Originally Posted by Jonathan1990
Found a website with information about 16 events that changed the world. However for this poll I've removed the 6 less likely ones I think would get a vote, making it into a top 10. Most are before people's time and some may remember the 1963 event.
Which Event Do You Think Changed The World Most Of All?
That is a very UK/US centric list.
Many of the events would have happened anyway, in a different form.
Start Of WW1 (1914) - European civil war round I.
It ended the Central and Eastern European Empires.
Treaty Of Versailles (1919) -
"This is not a peace. It is an armistice for twenty years".
- Ferdinand Foch. But he got that one wrong. By 2 months.
Stock Market Crash (1929) - not the first or last big bubble. Helped some more dictators rise in Europe.
German Invasion Of Poland (1939) - A bigger event was UK and France NOT coming to Poland's aid.
Invading the Ruhr would have halted the German invasion. Just like Scipio Africanus saved Rome from Hannibal by attacking Carthage in 201 BC.
If they'd done it right off the bat then the Soviets might not have invaded because never forget that the Soviets invaded Poland too.
The Western betrayal of Czechoslovakia was an even bigger event, because it could have been them, Poland , the UK and France vs Germany. Instead it was Poland vs Germany AND Russia.
Pearl Harbour (1941) - A pacific war was going to happen becasue the hawks on both sides were itching for a war. Bad translations on both sides. The Japanese would have handed back the latest territory taken instead of ALL of occupied China. And the US might have understood diplomatic stalling instead of taking insult from the Japanese reply.
Atomic Bomb Hiroshima (1945) - didn't stop any of the proxy wars. Didn't get the Russians to yield any of the territory they took towards the end of the war.
Assassination Of John F Kennedy (1963) - Zero effect.
Fall Of The Berlin Wall (1989) - Or was the split of the USSR into the republics ? , or the EU taking in the new countries.
9/11 Terrorist Attacks (2001) - Background noise against normal violent deaths. Used as an excuse to rollout "reds under the bed" style paranoia again.
Covid-19 Pandemic (2020) - 300 million died from Smallpox in the 20th century. This pandemic might not even have been noticed in the past against the regular waves of cholera or typhus or flu or malnutrition or TB. Before antibiotics cutting your self shaving could have been fatal in as little as a week.
Establishment of Maoist China, 1949 - Apart from some time at the peak of the Roman Empire, China was the main manufacturing centre of the world from about 2000BC to 1700AD. China won't be as inward looking anymore. But they play the long game and are back on track after lots of foreign interference.