Monday, October 17, 2005
A Brief (Western) History of Early Iraq
15 billion years ago, give or take a few billion, all the energy and matter in our known universe came into existence via the 'big bang'. Eons of violence and turbulence ensued.
4.5 billion years ago, give or take a few hundred million, the earth was formed. More eons of violence and upheaval followed.
3.8 billion years ago, give or take a hundred million or so, life appeared on earth. Billions of years of unending violence and change continue.
100,000 years ago, give or take a few tens of thousands, man came into being. Violence continues self consciousness and death became permanent fixtures of earth.
3500 BC give or take a century or so, man invents the plow most likely in Mesopotamia.
4 BC, give or take a couple of years, Jesus Christ is born.
570 AD Mohammed born
638 AD Muslims capture Jerusalem
1095 AD Pope Urban calls for first crusade
1452 AD Johannes Gutenberg reinvents movable type in the West
1453 AD Ottomans Defeat Byzantine Empire
1492 AD Moors defeated at Granada, Muslims kicked out of Western Europe
1535 AD Ottomans capture Baghdad
1650 AD Archbishop James Ussher calculates the creation of the universe to have been the evening before October 23, 4004 BC. For some unknown reason he could not be more precise.
1702 AD Muhammad Ibn Abd al-Wahhab founder of Wahhabism born
1859 AD Edwin Drake drills the first producing oil well, in Titusville, PA.
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