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Q4 2021
  • All-electric shuttle service commences operations at Zimbabwe international airport: Image courtesy of Kwaku Dzvukamanja
  • American Psychological Association apologizes for role in promoting, perpetuating, and failing to challenge Racism in U.S.: Autorstwa Oakstreetstudio – Digital camera., CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21331532
  • Brian Michael Smith is the first trans man to be named one of People’s Sexiest Men Alive: By UWS246 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=70567942
  • China breaks ground on massive 100-gigawatt renewable energy project: Photo courtesy of NASA
  • Conservationists bring the Saharan gazelle back from the brink of extinction: By Ji-Elle – Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1630194
  • MIT-designed project achieves major advance toward fusion energy: Photo courtesy of Gretchen Ertl, CFS/MIT-PSFC, 2021
  • New ATM helps Kenyans switch from charcoal to eco-friendly fuel: Photo courtesy of Koko Networks
  • New iron-based batteries offer an upgrade to storing renewable energy: Photo courtesy of ESS
  • Senate confirms Beth Robinson, the first out lesbian U.S. circuit court judge: Photo courtesy of Glenn Russell/VTDigger
  • Volvo builds a world-first vehicle using fossil-free steel: Photo courtesy of AB Volvo

Q3 2021
  • Australian's northern hairy-nosed wombats are back from the brink of extinction: Australian's northern hairy-nosed wombats are back from the brink of extinction
  • Bryan Ruby becomes the first active professional baseball player to come out as gay: Photo courtesy of Mavericks Independent League
  • Kuwait is transforming massive ‘tire graveyard’ into a new smart city: Image courtesy of YASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP and Korea Land and Housing Corp.
  • Michelin’s airless passenger car tires get their first public outing: Photo courtesy of Michelin
  • U.S. to return Gilgamesh tablet and 17,000 other looted artifacts to Iraq: “Epic of Gilgamesh Flood Tablet in Akkadian Cuneiform – Nate Loper” flickr photo by Nate Loper • #ArizonaGuide ️ https://flickr.com/photos/genesisscience/28654513207 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • The world’s first all-electric tugboat to sail in 2023: Image courtesy of Crowley Maritime Corporation
  • Tunisia's president appoints woman as prime minister in first for Arab world: By Ettounsia – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=110550754
  • Two women become the first gay couple in the Mexican state of Jalisco to officially adopt: Photo courtesy of Facebook/Guadalajara Pride
  • World’s first battery-powered freight train unveiled in Pittsburgh: Photo courtesy of Office of the Allegheny County Executive
  • World's largest direct air capture plant starts absorbing CO2 in Iceland: Photo courtesy of Climeworks
Q2 2021
  • Germany to return 19th century looted art to Nigeria: By Joyofmuseums – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=76489624
  • Lisbon orders 10 electric ferries: Photo courtesy of Astilleros Gondán
  • Japanese doctors perform world’s first living donor lung transplant: Photo courtesy of Kyoto University Hospital
  • New York doctors complete first-ever successful trachea transplant: Photo courtesy of NPR
  • NopeaRide is launching SolarHub EV charging stations in Kenya: Photo courtesy of NopeaRide
  • St. Louis elects Tishaura Jones as first Black female mayor: Photo courtesy of NBC News.
  • Samoa elects Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, its first woman prime minister: By Rachel Park, NZDF Photographer – https://mfatimages.smugmug.com/CompleteLibrary/Approved-Images/i-nvCr5Pq, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=91838813
  • Tokyo to build massive green neighborhood: Image courtesy of DBOX for Mori Building Co.
