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Modified & Updated: 16 May 2024

Jessica Corbett

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There are highs and lows in history, events people can take pride in or feel shame at. Here are some of those heights and depths, provided by historical events facts.

  1. The last Ice Age started 2.7 million years ago and ended about 12,000 years ago.
  2. Humans first appeared about 300,000 years ago.
  3. The oldest historical records go back to around 3500 BC.
  4. There are 40 calendars in use around the world today.
  5. An estimated 100 hundred billion people have ever lived.
  1. The first civilization in history developed in Sumer around 4500 BC.
  2. The Ancient Egyptians built the Great Pyramid between 2580 and 2560 BC.
  3. Qin Shi Huang became the First Emperor of China in 221 BC.
  4. Roman civilization rose and fell between 500 BC and 500 AD.
  5. The Middle Ages lasted from the 5th to 15th century AD.
  6. The Renaissance started in the 14th century and finished in the 17th century.
  7. The Scientific Revolution took place during the 18th century.
  8. The Industrial Revolution dominated the 19th century.
  9. World War I and World War II dominated the first half of the 20th century.
  10. The Cold War dominated the latter half of the 20th century.
  1. The Mayans saw turkeys as divine animals.
  2. Karl Benz in Germany developed the first cars in the 19th century.
  3. More than 600 plots existed to kill or overthrow Fidel Castro.
  4. Roman Emperor Caligula appointed his favorite horse a senator.
  5. Winston Churchill could smoke up to 15 cigars in a day.
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