Top 10 moments that changed the world as Hilton celebrates 100 year anniversary

This week marks the 100-year anniversary of Hilton hotels, which has come a long way since it was founded in rural Texas back in 1919.

To mark the occasion, Hilton has looked back over the last century to discover the 100 moments that have shaped the modern world we know today.

In an international survey of 7,000 respondents, some of the most significant moments of the century include the end of WWII and post-war recovery in 1945, the first organ transplant in 1954 and another momentous medical moment: the first heart transplant in 1967.

The end of World War Two is right up there in historic moments

As for the UK specifically, the medical trend is still just as prevalent, with the founding of the NHS in 1948 up there alongside women being granted the right to vote in 1928 and the first world wide web connection in 1990, which all took the top three places.

The top 10 moments that shaped the world were ranked as follows:

  1. End of WWII and post-war recovery (1945)
  2. First organ transplant (1954)
  3. First heart transplant (1967)
  4. Introduction of penicillin (1942)
  5. Man’s first steps on the moon (1969)
  6. Fall of the Berlin Wall and reunification of Germany (1989)
  7. First human in space (1961)
  8. First vaccine against tuberculosis (1927)
  9. First artificial heart (2015)
  10. First chemotherapy treatment (1956)


Germans celebrate on top of the Berlin Wall as East Germans (backs to camera) flood through the dismantled wall into West Berlin at Potsdamer Platz

Other amazing moments reaching the top spot across other categories included the first television in 1927 (technology), the first movie to incorporate sound in 1927 (culture), the first electric refrigerator in 1927 (food and drink) and the invention of the first solar panels in 1954 (sustainability).

Since the opening of its first hotel, Hilton has been a key pioneer in the hospitality industry, having transformed guest travel through its own iconic moments.

From introducing room service, in-room televisions, the mini-bar and airport hotels, last year Hilton became the first hospitality company to set science-based targets to reduce its environmental impact. Plus, did you know they invented the brownie and the piña colada?

July 1948, Aneurin Bevan, the Labour politician who as minister of health inaugurated the free National Health service

Talking about the brand marking its 100th year anniversary, Simon Vincent, EVP & President, Hilton, EMEA said “Our founder Conrad Hilton believed in the power of international travel to foster world peace and encourage human connection.

For the past 100 years, our hotels have been the stage for some of the world’s most iconic events, from the first ‘Bed-in for peace’ which took place at Hilton Amsterdam 50 years ago, to the world’s first mobile phone call that took place in front of The New York Hilton Midtown in 1973.”

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