  • U.S. Senate confirms Zahid Quraishi as country's first Muslim American federal judge: Photo courtesy of Bay News
  • World’s first hydrogen-powered cargo vessel to set sail this year: Image courtesy of Flagships
  • World's first lab-grown-meat factory opens in Israel: Photo courtesy of Future Meat Technologies
Q1 2021
  • Arke Technologies opens up an EV conversion school and workshop in Ghana: Photo courtesy of Arke Technologies
  • Boston is building the world’s largest Passive House-certified office building: Handel Architects
  • China will open its huge FAST telescope to scientists globally: Xinhua/Liu Xu via Getty Images
  • Coca-Cola to test fully recyclable paper bottle in Hungary: Photo courtesy of The Coca-Cola Company
  • Delaware River Basin Commission votes to ban fracking in historic victory: Image courtesy of Delaware River Basin Commission
  • Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire begin history-making COVID vaccination drives: Photo courtesy of UNICEF
  • Hydrogen projects worth $300 billion are quickly dropping prices for the green fuel: Image courtesy of Hydrogen Council
  • Indian startup turns polluted air into climate-friendly tiles: Carbon Craft Design
  • Italy’s electric car market tripled in 2020: www.opportunityenergy.org
  • Kawasaki Heavy Industries is building the world's first zero-emissions tanker: Photo courtesy of e5 Lab Inc.
  • Paris is turning dark underground parking lots into organic mushrooms farms: Photo courtesy of Cycloponics
  • Pete Buttigieg becomes America’s first out Cabinet member: “Pete Buttigieg” flickr photo by Gage Skidmore https://flickr.com/photos/gageskidmore/48012595782 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license
  • Robert Saleh to become NFL's first Muslim head coach: All-Pro Reels from District of Columbia, USA, 49ers at Redskins 2019, Robert Saleh (48936893478) (cropped), Cropping by Peter Schulte, CC BY-SA 2.0
  • Sweetgreen to cut its CO2 emissions in half by 2027: By Ajay Suresh from New York, NY, USA – Sweetgreen Storefront, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=80273299
  • World’s first 3D-printed school planned for Madagascar: Image courtesy of Studio Mortazavi
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Q1 2019
  • Karen Uhlenbeck becomes first woman ever to win prestigious Abel Prize for mathematics: Andrea Kane/Institute for Advanced Study
  • Researcher invents biodegradable Mardi Gras beads made of algae: By Infrogmation of New Orleans – photo by Infrogmation (talk), CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6037496
  • Costa Rica launches formal ‘National Decarbonization Plan 2018-2050’ to completely decarbonize: “Independence Day in Costa Rica – Flag March 1” flickr photo by thombo2 https://flickr.com/photos/brucethomson/246925742 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • Ben & Jerry’s to phase out all single-use plastic utensils in all of its 600 stores worldwide: “Ben & Jerry’s, Hazed and Confused, Ice Cream” flickr photo by JeepersMedia https://flickr.com/photos/jeepersmedia/15107694358 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • Colorado’s Jared Polis officially sworn in as first openly gay U.S. governor: “Jared Polis” flickr photo by Jeffrey Beall https://flickr.com/photos/denverjeffrey/2602508676 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-ND) license
  • Scientists found a new way to make fusion reactors more efficient: “Z machine tests” flickr photo by SandiaLabs https://flickr.com/photos/sandialabs/10614635616 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-ND) license
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Q3 2017
  • Bernie Sanders to introduce single-payer bill with major support in Senate: “Bernie & Jane Sanders” flickr photo by Gage Skidmore https://flickr.com/photos/gageskidmore/25826818705 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license
  • Cambodia and Laos wipe out trachoma—leading infectious cause of blindness: “IMG_6413” flickr photo by Pan American Health Organization PAHO https://flickr.com/photos/pahowho/14176342451 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-ND) license
  • Duke to increase employee minimum wage to $15 by 2019: “Duke University” flickr photo by ilysewhitney https://flickr.com/photos/134348486@N05/35365922032 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • Harvard pays students to host ‘brave spaces’ for social justice: “Harvard” flickr photo by angela n. https://flickr.com/photos/aon/6273971705 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • Mark Zuckerberg’s massive share sales will support prison reform and other progressive causes: “Alcatraz Prison” flickr photo by Alexander C. Kafka https://flickr.com/photos/alexanderkafka/14929841472 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-ND) license
