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15 key dates in world history


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  • 1. That you need to know to be afunctioning member of this planet.
  • 2. 406 AD Visigoths move west and sack Rome-- first in a series of invasions by Germanic tribes-- beginning of the end of Roman Empire
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  • 4. 1066 Battle of Hastings-- Norman conquest of England-- William the Conqueror becomes first Norman King ofEngland
  • 5. 1215 Signing of the Magna Carta-- King John of England signs-- first real limits of the powerof monarchy-- influences the New Englandsettlers in the 1600s
  • 6. 1492 Christopher Columbus first offour trips to the Americas-- Italian; sails for Spain aftersecuring funding-- looking for an westwardpassage to Asia-- calls where he lands SanSalvador (The Bahamas &Hispaniola)
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  • 8. 1776 American coloniesdeclare independencefrom Britain-- Fighting starts atLexington & Concord inApril, 1775-- Declaration signed inPhiladelphia-- “If we don’t hangtogether, we will surelyhang separately.” -- BenFranklin
  • 9. 1789 French Revolution – Storming of the Bastille-- Overthrowing Louis XVI-- Ten year reign of violence-- Rise of Napoleon
  • 10. 1865  End of the American Civil War 750,000 soldiers dead 10% of all Northern males 20-45 30% of all Southern white males 18-40 Can American democracy survive?
  • 11. 1917  Bolshevik Revolution Vladimir Lenin leads Communist revolution Beginning of Soviet Union (lasts into early 90s) Begins the international paradigm for the next 70 years.
  • 12. 1939  Germany invades Poland Start of WW II Effort by Nazi Germany to establish European hegemony
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  • 14. 1941  Bombing of Pearl Harbor Japanese forces attack US Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Next day, US enters WW II for allies
  • 15. 1945  US drops Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima, Japan End of WW II Ushers in the “nuclear age” Was this just?
  • 16. 1949  Mao Zedong takes control of China Communist China established Great Leap Forward; Cultural Revolution
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  • 18. 1969  America lands a man on the moon Neil Armstrong & Buzz Aldrin Goal laid out by JFK in 1961 Space Race vs. Soviets
  • 19. 1989  Fall of the Berlin Wall Ending of the Cold War Cold War: Decades long struggle between USSR v. USA
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  • 21. 2001  Terrorist Attacks on US on Sept. 11 Largest attack on US soil War on Terror begins US invades Afghanistan and Iraq