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Old 01-22-2008, 12:58 AM   #11
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The Spanish Flu pandemic.
Killed more people during WWI than died from combat.
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Old 01-22-2008, 01:05 AM   #12
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Woodrow Wilson is a very good conclusion but I'm intrigued to hear your argument and how far you go with it
But mine goes to
William David Coolidge
The inventor of the Tungsten filament in light bulbs 1913.
Before this lighting was sketchy at best and fires in factories were frequent.
Electric light has had the most significant impact on modern man and is widely taken for granted today.
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Old 01-22-2008, 04:04 PM   #13
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Nah, it would just have taken a little longer. Japan didn't have the industrial production capacity to win the war. Germany was going to lose to the Soviets sooner or later as well.
Hearsay; calls for speculation
The topic at hand is about what actually happened, not what may or may not have happened. The fact is that the turning point of the war was the Allied success at Normandy.
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My vote would be the invention of television.
While television was eventually a revolutionary breakthrough for the entertainment industry, as a medium for the rapid spread of news and ideas it was preceded by radio as a cheap widely available medium available to the masses.

And electric light was an invention of the 19th, not the 20th century. It was definitely improved by the tungsten filament, but the electric light bulb was already in widespread use before then.
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The assassination of Franz Ferdinand has a few points to it, the first of which is that it did start the first world war, after which, the allies left germany a mess, in a huge depression, worse by far than that suffered in the united states, which is how Hitler came to power in the first place. Thus, one event indirectly caused two world wars. In addition, technology advances much faster in a state of war than it does in a state of peace. Without the two world wars, we would likely be in a technological state similar to the 60'* or 70'* at this point.
Dang, so if Franz had ducked, we'd still have muscle cars, free love, bong hits and good music.

Why didn't he duck
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the argument which was presented for WIlson being elected president:

Wilson is the reason we went into WW1. Even when he was preaching isolationism and ignoring the growing war in Europe, he set about a campaign to dehumanize the people we would eventually be fighting against. He was very narrowly re-elected for a second term in 1916, campaigning on his ability to keep us out of "the war". Once he was re-elected, we almost immediately went to war. Before we got there, it was basically a stalemate, and it in no way involved us. But Wilson wanted to be at the bargaining table divvying up the spoils so he threw us in too [making "Europe'* War" into "Wilson'* War"], which the American public largely accepted, at least partially as a result of his propaganda against the bad people over there. It should also be noted that the people were able to support it enough that he instituted the first successful, organized draft. And as a result of us joining the war, it was ended about 18 months later (keep in mind, this war had been going on for years and was at a stalemate before we joined in), and the divvying table (where Wilson got to sit) was at the heart of not only World War 2, but the Cold War as well.

wilson'* being elected had effects on not only the course of the major wars in the 20th Century (which affected just about every industrialized country), but also revolutionized education (welcome, I.Q. tests to daylight), set up the draft as something to be fought against, but also ushered in the 20'* as a carefree time (greatly increasing the impact of the Depression, which had world-wide consequences -- China is just now coming out of their depression which was caused, at least in part, by our own) and impacted our policy of strict isolationism going into WW2. not to mention the impacts of WW2 and the Cold War with respect to the advancement of technology. And all of these were influenced greatly by Wilson'* presidency.

(the argument for Wilson was asked for)
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The "taming" of the atom.

From weapons to electricity, the effects are still going on today.
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Gonna change mine. The eradication of smallpox.
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Hippies get my vote.
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hippies werent an event.
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Old 01-23-2008, 12:08 AM   #20
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The invention of the printing press should be an event, without it, we'd still be communicating on parchment. It was the foundation for communication and the furthering of society.
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