The Days That Changed The WorldIf you were asked to pick the 10 days that changed the world (up until today) to be deposited and buried in a time capsule not to be opened until the year 2259 what...

The Days That Changed The World

If you were asked to pick the 10 days that changed the world (up until today) to be deposited and buried in a time capsule not to be opened until the year 2259 what would it include?  The beginning or the end of an era or civilization, a battle, a war, a person, a new philosophy, a birth, a death or murder, an event (good or bad)....it's your decision...choose wisely....

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M.P. Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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1. The Burning of the Library of Alexandria

2. The ruling of the Maya civilization

3. Explosion of Mt. Vesuvius (sp?)

4. The discovery of light waves and the lightbulb

5. The Black Plague

6. The influence of Florence Nightingale in the medical field

7. Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare's works

8. The September 11 attacks

9. The discovery of HIV/AIDS

10. The discovery of our genetic blueprint

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Susan Hurn | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Come on, you guys have taken all the good ones! Since we've covered the discovery of fire and the invention of the wheel, I'll fast forward, in no particular order.

1. splitting the atom

2. recognizing germs as the cause of infectious disease

3. recognizing genes as the building blocks of life

4. the invention of gun powder

5. the American Revolution

6. the creation of the internet

7. the battle of Midway

8. the birth control pill

9. the assembly line

10. the discovery of sound waves and light waves

And if I may add a personal favorite . . . the microwave oven!

 

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marilynn07 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

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This is an interesting discussion.

1. The day that a human fed an animal from his or her own hand thus beginning the domestication of livestock.

2. The day that someone like Atilla the Hun in the first few Centuries A.D.  decided to create stirrups for riding horses rather than bare-back.

3.  The day that someone decided that a wheel and axle could make life easier. (The great Inca, Aztec and Maya civilizations reached an extremely high level of development, yet they never used the wheel. http://www.ideafinder.com/history/inventions/wheel.htm)

4. The invention of the printing press and the subsequent translation of the Bible into the common spoken languages.

5. Combining the power of falling water with the wheel creating the first mechanical engine around 4000 B.C. and labor saving device not animal powered. (http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/blwaterwheel.htm)

6. The 1883 eruption of Krakatau and the subsequent cooling of earth's temperatures.

7. The identification of human blood groups in 1909 and the isolation of the Rh factor in 1940 which allowed persons to receive transfusions of blood and began the organ transplation story.

8.  The day in 1942 when Enrico Fermi achieved the first self-sustaining chain reaction of nuclear fission.

9. The use of nuclear weapons in warfare in 1945.

10. The invention of the Internet and lighting speed communications technology.

 

There are so many dates and days that change history.  It is impossible to pick just 10...and of course depending on my thoughts or my feelings at a particular time, the list might change.


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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I assume you mean the change could have a positive or negative effect, so here goes:

1. The birth of Jesus

2. The day the Bible was translated into every language making its contents available to everyone.

3. The invention of ships and naval travel.

4. The discovery of flight.

5. The invention of the telephone.

6. The invention of the automobile.

7. The days WWI and WWII were declared.

8. The age of technology and amazing advancements in communications across vast distances in seconds.

9.  The terrorists attacks on the World Trade Center.

10. The election of Barack Obama.

 

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hi1954 | Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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Wow, this is a hard question.  I guess I'll skip the "invention" of fire, timekeeping and things like that.

1.  The unknown day when somebody started building the first actual city.  They started a fad people have kept at ever since.

2.  The day the people of Akkad went to another city and conquered it.  That definitely started a trend humans in general have worked hard at ever since.  It could be argued that most of history has been spent refining exactly how we do this one thing, war.

3.  The crowning of Nebuchednazzer as ruler of Babylon.  He was the single greatest ruler of the ancient world, and his empire the template for all world empires ever since.

4.  The birth of Moses, or perhaps I should say the day he received his calling.

5.  The seizure of power in Rome by Julius Caesar.  Although he didn't rule long this signaled the end of the republic of Rome and the beginning of mankind's greatest empire.  Possibly also the most disastrous in its long-term effects on politics.

6.  The birth of Yeshua ben Yoseph (Jesus).  Whether one believes the religion or not his life is a pivotal event in world history.  If one believes the religion then it is the pivotal event.

7.  The invention of the printing press and the printing of the Gutenberg Bible.  The possibility of vast dissimination of books and the ability of people to educate themselves from what eventually has become a wealth of easily obtainable documents is the single greatest technical and intellectual event in history.  Today any person who can read can go to a library and essentially educate themselves about any topic they wish to know.  All the works of the great scientists, Gallileo, Copernicus, Newton et al are indebted to this invention.

