Some events only last a moment, others drag on for years, but there are points in history that we can’t help but look back on as signaling a major change in how we live, work, think, and even view other people.

From ancient wars that determined who would lead the world forward (even if only briefly) to inventions that turned our world upside down, these 30 moments are truly epic.

Yes, there are plenty more moments we could have included, but these 30 are turning points when nothing afterward would ever be the same.