Stories of Timeless Impact

Britannica Year in Review. A retrospective of the year's biggest stories!

Every year, major events inspire us, motivate us, move us. We spend 365 days reacting to the moments around us, and, before you know it, another year has passed. There are some events, however, that have lasting impact. Whether we are old enough to remember them happening or we learn about them through history lessons and stories retold, their consequences reverberate through time and shape our lives for decades to come. In 2019 we celebrated some major milestones in our collective history. Check out some of the stories that have timeless impact below.

The 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11

Hundreds of millions of people around the world watched as Neil Armstrong took the first steps on the Moon in 1969. In a span of less than 66 years, humanity went from the first sustained human flight, outside Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, to rocketing the first humans outside the Earth’s atmosphere on a course to the Moon. This year, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. Read more about the history that led up to this momentous event and how it has shaped history in the years since.

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The 75th Anniversary of the Normandy Invasion

On June 6th, 1944, a decisive battle began to play out on the beaches of Normandy, France. Thousands of Allied troops landed on five beaches to begin a month-long battle to retake France from German forces. For the 75th anniversary, Britannica launched member-exclusive World War II photo galleries for our World War II in Pictures series.

The 30th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Incident

Perhaps one of the most important photos of the 20th century, the iconic shot of the man standing defiantly in front of a column of tanks became an enduring image of the 1989 Tiananmen Square incident. The year 2019 saw the event’s 30th anniversary. Take a look back at this historic student-led protest in China.

The 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots?

On a warm summer night in New York City 50 years ago, a police raid on a small gay bar sparked a riot that would become a launch point of the modern gay rights movement. Read more about this important event and how it became a catalyst for the fight for gay civil rights.

The 150th Anniversary of the Birth of Mahatma Gandhi

Considered the father of India, Gandhi is internationally esteemed for his doctrine of?nonviolent protest?to achieve political and social progress.

Alan Turing Featured on the £50 Note

Alan Turing, the British mathematician considered the father of modern computing, who was chemically castrated by the British government for being gay, will be honoured on the £50 note in 2021.

The 200th Anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre

The brutal dispersal by cavalry of a radical meeting held on what was then known as St. Peter’s Field in Manchester, England, happened 200 years ago.

The 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Vikram Sarabhai

The Indian physicist and industrialist who initiated space research and helped develop nuclear power in India would have been 100 this year.

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Photo Credits:

  1. Apollo 11: NASA
  2. D-Day in Pictures:?U.S. Air Force
  3. Tiananmen Square Incident: Jeff Widener/AP Images
  4. The Stonewall Riots: ?Lee Snider/
  5. Mahatma Gahdhi: History Archive/REX/
  6. Alan Turing:?? Fine Art Images—Heritage Images/age fotostock