Top 10 Iconic Times and Events Of The Last 100 Years

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Top 10 Iconic Times and Events Of The Last 100 Years
Introduction:

For the purpose of this exercise and a bit of fun, I got a blank sheet of paper to write out my top 10 iconic moments or eras of the last 100 years. I just wrote down events from memory without referencing the internet that had made a mark on my mind. My first list had 18 so to make a top 10 I left out some and amalgamated others. The ones I left out were Senator Joseph McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee, JFK/Bobby Kennedy Assassinations, Live Aid, Tiananmen Square Protest in 1989, the Chilean Miners in 2010. I amalgamated 4 other events to make two for my top 10.

I will give my top 10 with a brief description of each time and why I feel it is iconic.

In Rough Chronological Order:-

(1) World War 1 (1914-1918)

The carnage, death toll and horror of this war was going to be so great but it would be necessary because it was the "War To End All Wars", unfortunately it wasn't.

Top 10 Iconic Times and Events Of The Last 100 Years

"In Flanders Fields" by Major John McCrae, May 1915.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

(2) The Rise, The Fall And The Horror Of The German Nazi Party (1919 - 1945)

6,000,000 people slaughtered in extermination camps. Need I say more?

Top 10 Iconic Times and Events Of The Last 100 Years
The Gates of Hell (Auschwitz) - Arbeit Macht frei (Work Sets You Free)

Top 10 Iconic Times and Events Of The Last 100 Years

For the pedantics, references about the formation date, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazi_Party

(3) Hiroshima (06/08/1945)

I discussed the pros and cons of the bombing in a previous question on a previous account but this is just a reference to the day that the potential for nuclear warfare became a reality.

Top 10 Iconic Times and Events Of The Last 100 Years
Top 10 Iconic Times and Events Of The Last 100 Years

(4) Civil Rights in the 1950s/1960s and Barrack Obama (2008)

My first amalgamation of the top ten. There was a highly visual civil rights campaign in the 1950s and 1960s in the US while things are still not perfect, it is a lot better today. How many who campaigned then would think that there would be an African American President within half a century. There was the first Catholic in 1960 now the first African American in 2008. The barriers are falling, anybody can be president in the future - a Woman, an Hispanic, an American Asian, a Native American, a Gay, a Non Christian/Non Faith or a transgender (that is all I can think of at the moment). If the world's most powerful political position is open to all then the doors are being unlocked.

1963

Top 10 Iconic Times and Events Of The Last 100 Years

2008

Top 10 Iconic Times and Events Of The Last 100 Years

(5) The Space Race in the 1960s

For thousands of years humankind has contemplated the sun and the clouds, gazed at the stars at night. We had read about spaceships in books, seen aliens in science fiction movies and TV programmes now on the 04/12/1961 Yuri Gagarin, a Russian cosmonaut became the first man to go into space.

Top 10 Iconic Times and Events Of The Last 100 Years
On 07/20/1969 Neil Armstrong, an American astronaut became the first man to walk on the moon. We were beginning to have the chance to explore outside our little world.

Top 10 Iconic Times and Events Of The Last 100 Years

(6) Changing Times in Ireland

This is my second and final amalgamation of my top ten. Up to the 1950s, the Republic of Ireland was in the iron clad grip of catholic conservatism ruled just as much by the bishops as by the politicians. Contraception was illegal, divorce was illegal, matters of life/death in hospitals were decided at a catholic ethos level first before checking with medical expertise. Families of 10 or more children were very common.

During the 1960s and 1970s, social advances happened that meant Irish children could get a full second level education and a third level education if they wanted to through state aid. You could become a doctor or a lawyer if you got the marks in state exams not because of what your father worked at or where you lived. This has led to increased secularisation in Irish society plus with the child abuse scandals ( not the abuse itself even though that was dreadful but the systematic cover up by the church) which has led to a big church and state separation.

During this time the deep conservatism has changed , when I was growing up homosexuality was a bit odd now nearly every family has a gay. We have legalised same sex marriage. Individualism and creativity is applauded if you are that way inclined, there is no expectations of strict societal conformity beyond peer pressure but that is another discussion. Politics has moved away from "Who did your grandfather fight for in the civil war? - (Both sides of the Civil War had a centrist leaning)" to a more natural right/left split.

