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  • "the end of the world as we know it"

    By the time midnight struck in Maui, event the Internet's most dedicated harbingers of millennium doom had to conced that things had turned out better than they had expected.
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  • reality television

    in the last decade, reality television has changed both the economics of prime-time programming and the aspirations of those looking to break into the industry. Since "Survivor" in 2000, it has grown to account for more than 1/4 of prime time on the five broadcast networks
  • terrorist attack on the World Trade Center

    the unreal becam the unimaginable when the twin towers fell to planes that dropped from the sky.
  • the ipod

    Apple computer introduced a portable music player and declared that the new gadget, called the ipod, was so much easier to use that it would broaden a new market in the way the Macintosh once helped make the personal computer accessible to a more genreal audience.
  • "mission accomplished"

    The triumphant "mission accomplished" banner was pride of the White House advance team, the image makers who set the stage for the persident's close-ups. On a golden Pacific evening aboard the carrier Abraham Lincoln, they made sure that the banner was perfectly captured in the camera shots of President Bush’s speech declaring major combat in Iraq at an end.
  • The Blackout of 2003

    eight states in the Northeast and the Midwest had a surge of power failures and blackouts. the widespread failures provoked the evacuation of office buildings, stranded thousands of commuters and flooded some hospitals with patients suffering in the stifling heat.
  • Governor of California

    A muscleman, a movie star, a mogul and perhaps the nation’s most prominent moderate Republican, Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected governor of California in a recall election that ousted the Democratic incumbent, Gray Davis.
  • Bombing in Madrid, Spain

    Ten bombs ripped through four commuter trains in Madrid, Spain during the morning rush hour, killing at least 192 people and wounding more than 1,400 in the deadliest terrorist attack on a European target since World War II.
  • Abu Ghraib

    Before the fall of Saddam Hussein, Abu Ghraib, a sprawling penal compound west of Baghdad, was notorious within Iraq as a place where torture and executions were commonplace. It became notorious throughout the world in 2004 after photographs were made public of American soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners there.
  • Red Sox win the World Series for first time since 1918

    The Red Sox won the World Series for the first time since 1918, overcoming, at last, the sale of Babe Ruth to the Yankees.
  • Hurricane Katrina

    The situation was so dire that late in the day the Pentagon ordered five Navy ships and eight Navy maritime rescue teams to the Gulf Coast to bolster relief operations.
  • Harry Potter series culmination

    The book series Harry Potter, which had 121.5 million copies in print in the United States and 325 million worldwide prior to the release of the seventh book, has also spawned a whole industry of audio books, collectibles and costumes.
  • Joseph Biden

    Joe Biden, senator, experienced some personal tragedies, near-fatal illness, and multiple failed attempts to advance to the other side of Pennsylvannia Avenue