History

For most of us history is something that happened far back in the past, with no relevance to us now. That’s just not true. A lot of what we consider “far off in the past” is actually quite recent (in relative terms). e.g. the cold war got over just 30 years ago. 200 years ago, Napolean was still around ! The technological progress of man in the last 100 years has been more than all of the progress we have made since we walked the earth. Maybe its this rapid pace of innovation that makes history seem…like history ! Like a snowball that keep going faster as it progresses downhill. Here are some dates that helped me get perspective of where we are and how far (or not) we have come since the early days.

470 BC - 399 BC : Socrates

336 BC - 323 BC : Alexander the Great

27 BC - AD 395 : Unified Roman Empire

395 - 480 : Western Roman Empire

395 - 1453 : Eastern Roman Empire

1095 - 1291 : Crusades

1492 : Christopher Columbus ‘discovered’ America

1543 : Copernicus finding that the earth was not the center of the universe

1600 : East India Company founded

1803 - 1815 : Napoleonic Wars

1844 : Charles Goodyear awarded patent for vulcanized rubber

1914 - 1918 : World War I

1939 - 1945 : World War II

1953 : Double helical structure of DNA discovered

1972 : Nixon meets Mao (opening up China to the world)

1989 : Berlin Wall fell