Most Important Events of the 21st Century

By rhuntwc
  • 9/11 Terrorist Attack

    9/11 Terrorist Attack
    On September 11th, 2001 two planes crashed into the North and South Twin Towers, The Pentagon, and an attempt to attack the White House. In total there were 2,819 people killed in the attacks and 20 percent of Americans knew someone hurt or killed in the attacks.
  • U.S. Invasion of Afghanistan

    U.S. Invasion of Afghanistan
    The U.S. and NATO invaded Afghanistan on October 7, 2001 and overthrew the Al-Qaeda-supportive Taliban government. American troops then began to institute democracy, fight off any insurgents, and the search for Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
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    War in Darfur

    A conflict in Darfur, Sudan began and soon escalated into full-scale war. It is soon considered the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. By 2008 it is believed that up to 400,000 people have been killed and over 2.5 million displaced.
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    Overthrowing of Suddham Hussein

    The Multi-National Force – Iraq, led by the U.S. oberthrew and eventually executed Suddham Hussein. The troops remained there in order to institute a democratic government.
  • Mars Exploration Rovers Launched

    Mars Exploration Rovers Launched
    Two Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity were launched to Mars and landed January 2004.
  • Hurricane Katrina

    Hurricane Katrina was the costliest natural disaster, as well as one of the five deadliest hurricanes, in the history of the United States. Katrina formed in the Bahamas and made its biggest impact as a Category 3 storm in New Orleans,LA.
  • Train bomb in Mumbai

    On July 11, bombs planted on the train system in Mumbai exploded, killing 209 people.
  • Pluto Reclassified as a dwarf planet

    Pluto Reclassified as a dwarf planet
    There are three main conditions for an object to be considered a 'planet':
    The object must be in orbit around the Sun.
    The object must be massive enough to be a sphere by its own gravitational force. More specifically, its own gravity should pull it into a shape of hydrostatic equilibrium.
    It must have cleared the neighbourhood around its orbit.
    Pluto fails to meet the third condition, since its mass is only 0.07 times that of the mass of the other objects in its orbit
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    Great Reccesion

    The Great Recession has affected the entire world economy, with higher detriment in some countries than others. It is a global recession characterized by various systemic imbalances and was sparked by the outbreak of the late-2000s financial crisis.
  • Barack Obama's Election

    Barack Obama's Election
    Barack Obama made history when he became the first African-American President.
  • DVD replaces VCR

    In the early 2000s DVD began to overtake VCR as the most popular consumer of prerecorded video and VCR stopped being sold as of December 23, 2008.
  • Avatar is Released

    In December of 2009 the movie "Avatar" was released and eventually became the world's highest grossing film.
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    Fall of Myspace, Rise of Twitter and Google+

    MySpace fades but Facebook & YouTube remain popular and new sites such as Twitter and Google+ emerge. Facebook replaces Digg as the most popularity media sharing site.
  • Haiti Earthquake

    Haiti Earthquake
    At least 230,000 were killed in Haiti after a massive earthquake on January 12, 2010 and 3,000,000 were left homeless as estimated by the Haitian government.
  • BP Gulf Oil Spill

    The Gulf Oil Spill have been one of the worst environmental disasters in United States history.BP estimated the flow could be as much as 100,000 barrels per day.
  • Osama Bin Laden Killed

    Osama Bin Laden Killed
    Navy Seal teams found and killed Bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
  • Shutdown of "News of the World"

    The shutdown of the largest UK tabloid News of the World after 168 years in print due to the 2009 phone hacking scandal.
  • End of the Harry Potter Series

    Completion of the Harry Potter film series, which is currently the world's highest grossing film series.
  • British Riots

    Following a peaceful march on 6 August 2011 in relation to the police response to the fatal shooting of Mark Duggan by Metropolitan Police Service firearms officers on August 4 ,2011, a riot began in Tottenham, North London. In the following days, rioting spread to several London boroughs and districts and eventually to some other areas of England, the initial are believed to have been caused by the police reaction.
  • Michael Phelps won a record 8 gold medals in the 2008 Olympics

    Michael Phelps won a record 8 gold medals in the 2008 Olympics
    In the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Michael Phelps set a record by winning 8 gold medals breaking Mark Spitz’s record of seven gold medals won in a single Olympic Games, which had stood since 1972.[124] Phelps, along with teammates Brendan Hansen, Aaron Peirsol, and Jason Lezak, set a new world record in the event with a time of 3 minutes and 29.34 seconds, 0.7 seconds ahead of second-place Australia and 1.34 seconds faster than the previous record set by the United States at the 2004 Olympic Games