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Explore back through history, starting from today's cities and nations.

 

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480BC

The vast Persian Army faces "the 300" Spartans who hold the narrow passage at Thermopylae. Eventually the Persians learn of a secret passage to get behind the Spartans.

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1814AD

Over 2+ days, British forces attempted to take Baltimore by land and sea and failed. The naval bombardment of Ft. McHenry inspired Francis Scott Key to write the Star Spangled Banner.

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1942AD

At the 2nd Battle of El Alamein, Allied forces under General Montgomery stem the advance of Panzer Army Africa before Rommel can reach the port of Alexandria.

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1575AD

Oda Nobunaga spontaneously invents the modern tactic of rotating volleys of firearms, as his arquebusiers break the siege of Nagashino Castle.

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1815AD

U.S. forces defeat the British at the Battle of New Orleans. The battle was after the treaty to end the war, but before news of the treaty arrived.

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1814AD

Washington D.C. is burned by British forces during the War of 1812 after defeating U.S. forces at the Battle of Bladensburg.

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700BC

The powerful Assyrian Empire controlled much of the fertile crescent from their sophisticated capital at Ninevah on the Euphrates River.

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1864AD

The Battle of Cold Harbor was part of the Grant's campaign to capture Richmond, VA, late in the American Civil War.

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1863AD

The Battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil War was the furthest that General Robert E. Lee and the Confederate Army advanced into Union territory.

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200AD

London developed slowly in Roman times, getting its first city walls around the year 200AD. The city stayed within these walls until after the Medieval period.

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481BC

Persepolis was the home of Darius and Xerxes and the ancient Persian capital until captured by Alexander the Great.

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874AD

The Mayan city of Tikal at its peak had about 90 thousand inhabitants and was a leading city in the Mayan region.

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2000BC

The Sumerian, Akkadian, and Babylonian Empires flourish in the Fertile Crescent between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in the third millennium BC.

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1670AD

Russia grows rapidly in the 1600's under the Romanov Tsars, including territory gained from the Russo-Polish War that concluded in 1667.

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2200BC

The Indo-European peoples begin to branch into the Thracian, Illyrian, Celtic, and Germanic peoples in third millennium BC Europe.

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400AD

The Three Kingdoms of Korea (Goguryeo, Silla, and Baekje) dominated the peninsula and parts of Manchuria from the first through sixth centuries AD.

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1600AD

Venice reaches the height of its power with a network of territories and trade routes stretching across the eastern Mediterranean.

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250AD

China at the end of the Han period splits in the Three Kingdoms after the last Han emperor is deposed in 220AD.

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360BC

China in the Warring States Period on the eve of the rise of the state of Qin.

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1521AD

The Aztec capital, Tenochtitlan, comes under siege by Hernan Cortes and the Spanish Army.

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1650AD

Amsterdam grows rapidly, digging more canals, after the Zuiderzee floods open a shipping channel to the North Sea.

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1200BC

Back in 1200BC, at the time of the Trojan War, the plains we see today around Troy had not yet silted in.

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293BC

Rome builds the Appian Way to support moving legions south to fight the Samnite War.

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301BC

The Ancient Olympics were held here at the sanctuary at Olympia from 776BC to 394AD.

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1666AD

The Great Fire of London consumes many of the wooden structures in the city.

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2011AD

South Sudan declares its independence after a referendum, becoming the world's youngest nation.

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1626AD

Captain John Smith establishs Jamestown near Werowocomoco, the Powhatan capital and home of Pocahontas.

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1492AD

Christopher Columbus is about to arrive in the New World with the ships the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria.

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1200AD

The Khmer Empire in southeast Asia builds the great temple Angkor Wat and a new capital city.

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1515AD

The Aztec Empire before the arrival of Cortez and the Spanish.

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490BC

The city-states of Ancient Greece, led by Athens and Sparta, face the might of Xerxes and the Persian Empire.

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1903AD

Washington, DC grows as the Potomac River is filled to expand the National Mall.

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1585AD

The English establish the colony of Roanoke in the New World, though it will survive only a few years.

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1862AD

The Battle of Shiloh rages during the American Civil War to capture the rail junction at Corinth.

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79AD

Mount Vesuvius erupts, destroying Pompeii and Herculaneum.

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1645AD

The English Civil War shows how the conflict spread across Great Britain.

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1510AD

Tudor England sees much turmoil in the royal house under King Henry VIII.

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600BC

The Roman Republic overthrows its Etruscan king and conquers its Latin neighbors.

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1781AD

The U.S. begins its territorial expansion across the North American continent.

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1861AD

The U.S. Civil War starts with the secession of South Carolina.

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550AD

Early Medieval Britain emerges in the wake of the Roman withdrawl.

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1180BC

The classical Dark Ages in the time of the Trojan War.

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542AD

The slow decline of the Byzantine Empire from the 6th to 14th centuries.

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480BC

The vast Persian Army faces "the 300" Spartans who hold the narrow passage at Thermopylae. Eventually the Persians learn of a secret passage to get behind the Spartans.

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1814AD

Over 2+ days, British forces attempted to take Baltimore by land and sea and failed. The naval bombardment of Ft. McHenry inspired Francis Scott Key to write the Star Spangled Banner.

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1942AD

At the 2nd Battle of El Alamein, Allied forces under General Montgomery stem the advance of Panzer Army Africa before Rommel can reach the port of Alexandria.

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1575AD

Oda Nobunaga spontaneously invents the modern tactic of rotating volleys of firearms, as his arquebusiers break the siege of Nagashino Castle.

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1815AD

U.S. forces defeat the British at the Battle of New Orleans. The battle was after the treaty to end the war, but before news of the treaty arrived.

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1814AD

Washington D.C. is burned by British forces during the War of 1812 after defeating U.S. forces at the Battle of Bladensburg.

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700BC

The powerful Assyrian Empire controlled much of the fertile crescent from their sophisticated capital at Ninevah on the Euphrates River.

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1864AD

The Battle of Cold Harbor was part of the Grant's campaign to capture Richmond, VA, late in the American Civil War.

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1863AD

The Battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil War was the furthest that General Robert E. Lee and the Confederate Army advanced into Union territory.

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200AD

London developed slowly in Roman times, getting its first city walls around the year 200AD. The city stayed within these walls until after the Medieval period.

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World History

We are developing a world history model that lets you go any place on any date and explore down to the street-level of history -- then edit it. This model will have not just nations and cities like a traditional static historical atlas, but also ships, armies, buildings, and people. Towns grow, buildings are constructed, ships explore new seas, and armies battle. Harbors silt in, rivers change course, and cities are sacked and burned. People are born, get married, and have families; some are even crowned kings, queens, and emperors. Running Reality is this model.

More Than a Map

Running Reality can render any day of any year as either a web map or as an app for desktop and laptop computers. The world history model lets you click on any building, place, or thing, study related events, and how it connected to other objects. The model is built from a dynamic database of historical data that the app can manipulate and edit. As more data is entered into the model, Running Reality steadily improves the fidelity of how it renders history. Our goal is to slowly work our way down to street level to the best of our current records and knowledge of history.



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A Research Project

We at Running Reality believe that we can do a better job of bringing history to life using all the power of today's computers. Running Reality is an expansive research project to model the evolution of human civilization from around the world. Using our free tools, you can easily browse historical events as an online animated historical atlas. We would also welcome you to join the team and dive in deeper, contributing new data or models to the project. Running Reality makes what it does look easy, but underneath the hood it is a powerful, innovative, and challenging history engine.



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