 

8.  July 2, 1776, the day the Declaration of Independance was actually signed.

9.  August 6, 1945 at 8:15 am, the atom bombing of Hiroshima.  The end result of six thousand years of refining the practice of organized warfare begun at Akkad in Mesopotamia.

10.  September 11, 2001 for all the obvious reasons.  This brought to the forefront the complex of conflicts between not only modern terrorism and the general population of nations, but the positive and negative aspects of all cultures.  Western civilization as the consumer culture has some very negative aspects, as well as the intellectual and personal freedom which is its ideal.  Religious structures (such as both Islam and Christianity) have both liberating elements and ideas that some try to use to control others.  The dichotomy of the light and the dark of all human ideals and institutions have become so severe that the world is going to have to deal with the fundamental aspects of all human culture.

 

 

 

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dbello | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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  1. The Birth of Jesus
  2. Constantine makes Catholicism the official religion of the state
  3. The Magna Carta
  4. Luther posts the 95 Thesis
  5. The Copernican Revolution
  6. The Birth of Shakespeare
  7. Drafting the American Constitution
  8. Darwin's publication of the "Origin of Species"
  9. Marx's publication of "Das Kapital"
  10. The Dropping of the Atomic Bomb

Of course, I might write 10 different things tomorrow :)  These exercises are always interesting ... I hope it gets lots of discussion.

Some of these "stand for" larger movements ... eg.  The Copernican Revolution stands in for the development of science as our primary way of knowing.

Thank you for the compliment...I also hope it stimulates an interesting discussion. By the way, I think it would be cool if you looked at your response again tomorrow or whenever and see how you feel. That is a crucial requirement for an historian, probably why the statement intrigued me so. Thanks again, appreciate your input.

Regards, Donna

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timbrady | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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  1. The Birth of Jesus
  2. Constantine makes Catholicism the official religion of the state
  3. The Magna Carta
  4. Luther posts the 95 Thesis
  5. The Copernican Revolution
  6. The Birth of Shakespeare
  7. Drafting the American Constitution
  8. Darwin's publication of the "Origin of Species"
  9. Marx's publication of "Das Kapital"
  10. The Dropping of the Atomic Bomb

Of course, I might write 10 different things tomorrow :)  These exercises are always interesting ... I hope it gets lots of discussion.

Some of these "stand for" larger movements ... eg.  The Copernican Revolution stands in for the development of science as our primary way of knowing.

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epollock | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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1) My birthday--for if I wasn't born, history would not matter

2) the day the Bible was conceived

3) the day writing was invented

4) the day the computer was invented

5) the day the automobile was invented

6) the day the airplane was invented

7) the day the Industrial Revolution was started

8) the day the telephone was invented

9) the day the American Revolution was started

10) the day the light bulb was invented

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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Here is my list.

  1. The day people learnt to live in group and use division of labour to improve the lot of the total group.
  2. The day someone figured out a way to represent things actions and ideas by combination of some basic sounds. This was the beginning of what we call spoken language.
  3. The day someone figured out a way to represent spoken language in writing by using different signs (letters of alphabet) to represent different types of basic sound. This was the beginning of written language.
  4. The a tool was firs used by humans.
  5. The day wheel was invented. Most probably this was some kind of potters wheel.
  6. The day someone devised methods to refine and shape metal.
  7. The day mechanical energy was first harnessed for doing useful work. Perhaps, the fist type of mechanical energy used was flowing water.
  8. The day decimal system of counting, particularly the use of zero was invented.
  9. The day people learnt to sail. Transportation of all types has tremendous effect on human civilization, but I have selected sailing because it represents some kind of quantum jump in development of transportation.
  10. Development of a system of barter or trade outside outside a group or community. This is different from common production and sharing. In trade, there is a surplus of one item which is exchanged in return for another item that is needed.

As you will notice my list contains all prehistoric events. This is because I believe the day a seed is sown is the most important day in the life of any tree.

I have seen someone list "birth of Jesus" as one of the ten most important days. I would like to present my reasons for excluding that from my list. It is out of great respect for all such great souls who are incarnations or messengers of God, that I do not mention their name in such a mundane list as them their name I have greatest respects for the great souls like Jesus Christ, and the all mighty God. But I am not ready to accept the possibility that God, including one of its form - Jesus Christ, did not exist before the earthly birth or does not continue to exist even today. The all mighty God was there to look after this creation before it was created and will continue to exist after this creation ceases to exist.

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