Let us all agree that there are recent events that should go down in History and this is because they have been so major and have impacted the World gravely. Many people are of the perception that History is defined by happenings of the far past but I happen to believe that even yesterday is in the past so it qualifies to go down in the pages of History.

An event is a thing that happens or takes place, especially one of importance. History (derived from Ancient Greek ἱστορία (historía) ‘inquiry; knowledge acquired by investigation’) is then defined as the systematic study and documentation of the human past.

There are a few recent happenings that have not been recorded but they deserve dire recognition as a part of History. Well, here are a few recent events that should go down in History.

Recent Events that should go down in History.

The World Financial Collapse (2007-2009)

This event was considered by some economists to be the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Even when Historians only emphasize and focus on the Great depression of the 1930’s, the World Financial Collapse that rocked The World from 2007 to 2009 impacted the World so much.

It is said that Governments went to great lengths to bail out banks and private industry. There was also a global rise in unemployment levels. The trigger for this Financial collapse was the housing market drop of 2006, resulting in evictions and foreclosures. It is said that Some countries are still recovering from financial losses.

According to sources, a Congress passed the Consumer Protection Act of 2009 the Dodd-Frank Bill of 2010 (Wall Street reform) as a result of financial mismanagement.

The Social Networking Revolution (2000-present)

We all should agree that most of our students are Digital Natives! Am I wrong? Social networking sites are used by 73 percent of U.S. adults as we speak and let us not look at the United States alone but social networking sites are very common all over the World now.

There are over one billion Facebook users, and that network is now ten years old. According to statistics, Over six billion hours of video are watched each month on YouTube, with 100 hours of video uploaded every minute!

It is also clear that Legal disputes are now common between potential college students, potential employees, current employees, and companies and universities over privacy violations concerning social media sites. If you take notice, we are beginning to see legal disputes concerning government agencies monitoring Americans’ digital traffic.

The covid era

The Terrorist Attacks and the War on Terror (2001-Present)

This explains our national remembrance of the nearly 3,000 Americans that were unjustly killed. These terrorist attacks also had a grave impact on many countries, for instance they led to the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.

Can you believe that Operation Enduring Freedom is still being fought by Armed Forces? It is also recorded that The U.S. government has spent nearly $8 trillion since 2001 on national security.

There has been a rise in intelligence spending and monitoring of citizens worldwide by governments. Aside from all that, these terrorist attacks are the major reason behind the building of the Freedom Tower in New York City. It is because of such impacts that I believe these recent events should go down in History.

The COVID Pandemic (2019 to Present)

It was initially reported to the WHO on December 31, 2019. On January 30, 2020, the WHO declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global health emergency. On March 11, 2020, the WHO declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, its first such designation since declaring H1N1 influenza a pandemic in 2009. COVID-19 has become the fifth documented pandemic since the 1918 flu pandemic.

The virus was first detected in Wuhan, China in late December 2019, and was quickly linked to the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market. But as cases began to grow, health authorities in Wuhan scrubbed the market clean by January 1, 2020.

Removed from the market were the exotic wildlife, such as raccoon dogs and bamboo rats, that many scientists believe were the intermediary step between horseshoe bats.

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) on 30 January 2020, and began referring to it as a pandemic on 11 March 2020. The WHO ended its PHEIC declaration on 5 May 2023, but as of 2 June 2023 continues to refer to it as a pandemic.

The sunk Titan Submersible

The sunk Titan submersible (2023)

A submersible carrying tourists to the wreck of the RMS Titanic went missing shortly after it began its journey to the depths of the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday. The Titan submersible went missing during an expedition to the RMS Titanic shipwreck Sunday. Five passengers were on board the vessel when it went missing in the Atlantic Ocean.

The submersible was part of an eight-day expedition operated by OceanGate Expeditions, which organizes trips to the remains of the Titanic two main pieces that sit about 2 ½ miles down into the ocean and about 400 miles off the coast of Newfoundland, Insider previously reported. Tourists pay $250,000 for the trip. Customers who board the small submersible experience the “massive scale of the wreck,”

On Thursday, the Coast Guard announced that the vessel likely imploded and that an underwater robot found pieces of debris consistent with the sub on the ocean floor.

A search and rescue mission was underway Monday for a submarine that went missing in the North Atlantic on an expedition to explore the wreckage of the Titanic. Lt. Jordan Hart of the U.S. Coast Guard in Boston first confirmed to CBS News that personnel were “currently undergoing a search and rescue operation” when asked about the rescue efforts off the coast of Newfoundland.

At a news conference Monday afternoon, Rear Admiral John Mauger confirmed that five people were aboard. A Coast Guard official identified them as an operator and four mission specialists, a term the company uses for its passengers. Recently however, it was confirmed that the five passengers were all found dead. It is undeniable that these are recent events that should go down in History.


One of the deepest impulses in man is the impulse to record, to scratch a drawing on a tusk or keep a diary… The enduring value of the past is, one might say, the very basis of civilisation.”

John Jay Chapman, American author (1862-1933)

Frequently Asked Questions.

What event in the past can be considered historical?
World War 2. Significant events include those that resulted in great change over long periods of time for large numbers of people. World War II passes the test for historical significance in this sense.

Is yesterday considered history?
That is highly debatable. Perhaps this is why an event that happened in the very recent past (like yesterday, or last week) isn’t generally going to be considered “historical” — not enough time has elapsed for it to be analyzed for context, cause, and effect.

What is modern day history?
Modern History examines the social, political and economic facts in the modern contemporary world. The discipline focuses on main concepts and notions of political history, social and cultural development in the world, in the period between the seventeenth and the twentieth century.

Which history comes first?
Prehistory is the period before written history. Most of our knowledge of that period comes from the work of archaeologists. Prehistory is often known as the Stone Age, and is divided into the Paleolithic (earliest), Mesolithic, and Neolithic.

Who is the founder of history?
Herodotus. Herodotus is undoubtedly the “Father of History.” Born in Halicarnassus in Ionia in the 5th century B.C., he wrote “The Histories.” In this text are found his “inquiries” which later became to modern scholars to mean “facts of history.” He is best known for recounting, very objectively, the Greco-Persian wars

Leticia Nambaziira

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