  • Mars counters Trump’s climate stance with $1bn sustainability plan: “MANDM” flickr photo by Dominic Rooney https://flickr.com/photos/rooneydom/7298143350 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • Minnesota’s clean energy jobs grew 3.8 times faster than overall job growth: “Downtown Minneapolis” flickr photo by m01229
  • New blockchain-based ‘carbon currency’ aims to make carbon pricing mainstream: “Bitcoin Chain IMG_9179” flickr photo by btckeychain https://flickr.com/photos/btckeychain/14861107819 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • Scotland to ‘phase out’ new petrol and diesel cars by 2032: “Edinburgh Prince’s Street” flickr photo by ddh Photos https://flickr.com/photos/16190595@N05/32312365752 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-ND) license
  • Somalia gets first forensic center to deliver justice in sexual assault cases: “Feeding center” flickr photo by rjones0856 https://flickr.com/photos/91829349@N00/3222724232 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • Target to raise its minimum wage to $11 per hour, promising $15 by 2020: “At Target again!” flickr photo by cote https://flickr.com/photos/cote/4902896335 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • UC Irvine aims to transform public health with record-breaking $200-million donation: “Love those Anteaters” flickr photo by cogdogblog https://flickr.com/photos/cogdog/10014174454 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • UN brokers deal to end use of children in Nigeria’s battle with Boko Haram: “More Boko Haram Terrorist Attacks 3” flickr photo by ssoosay https://flickr.com/photos/ssoosay/13979209164 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • A “world first” fusion reactor just created its first plasma: “Nuclear Fusion Reactor” flickr photo by jurvetson https://flickr.com/photos/jurvetson/4844626925 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • 46 Republicans buck party to help Democrats take down anti-climate military action amendment: “U.S. Capitol Building detail” flickr photo by Kevin Burkett https://flickr.com/photos/kevinwburkett/3415364650 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license
  • Cameroon fights pollution by turning used plastic into jobs: “Plastics” flickr photo by EdinburghGreens https://flickr.com/photos/edinburghgreens/5326907987 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • Court finds that approval of Dakota Access Pipeline violated the law: “Standing Rock 4” flickr photo by unitedchurchofchrist https://flickr.com/photos/7724093@N05/30205885184 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license
  • Court rules its reasonable consumers wouldn’t consider glyphosate-containing Nature Valley Granola Bars ‘natural’: “Chafer -43” flickr photo by Chafer Machinery https://flickr.com/photos/chafermachinery/15412945324 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • Human Rights Campaign announces largest grassroots expansion in its history: “Human Rights Campaign 2791” flickr photo by tedeytan https://flickr.com/photos/taedc/5824691944 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license
  • Kenya is first in Africa to get latest generic AIDS drug: “kenya” flickr photo by kevinzim https://flickr.com/photos/86624586@N00/112509725 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • Microsoft and Puget Sound Energy get OK for clean-energy deal to help power software giant’s campus: “Microsoft” flickr photo by bfishadow https://flickr.com/photos/bfishadow/4405446485 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • Scientists report a rare case of H.I.V. remission: “Virus” flickr photo by Dominic’s pics https://flickr.com/photos/dominicspics/5425951169 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license, cropping by Peter Schulte
  • Target tackles “branded trash” with new recycling initiatives: “At Target again!” flickr photo by cote https://flickr.com/photos/cote/4902896335 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • Washington State will now alert survivors when domestic abusers try to buy a gun: “handgun” flickr photo by robertnelson https://flickr.com/photos/robertnelson/439618310 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • World’s first malaria vaccine will be given to thousands of babies in Africa: “Mosquito” flickr photo by turkletom https://flickr.com/photos/turkletom/4584117897 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
Q2 2017
Q1 2017
  • 43 brands will fix or replace anything you buy from them — forever: “Patagonia Wood Sign” flickr photo by Dave Dugdale https://flickr.com/photos/davedugdale/4959660085 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license
