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The Economist’s More Intelligent Life conducted an online poll asking the question, What was the most important year in human history? The winner as of right now is 1439, the year Gutenberg invented the printing press.

Here’s the list as it currently stands. BTW, it isn’t too late to cast your vote, which you can do here.

TOP TEN (so far):

1. 1439 – Gutenberg’s press: 35% (1116 votes)

2. 5BC – Jesus’s birth: 22% (693 votes)

3. 1953 – DNA is discovered: 9% (284 votes)

4. 1945 – Nazism falls, bomb dropped, new world order: 8% (264 votes)

5. 1776 – United States is born: 6% (197 votes)

6. 2009 – Copenhagen climate summit: 3% (97 votes)

7. 1791 – Telegraph and Morse code are invented: 2% (59 votes)

8. 1989 – Berlin wall falls, World Wide Web rises: 2% (53 votes)

9. 1204 – Christianity split by Crusades: 1% (43 votes)

10. 1944 – Modern ideological warfare takes off: 1% (38 votes)

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