Frank Hampus Weslien

Discover History Like Never Before: Timeline's 3.3 Million Events Update!

Hello, history enthusiasts!

I’m thrilled to announce the release of the 3.3 million events version of timeline! Dive into world history in a fun and interactive way by guessing the order of historical events.

About 2 months ago, I embarked on this project with the goal of creating an engaging way to learn about the history of the world. You can read more about my initial motivation in my previous post. Since then, I’ve worked tirelessly to add new features and improve the game, navigating through numerous challenges and redesigns.

Initially, I experimented with generating events using AI, but the results were inconsistent. My second attempt involved using the Wikidata SPARQL endpoint, which proved limited. Finally, inspired by Wikitrivia, I downloaded events directly from Wikidata, allowing me to extract a staggering 3.3 million events!

While my game shares similarities with Wikitrivia, there are key differences. Wikitrivia has a limited number of events and lacks a tagging system. To address this, I introduced tags and year ranges, enabling players to filter events and create a more personalized experience.

My greatest achievement with this project is staying true to my vision: creating a fun and interactive way to learn about world history. I’m incredibly proud of the final product and hope you enjoy playing it as much as I enjoyed creating it.

Play timeline and let me know your thoughts. Happy learning!