In the movie Airplane II the history of the world is summed up thusly:
Steve McCroskey: Jacobs, I want to know absolutely everything that’s happened up till now.
Jacobs: Well, let’s see. First the earth cooled. And then the dinosaurs came, but they got too big and fat, so they all died and they turned into oil. And then the Arabs came and they bought Mercedes Benzes. And Prince Charles started wearing all of Lady Di’s clothes. I couldn’t believe it.
(I haven’t seen the movie in years but seem to recall it as ‘underwear’ rather than clothes.)
Then of course there’s Mel Brooks’ History of the World. One of the Greatest. Films. Ever.
Now Conde Nast Traveler offers us their short history of the world interactive infographic
In 23 Astonishing Graphics, 126 Mind-Bending Facts, and 5,700 Trips to the Moon
Well beyond my HTML skills to reproduce here, so check out the link which celebrates their 25th anniversary.