On his Global Toy News blog, Richard Gottlieb lists what he believes are the ten most significant moments for toys in history.

  • At number 1 is the 1969 war that Honduras and El Salvador fought over a soccer game.
  • His number 4 is the Boris Spasky Bobby Fisher chess match.
  • Number 6, ping pong diplomacy between the United States and China.
  • Number 7, the Aces and Eights found in Wild Bill Hickok’s hands when he was shot.
  • Number 8, Ace becoming the high card after the French revolution.
  • Number 10, the role of the war game, Kriegspiel, in the Prussian defeat of France.

What do you think of his ranking? Can you suggest any others?