Top 10 Iconic Times and Events Of The Last 100 Years

No discussion of Ireland in the second half of the 20th century would be complete without a mention of "The Troubles" in Northern Ireland (1969 - 1994) in which 3,000 people were killed and the Good Friday Agreement. Irish people of my age had been used to "Talks About Talks", "Separate Bilineal Meetings About Face To Face Meetings" but the Good Friday Agreement was signed and at the time, I am sure we gave it six months but it still holds 22 years later.

Top 10 Iconic Times and Events Of The Last 100 Years

(7) The USSR (1917 -1991)

From the October Revolution of 1917 throughout the 20th century, the communist USSR had grown into one of the two world superpowers along with the USA involved in the post World War 2 "Cold War" but during the early to mid 1980s. Things began to fall apart with pro democracy drives in its East European allies and eventually in their own country, It officially ceased to exist in 1991.

Top 10 Iconic Times and Events Of The Last 100 Years

While there are many symbolic moments in the collapse of the USSR and the Warsaw Pact, I think the one that stands out is the breaking down of the Berlin Wall in November 1989, when the guards were removed from the wall and members of the public broke open holes in the structure.

Top 10 Iconic Times and Events Of The Last 100 Years

(8) Nelson Mandela

Between 1948 and 1994 the system of Apartheid was in South Africa (For younger Gaggers I will provide an explanatory link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apartheid ). During the 1970s and the 1980s there was political/sporting/artistic sanctions against South Africa. During the latter years there was a lot of relaxation of the laws prior to its end in 1994. Nelson Mandela the head of the ANC was in prison for 27 years, he was released in 1990.

Top 10 Iconic Times and Events Of The Last 100 Years
The first free elections were held in 1994 and he was elected President. My second image is the Rugby World Cup Final in 1995 which Nelson Mandela attended in the South African strip to promote unity which is iconic because if one sport represented White Apartheid South Africa, it was rugby. The film "Invictus" is all about this

Top 10 Iconic Times and Events Of The Last 100 Years
Top 10 Iconic Times and Events Of The Last 100 Years

(9) 09/11/2001

No explanation needed. Everyone over a certain age remembers exactly where they were and what they were doing as they first heard and how they watched the events unfold. The world was in very slow motion for about two days.

Top 10 Iconic Times and Events Of The Last 100 Years

(10) Nice 07/14/2016

This bit is about the rise of ISIS and terrorism. I have to put in that not every Muslim is a terrorist.

There have been an awful lot of horrible things done in ISIS's name and their perverted beliefs. It feels bad to pick one out but the occasion that really got to me was the Nice attack, I don't know just the thought it was a fireworks display and there was young families there.

Top 10 Iconic Times and Events Of The Last 100 Years
Conclusion:-

I had a good time putting this list together, if you enjoyed reading it, you should try it yourself. The last two on the list have me feeling a bit glum so I am going uplifting for my last image.

Top 10 Iconic Times and Events Of The Last 100 Years

Thanks for reading.

This take has been part of the #BATTLEROYALE contest.

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  • madhatters4
    good take. in the scope of things, not to trivialize or minimize the events in Nice but they do seem to pale in comparison to even the Paris attacks last year. but i do understand the point in total regarding the rise of ISIS fueled attacks around the world

    it's sad that so much of our notable history surrounds or has to do with violence.
    Is this still revelant?
    • @YourFutureEx said same thing - Here was my reply " You are correct about worse things but the point of reference was that {it was the one that got to me the most] because of the kids and the firework display. Admin changed the title to top 10 - I had as "Iconic events of the last 100 years" and in introduction I said top 10 to me". Admin changed the emphasis of the title.

    • hmm. interesting. didn't even know admins did that... wasn't trying to minimize the Nice attack and you are right the fact that so many children were around and it happened on a holiday was especially horrifying

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  • EmpatheticLady
    Very thoughtful and touching myTake! I definitely remember the last two items on the list very well. I know I'll never forget exactly where I was and what I was doing on 9/11. That was the first time in my life where I could truly process the gravity of such an event, and it was a lot to take in.
    Is this still revelant?

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  • YourFutureEx
    This take gave me chills.

    Personally, I don't think #10 should be in the list. Islamic terrorists have done far worse things than this (in fact on daily basis). This is just highlighted more because it occurred in France.
    • You are correct about worse things but the point of reference was that "It was the one that got to me the most" because of the kids and the firework display. Admin changed the title to top 10 - I had as "Iconic events of the last 100 years" and in introduction I said top 10 to me.

