History Timeline: Events of Modern History

Modern era can be summed into the Historiographical timeline as a collection of events of Technical Revolution, Discoveries and Arts with occurrence after the middle ages.

Historians mark the Early Modern Era transition by pinning with the European Renaissance, the cultural moment in Europe. Some others credit the modern era to Discoveries of Telescope and Microscope, as well as Industrial Revolution.

Complete modern history cannot be summed up in a single book, least given this piece, and the events are selected based on impact and completeness. If you are bummed of something not being covered, drop a comment. There were countless conflicts, invasions and mutinies during the time, so only significant of these are mentioned.

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Pacific Ocean sighted by Europeans

  • September 26, 1513

Roughly 20 years after the accidental discovery of American continent, Spain’s conquistador Vasco Nunez de Balboa was the first to lay eyes on the blue pacific. The journey went through dense forests, erratic rivers and tribal communities. Later in time, a westward route to the east will be discovered. Soon after in 1519, Magellan-Elcano expedition would sail from Spain, making it through Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans to successfully circumnavigate the earth.


Death of Leonardo da Vinci

  • May 2, 1519

One of the geniuses of the Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci was known for his inquiring mind, art and critical thinking. He received his training in painting, sculpture, architecture and design from Florentine artist Andrea del Verrocchio. He was also credited for his contributions in military, with models and schematics detailing crossbows, canons and flying machines.


Nicolaus Copernicus publishes De Revolutionibus Orbium

  • May 24, 1543

To many of you it might come as a shock that Nicolaus Copernicus wasn’t the first one to propose a heliocentric theory. Aristarchus of Samos ( 310 BC – 230 BC ) proposed that sun was the center, and that the stars were in fact sun-like heavenly bodies that are just very far away. Though his theory which in part was astonishingly correct, the conclusions were not backed by proof. It wasn’t until another 1500 years, when Copernicus published his text with detailed observations signaling the heliocentric nature. The theory shook off most cultures, as the earth-centric theory was both popular as well as backed by religious practices. Copernican heliocentrism is considered as the starting point of Scientific Revolution and Modern Astronomy.

[ Further Topics will be elaborated soon. ]

Calendar Reset

  • October 4, 1582

Globe Theatre Opens in London

  • 1599

Astronomical Breakthrough by Galileo

  • January 7, 1610

First Thanksgiving

  • 1621

William Harvey details Heart and Circulatory System

  • 1628

The Great Fire of London

  • September 2, 1666

First modern bank, Sweden

  • 1668

Isaac Newton publishes Principia Mathematica

  • July 5, 1687

John Kay invents The Flying Shuttle

  • 1733

First Balloon Flight

  • June 4, 1783

Constitution of the USA signed

  • September 17, 1787

Napoleon loses his final battle at Waterloo

  • June 18, 1815

First commercial railway

  • September 27, 1825

The First Photograph

  • June, 1827

Michael Faraday’s electromagnetic discovery, Dynamo

  • August 24, 1831

Darwin’s discoveries on the voyage of the Beagle

  • December 27, 1831

Telegraphic code demonstrated by Samuel Morse

  • January 6, 1838

Arrival of modern postal system with adhesive postage stamp

  • May 1, 1840

Domestic Sewing Machine launched

  • 1850

Slavery abolished in the USA

  • December 6, 1865

Mendeleev publishes periodic table of elements

  • March 6, 1869

Inauguration of the Suez Canal

  • November 17, 1869

Alexander Graham Bell patents Telephone

  • March 7, 1876

Electric light bulb invented

  • October 21, 1879

The Ashes Created

  • September 2, 1882

Volcanic eruption on Krakatoa

  • August 26, 1883

First human flight by the Wright brothers

  • December 17, 1903

Einstein publishes Special theory of Relativity

  • June 30, 1905

Germany initiates World War 1

  • August 4, 1914

Foundation of Saudi Arabia after Mecca Seized

  • October 20, 1924

Edwin Hubble discovers other galaxies, reveals the Universe is expanding

  • January 1, 1925

First Demonstration of Television

  • January 26, 1926

First liquid fuel rocket makes space travel a possibility

  • March 16, 1926

Steamboat Willie featuring Mickey Mouse released

  • November 18, 1928

Hitler’s appointment as chancellor

  • January 30, 1933

Nuclear Fission found

  • December 17, 1938

Launch of Hitlers V-2 supersonic missile

  • October 3, 1942

Hitler commits suicide

  • April 30, 1945

WW II ends, United Nations created

  • 1945

Marshall Aid is launched

  • June 5, 1947

Gandhi, Father of non-violent civil disobedience dies

  • January 30, 1948

DNA structure presented to world

  • April 25, 1953

Hillary and Tensing scale Mount Everest

  • May 29, 1953

Elvis is number one

  • 1950’s

Soviets lead the space race

  • 1957

Construction of the Berlin Wall

  • August 13, 1961

Christiaan Barnard does first successful heart transplant

  • December 3, 1967

Giant leap for mankind

  • July 21, 1969

Microsoft and Apple founded

  • 1975 – 1976

Bhopal gas tragedy

  • December 3, 1984

Chernobyl Explosion

  • April 26, 1986


  • September 11, 2001

Indian Ocean Tsunami

  • December 26, 2004

Osama bin Laden killed

  • May 2, 2011


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