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100 Greatest Events

What to do

  1. Look at the list of events on the right.
  2. Pick the 30 most important events. This step may require some research.
  3. Create playing cards with them. The cards should each include 
    • The event
    • The date of the event
    • A picture related to the event
    • A few sentences of description of the event

The Dates

  1. 2000 BC - Abram born
  2. 1700 BC- Code of Hammurabi
  3. 1600 BC - Phonecians develop the first alphabet
  4. 1184 BC - Fall of Troy
  5. 1000 BC - David starts to reign in Jerusalem
  6. 753 BC - Rome founded
  7. 399 BC - Death of Socrates
  8. 330 BC - Alexander the Great conquers the Persian Empire
  9. 146 BC - Carthage is destroyed by Scipio
  10. 44 BC - Julius Caesar assassinated
  11. 2 BC - Jesus Christ born in Bethlehem
  12. 313 - Constantine issues Edict of Milan
  13. 325 - Council of Nicea organizes a formal, unified Christian doctrine
  14. 610 - Mohammed states he has a vision of the angel Gabriel
  15. 732 - Charles the Hammer (Martel) wins at the Battle of Tours/Poitiers
  16. 1066  - Norman defeats William at the Battle of Hastings
  17. 1093 - Anselm becomes Archbishop of Canterbury
  18. 1095 - Pope Urban II calls for a crusade to capture the Holy Land.
  19. 1202 - Fibonacci publishes Liber Abaci - popularizes Arabic numbers and the concept of zero.
  20. 1215 - King John signs the Magna Carta
  21. 1248 - Roger Bacon publishes formula for gunpowder, originally developed by the Chinese.
  22. 1337 - Beginning of the Hundred Years War
  23. 1347 - William of Ockham/Occam dies
  24. 1348 - Black Death strikes Europe wiping out about a quarter of the population
  25. 1382 - John Wycliffe finishes his translation of the Bible
  26. 1440-1455 - Johann Gutenberg perfects his printing press using movable type.
  27. 1469 - Ferdinand and Isabella marry and unite Spain
  28. 1492 - Christopher Columbus "discovers" America.
  29. October 31, 1517 - Martin Luther nails 95 Theses to a church door in Wittenburg 
  30. 1588 - Spanish Armada defeated by the English
  31. 1598 - Edict of Nantes gives religious toleration to the French Huguenots
  32. 1637 - Rene Descartes argues cogito, ergo sum
  33. 1648 - Peace of Westphalia, granting religious toleration in Germany.
  34. 1707 - Acts of Union unite England Scotland into Great Britain
  35. July 4, 1776 - First Continental Congress signs Declaration of Independence
  36. July 14, 1789 - Bastille stormed, which is considered to start the French Revolution
  37. 1814-1815 - Congress of Vienna
  38. 1859 - Charles Darwin's Origin of the Species is published
  39. 1867 - Nikolaus August Otto develops the internal combustion engine
  40. 1876 - Alexander Graham Bell receives a patent for the telephone
  41. 1878 - Thomas Edison invents the incandescent light bulb
  42. 1893 - New Zealand women get the right to vote
  43. 1914 - Archduke Franz Ferdinand assassinated, triggering First World War
  44. 1917 - Russian (October) Revolution establishes first Communist state.
  45. November 11, 1918 - Armistice ends First World War
  46. October 1929 - New York stock market crashes, beginning the Great Depression
  47. 1938 - Otto Hahn receives Nobel Prize for splitting the atom
  48. September 1, 1939 - Germany invades Poland, starting Second World War
  49. June 6, 1944 - Allies land on beaches at Normandy.
  50. August 6 and 9, 1945 - US drops atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki
  51. 1969 - Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to walk on the moon
  52. 1989 - Fall of the Berlin Wall
  53. September 9, 2001 - Islamic fanatics attack New York and Washington with aircraft.
 
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