    • Oh! That's bad :/ Admins are intervening unnecessarily.

  • Scrambledagain
    The formation of Israel would be another big one. But yeah, great list.

    As a kid I didn't understand the political weight of that rugby tournament in South Africa. I just remembered being happy because we slammed New Zealand lol
    ... and after that World Cup. South Africa just plummeted.
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  • gobsmacked3
    All the ones you depict are compelling and you portray them beautiful. But, I think you miss two:

    1, The advent of the 'Social Age'- it has changed the World and Humankind in so many meaningful and dramatic manners- both good and sadly negative

    2, Aston Villa winning the title in 80/1 followed by the Euro Cup a few years later :P
    https://youtu.be/QJYoZ37SjDw
    • One is a great point - If I had gone down the road of sport, all opposition fans to the people I picked would have gone mad and wanted their own in - It could have been the biggest click bait ever

    • Sorry meant to separate them ONE WAS A GREAT POINT - The sports one was a different reply.

    • i would suggest the 'Social Age' is the biggest thing in the last 100 years for it has made life unrecognisable compared to what it used to be

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  • Mustachekitteh
    Awesome take! Really gets you to think about what all has happened so far.

    One event I end up thinking about due to the song is Easter Rising, the song is Zombie by the Cranberries.
    • Thanks for reading - Yes we just had the centenary celebrations of "Easter Rising" this year.

  • Dred1614returns
    Good list. Here's mine: (no particular order)
    1. Shooting of Franz Ferdinand and WW1
    2. The rise of Hitler and fall of France and Poland
    3. Pearl Harbor and US entry into WW2, and defeating the Nazis
    4. The invention of the Internet
    5. Dropping the A bomb
    6. The civil rights movement
    7. The rise and fall of communism/Korea and Nam
    8. Landing on the moon
    9. The resurgence of Conservatism
    10. 9/11 and the rise of radical Islamic terrorism
    • The invention of the internet is appearing on a lot of list - Thanks for giving yours

  • TheSpartan
    I would say:

    1. The invention of radio.
    2. The shooting of Arch-Duke Franz Ferdinand of Austria.
    3. The October Revolution of 1917.
    4. Black Tuesday, or the Crash of 1929.
    5. The German invasion of Poland.
    6. The dropping of the Atomic bombs.
    7. The abdication of the Shah in the 1979 Iranian Revolution.
    8. Operation Desert Storm and the Iraqi sanctions.
    9. The Fall of the Berlin Wall (1991).
    10. The 9/11 terror attacks.
    • Great list

    • TheSpartan

      lol thanks

    • I'd add the invention (or deployment) of the internet.

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  • Clairehunti
    Can someone explain that first Hiroshima picture with the shadow? I have forgotten the story. I'm very interested.
  • idkthus
    In my opinion, one of the biggest event was the CCP with the help of army defeated the KMT (republic of China) with less help from the USA, which set back a huge population for 50 years with their horrible movements like great leap forward and cultural revolution.

    If CCP didn't win, the world would be totally different today and we're all speaking Mandarin.
    • idkthus

      Help of red army*

    • Good point - My top 10 may have a lot to do with geography - There was no Asian stuff which for billions of people

  • CorvetteGirl
    There are so many important things that happened so fast. Great take, I had forgotten about some of those.
    My mom actually watched the news when the twin towers were destroyed. I don't remember it cause i was 12 days old lol.
    • Thank you for reading - You should try it - I enjoyed coming up with a list of my top ten

    • yeah I might. I haven't written a mytake lol

    • Don't be afraid - Takes are just a thought you have - Imagine you were explaining that thought to your friends - Type it out and it becomes a take - Your thoughts are as good as anyone else's.

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  • FrankReynolds
    Great piece of work. Lately we been getting too much you should be this or that stuff. Some of the images shown serves a warning what happens when such mindsets are allowed to run rampant.
  • Zorax
    Very interesting historical Take, good selection of events.
  • Omar5881
    Nice? Nice deaths are considered "nothing " to what isis do to sryian everyday
    • Nice got referenced because it was the one that got to me the most - There has been worse in terms of death toll but between reporting and so forth, Nice made an impact on my mind, for me it was the kids dying - Of course, they die too in Syria but it does not get covered as much in the media in the west - That was the premise for the take - Write on the blank sheet of paper the list that comes to mind without any research or checking the net.

  • amandaaxo
    i love posts like this
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