Starting on the 1st of January 2000 and ending on the 31st of December 2009, the 2000s were the decade of the New Millennia. So many new things and technology breakthroughs were expected to happen within this decade. Nevertheless, the 2000s were probably one of the last romantic decades, when we still had time for old and new friends and acquaintances, when the thrill of meeting someone new was always in the air.
Here are some interesting facts about the 2000s…that’ll refresh your memory if you’ve experienced them, or maybe come to you as a surprise if you are young at age and heart.
By the hypothetical resetting of dates on computers at the stroke of midnight on the 1st of January 2000, Y2K the notorious “millennium bug”, was expected to cause global chaos.
In the 2000s, the freshly-built Millennium Dome in Greenwich, southeast London was supposed to be an inspiration of hope and intent of British culture.
Despite being the most popular tourist attraction of 2000, providing a decent day out featuring acrobatics and art installations, reactions were mixed and the display only lasted 12 months.
In November 2000, the first crew boarded the International Space Station – two Russians and one American.
The Millennium Dome, Greenwich, London
The 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney had moments of real drama and enjoyment, especially the performance of Team GB’s gold-winning heptathlete Denise Lewis.
The summer of 2000 was a tragedy in the football world. England with David Beckham, Michael Owen, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville, and future manager Gareth Southgate, suffered an awful Euro 2000, losing to both Portugal and Romania in the group stages of the tournament.
On the 10th of July, 2000, Coldplay released their first album “Parachutes”. It was a colossal moment for the band and British music as a whole.
Also in July 2007, Harry Potter is ‘born’ with the launch of JK Rowling’s book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
On the 7th of November, 2000, George W. Bush became President of the United States.
The official results were announced on the 12th of December, 2000 due to the state of Florida being too close to the results.
On the 13th of January, 2001, an earthquake with a 6.6 magnitude stroke in El Salvador killing at least 400 people.
George W Bush
On the 20th of February, 2001, an epidemic of foot-and-mouth disease occurred in the United Kingdom killing over 10 million sheep and cattle.
On the 2nd of July, 2001, the first artificial heart was implanted in a human being.
On the 11th of September, 2001, terrorist strikes were carried out on the World Trade Centre in New York City and The Pentagon in Washington, D.C. by members of Al Qaeda- the Islamic extremist group.
On the 18th of September, 2001, letters holding anthrax spores were sent to several American media offices and two American senators. Twenty-two people were exposed and 5 people died.
On the 21st of September, 2001, there was an explosion in a chemical factory in Toulouse, France, killing 29 people and seriously injuring over 2,500.
2001 is the year of the beginning of the Afghanistan war, as the United States, with help from other countries, invaded Afghanistan.
US Soldiers in Afghanistan
On the 20th of May, 2002, East Timor gained its independence from Indonesia.
2002–2004, the SARS outbreak was an epidemic caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus.
The 2003 invasion of Iraq began on the 19th of March 2003 and lasted just over one month.
On the 26th of December, 2003, the earthquake in Bam, Iran destroyed up to 90% of buildings and infrastructure, with 70% of houses being destroyed, leaving an estimated 100,000 homeless.
On the 5th of June, 2004, President Ronald Reagan died at the age of 93.
In August 2004, the stock market offers floats shares in Google for $85.
On the 1st of September, 2004, the Beslan School hostage crisis in Russia started. It lasted 3 days, involving the imprisonment of over 1,100 people as hostages, and ending with the deaths of either 331 or 334 people, more than half of which were children.
From late November 2004 to January 2005, the Orange Revolution in Ukraine was manifested through a series of protests and political events.
On the 4th of February, 2004, Facebook.com was launched changing the way of communication.
On the 2nd of April, 2005, Pope John Paul II died.
On the 7th of July, 2005, bombs were detonated in 3 crowded London subways and one bus. These bombs thought to be the work of al-Qaida killed 56 people including the bombers and injured another 700.
On the 22nd of November, 2005, Angela Merkel became Chancellor of Germany.
On the 16th of January, 2006, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in Liberia became the first female president on the African continent.
In July 2006, Twitter is launched Jack Dorsey.
On the 30th of December, 2006, Saddam Hussein was executed in Iraq.
In 2007, the Millennium Dome in London was turned into The O2 2007. The O2 Arena venue has hosted concerts from The Rolling Stones to Beyoncé.
In 2007, Prince’s Earth tour: 21-nights in London at the O2 remains among the most memorable concert residencies, with the Purple One selling tickets for £31.21 inviting music icons like Amy Winehouse and Elton John to join him onstage during the run.
On the 16th of May, 2007, Nicolas Sarkozy became President of France.
On the 27th of June, 2007, Gordon Brown became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
It was on the 29th June, 2007, that Apple released the first generation of the iPhone!
On the 24th of February, 2008, the Cuban President Fidel Castro retired and was succeeded by his brother Raul Castro.
On the 12th of May, 2008, China’s Sichuan province was hit by a major earthquake.
On the 20th of January, 2009, Barack Obama was the first African-American elected as the 44th President of the United States.
On the 12th of June, 2009, the analog television broadcast all across the U.S turned into digital television.
On the 25th of June, 2009 the legendary king of pop Michael Jackson died, representing the end of an era in the music world.
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