  • Berkeley becomes first city to divest from U.S.-Mexico border wall companies: “Berkeley, California (1959)” flickr photo by roger4336 https://flickr.com/photos/24736216@N07/4071052000 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license
  • Breckinridge Capital adopts Social Progress Index to reward cities for “inclusiveness.”: Matt Mechtley from Heidelberg, Deutschland (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Inclusive_community_(citation_needed)_(2205859730).jpg), „Inclusive community (citation needed) (2205859730)“, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/legalcode
  • Lithium-ion battery inventor introduces new technology for fast-charging, noncombustible batteries: “New electric car charging station at Kahala Mall” flickr photo by coconut wireless https://flickr.com/photos/frikitiki/6784128074 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-ND) license
  • Maryland House votes to ban fracking by veto-proof margin: “Fracking” flickr photo by SFU – University Communications https://flickr.com/photos/sfupamr/14601885300 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • Rikers Island prison to close, New York mayor says: “2012_03_14_aus-iah-bos_402” flickr photo by dsearls https://flickr.com/photos/docsearls/7042515751 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • China to create “forest city” to fight air pollution: Images via Stefano Boeri Architetti, https://www.stefanoboeriarchitetti.net/en/
  • Tesla charges ahead with plans for more gigafactories: “Tesla Car” flickr photo by Open Grid Scheduler / Grid Engine https://flickr.com/photos/opengridscheduler/19916571969 shared into the public domain using (CC0)
  • Donors pledge $670 million at UN-backed conference to support aid operations in Lake Chad region: “Arriving in Chad” flickr photo by UKUnitedNations https://flickr.com/photos/ukun_new_york/32501579384 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • U.S. Federal Court strikes blow against gerrymandering: Steven Nass (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:How_to_Steal_an_Election_-_Gerrymandering.svg), „How to Steal an Election – Gerrymandering“, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/legalcode
Q4 2016
  • Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion clean energy venture fund: “Bill Gates – OnInnovation.com Interview” flickr photo by OnInnovation https://flickr.com/photos/oninnovation/4996229541 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-ND) license
  • Fossil fuel divestment funds double to $5 trillion in a year: “Divest” flickr photo by Tony Webster https://flickr.com/photos/diversey/15185798508 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • Over 100 companies sign the Equal Pay Pledge: “Equal Pay Day (6)” flickr photo by Michael Panse https://flickr.com/photos/michael-panse-mdl/13317429403 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-ND) license
  • Reversing course, E.P.A. says fracking can contaminate drinking water: “Fracking” flickr photo by SFU – University Communications https://flickr.com/photos/sfupamr/14601885300 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • U.S. jurisdictions take steps to reform ‘dishonest’ bail system: “Bail Bonds by Harry” flickr photo by rioncm https://flickr.com/photos/rioncm/3164217506 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • Duke University launches program for men to consider their toxic masculinities: “Duke University Library” flickr photo by fw_gadget https://flickr.com/photos/26240579@N05/3926497441 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license
  • The first Latina senator ever is coming to Washington: “Catherine Cortez Masto, Nevada Attorney General” flickr photo by The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Right https://flickr.com/photos/lccr/6777894706 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC) license
  • George Soros pledges $10 million to fight hate crimes: “George Soros, Rebecca Harms” flickr photo by boellstiftung https://flickr.com/photos/boellstiftung/13307595893 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license
  • Progressive champion Pramila Jayapal became the first ever Indian-American woman elected to congress: “Pramila Jayapal” flickr photo by javacolleen https://flickr.com/photos/javacolleen/5682448787 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-ND) license
  • Dozens of countries poised to drive out malaria by 2020:  “Sunny paradise” flickr photo by MiikaS https://flickr.com/photos/miikas/170435887 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license
Q3 2016
Q1 2016

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2021
  • Ask Washington state lawmakers to protect water rights and fund a Nooksack adjudication: Image courtesy of Re-Sources.org.
