For comparison, how many events can you remember between 1860 and 1910? I suspect most people’s lists goes something like:
- American Civil War
- Abraham Lincoln is assassinated
OK, not that bad, but I looked on wikipedia, and there were things that I knew happened, but could have told you whether it was before or after 1850, so I didn’t think I could count them.
I think “cold war” and “first people in space/on the moon” are way up there. MLK seems to have a reasonable chance, as he’s already a byword even by people who don’t know anything else about the period.
I’m not sure even 9/11 will be that obvious: can you name the worst terrorist atrocity <i>before</i> 9/11? Will 2060 really be that different, even if you attribute all of the current wars, wars on terror, and anti-Islam sentiment to 9/11?