3050 BC: A Sumerian invents the wheel. Within a week, the idea is stolen and duplicated by other Sumerians, thus establishing the business code of ethics.
776 BC: World's first money appears in Persia. The world's first known counterfeiter appears the next day.
525 BC: The first Olympics held in Greece. USSR enters a six footer with a moustache in the women's shot put.
410B BC: Rome ends the practice of enslaving debtors, removing the biggest single obstacle to the development of the credit card.
214 BC: Tens of thousands of Chinese complete the 1500 mile long great wall. Neighbor's dog gets through.
1 BC: Calendar manufacturers argue about what to call next year.
79 AD: Property in Pompeii proves to be a bad investment.
1043 AD: Lady Godiva demonstrates against high taxes, causing all to forget about the new high taxes.
1233AD: The Spanish Inquisition begins. The practice is so unchristian that it is permitted to continue for another 600 years.
1568 AD: Upset by the slander of his good name, the Russian leader kills 100000 peasants to stop them calling him Ivan the Terrible.
1894 AD: Thomas Edison displays the first motion picture. The invention is applauded by all but the movie critics.
1920 AD: The 18th amendment to the U.S. Constitution makes drinking illegal in the US. Everyone stops, except for the 40 million who do not.
1944 AD: Hitler's promise of a Volkswagen for all Germans as soon as they've won the war proves to be an insufficient incentive.