The Wall Street Crash, Chernobyl, Martin Luther King Jr’s famous speech – there are some events in history’s infinite stream of moments that truly stand out as turning points. These landmarks changed the course of politics, civil rights, countries and continents. In short, they are the events that shaped our world. We explore these in detail here, from the inauguration of George Washington, first president of the USA, in 1789, to the first atomic bomb, dropped on Hiroshima in 1945 causing unfathomable devastation, and beyond. Discover the circumstances that led to the First World War, the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the fight for suffrage and the events of 9/11, and the lasting legacy that these events have created. These events form a turbulent story that is harrowing, sobering and inspiring in equal measure.