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    June 28th 1969- The Stonewall Riots. This was the first time the LGBT community stood up against the discrimination and abuse they faced. Modern Prides today celebrate the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.
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    Winston Churchill's 'We will fight them on the beaches' speech.
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    (Original post by Seamus123)
    Winston Churchill's 'We will fight them on the beaches' speech.


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    (Original post by Ganjaweed Rebel)


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    Lovely. Thank you.x
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    The end of an era, forever in our hearts
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    when the guys at Bletchley broke the Enigma codes....

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    28th March 1979 when James Callaghan lost a vote of no confidence. The House of Commons is usually theatrical but that day was good theatre and a good day for Maggie.
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    (Original post by CoffeeGeek)
    28th March 1979 when James Callaghan lost a vote of no confidence. The House of Commons is usually theatrical but that day was good theatre and a good day for Maggie.
    But Maggie :cry2:

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    (Original post by Airmed)
    But Maggie :cry2:

    https://youtu.be/ZqzIZVJOQdk?t=439

    It's beautiful.
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    The decision not to form a truce with Hitler after Dunkirk. The "miraculous" salvation of so many soldiers bolstered the public view that the tyrant should be opposed.
    On 26th May 1940, the King of England called for a National Day of Prayer for God to deliver the soldiers home.
    Psalm 124 (below) was sung in churches throughout the United Kingdom during and after the evacuation.
    The King also called for a day of National Thanksgiving on 9th June 1940 to give praise to God for his almighty deliverance throughout the evacuation!

    If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, now may Israel say;
    If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, when men rose up against us:
    Then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us:
    Then the waters had overwhelmed us, the stream had gone over our soul:
    Then the proud waters had gone over our soul.
    Blessed be the Lord, who hath not given us as a prey to their teeth.
    Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped.
    Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

    ... Churchill concerning the choice of him as PM:

    "Here occurred a demonstration which considered the character of the gathering — twenty-five experienced politicians and Parliament men, who represented all the different points of view, whether right or wrong, before the war — surprised me. Quite a number seemed to jump up from the table and come running to my chair, shouting and patting me on the back. There is no doubt that had I at this juncture faltered at all in the leading of the nation I should have been hurled out of office. I was sure that every Minister was ready to be killed quite soon, and have all his family and possessions destroyed, rather than give in. In this they represented the House of Commons and almost all the people. It fell to me in these coming days and months to express their sentiments on suitable occasions. This I was able to do because they were mine also. There was a white glow, overpowering, sublime, which ran though our Island from end to end.”

    If you want to read more about this read Lukacs famous book on this “Five days in London” in which he argues that this decision was the critical hinge of world history since.
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    What I love about this thread, is that there are so many varied, yet compelling answers, across so many different areas and places and topics, yet in a great many of them you can see so much, why they were chosen.

    In line with your quoting Rosa Parks, and the American Civil Rights Struggle, I would like to offer four other defining moments(the last of which is a collage of events):

    1)The U.S. Supreme Court decision on desegregation, and the federal troops having to escort The Little Rock 9 into school.

    2)Muhammad Ali refusal, on grounds of conscientious objection, to enter the U.S. Armed Force. (and of course, years later, we learn, there was the specific and racist intent to convict him, lest other Black people, who were Muslim, make similar religious claims (despite the fact that other religious groups, such as The Jehovah Witnesses, routinely were given religious exemptions from service!)-so The Supreme Court found another way to invalidate his conviction, on technical grounds)

    3)Emmett Till's Mother, Mamie Till, making the decision to have an open casket funeral for her son, and the shocking images, going around the world, also helping to galvanize support.

    4)The crimes of violence against Civil Rights Workers, on the Edmund Pettis Bridge March 7, 1965 ("Bloody Sunday); May 2-10 in 1963 in Birmingham, the images of the violence against peaceful Civil Rights Protesters, being beaten by police, attacked by dogs put upon them by the police; The murders of Goodwin, Chaney and Schwerner, the bombing (one of many, but one of the more famous ones) of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL which killed 4 little girls, and injured others...none of the victims were doing anything wrong, other than peaceful protest or going to church...

    Numbers #3 and #4 contain some truly horrible things, yet it was these kinds of events-NOT that they had not been happening before-but they were captured on film and spread worldwide, helping ramp up pressure which was necessary, so the sacrifices, the lost lives, were heroes of the Civil Rights Era.

    (Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
    I think my stand-out moment has to be Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white person, and how that effectively galvanised the whole civil rights movement in the US (or at least that's the impression I got from my GCSE history lessons ) :yep:
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    I am NOT disputing your claim, which is a matter of personal opinion and preference. But I was wondering, would you rank this even before Einstein's Theory or Relativity?

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    The greatest scientific achievement of all time IMO:

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    Which speech are you referring to? The "I Have a Dream Speech" from 1963, or perhaps his last speech, delivered before his assassination in 1968?

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    Martin Luther King speech
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    I'm curious, and definitely this was a horrid moment. What types of knowledge would do you believe was lost? (do you believe there were book on advanced tech or other things?)

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    DEFINITELY the burning of Alexandria Library. Gaaah, think of all the knowledge we could have had so much earlier and think how different our history would be if not for that. Still makes me sad to think about to the day.
    /history nerding done
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    When I met Fox Corner

    I realised that some people just want to see the world burn...
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    Definitely marked a pivotal shift in music and the culture of music, in the U.S.

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    The end of an era, forever in our hearts
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    (Original post by Danny Dorito)
    When I met Fox Corner

    I realised that some people just want to see the world burn...
    It was truly life changing :heart::love:
 
 
 
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