Most Important Years In Human History

The Top Ten
1 1600 BC

Beginning of Greek civilization: essential to Western heritage and the root of mathematics, philosophy, political thinking and medicine.

New kingdom period of Ancient Egypt and the formation of Kush at this time. Two jet black African achievements.

2 1989

The end of the bloc in Eastern Europe, signifying the beginning of the end of the soviet union, (which dissolved in '91)... The fall of the Berlin wall, the indictment of "junk bond" king Michael milken, and the development of a little invention called the internet...

Fall of the Soviet union, ending the hundred year history of social ideologue history that caused the loss of hundreds of millions of lives of human potential.

Collapse of Communist regimes in Europe: marks the end of the long communist experiment; Asian communism is also transformed.

3 5 BC

Well, to be fair this has definitely had the most effect on mankind EVER. Even if you are a atheist you can not deny that. the moon landing is said to have made mankind eternal, but there is only one who can do that. And he was born this year.

Jesus's birth changed the lives of hundreds of billions of people. It's the most important event in history by far. That's why on our calendar is based on it.

Birth of Jesus Christ, founder of the many branches of Christianity. The exact date is disputed.

4 1945

In 10,000 years, only two events on this list will be remembered.
Man walking on the moon in 1969, and the advent of nuclear warfare in 1945.
The rest is nothing more than passing interest to the millenia.
I choose 1945 over 1969, because the major peace treaties and political lines of 1945 are still important to us today, and 1969 can only boast Woodstock as its second-best event.
Also, "maybe, just maybe", 1945 was the first time some non-terrestrial intelligences started paying closer attention to us.

Ushered in a new world order, (UN, Breton Woods,) end of WWII. Set stage for Cold War and beyond. Overall, this where the era we are living in begun

5 1969 In 1969, humanity achieved a monumental milestone as NASA's Apollo 11 mission successfully landed the first humans, Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, on the Moon. The Woodstock Festival, a symbol of the counterculture movement, brought together hundreds of thousands of people for a celebration of music and peace. This year also marked the debut of the Internet's precursor, ARPANET, which laid... read more

Humans first set foot on the moon which was the GREATEST achievement in human history. Broadway Joe helps Jets win Superbowl. Amazing Mets win the World Series. Woodstock. Best year ever! And I was there but I don't remember.

Humans walk on another celestial body. This is event marked the beginning of humanity's expansion into the cosmos, and set the stage for later advances in space-faring technology.

The first 12,000 years of civilization were mankind's baby steps. When we first reached the moon, humans became a space-faring species, and that will be our future for the rest of eternity.

6 1776

Beginning of the modern world. United States set the precedent for all new world countries as they sought out independence and forever altered the course of history.

Duh. Anyone who thinks otherwise just hates America irrationally. I can't even begin to explain how much the United States has given and helped the rest of the world.

After the United States declared their independence, other nations oppressed by kings realized they could rebel. It was the beginning of the end of imperialism

7 2001 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2001st year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 1st year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 2nd year of the 2000s decade.

Microsoft release windows xp, wikipedia launch, release of Microsoft ie6, 128bit strong encryption, very important milestone for internet.

The year of Windows XP release and Mac OS X release, mark a big revolution on computer and internet history.

The first year of third millennium and 21st century, the first new millennium and century celebration after the world using common era and global calendar

8 2000

Started a new era of technology with upcoming corporates like Google Facebook Amazon and more...

This year belongs to me. I was born in this year.

9 33 AD

Jesus died this year according to people and scientists because he must have done hail jesus

10 1492

Everything changes with the discovery of the New World, and an era of Colonialism begins - which will lead to the establishment of the USA and Canada; Mexico, Argentina and other hispanic nations; Australia and New Zealand; as well as changing the face of Africa and Asia forever, and eventually leading to the globalization that made World Wars and our modern world's culture possible.

