2000s Major Events

  • Y2K didn't happen

    At midnight on December 31, 1999, so many people were concerned with the computers not being able to turn over in their programming to the year 2000. This caused panic, preparations for collapse of government (due to all computers being inaccessible), and fear. Nothing happened, and all was still good in the world.
  • Oil leak

    Galapagos islands 'jessica' runs aground on the islands of San Cristobal in the Galapagos islands causing an Ecological Disaster when 180,000 gallons of oil is leaked into the sea
  • Summer of the Shark

    In the US the summer of 2001 becomes known as "Summer of the Shark" when shark related deaths increases
  • Earthquake in India

    20,000 people died and 167,000 people were injured in an earthquake that happened in Gujaret, India. It measured 7.9 on the Richter scale.
  • Human Genome sequence revealed

    This was a major step for finding out more about the human body and genes. It contained about 30,000 to 40,000 genes and scientists from China, France, Germany, Japan, Britain and the United States.
  • George Bush

    The US (George Bush) refuses to sign the Kyoto Agreement on climate change
  • Timothy McVeigh Executed

    Timothy McVeigh was executed for the Oklahoma City Bombing, in 1995. He was executed in Terre Haute, Indiana, at the Federal Correctional Complex.
  • NASA Launches Genesis Spacecraft

    On August 8, 2001, NASA launched Genesis, a sample-return probe. Genesis was used to collect samples of solar wind particles from space and bring them back to Earth. A few years later Genesis crashed somewhere in Utah.
  • World Trade Center Towers Hit by Hijacked Planes

    The World Trade Towers are targeted by operatives working under Osama bin Laden. Two planes are flown into the buildings, leading to devastating human loss.
  • China enters WTO

    China enter WTO which starts a long process of paperwork and changed China's economy forever.
  • U.S. Announces Withdrawal from the ABM Treaty

    George W. Bush announced that the U.S. would withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty on December 13, 2011. It was a treaty between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. Bush said that it stopped the U.S from being able to create defenses against potential attacks.
  • The No Child Left Behind act was passed

    The No Child Left Behind Act was signed by President George W. Bush on January 8th, 2002. This act required schools to test students on the subjects of reading and math from grades 3-8, plus high school. The students were expected to meet or exceed state standards by 2014.
  • Elizabeth Smart kidnapping

    The kidnapping took place in Salt Lake City at the age of 14 years old. During the time she was tied up, hurt, and threaten with death if she was to try and escaped, she stayed kidnapped until she was rescued by police. She had survived for so long while everyone gave up the idea that she was still alive and she kept the hope she had alive inside of her which help her get saved from her kidnappers and helped her recovered from this event that happened to her.
  • Homeland Security Act was passed

    11 days after the terror attacks of 9/11, Tom Ridge became the first Director of the Office of Homeland Security. It wasn't until November 25th, 2002, though, that the act to create Homeland Security was passed. This combined 22 federal departments into a single and unified department.
  • Shock and Awe Campaign

    US and UK begin the Shock and Awe Campaign against Iraq using heavy aerial assaults
  • Human Genome Project

    Scientists finish sequencing 99.99% of the human genome
  • freedom fries

    republican chairman renames french fries to freedom fries in response to France's opposition to invade Iraq
  • European heat wave

    heat wave led to health crisis along with drought
  • Apple Launched iTunes

    Apple launches iTunes and it sells 10 million songs in the first 4 months
  • space shuttle Columbia disaster

    space shuttle disintegrate upon reentering earth atmosphere, kills 7
  • "The Zuck"

    Mark Zuckerberg announces Facebook from his dorm in Cambridge,, MA
  • Wardrobe Malfunction

    Janet Jackson had a wardrobe malfunction while performing at the Super Bowl. In her performance with Justin Timberlake, her nipple was exposed, causing an uproar and fines from the FCC.
  • College Dropout drops on world

    Kanye West released a new album on February 10, 2004 named "College Dropout". This album is personally one of my favorite albums by Kanye. Had 15+ songs in this album and is one of his first albums. It sold 441,000 copies.
  • Royal Wedding

    Prince Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles. The event was welcomed to many people of the British public. They were very happy to get married.
  • Tony Blair wins election in UK

    Tony Blair won his third consecutive title with the help of Labour Party. It was located in the United Kingdom.
  • VE/VJ day 60th Anniversary

    60 years ago on that date is when the biggest conflict in history came to a stop. It was a major event of 2005.
  • Google Purchases Youtube

    Google buys Youtube for $1.65 billion dollars as its second largest purchase
  • Mumbai train blasts

    7 explosions killed at least 186 people and wounded 700 others on crowded commuter stations and trains during an evening in Mumbai, India.
  • JonBenet Ramsey arrest

    John Mark Karr arrested in Thailand for the connection of the murder of JonBenet Ramsey, a 6-year old beauty pageant contestant.
  • 'Crocodile Hunter' killed

    Steve Irwin, the "Crocodile Hunter", a great wildlife icon, was killed by a stingray barb that pierced his chest while shooting a TV program.
  • Megachurch Preacher Scandal

    Rev. Ted Haggard is a preacher at a Colorado church was forced to step down after being accused of paying a male prostitute for 3 years to sleep with him. Rev. Haggard preached about how much he despised Same-sex marriage but admitted to buying methamphetamine.
  • Ex Russian Spy Poisoned

    Former spy died in a London hospital after being posioned with large amounts of polorium. British police have turned his death into a murder.
  • Britain under water

    flooding in central and western England declared a emergency that costs billions
  • Burma uprising

    the military of Burma cracked down on protesters across the country and people were killed
  • lran arrests Britain sailors

    iran accused sailors for illegally entering their waters they were arrested then freed after two weeks
  • U.S. gives the OK to producing and marketing cloned animals

    "Extensive" research primarily from 2006 has not identified any health risks involved, giving way to the authorization in 2008
  • Space lab attaches to space station

    A Japanese space lab successfully attaches to the international space station.It was equipped to study material and biomedical sciences.
  • Barack Obama was inaugurated

    On january 20th, 2009 Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th president of the United States of America
  • Australia’s biggest wild fire

    173 people died and 500 injured in the biggest wild fire in Australia’s history
  • Rio De Janerio is chosen to show the 2016 Olympics

    On June 17th 2009 the Brazilian olympic committee chose Rio as there building to his the 2016 Olympics
  • Obama won the Nobel peace prize

    Obama won the peace prize for his extraordinary effort and strength international diplomacy and cooperation between people