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can you call a meeting of world leaders that took place in 1947 a historical event?

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Yes, but I suspect the term you are looking for is historic.

  • An event that is historic is noteworthy.

  • An event that is historical is simply an event in the past, ie it belongs in history.

So, everything that happened in the past is historical, but not everything is historic.


Also note that, in British English, some insist it should be an historic event (like "an honourable man").

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  • Thanks for the answer! I am talking about events from the past, so: is a meeting of world leaders that took place in 1947 AN historical event? :) – Rowan Dec 12 '19 at 17:31
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    Yes, that is what the answer told you. – Kate Bunting Dec 12 '19 at 17:37
  • @Rowan Yes Rowan, everything that happened in the past is historical, but not everything is historic. You can call your meeting of world leaders 'historical' if you like, but I think you mean 'historic'. – Astralbee Dec 13 '19 at 9:45
  • @Astralbee Small nit pick, but only past events that were recorded in history are "historical." Events that occurred in prehistory (before written records began) wouldn't be called "historical," at least by a(n) historian. Still, +1 and I'll refer to your answer from the OP's duplicate post. I hadn't seen your answer at the time. – TypeIA Dec 14 '19 at 17:54
  • @TypeIA I'd have to disagree - the word "historical" is used in a much wider context these days. For example, we often refer to "historical reasons" for something in the present. Those details may not have been considered important at the time, but they are now recognised as such. This gets used in the workplace when referring to legacy procedures etc, so it has less to do with "history books" these days. – Astralbee Dec 16 '19 at 11:28

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