The world has not been the same that we know today. There are innumerable number of events took place which shaped the today’s world as we know it. From natural disasters to consequences of human vanity to Cultural Revolution – the mankind has come a long way to establish the civilization that it boasts of. Some are heart wrenching, some are worth praising – but all in all they all resulted into something really big that changed the history of world forever in the coming times.
10. The Great Tsunami
Nothing but a oceanic earthquake Tsunamis are not new to this world. They have always occupied a special space in carving new territories on the earth. But of all those oceanic earthquakes that ever took place; the Tsunami caused by the oceanic earthquake of Indian Ocean on 26th December, 2004 was the worst that the world ever faced till today. Originated somewhere near Indonesia, the Great Tsunami engulfed quite a number of islands of Indonesia and Andaman and Nicobar Islands while the adjacent areas such as Sri Lanka and India was also quite adversely affected. Due to this event many geographical areas simply disappeared from the map like Indira Point, which used to the southernmost tip of India, not to mention the amount of lives and property lost as a consequence of this.
9. The bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki
One of the most horrific and defining moments in World History, the bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima stands as the most shameful acts conceived in human vanity for power. Japan’s refusal for ultimate surrender to the US forces is what triggered this inhuman activity where US dropped two atomic nuclear bombs codenamed Fat Man and Little Boy on Japanese cities of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. It is not only the tall buildings of the cities that evaporated but also took mankind under its wrappings. The entire nation of Japan simply disappeared within the smokes. This happened in the final phase of world war II after which the entire world took an oath for peace witnessing the massive human killings that shook the world along with the humanity to its core.
8. Nelson Mandela is released after 27 years of prison
Popularly defined as The Walk to Freedom, the release of Nelson Mandela after 27 years of prison in 1990 stands as one of the most defining moments in the history of South Africa. This one event resulted into the lifting of the ban of 32 years on African National Congress along with a continued revolution against racism which is eradicated now and is legally punishable if practiced. Mandela as an individual figure influenced so many that his release was nothing less than a festival for his people for whom he is the Messiah who enlightened their path to freedom; and for the world he stands as the figure of peace and undeterred determination who affirmed his will with more struggles that he came across.
7. “I have a dream” – Martin Luther
A public speech delivered by civil activist Martin Luther King Jr. in 1963 stands as the most significant event in the world history as it marks the end of racism in United States of America. The most public speech ever made Martin Luther here describes his dreams of “freedom and equality arising from a land of slavery and hatred.” His speech is considered significant for it shaped the vision of modern America that we see today.
6. The Renaissance
The era of cultural rebirth in Europe as it is usually known after the dark period of Black Deaths, Renaissance is considered one of the significant cultural events of the world. Due this movement that drifted from the then conventional forms of arts and culture heavily gave birth to artists such as Picasso and Vinci. Knowledge was spreading its wings with books available to all in printed formats encouraging an intellectual plethora among the mass.
5. A young advocate is thrown out of a train compartment in South Africa
The period was of June 7, 1893. A young legal advocate was sitting in a first-class compartment as he had bought the tickets of the same of a train journeying to Pretoria in South Africa. But he was harshly asked to remove himself to the van compartment as non-whites or rather blacks are not allowed in first-class. On refusing on the basis of the fact that he has the tickets the young man was thrown out of the train along with his luggage.
This young lawyer was none other than Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi of India who changed the history of not only India but the world in establishing peace and non-violence as the strongest weapon to carry on a fight. This one single moment sealed the fate of not only him, who became the greatest leaders of all time without any arms, ranks or authority but simply with the asset of compassion and humanity, but also of the world which will now walk on a path of nothing but peace.
4. Discovery of Penicillin
Imagining a world without any medical help has to be horrifying. But it actually existed until the discovery of penicillin as antibiotic in 1928 by Alexander Fleming. This one single discovery cut the human mortality rate by large figures. Not only this but this one event led to other great discoveries in the medicinal history including the discovery of vaccination by Louis Pasteur which is considered a follow-up event that saved mankind from extinction.
3. Apollo Mission
“A grand attempt to reach beyond the world of mundane life and transcend the ordinary limits of human existence through accomplishment of the miraculous.”
William Bainbridge on Apollo Mission
Also termed as “giant leap for mankind” Apollo Mission can be seen as the invention of Wright Brothers in a more advanced and polished form. The Wright Brothers had already instigated the man’s urge to fly and conquer the aerial world; but it was Apollo 11 by NASA that put man on the surface of the moon for the first time ever. This gave rise to the space explorations a new meaning altogether which moved beyond peeping through telescopes and actually landing on it.
2. Hitler is appointed as German chancellor
In 1933 Adolf Hitler is appointed as German chancellor to stabilize the political tensions going on in Germany that time. This marked a significant turning point in the world history as with power in his hand and immense popularity Hitler was determined in creating a unified Germany devoid of any “outsiders”. This firm determination resulted in one of the most horrific and shameful historical events Holocaust that simply swiped away Jewish people into thin air. The intolerance against a particular in such a gross manner is a subject of high criticism in today’s world which learnt a hard lesson from the massive massacre that this man was responsible for.
1. Industrial revolution
Well I hope you do realize how the world would turn without any machines. It will surely go crazy without any automobiles or computers or anything that lessens our hard work substantially. But thank god for the event that arbitrarily in 1760s something called Industrial revolution came into being in England. It was not only the discovery of technology but a much desired loophole that took the mankind away from the concept of feudalism.