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What was the greatest date in world history?

  1. Mar 18, 2008 #1
    I asked my brother "What was the greatest date in world history?" He responded:

    Well, if I had to pick one, certainly the most important date in recorded
    history for most of the world would be May 29, 1453, the Fall of Constantinople.
    Much more than just the conquest of the greatest city in the western world, and
    the doom of an ancient empire, it also sealed off Europe from its trade sources
    in the Far East. This forced enterprising explorers, initially from Portugal,
    then from Spain, Holland, England, France and Russia, to make an "end-around" to
    find alternate routes to those sources. This in turn led to the (re-)discovery
    of the New World and a massive colonization push which substantially changed the
    racial distribution of the world and caused huge growth in economic and cultural
    exchange. Eventually this stimulated scientific inquiry as well.
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  3. Mar 24, 2008 #2


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    I'd probably pick 0, as in Time = 0. I seem to remember, it started with a bang - a big one - a very big one. :biggrin:
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    The day Gutenberg started up his first press.
  5. Mar 24, 2008 #4
    I guess it would be going from BC to AD, the zero year.
  6. Mar 24, 2008 #5
    Some 10K years ago when we first learned agriculture.
  7. Mar 25, 2008 #6
    July 1, 1863.
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    I don't think so dude. The Emancipation Proclamation did not free any slaves. And it's hardly an event that shall be remembered for millennia.
  9. Mar 28, 2008 #8
    And, you don't know much US history, do you, dude? The emancipation proclamation freed many slaves, but it occurred on January 1, 1863 not July 1, 1863.
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    March 13, 1964.

    I'm just sayin'
  11. Mar 29, 2008 #10
    The notorious incident where 38 of her neighbors in Queens, New York City fail to respond to the cries of Kitty Genovese, 28, as she is being stabbed to death?
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    It wasn't their fault. They were distracted by a glorious light shining in the North.
  13. Mar 29, 2008 #12
    Now that's arcane. Gotta love it, though. Makes me wanta toast your answer with a pony bottle of Rolling Rock.:cool:
  14. Jul 30, 2008 #13
    TVP45, why is July 1, 1863, the greatest date in world history, because it was the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg?
  15. Jul 30, 2008 #14


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    My birthday.
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    If we go with people and birthdays then we have lists of influential people historians to examine. Thus we have, after Vanesch of course, Muhammand, Newton, and Jesus Christ as the most influential historical figures of all time, in that order.
    Michael Hart's list:
    I'm personally inclined to elevate the historical Jesus to the top as I mainly credit his philosophy as the origin of the rights and worth of the individual; no such philosophy then no democracy, etc. So: 7 BC or there abouts.
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    Actually, that's according to the Julian calendar.
    According to the Gregorian calendar, it happened on the 14th of June, and since that's my birthday, I happen to agree with you. :smile:
  18. Jul 30, 2008 #17


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    Adam and Eve's first night out together seems to have had lasting effects.
    Unfortunately they didn't post the video on uTube so we can't say how great it was.
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