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1000-600 BCE

1000-600 BCE: c. 1000 BCE - c. 600 BCE  

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The Jews write down the Torah, the earliest part of the text subsequently known to Christians as the Old Testament
10th century

10th century: c. 900 - c. 1000  

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With the end of iconoclasm, the screen between the nave and the altar sanctuary becomes covered in icons in Orthodox churches
11th century

11th century: c. 1000 - 1100  

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Iceland's parliament, the althing, passes a resolution that everyone on the island is to be baptized
12th century

12th century: c. 1100 - c. 1200  

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The Assassins, a sect of Nizari Ismailis, begin to acquire strongholds in Persia
13th century

13th century: c. 1200 - c. 1300  

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The new Christian doctrine of Transubstantiation prompts rumours that the Jews desecrate the consecrated Host
14th century

14th century: c. 1300 - c. 1400  

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Flying buttresses are a striking new structural feature on the exterior of Gothic cathedrals
15th century

15th century: c. 1400 - c. 1500  

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Guilds of singers and song-writers develop in German towns, calling themselves Meistersinger, or master singers
16th century

16th century: c. 1500 - 1600  

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The people of Benin begin a lasting tradition of sculpture in brass, melted down from objects brought by traders
17th century

17th century: c. 1600 - 1700  

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The Yoruba develop an extensive empire centred on Oyo in southern Nigeria
18th century

18th century: c. 1700 - 1800  

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Holland and England are now producing the magnificent ocean-going merchant vessels known as East Indiamen
1900s

1900s: 1900 - 1909  

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Daimler cars develop a new brand using the name Mercedes, that of the ten-year-old daughter of the investor and distributor Emil Jellinek
1910s

1910s: 1910 - 1919  

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D.W. Griffith directs In Old California, the first film shot in the California village of Hollywood
1920s

1920s: 1922 - 1929  

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James Joyce's novel Ulysses is published in Paris, by Sylvia Beach, because of censorship problems elsewhere
1930s

1930s: 1930 - 1939  

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René Clair blends satire and surrealism in his film Sous les Toits de Paris, a dark comedy about a Parisian street singer
1940s

1940s: 1940 - 1949  

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American Ballet Theatre, directed by Lucia Chase and Richard Pleasant, begins its first season in New York
1950s

1950s: 1950 - 1959  

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US state department official Alger Hiss is sentenced to a five-year prison sentence, after being convicted of perjury in a second trial
1960s

1960s: 1960 - 1969  

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UK prime minister Harold Macmillan, in Cape Town, warns the white settlers of Africa that 'the wind of change' is blowing through their continent
1970s

1970s: 1970 - 1979  

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US author Maya Angelou publishes her autobiographical first novel, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
1980s

1980s: 1980 - 1989  

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The small firm of Microsoft wins the contract to provide the operating system of the IBM personal computer
1990s

1990s: 1990 - 1999  

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Panama's dictator, Manuel Noriega, is captured by US troops and taken to Miami on drug trafficking charges

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