Last call for dates

Posted by Tory Historian Saturday, January 31, 2009

'Tis the end of January and the list of dates needs to be compiles. So this is the last call for ideas on which dates in British and world history that are essential to one's understanding of history.


  1. Anonymous Says:
  2. 1913: First industrial-scale use of the Haber-Bosch process for ammonia manufacture.

    The world population boom is directly attributable to this invention. Without it, the fertilizer for the food they all eat would not exist.

    Also, World War I, the most important event of modern times, was only made possible because of the Haber-Bosch process. Germany would have run out of ammunition in a few months without the nitrates produced by the H-B process. The British blockade kept them from getting naturally occurring nitrates.

    There is no invention that has had a bigger impact on the world.

  3. Anonymous Says:
  4. I know it is late but I second the date 1913, but for other reasons.

    In 1913 the Federal Reserve was created, the 16th Amendment to the US constitution was passed (income tax) and two months later the 17th Amendment whereby Senators were elected by popular vote. Before that they had been elected by state legislatures, and had had the job of making sure that the federal power did not encroach the boundaries of the Constitution.

    1913 and 1914 were not the best of years...


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