Most Important Single Day in modern World History What do you think is the single most important day in the history of the modern world?

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Wow.  These are some really insightful ideas and inspiring moments in world and specifically American history.  I tend to think, like others, that the most important day in history is connected to a sacrifice, like so many of the days mentioned above.  As a Christian, I believe the most important sacrifice...

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Wow.  These are some really insightful ideas and inspiring moments in world and specifically American history.  I tend to think, like others, that the most important day in history is connected to a sacrifice, like so many of the days mentioned above.  As a Christian, I believe the most important sacrifice which has ever occurred happened on the day Jesus died on the cross for the sins of the world.  All the sacrifices of mankind are noteworthy, of course, and I appreciate this trip through some of those world-changing moments. 

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There are many to choose from - too many really.  But I guess I'd say April 9, 1865, the end of the Civil War in the United States and more importantly, the end of slavery.  This was a radical departure from our entire history as a nation up to that point, and important progress for humanity.

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I think July 4th, 1776 marked one of the most significant days in modern world history. Even though freedom and liberty in 1776 did not apply to all peoples yet, it offered the idea that people had the right to self government. It was the first time in world history that the needs of the many were as worthy as the needs of the one. The fruition of this idea has yet to be attained, perhaps it is unattainable however I believe it to mark a turning point in the human experience. Since 1776 many nations around the world have moved closer to this ideology, that people have the right to be free.

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I agree with Ms-mcgregor about both August 6, 1945 and July 7, 1967, but I would also have to say the September 11, 2001 will go down in history as the day we realized that the main conflict of modern history was not to be about economic systems (communism, captialism etc..) but about religious and cultural ideology as Western judeo-christian based democracy came into conflict with Eastern Muslim based totalitarianism.

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When we look back many thousands of years, what we find is that people built things to be remembered by.  We remember (and can still see) the Egyptian Pyramids and the much younger Roman Coliseum. These structures obviously had much importance to those that built them, and we still marvel at them now.  What structures will we leave? If we imagine our distant descendants looking back at us and determining what was important to us, what will they see?  The structure that commemorates that important event, that most important day of days, hasn't been built yet; but it will be, and if we're lucky we'll see it in a few more years.  But even if we don't see it in our lifetimes, a generation or two from now will be traveling back and forth to it.  The first permanent settlement on the Moon, when it is finally in ruins many years after its built, will be the new version of what we consider to be our ancient ruins. But to specify  a day to remember a few thousand years from now, when our descendants look back, the single most important day, in whatever calendar they're using, will translate to July 20, 1969.

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The assassination of Archduke Ferdinand on June 28, 1914. So much started with that date: modern warfare, socialism, communism, existentialism.

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That depends on one's worldview. As a student of history, I would have to pick August 6, 1945, the day the United States dropped the first atom bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. Suddenly, for the first time in world history, mankind now had the ability to totally destroy himself. This weapon, and the more powerful weapons which have followed it, now make another world war unthinkable--or a least horrifically unimaginable. And, until recently it seemed with the balance of power between the United States and the USSR, mankind just might prevent such a disaster. However, with the breakup of the Soviet Union and the rise of terrorism in the world, the nuclear scenario now once again seems possible if we do not find a way to rid ourselves of the nuclear threat.

On the other hand, I also consider June 7, 1967 to be a very important day, religiously. That was the day that Israel retook the city of Jerusalem. On a purely personal level, I consider that day to be the day that restarted the clock towards the second coming of Christ. In a way, both days, to me, seem to dovetail. Mankind enabled himself to destroy his kind on August 6, 1945 and God will come again to prevent that destruction. 

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