I think if this evemt wouldn't have happened, the world would be completely different. Imagine US emerging in the international theater with the industrial revolution, probably not much different from the colonies of the abrirish empire in the 1800s

The first year almost everyone learns when they are a child. Columbus was not a good man, but his achievement changed the entire world forever.

The Contenders
11 1455

The printing press was a revolutionary invention that allowed for the fast spread of ideas across the world. It Michael Hart claims that Johann Gutenberg, the inventor of the printing press, is the 7th most important person to ever live.

First book printed with movable type: Johannes Gutenberg's revolution in printing technology makes mass-market reading possible.

The most important year

12 1968
13 1999

Not #1 but still pretty momentous. The first millennium passage in history after mankind achieved a level self-consciousness.

I was born. 1999 was last year of millennia (it was technically 2000 but still).I think it was really awesome

I'm big double digits 1999, oh no teen years 2000s.

14 1905

Einstein's theory of special relativity published. It transforms the nature of modern physical knowledge.

Most important year in the human history.
Without this year, there would be no modern world.

This year belongs to Sir Einstein the great.

15 1789

Can't believe this is not higher! I consider this the most important year in human history, the start of the French Revolution triggered change in Europe that continues to affect the world. For the first time, a major European power was ruled by a republic, completely changing people's views on the role of government and causing revolutions for the next 100 years. From the french revolution came Napoleon who, by conquering most of Europe ended up being the catalyst for the unification of Germany and Italy. Without the formation of Germany disrupting the traditional balance of powers, WW1 would have never happened. WWI causes WWII, WWII causes the Cold War and the Cold War has left us where we are now with unstable dictatorships littered across the third world. The world is as it is today, the foundation of liberal democracies was sown in the French Revolution and the chain of events that ended up causing WWI and WWII can be considered stared by the rise of Napoleon.

16 1066

Not only the Battle of Hastings this year but also the battle of Stamford Bridge a few days earlier and almost as seminal. There is also an argument for 1215 (magna carta) in terms of the way laws and democracy and the freedom from tyranny were to be formed in the western world.

"The Battle of Hastings"; just as much as the rise and fall of the Roman Empire, and even more than WW1 and WW2 combined, this battle affected the entire course of western civilization right up to the present day.

17 2016 2016 (MMXVI) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2016th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 16th year of the 3rd millennium, the 16th year of the 21st century, and the 7th year of the 2010s decade.

Donald Trump changes the way that American Politics is viewed, and the election brings the American people apart further. Meanwhile, the United Kingdom passes its "Brexit" referendum, confirming that it will leave the European Union. The Paris Climate Accord is signed, an extremely important move in the battle against climate change. The Syrian Civil War rages on, and the world becomes more aware of terrorist events in general.

Definitely the worst year in human history!

UK votes for independence.

18 753 BC

Foundation of Rome: the Roman Empire is a pillar of the modern age, producing ideas on justice, law, engineering and warfare.

19 1997

Tony Blair became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, ending 18 years of Conservative rule.

20 1959

The silicon chip was not "invented" this year, or any other terrestrial year. It was "back-engineered" from the alien craft that crashed at Roswell in 1947.

Invention of the silicon chip is the major technical invention of the past century, making possible the computer age

21 476

Fall of the Roman Empire in the West ends 800 years of Roman hegemony. The creation of modern Europe begins.

Some historians think that the Fall of Roman Empire could be dated in 480 because with the dead of emperor Julius Nepos.

22 2004 2004 was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2004th year of the Common Era and Anno Domini designations

Facebook was launched

I was born this year

I was born that year.

23 1914

June 28th-the unofficial beginning of the 20th century.

24 1939

Dude this should be #1 it was the year the deadliest war started! Almost no one forgot this horrific event! It is the most infamous year!

1st of September. Nazi-Germany invades Poland, and Great Britain and France proclaims war against Nazi-Germany. This is the date when the 20 year peace ends and the second World War starts.

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