10 Events That Changed The World


This planet is 5.4 billion years old, man has occupied it for only 200,000 years. We haven’t been here that long in comparison to the age of the earth, but as a human race, we have done some pretty significant things to change it since we came on the scene.

This is a list of 10 events that have taken place in the last 120 years, causing the world to change into what we know today.

 1) The Light Bulb

Thomas Edison invented the light bulb in 1879. This shed a whole new light  on the world, as it replaced gas lamps and candles. Humans were coming out of the dark.

2) The Airplane

The Wright brothers invented and flew the first airplane in 1903. Only one person at a time could fly on it.  221.6 million people flew in a plane last year. Were you one of them?

 3) The Model-T Ford

Henry Ford made the Model-T available to the public in 1908. It had a price tag of $905. Last year, automobile manufacturers produced 67.53 million cars, proof that they are a commodity that we can’t live without.

 4) The Electric Guitar

Les Paul, invented the first solid-body electric guitar in 1940. Nicknamed “The Log,” the electric guitar changed the sound of music as we knew it. Electric blues, rock and roll and many other genres that we have grown to love would have never been created, with out this instrument.

 5) The Atomic Bomb

The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August of 1945, effectively ended WWII. Since then, the world has lived in fear and paranoia about similar attacks from weapons of mass destruction. Though we never found any in Iraq.

 6) AIDS

AIDS came to the public’s attention in 1982. Since it’s discovery, it has caused approximately 36 million deaths worldwide. It doesn’t get the publicity that it once did, but it’s threat is far from over.

 7) The Fall of the Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall came down in November of 1989. It marked an end of oppression by the communist government, and brought about the unification of Germany. The structure of Eastern Europe changed considerably.

8) World Wide Web

The Web, was created by a British computer scientist named Tim Berbers-Lee in 1989. Most people can’t even imagine life without the internet, because of our complete dependency on it..

9) September 11, 2001

This terrorist attack on The World Trade Center in New York City stopped the world, as we looked on in horror and amazement at the devastation. 2,977 people were killed. Two other planes were hijacked and many more innocent lives were lost.

I think everyone can remember where they were, and what they were doing when they heard what had happened on this sad day.

10) Social Media

Social media is everywhere. There are roughly 17 million Facebook users, 25,000 Twitter accounts, and 40,000 active blogs. Chances are, almost all of you that are reading this, belong to one of these social media groups. So be sure to give me a “thumbs up” later.

These are just a few of the many events that have helped to shift and shape the world that we live in. As mankind continues evolve, he changes his world around him with his actions. What will the next 100 years bring?

Rocco Marinelli

has been writing in one form or another since he could hold a crayon. He currently resides in upstate New York.