  • Sign the call for a People’s Vaccine: Image courtesy of People's Vaccine Alliance.
  • Support the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act in the United States: Photo courtesy of Tim Aubry / Greenpeace
  • Let Bellingham city officials know we’re ready to transition to 100% electric buildings: By Nick Kelly / Faithlife Corporation – Faithlife Corporation, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=37611512
  • Tell President Biden to stop a mega-polluting petrochemical plant in Louisiana: Image courtesy of Louisiana Bucket Brigade

Archive of Human Genius

Prehistory (250,000 – 10,000 B.C.)
Agricultural revolution (10,000 – 3,000 B.C.)
Ancient civilizations (3,000 B.C. – 500 A.D.)
Post-classical era (500 – 1500 A.D.)
Modernity (1500 – 1945 A.D.)
  • Cao Xueqin's Dream of the Red Chamber, perhaps China's greatest novel, is published (1791 A.D.): “Cao Xueqin, Dream of the Red Chamber” flickr photo by https://klarititemplateshop.com/ https://flickr.com/photos/ivanwalsh/4139331341 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • Cape Colony, the Natal Colony, the Transvaal, and the Orange River Colony unite to form the Union of South Africa (1910 C.E.): By South_Africa_Flag_1910-1912.svg: Fornaxderivative work: Suzuki Auto – This file was derived from:  Red Ensign of South Africa 1910-1912.svg:, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=29949792
  • Charles Darwin publishes Origin of Species, outlining theory of evolution and natural selection: “The Origin of Species #1” flickr photo by gds https://flickr.com/photos/gds/136383942 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license, cropped by Peter Schulte
  • DuPont invents nylon, the world's first commercially viable synthetic textile (1935 A.D.): By Michael Ströck (mstroeck) at en.wikipedia – Transferred from en.wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3547302
  • Einstein publishes his special theory of relativity, proposing new concepts of space and time: “Eclipsing Pulsar Promises Clues to Crushed Matter” flickr photo by NASA Goddard Photo and Video https://flickr.com/photos/gsfc/4901241763 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license, cropping by Peter Schulte
  • English settlers found St. John's in modern-day Antigua and Barbuda (1632 C.E.): By This image or media was taken or created by Matt H. Wade. To see his entire portfolio, click here.@thatmattwadeThis image is protected by copyright! If you would like to use it, please read this first. – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18761866
  • The First Geneva Convention is signed by 12 nations: By Kevin Quinn, Ohio, US – Flickr, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=359407
  • Frederick Douglass publishes his memoir Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (1845 A.D.): “Frederick Douglass Circle” flickr photo by rbs10025 https://flickr.com/photos/rbs10025/4844697797 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-ND) license
  • Four great Anhui troupes introduce Anhui opera to Beijing for first time (1790 C.E.): By 江上清风1961, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=60633634
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky publishes Crime & Punishment (1866 A.D.): “Dostoevsky” flickr photo by bloomsday616 https://flickr.com/photos/bloomsday616/50572225 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-ND) license
  • Galileo Galilei makes key observations of physics and astronomy, laying the foundation for modern science (1630 A.D.): “”Galileo Galilei”” flickr photo by Biblioteca Rector Machado y Nuñez https://flickr.com/photos/fdctsevilla/3968863200 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • Hermann Melville publishes Moby-Dick (1851 A.D.): “Moby Dick” flickr photo by skelet0njones https://flickr.com/photos/maljones/5656462880 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-ND) license
  • Hobbes publishes Leviathan, a seminal philosophical text (1651 A.D.): “Leviathan” flickr photo by tolworthy https://flickr.com/photos/66351465@N00/13888108157 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
Post-modern era (1945 – 2016 A.D.)

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