When did history begin? That is, what is the date of the first recorded and scientifically verified event? | Notes and Queries (2023)

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When did history begin? That is, what is the date of the first recorded and scientifically verified event?

Chris Brausch, Benneydale, New Zealand

  • With primitive art.

    Sheila Kirby, Esbjerg, Denmark

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  • The first verifiable human events happened in 'Proto-history', which is the period between pre-history and history. Proto-historic records are king lists, annals and similar. History starts with the 5th and 4th BCE Hellenic Greeks, who assessed social and political events and put them into a wider context along with the lists & chronicles. In effect, the Greeks invented history.

    Peter Brooke, By Kinmuck, Scotland

  • History is WRITTEN history. Before that, everything is deemed to be prehistoric. According to scholars, I think, there are only about 5000 years of history.

    Vivienne Cox, London, UK

  • Well, the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago left a clear record in the form of the Cosmic Backround Radiation - a flash of microwaves that have been echoing around the universe ever since. You can't get any ealier than that.The tradition of recording significant events in "the history books" started with the Sumerians in Mesoptamia around 2900 BC (or possibly, slightly earlier in Egypt but this is a more controversial theory). These cuneiform records are generally assumed to be accurate because they were found in the tombs of the people they refer to.

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  • Sorry if this seems like carping, Alan, those weren't histories, but annals and king lists. The cuneiform records were largely found in destroyed 'libraries' such as Ninevah's. The bulk of cuneiform documents translated to date are legal, religious and accounting records with a smattering of scribal instruction texts. And of course, the lists and annals.History requires analysis. None of these records analyse; but they are the basis of much later analysis. The earliest historical analysis we have is Greek.

    Peter Brooke, By Kinmuck, Scotland

  • The Big Bang, the beginning of the universe, started at 00:00 on Day One, which for computational reasons is designated Day Zero. It is recorded in the sound of the background radiation of the universe; and it is scientifically verified, because it has been deduced that it must have happened and all sources indicate that it did, and when it did.

    John Bennett, Glasgow, Scotland

  • History - i.e. written history, before which there was only myth and folklore - along with the state and the family, are all corollaries of the invention of private property and less than ten thousand years old.

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  • At the risk of seeming to carp, I'd want to point out that Peter Brook is incorrect. The first written texts that involved analysis of history (as opposed to king lists and royal annals) appeared before the classical Greek period. They're in the Old Testament. Simultaneously with the Greeks the Chinese developed an analytic historical tradition.

    Fragano Ledgister, Atlanta, USA

  • The term 'scientifically verified' is very difficult to apply to history, which is by definition just the study of written records and not a 'hard' science. The earliest 'historical' events are verified by archaeology, not written records.A historical event that has been verified by hard science is the supernove observed by the Chinese in 1054 (and by Native Americans, but not recorded in writing) that created the Crab Nebula. Calculations by astronomer have confirmed that the original Chinese observations.

    Martin Porter, Glossop, UK

  • Thanks for the interest, I realise what the difference between history and prehistory is, but I guess I was really after an event which involves humans (eg. the birth of a king or a natural event that affected human society) which was recorded according to a calendar used at the time which can be verified as a date in the modern western calendar, say by using a corresponding natural event (such as a supernova or a recurring comet). Maybe we could use that as the start of history!

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  • History began with the writing of it. His-story. Man's story.... A king's list need not be analysed to be and remain a written record, true or not, of man's story. written history began in Babylon, 3000 years before Christ. The historical narrative began, in divers places, about 2000 years, give or take, BC.

    christopher mills, The New World

  • The Jewish calendar says this is year 5772 & it is supposedly dated from the beginning of the world. Perhaps that's actually the birth of human consciousness, i.e. recorded history.

    Bill Burge, Waco, Texas USA

  • Well the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago left a clear record in the form of the cosmic background radiation. A flash of microwaves that have been echoing around the universe ever since. You can't get any earlier than that. The tradition of recording significant events in the history books started with the Sumerians in Mesopotamia around 2900 bc (OR POSSIBLY, sightly earlier in Egypt but this is a more controversial theory). These cuneiform records are generally assumed to be accurate because they were found in the tombs of the people they refer to.

    sameer sahu, kalahandi india

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  • Not to carp, but question for you guys. If written history is 5k-ish years old, and modern humans are 200k(?) Years old. What kind of cool ass shit probably happened in those 195k years where humans were running around "un recorded"? Can you imagine all the cool battle scenes?? This has the makings of some lord of rings shit. Thanks for the information.

    Guccimane, Chiraq United States

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