz Ferdinand.
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    Great Depression

    This time period was a dark time for America, and had a death toll you wouldn't expect. It occured after the first World War, and put and end to one of the most prosperous times for the US. The stock market was getting weak, and because so many people had put their money in it, many more people were affected by it. Hundreds of banks closed, and hundreds of thousands of people lost their jobs, homes, and even their lives. But the country recovered, and it was a time of great growth for industry.
  • Hitler Becomes Fuhrer

    Hitler Becomes Fuhrer
    Adolph Hitler was one of the most sadistic, evil leaders ever to be appointed. His only goals as supreme leader of Germany was to eradicate the Jewish population from Europe, and achieve world domination. He was willing to murder anyone who stood in his way or opposed him, but put on a face of mercy and kindness for his people. He was responsible for the mass genocide of over six million people, only because they were different from him. That man was fueled by his hatred and dark past.
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    World War Two

    This was one of the most influential wars the world has ever seen. It was another war the whole world had a part in, and thus, changed a certain aspect of each country involved. It brought about new forms of government, new alliances, and new independent nations by the end. Many new technologies were invented and discovered, and millions learned how to make do. The war was terrible, with bad people at its head, but evil did not prevail, and the world was free from tyranny once more.
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    Blitzkrieg on the UK

    This was a period of fear amd unrest for an entire nation. German bombers flew over Great Britain every night, dropping bombs on major cities, or small neighborhoods. The Blitz encouraged many thousands of people to evacuate the UK, mostly children and pregnant women. the rest of the people hid out in bunkers, with limited rations, and separated from their family members. Many measures were taken to prevent becoming targets, and the innovation of the people pulled them through,
  • Bombing of Pearl Harbor

    Bombing of Pearl Harbor
    This event was a merciless attack on the naval base in Hawaii. Over 2,000 people, mostly servicemen, were killed, while still in their docked battleships. There was no escape from the burning, sinking vessels. This was the main event that spurred the US to join World War Two. We joined the Allies only a day after the attack, and helped win the war.
  • D-Day (Landings on Normandy Beach)

    D-Day (Landings on Normandy Beach)
    This single battle was one of the most intense, most deadly battles ever fought in WW2. It took place on Normandy Beach in France, in an attempt to free it from Nazi occupation. It was terrifying to be on the sand with so many sounds, the firing of artillery, the screams of dying comrades, and whirring of shells. Many of the people who fought in and survived D-Day are respected for their bravery, and rightfully so, because they went through more than most of us have ever gone through.
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    Cold War

    The Cold War was a strange kind of war in that it wasn't fought with battles, but by tense conversations between world leaders, specifically those between North America and Russia. It dealt with rising Communism and escalating tension due to a large stock of nuclear bombs. Eventually, when Communism fell, the war ended, and the world was changed subtly forever.
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    Cuban Missile Crisis

    The Cuban Missile Crisis was two weeks of tension that terrified the whole world into thinking that nuclear war was inevitable. It was the most intense part of the Cold War, but nothing really came of it except the removal of virtually all nuclear bombs in both Russia and North America. It helped to weaken Communist influence and let Russia know we were not trying to play games.
  • Fall of the Berlin Wall

    Fall of the Berlin Wall
    The Berlin Wall was a huge partition splitting Germany in half, with the US and NATO controlling West Germany, and the USSR controlling East Germany. The Wall had guards watching over it, and no one was allowed to cross it, lest they are shot on sight. Many people defied this rule secretly and escaped into the other side. By the 1990s, Communism was failing. Soon it fell, the Wall along with it.